Bryant@50: Where I’m at today. My contribution, to a world ‘better.’

Bryant@50: Where I’m at today. My contribution, to a world ‘better.’

Like anyone fortunate enough to reach the half way mark in this life, I reached the 50 year mark with both appreciation, and questions.  Appreciation that God has allowed me to reach this point, basically in better health than I was when I was 25 years old, and questions as to the quality of my time on this earth.  And likewise, important questions as to the mark I have left (if any) for the benefit of others ~ on this planet. And while I do believe that I could have ‘done more’ at this tick of the watch in my life, I am comfortable with our contributions to ‘a world better,’ because I and we were here.  As I look back, here are some of the professional high marks my my first 50 years.  Bryant@50. January, 2008 —Directly inspired by the on-the-ground work of Operation HOPE, U.S. President George W. Bush signed the first ever Executive Order establishing financial literacy as the policy of the U.S. Federal government in the nation’s history. January, 2016 — Inspired by the credibility and track record of Operation HOPE, and in response to a respectful, personal request,  U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew made the decision to change the name of the U.S. Treasury Annex Building to the Freedman’s Bank Building, on January 7th, 2016. This was only the second time in American history that a building has been renamed on the 18 acre White House complex.  On March 3rd, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln signed legislation ‘creating a bank to teach freed slaves about money and the free enterprise system.’ January, 2016 — We organized the largest gathering of...
Bryant @50: SunTrust Bank and Operation HOPE partner with SuperBowl ad launch!

Bryant @50: SunTrust Bank and Operation HOPE partner with SuperBowl ad launch!

This was a wonderful ‘cap’ to my 50th birthday celebration weekend, as this SunTrust OnUp.com campaign was unveiled and the ad ran on Sunday, February 7th, 2016, during my birthday weekend.  Check out the cool ad below, and if you want an easy way to help advance the work of Operation HOPE, simply sign up today to OnUp.com!   Operation HOPE partner SunTrust Banks launched their first ever SuperBowl advertisement last weekend during the 50th SuperBowl. The ad is inspirational and speaks to the desire for financial wellbeing of all Americans.  The ad encourages individuals to sign up to OnUp.com, where SunTrust has established Operation HOPE as the beneficiary of the OnUp.com campaign!  Here is the press release announcing the commitment from SunTrust. SunTrust to Donate a Dollar to Operation HOPE for Every New “onUp” Participant Commitment of up to $250,000 by SunTrust Banks, Inc. will help support financial empowerment programs and services for youth and adults in communities throughout the nation ATLANTA, Feb. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Financial dignity nonprofit Operation HOPE announced today a pledge from SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE: STI) to donate up to $250,000 to help Americans gain control of their finances through a new free online movement – onUp.  For each person that joins through onUp.com, $1 will be donated to support HOPE’s mission of economic empowerment. See the complete press release here. Share this:Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new...

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Video: John Hope Bryant on CNBC ‘Squawk Box.’ Building an Economy for All. 

Video: John Hope Bryant on CNBC ‘Squawk Box.’ Building an Economy for All. 

This morning’ interview with the co-hosts of CNBC’s ‘Squawk Box’ in Manhattan, New York, focused on the recent renaming of the Freedman’s Bank Building, inspired by a request from Operation HOPE, the recent HOPE Global Forum Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Ga, which included 3200+ Delegates from 25+ countries, and represents the largest gathering of leaders in the world focused on the empowerment of the poor and underserved. The interaction discussion also discussed what Operation HOPE is doing to create a path to getting a job (internships through HOPE B- Business Compact), and creating a job (entrepreneurship through HOPE Business In A Box Academies) for youth nationwide, and in places such as South Africa and Saudi Arabia. The discussion concluded with Bryant explaining how our growing HOPE Inside network of locations, mostly within bank branches, will continue the unfinished work of President Abraham Lincoln’s Freedman’s Bank of 1865, and how specifically, HOPE Financial Coaches are working with clients to increase client credit scores, helping to make individuals from underserved communities — ‘bankable.’ A special thank you to Andrew Ross-Sorkin, Joe Kernen and Becky Quick, co-hosts for today’s show, for their total and complete engagement in the topic. Share this:Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new...

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