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...
Live from New York City: John Hope Bryant to appear on CNBC’s ‘Squawk Box’ tomorrow.

Live from New York City: John Hope Bryant to appear on CNBC’s ‘Squawk Box’ tomorrow.

Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant will appear on CNBC’s ‘Squawk Box’ tomorrow morning live at or around 7am EST. During the show Bryant will discuss the recent renaming of the Freedman’s Bank Building, the global success of the HOPE Global Forum last month in Atlanta, Georgia, the new generation of youth entrepreneurs emerging from and through Operation HOPE’s HOPE Business In A Box Academies, and what comes next for HOPE’s work to ‘build an economy for all’ in underserved America.   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...
Turks & Caicos: the easiest way to grow their economy, is their OWN people.

Turks & Caicos: the easiest way to grow their economy, is their OWN people.

  My friend and mentor Quincy Jones once told me ‘you have to go, to know.’  After visiting 100 countries, I think I am finally beginning  to fully understand and appreciate his wisdom.  For instance, I have read about the Turks & Caicos Islands, and spoken to dear friends about the Turks & Caicos Islands, and I have done research about same — but I really didn’t ‘understand’ this island nation until I visited it. This week I arrived in the Turks & Caicos Island nation, where I visited with successful entrepreneurs and government officials, and hotel workers.  Yes, hotel workers.  You can learn much from hotel workers. Much, much more than from reading high level research reports.  The wisdom worker I spoke with upon my arrival here is a young lady named Kizzy. By all accounts, Kizzy is not only an honest and hard working young lady, looking for only that which she earns with her energy and enterprise — she and her generation are effectively the future of and for island nations like Turks & Caicos.  Turks has the same challenge that say Singapore had before it reinvented itself’ no natural resources from the land itself.  The only natural resource were the priceless beaches and the water that surrounds this island nation, and Turks for one has made good use of its tourism potential.  Something like 1.5M tourists visit the island nation every year by plane and boat. But is tourism enough here?  The short answer is no. The problem is that Kizzy cannot afford to move out from her parent’s home.  Working full time plus, she...
Freedman’s Bank Renaming Ceremony: Full Text Remarks by U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew

Freedman’s Bank Renaming Ceremony: Full Text Remarks by U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew

I was without words yesterday at the formal ceremony for the formal renaming of the Freedman’s Bank Building in Washington, D.C., across from the U.S. Treasury Department and the White House. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and his team could not have been more gracious, kind and generous in his formal remarks, which you can in the link here, and below also (reprinted below to make it easy). We were also honored to have the HOPE Global Spokesman,  Ambassador Andrew Young on the program, formally introducing Secretary Lew. The formal renaming ceremony was PACKED.  Standing room only, with leaders from all of the federal regulatory and other important agencies, civil rights icons such as Ambassador Andrew Young and Rev. C.T. Vivian, both Presidential Medal of Freedom awardees, civil and nonprofit leaders, business and other government leaders present. Rev. Vivian is sitting next to me here, on the front row.  The entire day, was just so very special.  It has not all set in yet, but there will be plenty of time in the future to appreciate it all — as now and forever more, the new Freedman’s Bank Building will stand forever in history. The new Freedman’s Bank Building is the only building within the 18 acre White House Complex dedicated in the spirit of both former African-American slaves (4 million of them at the time), as well as all of the poor and the underserved — of all races and places — who have genuinely aspired to ‘do more’ with their lives until this day. A special thank you to CBC Member Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee, who literally flew across...
U.S. Department Announces Plans to Live Webcast Historic Ceremony for Renaming of Freedman’s Bank Building tomorrow, Thursday, June 7th, 2016. Tune In!

U.S. Department Announces Plans to Live Webcast Historic Ceremony for Renaming of Freedman’s Bank Building tomorrow, Thursday, June 7th, 2016. Tune In!

The U.S. Department of the Treasury will now live webcast the renaming ceremony for the Freedman’s Bank Building, scheduled for tomorrow at 4pm EST in Washington, DC. Plan to tune in here and around the world. A live webcast will be available at http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/Video-Audio-Webcasts/Pages/Webcasts.aspx, or use the link tomorrow at 4PM EST here. WHO: Jacob J. Lew, Secretary, U.S. Department of the Treasury WHAT: Freedman’s Bank Naming Ceremony WHEN: Thursday, January 7, 2016, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST WHERE: U.S. Department of the Treasury Cash Room 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20220 RSVP: Media planning to attend must RSVP by 3:30 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 to Ronda Buckmon at Ronda.Buckmon@treasury.gov. Media without press credentials issued by Treasury must include the following information for access into the building: (1) full legal name, (2) date of birth, (3) Social Security number, and (4) country of citizenship. Media attending with camera equipment must arrive at the South Entrance (15th Street and Alexander Hamilton Place) no later than 3:30 pm EST on January 7 to allow time for equipment sweeps and set-up. No vehicles will be permitted onto Treasury grounds, and equipment must be carried in. All other media should arrive by 3:45 pm. EST at the main entrance (Pennsylvania Avenue/New York Avenue and 15th Street). 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...
Ambassador Andrew Young and Rev. C.T. Vivian traveling with John Hope Bryant to Washington, D.C. today

Ambassador Andrew Young and Rev. C.T. Vivian traveling with John Hope Bryant to Washington, D.C. today

Today I am honored to travel with two civil rights icons, Presidential Medal of Freedom award recipients and friends, Ambassador Andrew Young and Reverend C.T. Vivian, to Washington, D.C. for media interviews and the formal ceremony surrounding the renaming of the Freedman’s Bank Building, across from the White House. In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln created a bank to ‘teach freed slaves about money.’  It was called the Freedman’s Bank, and was later run by noted abolitionist (and businessman) Frederick Douglass.  The headquarters of the bank, which had upwards of 30 plus branches nationwide, was located directly across the street from both the White House and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. At its height, the bank held deposits for more than 73,000 former slaves and held assets that would make it one of the top 50 banks today, in the nation. On the meeting tomorrow, at Treasury, Reverend Vivian reminded me that this is one of the first ever times he can remember that civil rights and other leaders from underserved communities met on policy with the U.S. Treasury Secretary. You can find Ambassador Young’s statement on the renaming here, and Rev. Vivian’s statement also, here. I wrote in some length on the historic nature of all of this on LinkedIn Influencers here, this week. All of this is in preparation for, and leading up to the HOPE Global Forum,  2016 Annual Meeting for Operation HOPE, January 13-15th, 2016, in Atlanta, Georgia, co-hosted with Mayor Kasim Reed and the City of Atlanta, where Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will give an important keynote policy speech on financial and economic inclusion...

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