Operation HOPE and I, along with Ambassador Andrew Young and Mrs. Carolyn Young, were honored to host 20 leaders of and for our future recently.  With a special thank you to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, the Metro Atlanta United Way and the U.S. State Department, we were pleased to host these 20 amazing young bright leaders — 20 young African female leaders of and for our future from Simmon College — during their recent stay in Atlanta, Georgia.

Amongst their once in a lifetime treats was an intimate conversation on civil rights with one Ambassador Andrew Young.

After spending a bit of time with these amazing young people, one gets the impression that solutions to our global problems really do exist.

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John Hope Bryant is a thought leader, founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Companies, Inc. Magazine/CEO READ bestselling business author of LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass), the only African-American bestselling business author in America, and is chairman of the Subcommittee for the Under-Served and Community Empowerment for the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability, for President Barack Obama.  Mr. Bryant is the co-founder of the Gallup-HOPE Index, the only national research poll on youth financial dignity and youth economic energy in the U.S. He is also a co-founder of Global Dignity with HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Professor Pekka Himanen of Finland. Global Dignity is affiliated with the Forum of Young Global Leaders and the World Economic Forum.   Mr. Bryant serves on the board of directors of Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation, an NYSE Euronext publicly traded company, and a division of $54 billion Ares Capital.

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