This is an older file photo from a prior meeting, but this morning I was honored to join Council Chairman John Rogers, Council Vice Chair Amy Rosen, and members of the U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability, for a substantive and in-depth briefing meeting with President Barack Obama, Acting Treasury Secretary Neal S. Wolin, Gene Sperling, Director of the National Economic Council, Deputy Assistant to the President Michael Strautmanis and other seniorn staff of the President. 

Details of the meeting will be covered in a subsequent post, but the meeting was substantive, and left me inspired to believe that additional positive changes and advancements in this space are coming from and through President Obama.  Stay tuned.



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 is a thought leader represented by the Bright Sight Group for public speaking. Mr. Bryant serves on the board of directors of Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation (NYSE: ACRE), a specialty finance company that is managed by an affiliate of Ares Management LLC, a global alternative asset manager with approximately $59 billion in committed capital under management as of December 31, 2012. 

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