Founder, Chairman, and CEO of financial dignity empowerment nonprofit Operation HOPE, John Hope Bryant is known as one of the foremost authorities on poverty eradication. An advisor to the last four sitting U.S. presidents, a thought leader, motivational-speaker, and an innovator in the business of empowerment, John is no stranger to poverty. Born and raised in South Los Angeles, John wanted to help his community and those impacted by poverty, lack of resources and a loss of dignity.

Currently, he is serving his third term as a President’s Advisory Council member, with the appointment to the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans earlier this year. John is also a member of the founding class of the Young Global Leaders and was a founding member of the Clinton Global Initiative. He co-chairs Project 5117, an initiative of Operation HOPE along with Ambassador Andrew Young and Dr. Bernice King that serves as a plan for the rebirth of underserved America.

A charismatic leader, renowned public speaker and writer, John is a regular contributor as a LinkedIn Influencer, Huffington Post and American Banker. He has received over 500 awards and citations for his advocacy work, including Oprah Winfrey’s Use Your Life Award.

His new book, How the Poor Can Save Capitalism, launched June 2014 to a flurry of media attention and recognition. It has reached as high as #9 on the Amazon list, and #1 as the bestselling book on poverty, arguably the most important issue in America.

In the book, John asserts that business and political leaders are ignoring the one force that could truly re-energize the stalled American economy: the ‘poor.’  If we give the teetering class (the poor, near poor and struggling middle class) the right tools, policies and inspiration, he affirms, they will be able to lift themselves up into a stable middle class and become a new generation of customers and entrepreneurs.