The partying will be over tonigt, and the work fo restoring America with the silver rights they deserve, will begin again tomorrow.
If you are in Washington, D.C. for Presidential Inaugurational festivities, please join us tomorrow, January 9am-10:30am, at the Gallup Building (and the Operation HOPE Washington, D.C. Regional Office).
On Wednesday November 28th, The DC State Board of Education voted unanimously to require high school students to take a course in financial literacy upon graduation. The DC State Board of Education and The Financial Literacy Council will meet to discuss further implementation requirements.
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 ofLOVE 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 theGallup-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 though leader represented by the Bright Sight Group for public speaking. 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.
To kick off the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit (November 14th – 15th), Operation HOPE, along with The White House Council on Jobs and Competitiveness will host “An Official Listening and Action Field Session” focused on the global economy and the future of jobs.
Headlining this important session will be co-chairs White House Council on Jobs and Competitiveness Executive Director Don Graves, Gallup Chairman and CEO Jim Clifton, and Ambassador Andrew Young. The co-chairs will be joined by session speakers H.J. Russell President Jerome Russell, among other notables and Atlanta leadership legends.
I was deeply honored to speak before 300 young leaders of and for the future in Omaha, Nebraska who are using Gallup's "Strength Finders" human science technology to move their lives in a positive direction. Given how often I speak before young people, I can tell you right now -- these youth were different!
One of the memories I hold most dear involves walking up to the venue with a team of Gallup executives, also friends, and a young lady from the school (a student there) steps forward and hands me two letters, enclosed in envelopes. She calmly but firmly announces to me that one letter was destined for me, which I could open later, and one letter -- well, one letter was for the President of the United States. She expected me to deliver it to him, and she didn't blink when she said it.
Needless to say, I did precisely as I was told (smile). The next day, when I was in Washington, D.C., I made sure I delivered this letter from this young lady directly to the White House, insuring that it made it to the West Wing. These youth -- this amazing group of leaders in the making, thanks to Gallup -- this is what gives me hope!
A special thank you to my friend Jane Miller, who runs Gallup in Omaha, Nebraska and is deeply involved with empowering youth throughout Greater Omaha, Nebraska, for inviting me to spend some time with her star-youth.
Jonathan McBridge is Special Assistant to the President at the White House for Presidential Personnel, but most of all, he is a good friend, and good people. We were honored to have him and so many other VIPs to join us at the anniversary celebrations in Washington, DC for Operation HOPE there.
A special thank you to Ed Ingle and our friends and partners at Microsoft for making this happen.
A special kudos to Jahi Davis, the new market president for Operation HOPE, Washington, DC, and Jackie Starr, the new market president for Operation HOPE, Baltimore.
The DC market celebrated HOPE’s 20th Anniversary by celebrating local HOPE Corps volunteers. The event took place on Wednesday, October 3rd and was hosted by Microsoft. The event was fun for all and the guests enjoyed the scrumptious food & spirits, VIP photos, XBox gaming station and dessert on the roof-top. Remarks were offered by Founder, CEO and Chairman John Hope Bryant, Mid Atlantic Board Chair Celie Niehaus and White House Deputy Director for Presidential Personnel Jonathan McBride. E*TRADE, Microsoft, Capital One, BB&T and First American Corporation were the official sponsor of the event.