UW-Green Bay to Host John Hope Bryant: Founder, Chairman & CEO of Operation HOPE

Posted on 3-20-2024

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will welcome John Hope Bryant, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Operation HOPE, Inc. for a free community presentation on Monday, April 15th, 2024 at 7pm at the Weidner Center.

Bryant’s presentation is part of the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership speaker series and will address “Public Service and Financial Wellness,” focusing on the discussion of how financial literacy is the foundation of financial success. 

UW-Green Bay Assistant Professor of Finance and Personal Financial Planning, Preston Cherry, will moderate the conversation as Bryant shares his belief that communities are not only sustained, but rise, when its members feel empowered economically and have financial literacy skills. His life work has been to help realize equity of opportunity for all; to equip people in underserved communities with the financial tools and training needed to take ownership of their lives and create a secure financial future.

John Hope Bryant is an American entrepreneur, thought leader and philanthropic leader. Referred to as the “Conscience of Capitalism” by numerous Fortune 500 CEOs and countless others, John Hope Bryant has been named as Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Most Admired CEO’s of 2018,” Georgia Trend’s “100 Most Influential Georgians in 2022,” Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “The Power 100: Most Influential Atlantans in 2020,” American Banker magazine’s 2016 “Innovator of the Year,” and one of Time magazine’s “50 Leaders for the Future.”  John also contributes as a regular guest host on CNBC Squawk Box.

During the onset of the pandemic of 2020, Bryant was called upon by U.S. Treasury officials to help design, develop, and launch the Payroll Protection Program (otherwise known as the PPP program), which helped countless American small businesses and entrepreneurs to survive the 2020-2022 pandemic period.

Bryant is the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Operation HOPE, Inc., the largest not- for-profit provider of financial literacy, financial inclusion and economic empowerment tools and services in the United States for youth and adults. Operation HOPE is acknowledged as one of (No. 34) “Atlanta’s 75 Largest Nonprofit Organizations” and was included in the 2017-2018 Book of Lists—a publication of the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Bryant is also chairman and chief executive officer of Bryant Group Ventures and The Promise Homes Company, the largest for-profit minority-controlled owner of institutional-quality, single-family residential rental homes in the U.S.

Register for the Event (In-Person or Livestream) HERE.

UW Green Bay

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