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Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall | A Conversation with John Hope Bryant

October 28

In 1992, during the Rodney King riots, John Hope Bryant looked out and saw a country divided and suffering. Deciding he needed to get involved, Bryant created Operation Hope.

Through connecting corporations to community leaders, Operation Hope creates a system to overcome what Bryant saw as a major stumbling block to poor and minority communities – financial literacy. Since then, Bryant has expanded Operation Hope into a national program which gives these communities the tools, resources, and connections they need to empower themselves. Today, it is one of the largest not-for-profit providers of financial literacy, financial inclusion, and economic empowerment tools and services in the United States for youth and adults.

John Hope Bryant — one of Time magazine’s “50 Leaders for the Future" — will join the Council to inspire today’s leaders on how to address issues within their communities. He will discuss the importance of ensuring every American has access to what he calls the Five Pillars of Success: massive education, financial literacy, strong family structure, self-esteem, and supportive role models. The conversation will be moderated by Carol Bradford Worley, Senior Counsel and Charitable Advisor for the California Community Foundation. 

You can also learn more from John Hope Bryant's new book, "Up from Nothing: The Untold Story of How We All Succeed" — by purchasing it here.


John Hope Bryant is an American entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, and prominent thought leader on financial inclusion, economic empowerment and financial dignityBryant is the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Operation HOPE, Inc. the largest not- for-profit and best-in-class provider of financial literacy, financial inclusion and economic empowerment tools and services in the United States for youth and adults; chairman and chief executive officer of Bryant Group Ventures and The Promise Homes Company, the largest for-profit minority-controlled owners of institution-quality, single-family residential rental homes in the U.S., and co-founder of Global Dignity. The last five U.S. presidents have recognized his work, and he has served as an advisor to the last three sitting U.S. presidents, from both political parties. He is responsible for financial literacy becoming the policy of the U.S. federal government.

Carol Bradford Worley (Moderator) is Senior Counsel and Charitable Advisor for the California Community Foundation (CCF), a 501(c)3 public foundation in Los Angeles.  In her dual role, she serves as CCF's chief legal officer in addition to focusing on business development for the organization. Bradford Worley is the past chair of the State Bar of California's Non-Profit Organizations Standing Committee, Business Law Section and the Tax-Exempt Organizations section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Bradford Worley was a civil litigator in Los Angeles until she "retired" to the nonprofit sector in 2001.


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