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ATLANTA – Feb. 28, 2020 – John Hope Bryant, founder, chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Operation HOPE, spoke yesterday at the Lake Nona Institute Impact Forum 2020. Bryant was joined by the Honorable Andrew Young, HOPE Global Spokesman; Chairman, Andrew J. Young Foundation, and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, to discuss how where you live impacts your financial and physical wellbeing. Ambassador Young was recognized by Lake Nona Institute leadership with a special tribute for his years of impact and contributions to civil rights and inclusion, and received a sustained standing ovation from Forum attendees. The best-in-class work of Operation HOPE around financial wellness through the HOPE Inside programming model was also highlighted by Bryant and recognized by the Institute for its distinct connection to individual physical health and wellbeing — decreasing client financial stress is a significant HOPE impact indicator.

The Lake Nona Impact Forum is committed to leading the conversation for building the Wellbeing Ecosystem of the Future, by exploring the intersections of health, wellness, medical and scientific innovation and strategies to optimize human performance. The three-day event, scheduled Feb. 26-28 this year, is held in Lake Nona Medical City in Orlando, Florida, a life sciences and healthcare cluster of excellence featuring some of the nation’s top universities, hospitals, and research institutions.

More than 300 thought leaders have gathered for the invitation-only event. Other notable speakers include, Stacey Allaster, Chief Executive, Professional Tennis, U.S. Tennis Association; Deepak Chopra MD, FACP, Co-Founder Chopra Foundation, Chairman Chopra Global; Russell Wilson, Super Bowl Champion and Seattle Seahawks Quarterback; Brooke Shields, Actress, Model & Author; Patrice Harris, MD, President, American Medical Association; Sanjay Gupta, MD; Chief Medical Correspondent, CNN, Staff Neurosurgeon, Emory University School of Medicine, Associate Chief of Neurosurgery, Grady Memorial Hospital; and Amy Abernethy, MD, PhD, Principal Deputy Commissioner & Acting CIO, U.S. Food and Drug Administration.


About John Hope Bryant
American Banker 2016 “Innovator of the Year”, John Hope Bryant, is an entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, and prominent thought leader on financial inclusion, economic empowerment and financial dignity. Bryant is the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Operation HOPE, Inc.; and chairman and chief executive officer of Bryant Group Ventures, and The Promise Homes Company, the largest for-profit minority-controlled owners of institutional-quality, single-family residential rental homes in the U.S. His work has been recognized by the last five U.S. presidents, and he has served as an advisor to the last three sitting U.S. presidents. He is responsible for financial literacy becoming the policy of the U.S. federal government. Bryant has been recognized as one of Atlanta’s Most Admired CEOs 2018 by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. In 2018, he received the Outstanding Georgia Citizen Award from Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. He has been named in the Atlanta Business Chronicle‘s “100 Most Influential Atlantans” listing for the past four consecutive years. His latest book, The Memo: Five Rules for Your Economic Liberation (Berrett-Koehler, September 2017), debuted as the #1 new release in budgeting and money management on Amazon. Bryant regularly appears as a guest co-host on CNBC’s Squawk Box.

About Operation HOPE, Inc.
Since 1992, Operation HOPE has been moving America from civil rights to “silver rights” with the mission of making free enterprise and capitalism work for the underserved—disrupting poverty for millions of low and moderate-income youth and adults across the nation. Through our community uplift model, HOPE Inside, which received the 2016 Innovator of the Year recognition by American Banker magazine, Operation HOPE has served more than 4 million individuals and directed more than $3.2 billion in economic activity into disenfranchised communities—turning check-cashing customers into banking customers, renters into homeowners, small business dreamers into small business owners, minimum wage workers into living wage consumers, and uncertain disaster victims into financially empowered disaster survivors. Project 5117 is our multi-year four-pronged approach to combating economic inequality that aims to improve financial literacy, increase business role models and business internships for youth in underserved communities, and stabilize the American dream by boosting FICO scores. Operation HOPE recently received its fourth consecutive 4-star charity rating for fiscal management and commitment to transparency and accountability by the prestigious non-profit evaluator, Charity Navigator. For more information: Follow Operation HOPE on Twitter and Facebook @operationhope