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PrepTalks: Financial Literacy and Overcoming Liquid Asset Poverty

In his PrepTalk, John Hope Bryant makes an impassioned case for emergency managers to make financial literacy a priority in their communities. Some neighborhoods are in crisis before a disaster ever hits, he says. “Their problem is a number. [It’s] not a racial issue, not a political issue, not urban vs. rural,” Bryant says. “It’s 500 credit scores.”

Bryant is the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Operation HOPE, Inc., the nonprofit provider of financial dignity education and economic empowerment programs. His recent focus is on working with banks and other community organizations to help individuals dramatically improve their credit score.

He also asks emergency managers to consider how disaster recovery dollars could improve the financial resilience of community members that live in poverty. Bryant is the author of the bestselling books, “The Memo: Five Rules for Your Economic Liberation” and “How the Poor can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class.”

Operation HOPE and FEMA work together to provide the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit to help people compile and safeguard critical documents. The Kit is available on FEMA’s website at https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/96123.

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Biography

Official portrait of John Hope Bryant.American Banker magazine 2016 "Innovator of the Year", Inc.’s "The World’s 10 Top CEOs" (honorable mention), and one of Time magazine’s "50 Leaders for the Future" named in 1994, John Hope Bryant is an American 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., the largest not-for-profit and best-in-class provider of financial literacy and capability empowerment 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 institutional-quality, single-family residential rental homes in the U.S.; and co-founder of Global Dignity. He has also served as an advisor to the last three sitting U.S. presidents.

Bryant is the author of bestsellers; The Memo: Five Rules for Your Economic Liberation (Berrett-Koehler, September 2017), How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class (Berrett-Koehler, 2014), and LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass, 2009).

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05/08/2018 - 09:25