UW-Green Bay to host John Hope Bryant, founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE, Inc., speaking on Public Service and Financial Wellness


The event is sponsored by the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership

Green Bay, WI – 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.  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. The event will be held on Monday, April 15, 2024 at 7 p.m. at The Weidner on the Green Bay Campus or via livestream. Registration for the event is open.

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. 

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.

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.

To register for the event, please visit this page. To learn more about the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership, please visit https://thompsoncenter.wisc.edu.

About UW-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a school of resilient problem solvers who dare to reach higher with the power of education that ignites growth and answers the biggest challenges. Serving 10,300 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students as well as 67,500 continuing education learners annually, UW-Green Bay offers 200 academic degrees, programs, and certificates. With four campus locations in Northeast Wisconsin, the University’s access mission welcomes all students who want to learn, from every corner of the world. Championing bold thinking since opening its doors in 1965, it is a university on the rise – Wisconsin’s fastest growing UW. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.


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