John Hope Bryant, author of the book Love Leadership: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World and founder of the international anti-poverty organization Operation Hope, will speak at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 4, in the auditorium of the O’Shaughnessy Educational Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of St .Thomas.

John Hope Bryant

John Hope Bryant

The lecture is free and open to the public.

“Bryant’s accomplishments and aspirations provide inspiration to anyone who seeks to leave the world a better place than she or he found it, or believes that a hand-up is superior to a hand-out,” commented Bill Woodson, assistant dean for UST MBA programs at St. Thomas’ Opus College of Business.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to expose our university community and the Twin Cities to this fresh approach to leadership and social entrepreneurship.”

Bryant’s talk is sponsored by the Opus College of Business in collaboration with the university’s School of Law and Center for Intercultural Learning and Community Engagement.

Bryant, 45, was born in Los Angeles and was homeless for six months by the age of 18. In the wake of the Rodney King riots in 1992, he founded Operation Hope, the country’s first nonprofit social investment banking organization. It now operates in 70 U.S. communities, Haiti and South Africa and has served more than a million individuals.

Bryant has been recognized for his work by the last five U.S. presidents; he was named a “Community Hero” by People magazine and one of “America’s 50 Most Promising Leaders of the Future” by Time.

In his April 4 talk, Bryant will discuss his book, his philosophies on leadership, and why he believes leading through love is superior to leading through fear. Love Leadership chronicles Bryant’s brush with poverty and homelessness to his success as a CEO and social entrepreneur.

Bryant will be available to sign copies of his book following the lecture.