Reimagining Entrepreneurship: A Reset for the American Dream

John Hope Bryant to Speak at NCC

We currently find ourselves in the grip of three simultaneous crises: a global health pandemic, an economic collapse and a social justice reckoning. These scenarios do not just ask for a response, they demand it.

As we work to reboot our economy, entrepreneurs are poised to reimagine how we incorporate inclusive social and cultural practices into the way we do business with each other for the greater social good, and not just for the pursuit of profits.

What does inclusion really mean? Is the American Dream more accessible than you think? How do we put purpose into practice? Can entrepreneurship serve as a pathway to financial freedom?

As the keynote speaker of Northampton Community College's (NCC) Annual Humanities Theme: Empathy & The Entrepreneur, John Hope Bryant, founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE, will delve into these questions on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, at 6 p.m. via an online presentation followed by a conversation with audience members moderated by Raja Bhattacharya, director of the NCC Follett Family Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The event is open to the public and free of charge. Reservations are required and can be made at WhenNow here:

John Hope Bryant became a businessman early in life with a modest $40 investment from his mother in his first business idea at the age of 10. Today, Bryant is a bestselling author, former presidential advisor, and the Founder, Chairman & CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Ventures.

Operation HOPE is a non-profit organization providing financial literacy empowerment and economic education to youth and adults, founded by Bryant after the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Under the banner of "silver rights," Operation HOPE has aided over 2.8 million individuals worldwide, and directed more than $2.7 billion in economic activity for the disenfranchised: turning check cashing customers into banking customers, renters into homeowners, small business dreamers into small business owners and minimum wage works into living wage consumers. Bryant is one of the only bestselling authors on economics in the world today who happens to also be African-American.  Bryant is also chairman and chief executive officer of Bryant Group Ventures, co-founder of Global Dignity, and chairman and chief executive officer of The Promise Homes Company, the largest for-profit minority-controlled owners of institutional-quality, single-family residential rental homes in the U.S.

Exploration of this theme is made possible by an endowment for the humanities established through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and generous donors. William Mutimer, associate professor of theatre, is the faculty chairperson for the theme.