Bryant Harrison McGill (born November 7, 1969) is an American author, aphorist, speaker, and activist in the fields of self-development, personal freedom, and human rights.His writings and small aphorisms have been published in hundreds of books and are regularly used in newspapers, political speeches, network TV programs, university and library installations,peer-reviewed journals,academic papers and theses,and by university presidents and deans in non-violence programs and college ceremonies. McGill is a United Nations appointed Global Champion for the rights of women and girls, gender equality, and human rights.[not in citation given] In 2015 he was commissioned by the Executive Deputy Director of UN Women to the Planet50/50 and HeForShe initiatives. In 2015 he spoke at the United Nations General Assembly Hall on Human Rights Day about non-violent parenting and gender equality. He is a recognized Goodwill Ambassadorand the founder of the Goodwill Treaty for World Peace, which has among its initial project signers Matt Damon, Arun Gandhi, Don Cheadle, Ben Affleck, Ray Romano, and Montel Williams. McGill's primary partner in the Goodwill Treaty project since its launch is American singer and songwriter, Susaye Greene. For his Goodwill Treaty project the United States Congress officially recognized his “highly commendable life’s work as a Goodwill Ambassador for World Peace.” In 2010 he delivered a televised speech as an "Ambassador of Peace and Goodwill" with the LA Mayor's Office; Charles L. Beck, Chief of the Los Angeles Police Dept. (LAPD); Sheriff Leroy Baca (LASD); and Sergio Duarte, United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs. McGill also presented with Gerald Levin (the former Time/Warner CEO), "Insights Regarding the Impact of Illicit Weapons".In 2009 McGill made an on-stage appearance as a guest emcee and goodwill ambassador on VH1's "Rock of Love Tour" with Bret Michaels and Great White to introduce the bands at the live concert. In 2010 McGill was a World Charity Day spokesman appearing in a 12-month cycle of public service announcements on Plum TV with Lou Gossett, Jr., Lenny Kravitz, and singer Chayanne. In 2015 McGill, Jack Canfield,Bob Burg, and Randy Gage were video presenters at the PBS leadership event, Authentic Leadership Day, supported and endorsed by Desmond Tutu and Naomi Judd, and held at the Henry Ford College. The event was produced by EMMY-winner Shawne Duperon to benefit the charity Project Forgive.
In a cover-story interview with OMTimes Magazine he said he almost killed himself from depression as a homeless teen.In a SiriusXM "PowerTrio" interview with Oprah Winfrey, Tony Robbins, and Bryant McGill, he revealed he been adopted and had a bullied childhood, and had severe dyslexia and dysgraphia, causing him to drop out of high school in the ninth grade, and he self-educated himself with a library card reading books in non-linear fragments. He believes "the gift of dyslexia" enhanced his creativity and "integration thinking" allowing him to see connections in unrelated disciplines, but he still has difficulty with many simple tasks. Bryant accused himself of being a "hypocrite" in a 2-page spread in Origin Magazine, saying, "I was advocating for world peace, but I was waging a violent war against my own body. I was speaking about poverty and starvation, but I was eating more than my fair share. I was a hypocrite." In the article he credits his "epiphany" as his inspiration for losing over 100 lbs and keeping it off for five years.Since losing his weight, McGill has become a health and wellness advocate and has shared his story as an expert speaker at summits and training seminars with Frank Ferrante of "May I be Frank", Dave Scott, six-time ironman and Joe Cross of Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, who is also a signing supporter of the McGill's Goodwill Treaty.
McGill is a poet and editor/author of the McGill English Dictionary of Rhyme and other books in the McGill Reference Series, used by over 100,000 writers, educators, students, aspiring-poets, and songwriters.
On August 21, 2006, he was the subject of a front-page article in the Wall Street Journal concerning a celebrity verification group he created to protect people from identity theft and cyber-bullying. McGill and his experiences were later described in the Random House Book, Stealing MySpace. He runs a consulting firm serving a number of entertainers, actors, models, singers, and corporations.
In 2012 a photo from his photo-journalism project with the homeless, "Faces of Poverty", was picked by Ron Howard's team as a finalist from 100,000 submissions, in Ron's and Canon's Project Imagin8ion.