Mellody Hobson Shares Tips to Success in Career and Leadership

Ariel Investments president, Mellody Hobson, will be appearing as a keynote speaker at the 2015 Women of Power Summit, and Hobson looks forward with anticipation. “The Women of Power Summit offers a great opportunity to interface with women of color doing great work around the country,” says the Black Enterprise columnist. “Black Enterprise’s Women of Power Summit work gets to the heart of issues affecting black women in business.”

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As president of Ariel Investments, Hobson serves as chairman of the board of trustees for mutual funds along with managing the firm and overseeing strategic operations outside of portfolio management and research. She also serves on the boards of The Estee Lauder Cos. Inc. and Starbucks Corp, her segments on ABC’s Good Morning America, find her contributing expert financial advice by giving viewers savvy tips on money decisions. In 2009, Hobson hosted the ABC special Unbroke, where she and Hollywood stars helped educate the public on money management. A graduate of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of International Relations and Public Policy, Princeton’s former university trustee has two honorary doctorates for humanities—one from Howard University and another from St. Mary’s College.

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Preparing to travel from her home in Chicago to Harbor Beach Marriott in Fort Lauderdale, Fla to empower, education, and share thoughts on money and being a woman of power, Hobson has already envisioned her goal. “My main goal is to share lessons I’ve learned in both business and life,” she says. “My three tips to achieving success are: (1) hard work; (2) listening to understand; and (3) always remembering to be brave.”

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