Monday, March 16
3:30PM - 4:30PM
Austin Convention Center
Austin Convention Center
Money. In today's society it talks louder than ever. It lies at the center of our job choices, our marriages, our schools, and even our health. Nonetheless, it holds the distinct honor of being one of the last remaining taboo subjects in our culture. Often people refrain from financial discussions out of fear, shame, or lack of knowledge. Perhaps they feel they should be able to navigate the alphabet soup of 401(k)s and IRAs or perhaps they want to avoid their own economic reality. Regardless of the reason, it’s time to start talking. We need to take a hard look at how money is shaping or distorting our lives. It’s okay to admit that we don’t know everything and it’s okay if we don’t have all the answers. Starting the conversation is key.
Join Mellody Hobson for a frank discussion on finances and the importance of breaking the silence surrounding money.
Mellody Hobson is president of Ariel Investments. Headquartered in Chicago, the firm offers six no-load mutual funds for individual investors and defined contribution plans as well as separately ma...Show the rest
Mellody Hobson is president of Ariel Investments. Headquartered in Chicago, the firm offers six no-load mutual funds for individual investors and defined contribution plans as well as separately managed accounts for institutions and high net worth individuals. As president, Mellody is responsible for firm-wide management and strategic planning, overseeing all operations outside of research and portfolio management. Additionally, she serves as chairman of the board of trustees for Ariel Investment Trust.
Beyond her work at Ariel, Mellody has become a nationally recognized voice on financial literacy and investor education. She is a regular contributor and analyst on finance, the markets and economic trends for CBS News. She also contributes weekly money tips on the Tom Joyner Morning Show and pens a regular column for Black Enterprise magazine. As a passionate advocate for investor education, she is a spokesperson for the Ariel/Hewitt Study: 401(k) Plans in Living Color and the Ariel Black Investor Survey, both of which examine investing patterns among minorities.
Mellody is chairman of the board for DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. as well as a director of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. and Starbucks Corporation. Her community outreach includes serving as chairman of After School Matters, a non-profit that provides Chicago teens with high quality, out-of-school time programs. She is a board member of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, The Chicago Public Education Fund, and Sundance Institute, where she has been appointed emeritus trustee. She is also on the executive committee of the Investment Company Institute’s board of governors. Mellody earned her AB degree from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of International Relations and Public Policy. She also received honorary doctorate degrees in humanities from both Howard University and St. Mary’s College.Hide the rest