WIS VIC in Conversation with Mellody Hobson


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A contrarian, a champion of financial literacy and a board member of Starbucks and The Estée Lauder Companies – hear from the incredible Mellody Hobson, one of the World's 100 Most Influential People (Time Magazine 2015).

Women in Super VIC are delighted to invite you to this exclusive event featuring international guest speaker, Mellody Hobson. Discussing her approach to financial literacy, her experience as a female leader in the industry and how her life experiences have shaped her, Mellody will share her thoughts in an interactive Q&A session. This special event gives guests the opportunity to engage in a dialogue with one of the world’s most influential women, so make sure you bring your questions!

About Mellody

Mellody Hobson is president of Chicago-based, Ariel Investments and serves as chairman of the board of trustees for Ariel Investment Trust. A leading voice on financial literacy and investor education, Mellody is a regular contributor to CBS News, the Tom Joyner Morning Show and Black Enterprise magazine.

Mellody is a director of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. and Starbucks Corporation, and serves as a board member of The Chicago Public Education Fund, George Lucas Education Foundation, Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, and Sundance Institute.

A passionate advocate for investor education, Mellody is a spokesperson for the Ariel/Hewitt Study: 401(k) Plans in Living Color and the Ariel Black Investor Survey, which examine investing patterns among minorities. Mellody’s community outreach includes serving as chairman of After School Matters, a non-profit organisation that provides Chicago teens with high-quality, out-of-school time programs.

Mellody earned her AB from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of International Relations and Public Policy and has received honorary doctorate degrees from Howard University, St. Mary’s College and the University of Southern California.

Videos featuring Mellody Hobson Fortune Magazine: My Breakthrough Moment in Leadership and TED: Colour Blind or Colour Brave

About Ariel Investments

Ariel Investments is an employee owned boutique equity fund manager with $15.3bn in firm wide assets at the end of June 2017 of which $6.3bn is in global and international equities. It was  founded in 1983 in Chicago by John W. Rogers, Jr. to manage U.S. small and mid-cap equities strategies.

At the start of 2012, the firm launched its Ariel global equity product under the stewardship of a proven and seasoned investor, Rupal J. Bhansali, Chief Investment Officer, International and Global Equities based in New York. With a distinguished 20 year track record, Ms. Bhansali was named a “Global Contrarian” by Barron’s in 2015, and a “Global Guru” by Forbes International Investment Report in 2009. In 2015, Ariel entered the Australian marketplace by opening a Sydney office, headed by Ian Webber, Senior Vice President, Head of Asia Pacific & MENA. For more information about the firm, please visit www.arielinvestments.com.

Please note: this event is open to all - members, non-members, women and men. Corporate member tables are only to be purchased by Women in Super Industry Partners, for the full list, please click here.



Tuesday 5 September 2017


12.00pm arrival and registration
12.30pm - 2.00pm lunch 


RACV City Club
Club Pavilion
Level 2, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne


Sit down luncheon


See below for ticket prices and to book

Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investment

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