Mellody Hobson.rgb

OAK PARK – Mellody Hobson, a nationally recognized voice on financial literacy and investor education, will have a special speaking engagement at the Guild Theater in Oak Park on Dec. 17.

Hobson’s special arrival is free, however, seating is limited. The program will began at 6:00 p.m.

Ms. Hobson is one of the most powerful women in the financial industry. She is the president of Ariel Capital Management, LLC — the largest African American-owned money management and mutual fund company in the United States.

The Chicago-based mutual fund company and investment management firm was founded in 1983, and has more than $15.5 billion in assets under management.
As President, Ms. Hobson is responsible for firmwide management and strategic planning, overseeing all operations of Ariel’s business outside of research and portfolio management. Last fall, she was elected Chairman of the Ariel Mutual Funds Board of Trustees. She joined the company in 1991 after graduating from Princeton University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of International Relations and Public Policy.

Ms. Hobson is chairman of the board for DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. as well as a director of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., Groupon, Inc., and Starbucks Corporation.

In 2002, Esquire magazine named Hobson as one of “America’s Best and Brightest” emerging leaders. In 2001, the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland named her a Global Leader of Tomorrow (GLT), and Fortune magazine recognized her as one of 25 “Next-Generation Global Leaders.”
The Guild Theater in Oak Park is located at 2828 35th Street in Sacramento. For more information, call (916) 842-4906.