Mellody Hobson 
President
Ariel Investments 

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 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 Chicago Public Education Fund, George Lucas Education Foundation, Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, and Sundance Institute, where she has been appointed emeritus trustee. She is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and serves on the executive committee of the Investment Company Institute’s board of governors. In 2015, Mellody was named to Time Magazine annual list of the one hundred most influential people in the world. Mellody earned her AB from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of International Relations and Public Policy. She has also received honorary doctorate degrees from Howard University, St. Mary’s College and the University of Southern California.

Connie Lindsey
Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity & Inclusion
NorthernTrust

Connie L. Lindsey is Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity & Inclusion at Northern Trust, Chicago. She is responsible for the design and implementation of global Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity and Inclusion strategy for Northern Trust and the development of goals, policies, and programs appropriate to the brand and business unit strategies.

Prior to becoming the Head of CSR, Ms. Lindsey led the client servicing teams in the Public Entities and Institutions segment in the Corporate & Institutional Services business.  She has held a number of leadership roles at the firm, including Deputy Business Head in Operations and Technology, Group Head in Northern Trust’s Wealth Management business, and Manager in Treasury Management Consulting and Product Management.

Ms. Lindsey is the immediate Past National Board President of Girl Scouts of the USA, the highest-ranking volunteer of this 2.7 million-member organization.

Ms. Lindsey is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, Executive Leadership Council, and Vision 2020’s Leadership Circle. She also serves on the boards of Executives' Club of Chicago, Friends of Prentice Board at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Leadership Greater Chicago, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, McCormick Theological Seminary, Metropolitan Club, Co-Chair of the Obama Foundation Inclusion Council, and YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. 

Ms. Lindsey has been profiled on national television on PBS’ 30GoodMinutes and ABC’s Heart and Soul.  She has been recognized for her leadership professionally and in the community by the Anti-Defamation League’s Woman of Achievement Award, Chicago Defender Women of Excellence Award, Chicago United’s Business Leaders of Color Award, Leadership Greater Chicago’s Distinguished Fellow Award, Life Directions-Guiding Light Award, National Diversity Council’s Most Powerful and Influential Women Award, Women’s Bar Association of Illinois-Advocacy Award, and YWCA’s Outstanding Leader Award in Community Leadership.  In 2011 Ms. Lindsey was honored with the Spirit of Achievement award by Loretto Hospital Foundation, establishing the Connie L. Lindsey, Cancer Resource Center at Loretto Hospital in Chicago.

 
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Sydney Smith
Development Coordinator
Phone: 773-451-3564
Email: ssmith@thechicagourbanleague.org

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