Mellody Hobson (born 1969) grew up in Chicago and was raised by her mother, a realtor. After graduating from Princeton, she began working at Ariel Investments eventually becoming its president and co-CEO. In 2021, Hobson became Chair of the Board of Starbucks making her the first black woman to be chairperson of an S&P 500 company. She is passionate about financial literacy and is a strong advocate for diversity in American businesses.
Why this stop? The Clark/Division stop is a few blocks from Ogden Elementary School, the Chicago public school which Hobson attended through 8th grade.
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