How Did I Get Here? Mel­lody Hob­son joined Ariel In­vest­ments right out of Prince­ton and knew she’d found a home

Pres­i­dent, Ariel In­vest­ments; chair­man, Dream Works An­i­ma­tion SKG

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“I stud­ied in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions and spent a lot of time in the li­brary. I loved it. I was very in­ter­ested

in money, be­cause we didn’t have a lot of it.”

“For years I trav­eled with our CEO, John Rogers, ev­ery­where he

went. I was pseudo chief of staff. He would

hand me things off his desk and say,

‘Do it, fix it.’ The as­sign­ments got more im­por­tant over time.”

“Diane Sawyer read an ar­ti­cle about me and called. I was in shock.

She rec­og­nized that we don’t have African Amer­i­can women

talk­ing about money, and she was my ad­vo­cate at ABC.” “I got re­ally good grades and did the ex­tra credit. I was that kid. I wanted to be a tele­vi­sion an­chor.”

“I im­me­di­ately knew I’d work here for­ever. I used to think, How many thou­sands of

times will I walk through this door?” “We met at the Forstmann Lit­tle Con­fer­ence in Aspen.

I told him I was on the Dream Works board, and we chat­ted about the movie busi­ness. The next year he said he was com­ing to Chicago to give a speech and would I be in town? I said I’d love to have din­ner.”

Early in her ca­reer

at Ariel

With Star­bucks CEO Howard Schultz (left) and for­mer Sen­a­tor Bill Bradley, 2005

With stu­dents from the teen ap­pren­tice pro­gram

Af­ter School Mat­ters, 2014

1976

Met hus­band Ge­orge Lu­cas

in 2006

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