All-around badass Mellody Hobson has been named the new chair of the Economic Club of Chicago. The 90-year old organization connects business leaders of Chicago in order to promote growth and development in local communities. Hobson will be the first African-American woman to become chair of the Economic Club of Chicago, which adds to her incredible list of achievements.
Hobson is currently the president of Ariel Investments, which is a minority-owned investment firm that manages over 11 billion dollars in assets. She also sits on the board of directors for Starbucks and Estee Lauder, and also just helped the negotiation for a 3.8 billion dollar deal between DreamWorks Animation and Comcast. Hobson also contributes pieces on finance and the economy for CBS news, and manages a non-profit After School Matters education program for Chicago youth. All of her achievements must make it tough for her spouse, George Lucas, the creator of “Star Wars,” to not feel overshadowed.
Hobson was named chair of the Economic Club by its past chairs and she will soon lead the 47 members (including 16 women of which whom 13 are minorities) that she has been a part of for the past 21 years. She will be accompanied in the achievements of past CEO president John W. Rogers Jr. who was the first African-American chair, in 2009.
Current CEO and president of the Economic Club, Donna Zarcone, had the following to say, “She has extraordinary energy and passion… She has very high standards in terms of how she holds herself and others to task, which we value.”
Hobson is expected to assume the role on July 1.