Bono

Bono

DECEMBER 6, 2018

Singer/ U2  Co-Founder/ ONE & (RED) 

Bono participated in a fireside conversation
moderated by Mellody Hobson, President of
Ariel Investments and Chair of The Economic Club
of Chicago. Bono spoke about U2, his philanthropic endeavors, the entertainment industry, and more. 

I think that love, if we had to define it, is the realizing of potential in others and indeed in yourself.

Bono on the importance of providing opportunities for all people. 

BONO

SPEAKER

Singer/ U2  Co-Founder/ ONE & (RED) 

Bono is an Irish musician who joined the band U2 while he was still in high school. The band’s sixth album, The Joshua Tree, made them international stars. Bono has used his celebrity to call attention to global problems, including world poverty and AIDS. Bono was named a “Person of the Year” by TIME magazine in 2005, and Queen Elizabeth II made him an honorary knight in 2007.

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MELLODY HOBSON

MODERATOR

Chairman, Co-CEO, and President/ Ariel Investments

As Co-CEO, Mellody is responsible for management, strategic planning and growth for all areas of Ariel Investments outside of research and portfolio management. Additionally, she serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ariel Investment Trust—the company’s publicly traded mutual funds. Prior to being named Co-CEO, Mellody spent nearly two decades as the firm’s President. Outside of Ariel, Mellody is a nationally recognized voice on financial literacy.
Her leadership has also been invaluable to corporate boardrooms across the nation. She currently serves as Chair of the Board of Starbucks Corporation. She is also a director of JPMorgan Chase. She previously served as Chairman of the Board of DreamWorks Animation until the company’s sale and was also a long-standing board member of the Estée Lauder Companies. Mellody’s community outreach includes her role as Chairman of After School Matters, a Chicago non-profit that provides area teens with high-quality after school and summer programs. Additionally, she is vice chair of World Business Chicago; co-chair of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art; and a board member of the George Lucas Education Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies. She also serves on the board of trustees of the Center for Strategic & International Studies, and of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Mellody is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, The Rockefeller Foundation Board of Trustees, and serves on the executive committee of the Investment Company Institute. Mellody earned her AB from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of International Relations and Public Policy. 

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Satya Nadella

Satya Nadella

OCTOBER 3, 2018

Chief Executive Officer/ Microsoft Corporation

Satya Nadella spoke to The Economic Club of Chicago at the First Dinner Meeting of the 2018-2019 Program Year. Nadella participated in a Q&A session moderated by Club Chair Mellody Hobson, President, Ariel Investments.

I fundamentally believe, like any human being, companies have an identity, have a soul.

Satya Nadella on company culture.

SATYA NADELLA

SPEAKER

Chief Executive Officer/ Microsoft Corporation

Satya Nadella is Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft. Before being named CEO in February 2014, Nadella held leadership roles in both enterprise and consumer businesses across the company.

Joining Microsoft in 1992, he quickly became known as a leader who could span a breadth of technologies and businesses to transform some of Microsoft’s biggest product offerings.

Most recently, Nadella was executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group. In this role he led the transformation to the cloud infrastructure and services business, which outperformed the market and took share from competition. Previously, Nadella led R&D for the Online Services Division and was vice president of the Microsoft Business Division. Before joining Microsoft, Nadella was a member of the technology staff at Sun Microsystems.

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MELLODY HOBSON

MODERATOR

Co-CEO & President/ Ariel investments

As Co-CEO, Mellody is responsible for management, strategic planning and growth for all areas of Ariel Investments outside of research and portfolio management. Additionally, she serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ariel Investment Trust—the company’s publicly traded mutual funds. Prior to being named Co-CEO, Mellody spent nearly two decades as the firm’s President. Outside of Ariel, Mellody is a nationally recognized voice on financial literacy. Her leadership has also been invaluable to corporate boardrooms across the nation. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Starbucks Corporation, and is the incoming Chairman of Starbucks, effective March 2021.

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