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Paget Alves

Paget Alves

Former Chief Sales Officer
Sprint Communications Corporation
Paget served as chief sales officer for Sprint Communications Corporation from 2012 to 2013 after serving as president of the Business Markets Group since 2009. During his 14 year career at Sprint, he held several senior executive positions including senior vice president of Enterprise Markets and president of Strategic Markets. Prior to Sprint, Paget served as president and chief executive officer of PointOne Telecommunications as well as president and chief operating officer of Centennial Communications. He serves on the boards of Synchrony Financial, International Game Technology and the Dallas Community Foundation. Paget earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations and a Juris Doctor degree from Cornell University.
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Charles K. Bobrinskoy

Vice Chairman, Head of Investment Group
Ariel Investments
Charlie oversees Ariel’s domestic investment team. He also manages our focused value strategy—an all-cap, concentrated portfolio of U.S. stocks. Prior to joining Ariel in 2004, Charlie spent 21 years as an investment banker at Salomon Brothers and its successor company Citigroup, where he rose to managing director and head of North American investment banking branch offices. Charlie actively serves the Chicago community, sitting on the corporate board of InnerWorkings, Inc., a publicly traded print procurement company, as well as the boards of the Museum of Science and Industry, La Rabida Children’s Foundation and the Big Shoulders Fund. He also teaches monthly investing classes at two Chicago inner-city schools. Charlie graduated with an AB in economics from Duke University and earned an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Arne Duncan

Arne Duncan

Managing Partner
Emerson Collective
As managing partner at Emerson Collective, former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan returns to Chicago on a mission to improve the lives of at-risk young adults in his hometown. Established by Laurene Powell Jobs, Emerson Collective centers its work on education, immigration reform, the environment and other social justice initiatives. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Arne served as chief executive officer of Chicago Public Schools. From 2001 to 2008, he won praise for uniting the city’s stakeholders behind an education agenda that included opening 100 new schools; expanding after-school, summer learning, early childhood, and college access programs; and building public-private partnerships around a variety of education initiatives. Arne graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1987, majoring in sociology.
Mellody Hobson

Mellody Hobson

President
Ariel Investments
Chair of the Board of Trustees
Ariel Investment Trust
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 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’s 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.
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Henry B. Pearsall

Former Chairman
Sanford Corporation
From 1969 to 1994, Hank worked for Sanford Corporation in a variety of capacities, including president, chairman and chief executive officer. Prior to his career at Sanford, Hank was president of Ovaltine Products in the Philippines; former counsel for The Wander Company in Chicago and an attorney at the firm of Hopkins and Sutter. He serves as a director and chairman emeritus of the board of Oak Park River Forest Bankshares, a one-bank holding company; principal and director of Pearsall et Pere, a real estate development company in Chicago; and a trustee of The Morton Arboretum. Hank earned a BA degree from Amherst College and a JD degree from the University of Michigan Law School.
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John W. Rogers, Jr.

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Ariel Investments  
John’s passion for investing began at age 12, when his father began buying him stocks as Christmas and birthday gifts. His interest in equities grew at Princeton University, where he majored in economics, and over the two-plus years he worked as a stockbroker for William Blair & Company, LLC. In 1983, John founded Ariel Investments to employ a patient, value strategy in small and medium-size companies. He strongly believes in giving back to Chicago, sitting on the corporate boards of Exelon and McDonald’s, and serving as trustee to the University of Chicago. Additionally, he is a trustee of Rush University Medical Center and a life trustee of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Nationally, John is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a director of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. In 2008, he was awarded Princeton University’s highest honor, the Woodrow Wilson Award, presented each year to the alumnus whose career embodies a commitment to national service. Following the election of President Barack Obama, John served as co-chair for the Presidential Inaugural Committee 2009, and more recently, he joined the Barack Obama Foundation’s Board of Directors. In 2013, John was featured alongside legendary investors Warren Buffett, Sir John Templeton and Benjamin Graham in the distinguished book: The World’s 99 Greatest Investors by Magnus Angenfelt. John received an AB in economics from Princeton University, where he was also captain of the varsity basketball team.
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Robert I. Solomon

CEO
Software Platform Consulting, Inc.
Bob is the CEO of Software Platform Consulting, Inc. (SPCI), a company specializing in helping software companies build cloud-based, multi-sided platforms. Prior to joining SPCI, Bob served in a variety of senior leadership roles for ServiceChannel, Ariba, Inc., The Silliker Laboratories Group, Inc. and The NutraSweet Company. He began his career at The Boston Consulting Group. Bob graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with an AB in economics. He received his MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.
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David J. Vitale

Chairman
Urban Partnership Bank
David is the chairman of Urban Partnership Bank. Prior to that, he served as chief administrative officer and senior advisor to the CEO of the Chicago Public Schools. Previously, he was president of the Chicago Board of Education, president and chief executive officer of the Chicago Board of Trade, and a former vice chairman and director of Bank One Corporation. David also serves as trustee of the Glenwood School for Boys; the Museum of Science and Industry; the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago; and vice chairman of the board of The Art Institute of Chicago. He is a graduate of Harvard University and earned an MBA from The University of Chicago.
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Paula Wolff

Director
Illinois Justice Project
Paula serves as Director of the Illinois Justice Project, a civic organization implementing policy initiatives and programs to improve the justice system. Formerly, she served as president of Governors State University and director of policy for Governor James R. Thompson. She has taught public policy at Governors State University and Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. Paula has a BA from Smith College, as well as an MA and a PhD from the University of Chicago in political science. She serves on various boards including the University of Chicago Medical Center, the University of Chicago, the Johnson Foundation, the Metropolitan Planning Council and the Joyce Foundation.
 
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