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TED@OBM: Color Blind or Color Brave (January 2020)

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Mellody Hobson: Color blind or color brave? | TED Talk

The subject of race can be very touchy. As finance executive Mellody Hobson says, it's a "conversational third rail." But, she says, that's exactly why we need to start talking about it. In this engaging, persuasive talk, Hobson makes the case that speaking openly about race — and particularly about diversity in hiring -- makes for better businesses and a better society.

The TED Interview: Mellody Hobson challenges us to be color brave | TED Talk

Talking about race can be difficult. But Mellody Hobson argues that we need to do it anyway -- boldly and often. Mellody is the president of Ariel Investments, a firm that manages more than 13 billion dollars. And throughout her career and in her personal life, she's experienced just how corrosive it can be when people choose to be "color blind." In this candid conversation, she shares her vision of a more harmonious, diverse America -- and the difficult truths we need to swallow (and discuss) to get there.

PwC Talks: Being Color Brave™ with Mellody Hobson

PwC US Chairman Bob Moritz and Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments, talk candidly about her powerful TED Talk “Color Blind or Color Brave™?” They discuss why we should speak more openly about race and how it's better for us personally, professionally and for society as a whole.

PwC Talks is a series of thought-provoking conversations to challenge conventional thinking, broaden our perspectives and inspire the best in all of us.

Mellody Hobson on race: We must be 'color brave'

Mellody Hobson, the president of Ariel Investments, tells CNN's Poppy Harlow that being color-blind in the workplace is a cop out, executives need to be "color brave" instead.

Mellody Hobson On What It Means To Be ‘Color Brave’ In 2015 - MTV

As part of #TheTalk, Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments, and Chairman of DreamWorks Animation sits down with MTV News to share her thoughts on why we need to be "color brave."

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Mellody Hobson's quest for diversity

The article focuses on views of Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments. Topics discussed include becoming an advocate for increasing the number of women and minorities in boardrooms, publicity gained by white supremacists and no changes in pay inequality, and percentage of staff shared by African-American, Asian and Hispanic women.

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