Mellody Hobson came to Birmingham earlier this year to share her insights and experience with more than 100 local business owners at Regions’ “Building for the Future” event promoting supplier diversity.

She imparted wisdom learned from those who impacted her life. For example, her mother – who she said was “brutally pragmatic” — told her at a young age that she would face obstacles and people who weren’t nice. “But never use that as an excuse.”

Check out the video for more highlights.