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Gabrielle Sulzberger

General Partner, Rustic Canyon/Fontis Partners

Gabrielle Sulzberger is a seasoned financial executive with over 30 years of experience assisting public and privately held companies in consumer products, retail, financial services and health sciences.  Gabrielle has helped companies globally navigate disruption and transformation, execution of major M&A transactions, and engagement with shareholder activists. She brings deep corporate governance experience through her work with corporate boards and is qualified to serve on audit committees as a financial expert.

For the past twelve years Ms. Sulzberger has served as General Partner of Rustic Canyon/Fontis Partners, a private equity fund based in Pasadena, California. Prior to joining RC/Fontis, Gabrielle served as CFO of several public and private companies, including Gluecode Software, a venture-backed open source software company which was sold to IBM, and Crown Services, a California based consolidation of commercial contractors.

Until August of 2017, Ms. Sulzberger served as Chairman of the board of Whole Foods, where for 13 years she had previously served as Chair of the company’s audit committee.  She currently serves on the board of Brixmor Property Group, where she chairs the governance committee, MasterCard, and Acorns, a private-equity backed fin-tech company. Previously Ms. Sulzberger served on the boards of Teva Pharmaceuticals, Stage Stores, IndyMac Bank, and Bright Horizons, and numerous private company boards. 

Gabrielle is a Trustee of the Ford Foundation. She also serves on the Boards of the Women Corporate Directors Foundation, the National Association of Corporate Director’s Audit Advisory Council, Trinity Church Wall Street and she is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.  In 2014 she was named a Top 100 Director by the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Ms. Sulzberger received her B.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University. She received her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and J.D. from Harvard Law School and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar.


John W. rogers, Jr.

Founder, Chairman, CEO, and CIO of Ariel Investments

John W. Rogers, Jr. is Founder, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Ariel Investments. Headquartered in Chicago, the firm offers six no-load mutual funds for individual investors and defined contribution plans as well as separately managed accounts for institutions and high net worth individuals.    

After working for 2½ years as a stockbroker at William Blair & Company, LLC, John founded Ariel Investments in 1983 to focus on undervalued small and medium-sized companies. Patience served as the cornerstone of a disciplined approach that still drives the firm today. 

John’s passion for investing started when he was 12 years old when his father bought him stocks, instead of toys, for every birthday and Christmas. His interest grew while majoring in Economics at Princeton University. In addition to following stocks as a college student, John also played basketball under Hall of Fame coach Pete Carril. He was captain of Princeton’s Varsity Basketball Team his senior year. There, Carril’s courtside lessons on teamwork profoundly shaped his views of entrepreneurship and investing.

Early in his career, John’s investment expertise brought him to the forefront of media attention, including being selected as Co-Mutual Fund Manager of the Year by Sylvia Porter’s Personal Finance magazine as well as an All-Star Mutual Fund Manager by USA TODAY. Furthermore, he has been highlighted alongside legendary investors Warren Buffett, Sir John Templeton and Ben Graham in the distinguished book: The World’s 99 Greatest Investors by Magnus Angenfelt. A sought after market commentator and speaker, John is regularly featured and quoted in a wide variety of financial broadcast and print publications.  

Beyond Ariel, John is a board member of Exelon, McDonald’s, NIKE, The New York Times Company and serves 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, John was awarded Princeton University’s highest honor, the Woodrow Wilson Award, presented each year to the alumni whose career embodies a commitment to national service. Following the election of President Barack Obama, he served as co-chair for the Presidential Inaugural Committee 2009, and more recently, he joined the Barack Obama Foundation’s Board of Directors.


Steve Pamon

President and COO, Parkwood Entertainment

Steve Pamon is the President and Chief Operating officer of global entertainer Beyoncé’s management and production company, Parkwood Entertainment.

Based in New York City, Pamon joined the company in December 2015, after an impressive run as the head of Sports & Entertainment Marketing for JP Morgan Chase and prior to that as the senior Vice President and General Manager of HBO’s Digital Distribution and Business Development Team.

In his role, Pamon oversees all aspects of Parkwood Entertainment, Parkwood Touring and Parkwood Ventures, where he manages all partnerships, including the successful launch of the athleisure line, IVY Park, investment in the earth-responsible WTRMLN WTR, one of the most accessible cold pressed juices on the market, and continuing partnerships with Global Citizen and Chime For Change.

Additionally, Pamon manages the operation of Parkwood Music, including the release of Beyoncé’s groundbreaking and culturally significant 2016 release, LEMONADE, and the careers of new signees, singer/rapper/songwriter, Ingrid and singers/musicians Chloe x Halle.

In his relatively short time at the helm of Parkwood Entertainment, Pamon has already begun gathering accolades for setting and breaking records.  He was intimately involved in the negotiations for arguably the most talked-about performance in Super Bowl history, when Beyoncé moved the world after taking the field for a show-stopping halftime at Super Bowl 50 in February 2016.  He also worked closely on all aspects of the biggest tour of 2016 by any artist worldwide, the sold-out stadium Formation World Tour, which spanned across the United States and Europe.

Pamon is an active board member of New York Road Runners ("NYRR"), a non-profit organization that produces more than 100 sports events each year - including the famed New York City Marathon.  He holds an MBA from The Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and a BA in Business Administration (concentration in Finance) from Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA).