Opening Keynote

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Joan Solotar is a Senior Managing Director at Blackstone, Head of Private Wealth Solutions and External Relations and serves on the Management Committee. Ms. Solotar oversees the firm’s Private Wealth Solutions business, which delivers solutions to institutional and high net worth clients. Additionally, she manages global shareholder relations and public affairs. Before joining Blackstone in 2007, Ms. Solotar was with Bank of America Securities where she was a Managing Director and Head of Equity Research. Prior to joining Bank of America, she was a consistently highly ranked Institutional Investor “All-America Research Team” financial services analyst at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and Credit Suisse as a Managing Director. Ms. Solotar Chairs the Board of Directors of Blackstone’s Charitable Foundation. She is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the East Harlem Tutorial Program and the East Harlem Scholars Academies. She is the author of a Harvard Business Review article entitled “Truths for our Daughters,” as well as “Truths from My Daughter.” Ms. Solotar received a BS in Management Information Systems from the State University of New York at Albany and an MBA in Finance from New York University.

Closing Keynote

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Ms. Payne is a managing director of Berkshire Partners, which she initially joined in 2000. Ms. Payne became a managing director of Berkshire Partners in 2015. Before joining Berkshire Partners, Ms. Payne was a business analyst at McKinsey & Co. She has worked extensively with Berkshire Partners’ retail and consumer portfolio companies, including Kendra Scott, Aritzia, Citizens of Humanity, Opening Ceremony, Portillo’s, and Savers. In addition to serving on our Board, Ms. Payne is a director of Kendra Scott and Opening Ceremony. Ms. Payne earned a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College and a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.