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Gabrielle Sulzberger ’81

Gabrielle Sulzberger

Gaby Sulzberger has been a professional in the financial services industry for over 30 years, working both in private equity and also serving as CFO in several public and private companies.  She is currently a General Partner of Fontis Partners, a private equity fund based in Pasadena, California. Ms. Sulzberger served as Chairman of the board of Whole Foods through the sale of the company to Amazon in August 2017. Prior to her role as chair, she served as Chair of the company’s audit committee for 13 years.

She currently serves on the board of two other public companies, Tel-Aviv based Teva Pharmaceuticals, and Brixmor Property Group, where she chairs the governance committee. Previously Ms. Sulzberger served on the public company boards of Stage Stores, IndyMac Bank, and Bright Horizons, and numerous private company boards.  She is a Trustee of the Ford Foundation, serves on the Board of the WomenCorporateDirectors Foundation, Trinity Church and she is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.


Heart-to-Heart: In-Depth Dialogues with Pioneering Princetonians

Saturday, October 6

Majka Burhardt ’98, Professional Climber and Executive Director, Legado, interviewed by Julia Boorstin Samuelson ’00, CNBC Senior Media & Entertainment Correspondent

Meet Majka Burhardt, author, professional climber, filmmaker and entrepreneur and hear how her passion, purpose and pursuit of excellence have taken her around the globe.

McCosh Hall, Room 10


Gabrielle Sulzberger ’81, General Partner of Fontis Partners, interviewed by Kim Goodwin ’81, CEO, Avanico Holdings

Meet Gaby [Simms] Sulzberger, one of the first women of color in private equity investments. Gabrielle has served on corporate boards since 2003.  She chaired the board of directors for Whole Foods, defending the company from activist investors and overseeing the company through Amazon’s acquisition in 2017.

Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium


Helen Zia ’73, Author and Activist, interviewed by Melanie Lawson ’76, News Anchor and Reporter, KTRK-TV ABC-13

Meet Helen Zia, a child of the civil rights era, who quit medical school to work as a construction laborer, auto worker, a feminist community organizer before finding her life’s work as an author and activist. Her passion for journalism and activism led her to Ms. magazine and global encounters.

McCosh Hall, Room 50