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Julia Boorstin Samuelson ’00

Julia Boorstin is CNBC’s senior Media & Entertainment Reporter, with a special focus on the intersection of media and technology. She leads the CNBC Disruptor 50, an annual list highlighting private companies transforming the economy and challenging established industries, which she created in 2013. She also pioneered CNBC’s ‘Closing the Gap’ coverage of women in business. Additionally, she reported a documentary for the network, “Stay Tuned…The Future of TV.” Boorstin joined CNBC in 2006 from Fortune Magazine where she was a writer and reporter since 2000. In her time at Fortune, she contributed weekly to CNN Headline News’ “Street Life” business coverage. In 2003, 2004 and 2006, The Journalist and Financial Reporting newsletter named Boorstin to the “TJFR 30 under 30’ list of the most promising business journalists under 30 years old. She also worked for the State Department’s delegation to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and for Vice President Gore’s domestic policy office. She graduated with honors from Princeton University with a B.A. in history. She is based in Los Angeles where she lives with her husband and their two sons.


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