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2018 Speakers Listed Below for Reference



Kewsong Lee, Co-Chief Executive Officer, The Carlyle Group 

Kewsong Lee is the Co-Chief Executive Officer of The Carlyle Group. Mr. Lee Chairs the Executive Committee and is a member of Carlyle’s Board of Directors. He is based in New York and Washington, D.C.

Upon joining Carlyle in 2013, Mr. Lee served as Deputy Chief Investment Officer for Corporate Private Equity, and in 2015, he also became the Head of Global Market Strategies. Prior to Carlyle, Mr. Lee was a partner and member of the Executive Management Group at Warburg Pincus. During his 21 years at that firm, he led the Consumer, Industrial and Services group, and oversaw financial services, capital markets activities, and development of the buyout practice.

Mr. Lee serves on the Board of the Lincoln Center Theater, where he is President, and Harvard’s Global Advisory Council and the University Campaign Steering Committee. He was recently the lead director of Arch Capital Group, and in the past has been actively involved on numerous corporate boards including Transdigm, Aramark and Neiman Marcus. He earned his AB in applied mathematics in economics at Harvard College and his MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Sean T. Klimczak, Global Head of Infrastructure, Blackstone

Sean T. Klimczak is the Global Head of Infrastructure and is based in New York. Since joining Blackstone in 2005, Mr. Klimczak has been involved in the execution of several Blackstone investments, including various Sithe Global investments (including Goreway, Bujagali, GNP Mariveles and SKS), Cheniere Energy Partners, Fisterra, Utility One Source, Meerwind, Transmission Developers and American Petroleum Tankers.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Klimczak was an Associate at Madison Dearborn Partners.  Prior to that, Mr. Klimczak worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions department of Morgan Stanley & Company’s Investment Banking Division.

Mr. Klimczak received a BBA in Finance and Business Economics from the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated summa cum laude and was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma, and an MBA with High Distinction from Harvard Business School, where he graduated with the highest academic standing in his class and was selected as a Baker Scholar, a John L. Loeb Fellow, a Henry Ford II Scholar and a William J. Carey Scholar.

Mr. Klimczak serves as a director of Sithe Global, Utility One Source, Transmission Developers and The Blackstone Charitable Foundation.  He also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Saint Mary’s College and as a member of the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business Advisory Council. Mr. Klimczak was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in 2015.


Paul A. Maeder, Co-Founder and Managing General Partner, Highland Capital Partners

Paul currently invests in online higher education, robotics, and software. As a Founding Partner of Highland, he has 30 years of experience in venture capital and has served as a director of many public and private companies. He manages Highland’s investments in Avidyne, BlueTarp Financial, Carbon Black, Jaunt, Rethink Robotics and 2U where he is Board Chair.

Paul was the 2011-2012 Chair of the National Venture Capital Association during the creation and passage of the JOBS Act. He serves on the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies. Paul has been recognized by the Forbes Midas List as one of the top venture capitalists in the industry. He is also the 2008 recipient of the Mass Technology Leadership Council Commonwealth Award.

Paul is a former director of Amp Resources (acquired by Enel), Avid Technology (Nasdaq: AVID),CheckFree (Nasdaq: CKFR), Chipcom, HighGround Systems (acquired by Sun Microsystems), Imprivata (acquired by Thoma Bravo), Mainspring (acquired by IBM), Relicore (acquired by Symantec), SCH (acquired by Legato Systems), SQA (acquired by Rational Corporation), StreamBase Systems (acquired by TIBCO Software), Sybase (acquired by SAP in 2010 for $5.8 billion), Vertica (acquired by HP), VistaPrint (Nasdaq: VPRT), Village Ventures and WebLine Communications (acquired by Cisco Systems). 

Before co-founding Highland, Paul spent three years in venture capital concentrating on software investments. He also held engineering and management positions for six years in high-growth medical technology companies, working on the development of an implantable artificial heart and the development of a complex visual field examination instrument.

Paul earned an M.B.A. (with Distinction) from Harvard Business School, an M.S.E. Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and a B.S.E., Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences from Princeton University.


Holly Maloney McConnell, Managing Director, General Catalyst

At General Catalyst Holly invests in and partners with disruptive, growth-stage technology and technology-enabled services companies. She helps lead investing efforts in software, open source, communications, and infrastructure.

Before GC, Holly began her career as an investor at Guidepost Growth Equity (FKA: North Bridge Growth Equity). Holly worked closely with companies such as Dyn, Erecruit, Spoonflower, and WP Engine and was focused on infrastructure, communications, human capital management, marketplaces, manufacturing, and digital media. Holly remains interested in these categories of companies, which operate with highly scalable revenue models that may include subscriptions, transactions, and high margin services.

Outside the workplace, Holly enjoys being as active and proudly support the Boston chapter of Soccer Without Borders, an international organization that serves young people in under-resourced communities through the game.

Holly earned a AB in Economics from Bowdoin College where she was captain of the Women’s Soccer team.