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Sandra Horbach, Managing Director & Co-Head of US Buyout, The Carlyle Group


Sandra Horbach is a Managing Director & Co-Head of US Buyout at The Carlyle Group where she oversees Carlyle’s three largest private equity funds with approximately $40 billion in capital under management.  The Carlyle Group is a global alternative asset management firm with over $210 billion of assets under management. 

Ms. Horbach joined Carlyle in 2005 to launch the Consumer & Retail Group and has since led all of Carlyle's US consumer investments, including Acosta Sales & Marketing, Beats Electronics, CVC Brasil, Dunkin' Brands, Philosophy, The Nature’s Bounty Co. and Vogue.  She became Co-Head of US Buyout in 2016.

Prior to joining Carlyle, Ms. Horbach was a General Partner with Forstmann Little & Co.  Prior to Forstmann Little, Ms. Horbach spent 2 years in the M&A department of Morgan Stanley & Co.  Ms. Horbach earned her M.B.A. from Stanford University and her B.A. from Wellesley College.

Ms. Horbach currently serves as a director on the Boards of Acosta and Novolex. She serves as a Trustee at Rockefeller University and was formerly Chair of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business Advisory Council.

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Tricia Patrick, Managing Director, Advent International


Tricia Patrick joined Advent International in 2016 as a Managing Director focusing on buyouts and growth equity investments in the retail, consumer and leisure sector.

Prior to Advent, Ms. Patrick spent 15 years investing across both Bain Capital Private Equity and the Private Equity Group of Goldman Sachs. She has closed transactions across the retail, healthcare, business services, real estate and media sectors in the US as well as internationally. Her current directorships include Lululemon Athletica (NASDAQ: LULU) and First Watch Restaurants.

Ms. Patrick earned an AB in Biochemical Sciences cum laude from Harvard College and an MBA, with high distinction, as a Baker Scholar from Harvard Business School.


Rick Schifter, Senior Advisor and former Partner, TPG


Rick Schifter is a senior advisor at TPG. He was a partner at TPG from 1994 through 2013. Prior to joining TPG, Mr. Schifter was a partner at the law firm of Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in bankruptcy law and corporate restructuring. He joined Arnold & Porter in 1979 and was a partner from 1986 through 1994.

Mr. Schifter currently serves on the board of directors of LPL Financial Holdings, Inc., Caesars Entertainment Corporation, ProSight Specialty Insurance Holdings, Inc., the American Jewish International Relations Institute, and on the board of overseers of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  

Mr. Schifter also is the co-chair of the National Advisory Board of Youth, I.N.C. (Improving Non-Profits for Children). Mr. Schifter received a B.A. with distinction from George Washington University and a J.D. cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1978.


John Dionne, Senior Advisor and former Senior Partner, Blackstone


John Dionne is a Senior Advisor to Blackstone and a Senior Lecturer of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. He is also a director of Caesars Entertainment, Cengage Learning and Momentive Performance.

Until he retired from his position as a Senior Managing Director of Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Dionne was most recently its Global Head of the Private Equity Business Development and Investor Relations Groups, and also served as a member of its Private Equity Investment and Valuation Committees. During his tenure in this position, Mr. Dionne led global fundraising efforts of over $25 billion for three new private equity investment vehicles in the period immediately following the financial crisis.

Mr. Dionne received his MBA with academic honors from Harvard Business School and a B.S. from the University of Scranton, where he is a past Chair of its Board of Trustees.


Joel Cutler, Cofounder and Managing Director, General Catalyst


Joel Cutler is a co-founder and managing director of General Catalyst, a venture capital firm with offices in Boston, New York and Silicon Valley and approximately $5.0 billion in total capital raised.  

Mr. Cutler invests in teams creating real inflection points in consumer experiences through information technology products and services, consumer internet/mobile, e-commerce and online travel. His portfolio of investments includes: Airbnb; (acquired by Wal-Mart in September 2016); Kayak (2012 IPO and subsequently acquired by Priceline in May 2013); Lemonade; Oscar Insurance; Cadre; Sabre (NASDAQ: SABR); The Honest Company; and Warby Parker.