This event features a panel of female world leaders, discussing life & balance, health & wellness, work & money, friends & family. The panel discussion will begin at 7:00pm sharp.

Sonia Gardner

Ms. Sonia Esther Gardner, J.D. is the Co-Founder, President, and Managing Partner at Avenue Capital Group. Ms. Gardner co-founded the firm in 1995. She is the Partner in charge of managing the firm, and distressed investing has been the focus of her professional career over the last 26 years. Ms. Gardner is also a Co-Founder at Amroc where she was a Senior Portfolio Manager responsible for investing the partners’ capital. There she was active in the review and trading of the debt of hundreds of bankruptcies. Prior to co-founding Amroc as an independent entity, Ms. Gardner was the General Counsel and the Senior Managing Director at Amroc Investments, L.P. Previously, she served as a Senior Attorney of the Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization Department at Cowen & Company.

Ms. Gardner was the recipient of the 100 Women in Hedge Funds’ 2008 Industry Leadership Award. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Managed Funds Association (MFA) and the Board of Directors of 100 Women in Hedge Funds. Ms. Gardner is a Member of the Board of Trustees of The Mount Sinai Medical Center. She has served and will continue to serve on the board of advisors/directors of both for-profit and not-for-profit private companies that are not affiliated with the firm. Ms. Gardner received a J.D. from the Cardozo School of Law in 1986 and a B.A. with Honors in Philosophy from Clark University in 1983.

Samantha Greenberg

Samantha Greenberg has been a partner on the investment team at Paulson & Co. since 2009, covering event-driven equities, risk arbitrage and credit/distressed investments. Paulson & Co. currently manages $19 billion. Greenberg began her career as an Investment Banking analyst at Goldman Sachs in 1998 before joining Francisco Partners as a Private Equity Associate in 1999. In 2003 she joined Chilton Investment Company as a Vice President in their investment analysis division with a focus on equity and long/short investments.

Four years later she took these skills to the Goldman Sachs Special Situations Group, becoming Vice President supervising analysis of credit/distressed and equities investment before joining Paulson and Co. She is a Director on the Board of Directors of the 14th Street Y and is a volunteer at the Young Women’s Leadership Network. She obtained an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and has a BS in Economics & Finance (with a dual concentration in Finance and Strategic Management) from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where she graduated summa cum laude.