Connie Duckworth

"We work directly with women weavers, in their homes. After their first payments, they are amazed. They tell us, "I've gotten out of debt. I put meat on the table for the first time and shoes on my children's feet."

Connie founded a new non-for-profit corporation, Arzu Inc. (Arzu meaning hope in Dari). The organization aims to provide a market and resulting income to Afghan women weaving carpets. All surplus proceeds from the sale of carpets are contributed to education, health care and other services to support Afghan women and their families.

Connie is a retired partner of Goldman Sachs where she was elected the first woman sales/trading partner in the firm’s history and a founding partner of 8 Wings Enterprises, Boston. She is the author of, The Old Girls’ Network: Insider Advice for Women Building Businesses in a Man’s World. She has served as Chairman of the board of The Committee of 200, an organization of preeminent businesswomen and is currently the Vice Chairman of Evanston Northwestern Healthcare. In addition, she serves on the boards of Northwestern Mutual, Smurfit-Stone Contained Corporation, the DNP Select Income Fund, and the Wharton School’s Board of Overseers. The recipient of numerous awards, Connie was named as one of the 2004 Women Leaders for the 21st Century by Women’s eNews.

She earned a B.A. from the University of Texas in Austin and an M.B.A. from Wharton School.