Connie Duckworth describes t how she is creating a sustainable business with the goal of helping highly skilled women carpet weavers in Afghanistan.
Ms. Duckworth serves pro bono as President and Chairman of the Board of Arzu, Inc., a not-for-profit that aims to provide sustainable income to Afghan women by sourcing and selling the carpets they weave, and is an active member of the U.S.-Afghan Women's Council. Ms. Duckworth has the distinction of having been the first woman sales and trading partner in Goldman Sachs' history. Her book, a primer on how to start a business entitled The Old Girls Network: Insider Advice for Women Building Businesses in a Man’s World (Basic Books 2003), was published in September 2003. She sits on the Board of Trustees of Northwestern Mutual, the Boards of Directors of Smurfit Stone Container Corporation, Nuveen Investments, Inc. and DNP Select Income Fund, the Board of Overseers of the Wharton School, and is Chairman of the Board of Evanston Northwestern Healthcare.
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