Founder & CEO
Connie Duckworth founded ARZU, Inc. in 2004 and serves pro bono as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. She is a retired Partner and Managing Director of Goldman, Sachs, & Co., where she was named the first woman sales and trading partner in the firm’s history during her 20-year career. Ms. Duckworth is a Trustee of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company and a Director of Russell Investment Group; and Steelcase Inc. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Duke Islamic Studies Center in Durham, North Carolina; the Board of Directors of Global Heritage Fund in Palo Alto; the Board of Directors of the Interfaith Youth Core in Chicago; and the Board of Overseers of the Wharton School. Ms. Duckworth is the immediate past Chairman of the Board of NorthShore University HealthSystem, in Evanston, Illinois, the first woman to have held this position. She is a past Chair of the Committee of 200, the organization of leading women entrepreneurs and corporate business executives in the U.S. She is the author of The Old Girls Network: Insider Advice for Women Building Businesses in a Man’s World (Basic Books 2003), primer on how to start a business.
The recipient of numerous awards, Ms. Duckworth was named a 2008 Skoll Foundation honoree for Social Entrepreneurship. She holds an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from the University of Texas.