Adolfo P. Esquivel
Al Gore
Alice Walker
Amitabha Sadangi
Anderson Cooper
Andrew Young
Ann Cotton
Annie Lennox
Arun Gandhi
Bart Weetjens
Benazir Bhutto
Betty Williams
Bianca Jagger
Bill Cosby
Bill Drayton
Bishop C.F.X. Belo
Bob Geldof
Bunker Roy
Carlos Santana
César E. Chávez
Chief L. George
Christ. Amanpour
Clarence B. Jones
Colin Powell
Connie Duckworth
Coretta Scott King
Craig Kielburger
Dalai Lama
Daniel Lubetzky
David Brower
David Ho
David Trimble
Desmond Tutu
Dith Pran
Dolores Huerta
Don Cheadle
Dorothy Height
Dorothy Stoneman
Elie Wiesel
Eric Schwarz
Frederik W de Klerk
Gary Cohen
Geoffrey Canada
George Clooney
George Lucas
George Mitchell
Gérard Jean-Juste
Gillian Caldwell
Greg Boyle
Greg Mortenson
Hafsat Abiola
Harry G. Belafonte
Harry Wu
Helen Caldicott
Henry A. Kissinger
Ida Jackson
Immaculee Ilibagiza
Ingrid Betancourt
Ingrid W. El-Issa

Connie Duckworth


Connie DuckworthConnie Duckworth, born in 1954, began her career at Arco in the 1970's when the oil industry was at its peak. She then made history when she became the first female sales and trading partner at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Even while she served as the head of their various offices, Duckworth invested in helping the younger women in the firm understand how and why they should and can succeed in business. Meanwhile, she co-authored The Old Girls' Network: Insider Advice for Women Building Businesses in a Man's World and served on the committee of multiple related organizations and chaired the Committee of 200, a professional organization comprised of the most powerful female entrepreneurs and corporate executives in the nation. Always an advocate for women's rights and education, Duckworth founded "Arzu" (meaning "hope" in Dari) an organization intended to provide sustainable income to women for the sale of their hand crafted rugs. To be involved in the program, Afghan women receive basic healthcare and over market compensation for their rugs, as long as they promise to send their young children to school. Arzu currently works with 700 weavers, and hopes to double that number by 2011. Duckworth was named as one of the 2004 "Women Leaders for the 21st Century" by Women's eNews, and in 2008 won the Skoll Foundation's Social Entrepreneur award. Not only has Connie Duckworth empowered women to use their assets and talents in contributing to the world, she has given them the keys of self-confidence, and the assurance of being able to succeed despite often crippling circumstances.


"The beauty of having a successful business is it gives you a wonderful economic platform from which to do good."


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