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Join Inforum and ARZU’S Founder and CEO Connie Duckworth to talk about how she went from a partner and managing director at Goldman Sachs to the dirt roads of Afghanistan. starting ARZU. Ms. Duckworth is a trailblazing business leader, known for innovation, social impact and tireless advocacy for women’s economic empowerment, both in the U.S. and abroad. She founded ARZU in 2004 following a twenty-year career at Goldman Sachs where she was named the first woman sales and trading partner in the firm’s history.
Connie K. Duckworth is a retired partner and managing director at Goldman Sachs where she was named the first woman to be sales and trading partner during her 20 years there. Following 9/11, Connie retired from Wall Street and was asked to join the U.S. Afghan Women's council - a group of women created to develop and implement initiatives in support of Afghan women and children. Connie traveled to Afghanistan for the first time with this council in 2003 and after seeing firsthand the hardships that women and children faced, Connie knew she wanted to do something to help. On her plane ride home, Connie outlined the vision for a non-profit business she would later name ARZU — inspired by the Dari word for “hope”.
Date: October 11
Time: 11:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Steelcase Town Hall
Cost: Members: $30, Non-Members: $45, Table Sponsorship: $350
*Corporate Investor tickets are available for this event
Please help Inforum give back to the community! Let's show West Michigan what Inforum members can do to make this a better place to live and work. For this event, we are asking that you bring supplies for the Alpha Women's Center. Click here for a list of supplies. You can also support them in various ways on their website, or cash donations will be accepted at the event.