Duckworth is currently a trustee of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company and a director of Russell Investment Group and Steelcase Inc. In her philanthropic work, Duckworth serves on the boards of The Wharton School in Philadelphia, the Interfaith Youth Core in Chicago and NorthShore University HealthSystem, in Evanston, Illinois, where she was the first woman to be named chairman of the board. She is a member of the U.S.-Afghan Womens Council, a public/private partnership aligned with the U.S. State Department and past chair of the Committee of 200, the organization of leading women entrepreneurs and corporate business executives in the U.S. Duckworth also co-authored a primer on entrepreneurship entitled The Old Girls Network: Insider Advice for Women Building Businesses in a Mans World (Basic Books 2003).
The recipient of numerous awards for leadership, advocacy, social impact, innovation and global presence, Duckworth was awarded the 2011 Wharton School Deans Medal, the schools highest honor. In addition, she was named a 2008 Skoll Foundation honoree for Social Entrepreneurship. Duckworth holds an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from the University of Texas.
Connie Duckworths visit to the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is sponsored by the Presidents Leaders Forum program.