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KLASSI DUNCAN

Company:

Urban League of Louisiana

Position:

Director of the Women’s Business Resource Center and the Contractor’s Resource Center

About:

Klassi Duncan currently serves as the Director of the Women’s Business Resource Center and the Contractor’s Resource Center at the Urban League of Louisiana in New Orleans. In this role, Klassi is responsible for the oversight and management of the organization’s operations, programming, and staff.  Her responsibilities include establishing and leading the strategic direction of the organization, developing market-specific training curricula and special events, fund development and management, fostering strategic partnerships, and growing the Center’s impact in the community.

 

Under her leadership, the Women’s Business Resource Center was awarded the 2017 Women’s Business Champion Award by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Louisiana District Office for their work in promoting and developing women-owned businesses across the region.

 

In 2017, Klassi created and produced the Urban League of Louisiana’s first annual Women in Construction Convening, a one day event dedicated to providing women in construction and supporting fields with a platform for professional development, education and networking. In the same year, Klassi created and produced the Urban League of Louisiana’s annual Veterans Small Business Breakfast and Resources Summit. The purpose was to thank veteran entrepreneurs for their service, to celebrate their business accomplishments, and to support their entrepreneurial aspirations. The event now takes place annually.

 

Klassi currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Women Business Owners – New Orleans Chapter as the Chair of Programs. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Homer A. Plessy Community School in New Orleans and serves as the Chair of the Development Committee. Klassi is an active member of: United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Association for Women’s Business Centers, National Association of Women in Construction – New Orleans Chapter, and the Value Louisiana: Regional Sustainability Committee. Klassi also supports various other organizations and cause-based non-profit organizations, including Warriors for Willow – MSD Foundation and the Saul’s Light Foundation.

 

In 2016, Klassi was published in the Huffington Post blog What’s Working: Small Businesses where her article “The Power of the Pivot: Knowing When It’s Time to Change Direction” was featured. She is also a regular speaker during the annual Essence Music Festival’s empowerment series, speaking in 2016, 2017, and most recently, during the 2018 festival on the topic of scalability for entrepreneurs.

 

Ms. Duncan earned a BS in Business Management and a Master’s in Business Administration at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, FL.  She is also a Certified Professional in Supply Chain Management and a Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity.