Elevating Impact Stories: Carolynn Duncan
Leading up to the Elevating Impact Summit on June 21, we’ve invited event speakers and panelists to engage in a storytelling project. We believe that storytelling is an essential part of effective social innovation. How can we tell stories in a way that generates interest and creates connections? How can we listen to the stories of others with the empathy needed to achieve true understanding? We hope that by sharing stories of failure, transformation and success, you’ll learn more about our speakers and the promise and challenges of social innovation.
Carolynn Duncan answers the question, “What is a hardship you overcame that shaped who you are today?”:
“I’ve actually the oldest daughter of a ten-kid family […] I had to take on a lot of responsibilities as the oldest in being a guide and caretaker for my siblings over the years, and that has definitely shaped my views.”
Carolynn Duncan is the founder/CEO of TenX.org, a business education company which helps emerging entrepreneurs and business owners sharpen their business skills and as a result, exceed the $100K and $1MM revenue milestones: under Carolynn’s direction, TenX alumni have generated more than $20MM in revenues and funding since 2009.
Prior to TenX, Carolynn was affiliated with EPIC Ventures, a Salt Lake City-based venture capital firm, developed an entrepreneurial finance program and ran LivePitch events for FundingUniverse (now Lendio), assisted in launching the Eastern Idaho Entrepreneurial Center in partnership with BYU-Idaho and EPIC Ventures, founded the Hundred Dollar Business, was a founding employee of TagJungle, a tech startup in the blog search space, and worked at $3MM seed fund Provo Labs.
Carolynn has worked with at-risk youth through Utah Youth Village and the Casey Life Skills Program, volunteers as a “Big Sister” with Big Brothers, Big Sisters, is an advocate of Pathway, a distance learning program developed by BYU-Idaho, and has taught financial & employment literacy for young adults in the LDS Church. Carolynn has a Bachelor’s in Modern Dance, Music (Violin), and English (Literature/Creative Writing) from Brigham Young University-Idaho.
Carolynn will participate in the “Impact Funding” panel at the Elevating Impact Summit on June 21.