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carolynn duncan

Adjunct Instructor


Carolynn Duncan has a dual background in Venture Capital/Tech Entrepreneurship & International Humanitarian. She’s particularly interested in child welfare in the U.S. and East Africa. She has coached hundreds of entrepreneurs from $0 to $5MM in annual revenue since 2007 and has been in CEO/CRO/CFO/VP Sales & Finance roles for TenX, Sudara, GreenForce, BAKERpedia, Architectural Applications, Alma Chocolate, and more.

A popular speaker & thought leader, Carolynn has been featured in Forbes, Wall Street Journal, New York Times,, and has spoken, mentored, or judged at events for TEDx, Keiretsu Forum Impact, Elevating Impact, Mercy Corps, Tech4Change, Startup Weekend, and the White House Business Council. Carolynn has assisted businesses in raising capital from $10K to $8MM, and mentored startup founders in generating more than $40MM in revenues and funding.

She is passionate about humanitarian work and the intersection of impact capital + scalable social entrepreneurship and has worked with at-risk youth through Lift The Children in Kenya & Uganda, Utah Youth Village, the Casey Life Skills Program, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, and the foster care system in Oregon. She has an MBA from Brigham Young University and a Bachelor’s in Modern Dance, Music (Violin) & Creative Writing from Brigham Young University-Idaho.

Currently residing on Oahu, Hawaii Carolynn enjoys the beach lifestyle, including hammocks, pineapples, beach time, and smoothies. She is married to her husband Gary – they have 3 black cats, 1 Siamese cat, and are passionate advocates for an active life & healthy style for individuals navigating mental health and disability.


Favorite Quote

"The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.”
john maxwell
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