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Melba Duncan

Founder and President of The Duncan Group Inc. | International Keynote Speaker

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Melba J. Duncan is the Founder and President of The Duncan Group Inc., a retained search and consulting firm. Since 1985, the firm has been advising CEOs and other corporate leaders regarding specialized senior management support resources. The firm operates internationally and offers expertise in four practice areas: recruitment, organizational consulting, coaching and executive-level training for administrative staff, with a focus on C-Suite Strategic Assistants, and Chiefs of Staff.

From 1976 to 1985, Ms. Duncan was Assistant to The Hon. Peter G. Peterson, Founder of The Peter G. Peterson Foundation, Chairman Emeritus and Co-Founder of The Blackstone Group, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb Incorporated, and former Secretary of Commerce. In her prior position, Ms. Duncan was Assistant to Sanford C. Bernstein, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., a New York Stock Exchange member firm, where she was elected Corporate Secretary and became a stockholder.  

Ms. Duncan is the author of How to Succeed in Business as an Executive Assistant (Macmillan, 1990), and the classic, The New Executive Assistant: Advice for Succeeding as an Executive or Administrative Assistant (McGraw-Hill, 1997). Ms. Duncan’s upcoming book projects are Indispensability, an overview of career survival strategies in the new economy, and The Handbook of Assistants’ Best Practices, both scheduled for release in 2020. In December 2014, her interview titled “What Executive Assistants Know About Managing Up” was published in the Harvard Business Review.

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Session

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 | 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. PT

Indispensability and Innovation. An agile workforce meets the challenges of the 21st Century. Executive Assistants’ Competitive Advantage.

Melba J. Duncan is the Founder and President of The Duncan Group Inc., a retained search and consulting firm. Since 1985, the firm has been advising CEOs and other corporate leaders regarding specialized senior management support resources. The firm offers expertise in four practice areas: recruitment, organizational consulting, coaching and executive-level training. The ever-increasing significance of the indispensable role of the global professional Executive Assistant confirms that this is now an even better career option than ever before. A new performance level has emerged.

This session will cover:

  • Leadership + Management + Strategic Support = Business Partnership
  • Innovative Executive Assistants leading the way
  • The ever-fluid work dynamic
  • Improvement of processes

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