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Lurie Children's Head of Human Resources wins Women of Excellence Award

April 09, 2015

Joni Duncan, Chief of Human Resources at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, was one of 50 women to receive the 2015 Chicago Defender Women of Excellence award. This was the 9th year the iconic newspaper presented the awards which honor women who inspire others through their leadership, exceptional achievements and participation in community service.
Duncan, who has more than 20 years of human resources experience, has been responsible for many human resources functions, including recruitment, employee relations, organizational development, training and diversity. She was a 2014 fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago, a 30-year-old nonprofit organization that cultivates Chicago’s business, public and civic leaders through a deeper understanding of the issues facing our community and each other, helping them to build a better Chicago. She is a member of the Executive’s Club of Chicago and on the board of Urban Initiatives, a non-profit organization that runs health, education, and character development programming for kids in the Chicago Public Schools.
“I am honored to be considered a ‘leader’ among so many accomplished African American women,” said Duncan. “It is humbling but also a responsibility to continue to be a mentor and a servant of our communities.”
Duncan received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois and a Master’s of Science, Human Resources and Industrial Relations from Loyola University.  
She is also a member of the Chicago SHRM (Society Human Resources Management) and the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago.