Distinguished Tech alumna to serve as keynote speaker for graduation
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Graduation will begin at 2 p.m. in the Thomas Assembly Center.
Dudley, who graduated from Louisiana Tech in 1985, is president and CEO of Dudley Enterprises, now known as Dudley Worldwide, a distribution company that provides medical and healthcare products and cleaning chemicals. She received her MBA from Dallas Baptist University, earning a perfect 4.0 GPA with a focus on management.
After she graduated from Tech, Zell worked at Dana Corporation, LTV Missiles & Electronics, and Mobil. In 1996, she became the first African American female hired to corporate management in the corporate procurement department at Corning Incorporated of Corning, N.Y. Dudley has managed procurement portfolios in excess of $200 million and generated multi-million dollar cost savings for Mobil Oil and Corning Incorporated.
Dudley is also the current and first female president of the Strategic Action Council of Northwest Louisiana and serves as secretary/treasurer of the Shreveport Charter Foundation. She also serves as Louisiana Cultural Adviser for the National Cultural Heritage Society.Dudley has earned the “Black Female of the Year” (1999) from Shreveport Bossier African American Chamber of Commerce, “Emerging Company of the Year” (2000) from the Minority Business Council, Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce and the “Women Who Have Made a Difference Award” (2001) from the YWCA’s Celebration of Women. Most recently, she was recognized with the “Community Leader of the Year” Award from 100 Business Men & Women of America (2008), “Amistad Freedom Award” from Amistad Radio Group (2009) and earned a nomination for “Woman-Owned Business of the Year” from the Shreveport Bossier African American Chamber of Commerce (2012.)
Graduation will officially end summer quarter. Fall quarter classes begin Sept. 5.