Wana Duhart was born in Little Rock, Arkansas where she attended the Little Rock public schools and graduated with Honors from Little Rock Central High School. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting with Honors from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Upon graduation from SMU, she accepted a position as a staff auditor in the Dallas office of Arthur Young which was later merged with Ernst & Whinney to form the current Ernst & Young international accounting firm.
After working as an auditor in public accounting and earning the distinction as a Certified Public Accountant, Wana left to pursue her Master of Business Administration at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Subsequent to earning her MBA in Finance and Strategic Planning, she worked as an Assistant Vice President for Citicorp Investment Services in New York, New York. She resigned from Citicorp to attend The Divinity School at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Wana became a licensed minister at Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, New York prior to her enrollment in Divinity School and served at The Eliot Congregational Church in Roxbury, Massachusetts, during her time as a seminary student. Pursuant to earning a Master of Divinity from Harvard, she produced a thesis which focused on the utilization of cross-sectoral collaboration as a means for responding to economic and social needs and strengthening communities through partnerships across the nonprofit, private, public, and religious sectors.
This thesis provided the framework for the launch of Trahud Enterprises, her entrepreneurial venture which has partly focused on transforming the delivery and efficacy of K12 schools by allowing greater innovation, creativity, and flexibility. Trahud Enterprises has evolved into a collaboration of her interests and ideas, designed primarily to facilitate exchange, dialogue, and partnerships among the stakeholders and constituencies which make up the nonprofit, private, public, and religious sectors, pursuant to changing lives and building communities.
Her professional career has consisted of more than three decades of work across sectors. She has served as a CPA, consultant, business manager, chief financial officer, and accounting manager for firms, companies, and organizations, which include a charter school management company, independent K12 schools, a multinational financial institution, a Big 4 public accounting firm, private corporations, and a public university.
She currently serves as a minister, freelance writer, Chief Executive Officer of Trahud Enterprises, teacher, and speaker.
Wana is the creator of her blog, The VillageSpace and is the author of the print book entitled, A Call to the Village: Retooling Public Schools and the e-book entitled, People, Politics, and Profits: The Ties that Bind Main Street, the Beltway, and Wall Street.
For additional information pertaining to her work, please contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.