Ms. Zazell V. Dudley
Louisiana Cultural Advisor
Education: Zazell, commonly called Zell, is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University, August 1985, where she was the first African American female to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering. In 1990, she went on to receive her MBA from Dallas Baptist University, graduating with a 4.0 overall grade point average. Her academia also includes a completion of Biblical Studies from Mt. Olive Bible Institute, Arlington, Texas.
Career Accomplishments: After graduating from Louisiana Tech, Zell accepted engineering positions with Dana Corporation and LTV Missiles & Electronics, until joining Mobil in 1990. There she implemented strategic centralization initiatives. She supported refineries and plants by serving internal customers, and managing regional and national contracts. Upon joining Corning Incorporated of Corning, New York, in 1996, Zell became the first African American female hired to Corporate Management in the Corporate Procurement Department. Zell has managed procurement portfolios in excess of 200 million dollars; and generated multi-million dollar cost savings for Fortune 500 companies, Mobil Oil and Corning Incorporated, 1990-1998.
Skill/Expertise: Zell is a Subject Matter Expert in the following areas: Managing and Leading Change, Supplier Development, Logistics, Supplier Performance Measurement and Monitoring, and Negotiations. She enjoys lecturing and serving as a panelist for topics such as: Professional Procurement, Minority and Small Business Development, Strategic Sourcing, Strategic Planning, Change Management, Leadership, Life Skills and Personal Effectiveness.
Entrepreneurial Accomplishments: Dudley Enterprises, a medical and life science product distributorship, was established in Shreveport, LA in 1998. Zell, President/CEO, initially operated out of New Life Missionary Baptist Church’s Education Building, founded by her father, the late Rev. Silas Dudley, Jr. For Zell, there was no better incubator to birth her new business. Now, based in the Intertech Science Park, Dudley Enterprises provides medical and life science products, facilities maintenance items, and green products to markets historically absent of minority business participation. Zell’s business acumen has helped her successfully manage unique and numerous challenges that accompany the pioneering of uncharted territory. Dudley is the only African American and female owned/operated business of its kind in the state of Louisiana, and has seen significant growth in both sales volume and in its customer base. In 2004, Dudley Enterprises was selected as 1 of 3 Louisiana small businesses presented at the Governor’s Economic Development Conference in Lafayette, LA. Dudley Enterprises, now Dudley Worldwide, celebrated 10 years of business in 2008. Today, Zell manages the Micro-enterprise Development Program in NW Louisiana for Louisiana Economic Development. Also, she is the Managing Director for the NWLA CD Fund I, a $40 million triple bottom line real estate equity investment fund.
Professional Achievements/Organizations: NAPM. National Association of Female Executives (NAFE). Society of Black Professionals (SBP), Corning Incorporated, 1996-8. Participant of the National Urban League’s Black Executive Exchange Program (BEEP). In-Unity, Inc., Founder, an organization that received the President’s Service Award for the 1997 National Volunteer Day under President Bill Clinton. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. Other accomplishments include:
- · Committee of 100, 2007-present
- · Rotary Club of Shreveport, 2006-present
- · Louisiana Economic Development Council, Gubernatorial Appointee, 2002-2005
- · Strategic Action Council (SAC) of Northwest Louisiana, Director, 2003-present
- · Biomedical Research Foundation, Community Outreach Committee, 2005-present
- · Black Entrepreneurship Success Training (BEST) at Louisiana State University – Shreveport, LA, Instructor, 2002-present
- · Louisiana Women’s Policy & Research Commission, Gubernatorial Appointee, 2003
- · Shreveport Bossier African American Chamber of Commerce, Chairman, 2002-2008 (first African-American Female Chairman of the Board)
- · Southern University - Shreveport, Louisiana, Adjunct Professor, 1999
- · Louisiana State University – Shreveport, Louisiana, Adjunct Professor, 2002
- · YWCA, Director, 2003
- · American Red Cross, Director, 2004-2006
- · Unity Way, Shreveport, Board of Directors member, 2000-2006
- · Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, member, 1999-present
- · Sci-Port Discovery Center, Director, 2006-present
- · Awarded “Black Female of the Year”, 1999, by Shreveport Bossier African American Chamber of Commerce
- · Awarded “Emerging Company of the Year”, 2000, by the Minority Business Council, Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce
- · “Women Who Have Made a Difference Award”, 2001, by YWCA’s Celebration of Women
- · “Top 10 Small Business of the Year” by the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, 2002
- · “Top 10 Leader of the Year 2007”, by the Shreveport Times
- · Led local black chamber to “Chamber of the Year” by the National Black Chamber of Commerce, 2007
- · Awarded the “President’s Award by Minority Business Council”, Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, 2008
- · Awarded “Community Leader of the Year” by 100 Business Men & Women of America, 2008
- · Awarded “Amistad Freedom Award” by Amistad Radio Group, 2009
Personal: Zell is a member of Greenwood Acres Full Gospel Baptist Church, where Bishop Fred A. Caldwell is pastor/teacher. She is the proud daughter of educator, Dr. Hazel Dudley, and the late Rev. Silas Dudley, Jr. She enjoys jazz, dining out, grilling, singing in the choir, and spending time with family.