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2017 Keynote Address:  

Women in Leadership - Innovation, Opportunity, and Performance within Government & Business are Enhanced through Gender Balance

Thursday, April 13, 9:00 AM 

Women have always played an essential role in the success of government and business and in their communities overall.  This leadership role has been a part of many cultures for centuries, and today we see that role being brought back full circle again.  Today's Native American Woman brings a great deal of strength, knowledge, inspiration, collaboration, influence, and respect to Tribal government, business, and economic development.  

Through discussion, this panel of very successful women leaders will share their thoughts, ideas, strategies and their own successes to enhance the commitment and dedication of others to do the same within their government, businesses, and communities.  Among the many challenges that women face in leadership; confidence, assertiveness, encouraging cooperation and mutual respect are among the most difficult.  These panelists will delve into these challenges and help you become the leader you want to be no matter what gender you are, exploring all avenues available to advance in today's society equally.  They will explain how the gender balance in leadership roles has transformed decision making, strategy formulation, and long-term planning in our communities, while keeping strong cultural traditions in-tact within the family. 

Moderated by:  

Jackie Johnson-Pata, Execuive Director


Melanie Benjamin, Chief Executive
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibway 

Bernadine Burnette, President
Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

Paulette Jordan, Idaho State Representative         NIGA Secretary


APRIL 1- 4, 2019
San Diego Convention Center