NAN’s Native Women’s Leadership Forum & Enduring Spirit Honoring Luncheon
September 14, 2023 - September 15, 2023
The Native Women’s Leadership Forum is an annual event full of workshops, breakout sessions, keynote speakers, and panels. The forum is designed with our mission in mind and encourages participants to make a positive impact in their community. Each year, the forum highlights a new theme, and with it new educational and training opportunities. Feedback tells us that attendees leave feeling empowered, recharged, and renewed. In conjunction with the forum, we host a special luncheon to celebrate our Enduring Spirit Award honorees, a Youth Academy, and other affiliated programs each year. Anyone interested in issues impacting Indian Country and uplifting Native women leaders is welcome to attend. The forum is open to the public, and registrants come from many gender identities, cultural backgrounds, and professional affiliations.
Native Action Network will host our 19th Annual Native Women’s Leadership Forum September 14-15 at The Westin Seattle. Our theme is Champions of Our Future.
The Leadership Forum opens with registration at 8:00 a.m. on September 14, 2023; Workshops begin at 9:00 a.m. and run through 4:00 p.m. There will be a welcome reception and Fashion Show featuring Supernaturals Modeling at 5:00 p.m. for registrants. We’re thrilled to welcome Co-Owners of Supernaturals Modelling, Patrick Shannon and Joleen Mitton! ♥️
Supernaturals Modelling is an Indigenous-owned modeling agency that uplifts and celebrates Indigenous talent and culture in the fashion industry. By providing opportunities for models from Indigenous communities across North America, they’re breaking down barriers and helping redefine how Indigenous peoples are seen in media.
Register today! Your registration includes: NAN swag, Supernaturals Modeling Fashion Show and Reception, two days of workshops, Youth Honoring Breakfast with keynote address provided by Kinsale Drake (Diné) from the NDN Girls Book Club; our Enduring Spirit Honoring luncheon with keynote address provided by Chef Braveheart (Oglala Lakota Nation); 2023 Enduring Spirit Honorees: Mary Wilber (Osoyoos), Jeri-Marie Bennett (Lummi, Suquamish, Duwamish), Binah McCloud (Puyallup), Teresa Iyall Williams (Coeur d’Alene). All attendees will receive Continuing Education Units for attendance.
Take a look at our agenda here.
Are you interested in sponsoring our event? There are many levels of sponsorship to choose from. Review our sponsorship form here.
Please note that our hotel room block is at capacity. Limited rooms at full rates are still available at the Westin Wednesday and Thursday nights. You are encouraged to secure your lodging plans as early as possible.
815 1st Ave. #113
Seattle, WA, 98104
Our greatest inspiration comes from the founding members of the American Indian Women's Service League who recognized early on the social issues Native people would face when the federal government passed the Indian Relocation Act in the early 1950s.