Native Women’s Leadership Forum and Enduring Spirit Awards
The Native Women’s Leadership Forum and Enduring Spirit Honoring Luncheon provides an environment in which Native women—daughters, mothers, granddaughters, great-grandmothers—can interact with one another through workshops, sharing stories, networking, and cultural presentations. Each year, a small group of women receive the Enduring Spirit Award which recognizes their lifetime achievements contributing to healthy communities.
Young Native Women’s Leadership Academy
The annual Young Native Women’s Leadership Academy prepares the next generation of women Native leaders by combining cultural values with modern tools and services. Young Native women who are seniors in high school through their final year in college apply, and receive lodging, meals, materials, and two intensive days of training at no cost.
NAN introduced a new series of Leadership Luncheons in 2020. The luncheon series creates opportunities for participants to network with fellow Native women and colleagues across fields. Lunch is complimentary and new guest speakers present at each gathering.
Legacy of Leadership Cohort
The Legacy of Leadership Cohort nurtures emerging Native professionals and advocates that serve the Native population of King County, Washington. Cohort members complete ten months of leadership training sessions addressing issues and topics relevant to the urban Native population, and work in groups to realize their own projects with guidance from a mentor.
Nonprofit Capacity Building Workshops
Native Action Network offers free workshops for staff and board members working with Native organizations. Courses are taught by instructors well-immersed in the nonprofit world, and NAN is working to strengthen community capacity by training a group of Native women participants to be instructors in future year.
A Growing Network
The journey continues long after each gathering, as participants in Native Action Network’s leadership development programs are welcomed into an elite and connected alumni network with the tools to propel members to reach newly defined goals. With each event, NAN’s network expands, providing endless opportunities to connect, explore career and educational interests, and share goals with a community of powerful and amazing Native women leaders.