Call for Nominations for NAFOA's Leadership Awards

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Call for Nominations for NAFOA's Leadership Awards

January 22, 2020

Call for Nominations for
NAFOA's Leadership Awards

Executive of the Year, Jean Swift, receives her award at NAFOA's 37th Annual Conference.
NAFOA invites you to submit nominations for the 13th Annual Leadership Awards, which recognizes the excellence, innovation, and achievement of those who have inspired and shown commitment to advancing tribal economies.

The NAFOA Leadership Award categories include:
Tribal Leader of the Year- To effectively lead a tribal nation, tribal leaders are tasked with the responsibility of making major financial decisions. This award honors a tribal leader who has displayed significant foresight and resolve in the financial advancement of his or her tribal nation.

Executive of the Year- Financially healthy tribal nations have excellent staff at the helm. This award honors an Executive, Finance Director, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, or other senior financial leader of a tribe or tribal subsidiary enterprise, who has demonstrated: cutting-edge thinking in developing the financial plans of the tribe, leadership in effectively sharing suggestions with the tribe, and success in implementing ideas for the overall betterment of the tribe.

Education Program of the Year- This award honors a creative and effective education program that furthers knowledge and understanding of business, economic development, or related fields. The award is open to programs developed by tribes, non-profits, universities, schools, and other institutions. The program should enrich the lives of Native people and empower them to make sound financial decisions.

Deal of the Year- This award recognizes a tribal deal or financial venture completed during 2019. The deal should be original in structure and its terms should be innovative for the tribe. The deal should have a lasting positive effect on the overall economic status of the tribe and its members, and be beneficial to Indian Country as a whole.

Please see the Nomination & Eligibility Criteria Form for additional details.

Awards Timeline:
  • Nomination Deadline: January 29, 2020
  • Award Winners Notified: February 12, 2020

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