Executive Leadership

Leading People and Investing to Build Sustainable Communities Program

About the Program

Leading People and Investing to Build Sustainable Communities (LPIBSC) is a collaboration among Harvard Business School (HBS) Executive Education, NAFOA, and AFOA Canada. Its mission is to inspire and support Native finance professionals and leaders, as well as equip them with the tools to lead high-performing, innovative communities or organizations.

Developed under the guidance of HBS Executive Education, Leading People and Investing to Build Sustainable Communities is the only Executive Education program of its kind in North America. Together, esteemed HBS faculty, Native guest speakers who are knowledgeable in their fields, and participants from Native nations in Canada and the United States embark on the HBS campus for four days for a truly transformative experience.

Over five years, this executive-level program aims to enroll approximately 400 Native finance professionals and leaders from across North America. As part of each cohort, you will have the opportunity to engage in interactive and participatory sessions and hear diverse perspectives from your peers.

Admission to the program is highly competitive. Applicants will be selected based on the quality of their application and professional experience. At the program’s conclusion, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from Harvard Business School.

LEARNING AND LIVING AT HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL

LPIBSC Overview

This program provides you with the opportunity to view community investments in a broader context. While it is important to understand investment tools, strategies and products, it is equally important to understand how governance practices can shape the management of investments. By examining different institutions and covering topics such as, entrepreneurial finance, negotiations and change management, this program provides a solid grounding in the fundamentals of investment management. You will build the skills and confidence to immediately apply financial analysis techniques, set realistic performance goals, and play a bigger role in helping your community optimize its financial resources and strengthen its sustainability.

When you participate in an Executive Education program on the HBS campus, you enter an immersive experience where every aspect of the learning model has been carefully designed to facilitate your growth. Your learning will take place on your own, in your living group, and in the larger classroom driven by the renowned HBS case method.

Upon successful completion, all participants will be awarded a Harvard Business School Certificate of Program Completion.

Video from Leading People and Investing to Build Sustainable Communities program partner, AFOA Canada.

Topics

Investment Governance

Make informed decisions about different approaches to portfolio management.

Implement effective governance structures. Utilize valuation techniques for assessing investment opportunities.

Entrepreneurial Finance

Develop a framework for evaluating early stage ventures.

Make informed decisions about how incorporate different assets into your portfolio.

Negotiations

Identify effective ways of engaging with diverse and numerous stakeholders.

Utilize frameworks for effective negotiation independently and within a team.

Change Management

Develop effective strategies for leading complex and dynamic organizations.

Enhance your leadership capabilities and develop strategies to enact positive change in your community.

Application Process

  • Who Should Apply?
  • How to Apply?
  • Application Review
  • Fees, Payment, and Cancellations
  • Tribal government leaders including, Chief, Chairperson, Treasurer, Chief of Staff, and Senior Administrators.
  • Finance professionals including, Chief Financial Officers, Executive Officers, Senior Financial Managers, and Senior Accounting Staff with experience working in or with a tribal nation or Native organization.

Please complete and submit this form with an attached resume or biography. NAFOA maintains all application information in strict confidentiality. We acknowledge receipt of applications via email. 

The deadline for submission is March 6, 2022 at 11:59PM PST.

There is a limited amount of space available for U.S. participants. Successful applicants will be notified on or around early March.

Although there are no formal educational requirements, admission is a selective process based on your professional achievement and organizational responsibilities. To optimize the learning experience and maximize the exchange of ideas, NAFOA will utilize the Admissions Criteria outlined by Harvard University. NAFOA will make selections that balance each participant’s experience, scope of current responsibilities, and type of organization. NAFOA will seek candidates who reflect a broad range of functions and backgrounds.

The $3,000 program fee covers tuition, books, case materials, accommodations, and most meals. No payment is necessary until you have been accepted. Payment is required prior to the program state date. If you need to cancel or defer participation, you must submit your request in writing more than 30 days before the start of the program to receive a full refund. Cancellations or deferrals received 14 to 30 days prior to the start of the program are subject to a fee of one-half of the program fee. Requests received within 14 days are subject to full payment.

Cancellation Policies
All cancellations must be submitted in writing to edna@nafoa.org for consideration. Participant cancellations must be made more than 30 days before the start of the program to receive a full refund. Cancellations or deferrals received 14 to 30 days prior to the start of the program are subject to a fee of one-half of the program fee ($1,500). Requests received within 14 days are subject to full payment.

Program Details

Cost of Program

$3,000
The program fee covers tuition, books, case materials, accommodations, and most meals. Payment is due upon admission into the program.

Location & Accomodations

Harvard Business School Campus
Boston, MA 02163
Program participants are encouraged to stay in the HBS residences and the cost of the stay is included in the cost of the program.

Dates

The program will be held May 9-13, 2022.
All program sessions are mandatory. To receive the most out of the program, group meetings outside of these hours are also required and mandatory for participants to attend.

"I was truly fortunate to have the ability to attend such a dynamic program that gets to the heart of the key components of our economic sustainability in Indian Country. This was an invaluable program that every tribal leader should participate in at some point in their career."
Rodney Butler
Chairman, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation
Rodney Butler

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Upon successful completion, all participants will be awarded a Harvard Business School Certificate of Program Completion.

Faculty from the Harvard Business School will lead instructive sessions.

Participants will also learn from Native guest speakers who are knowledgeable in their fields, and other participants from Native nations in Canada and the United States.

No payment is necessary until you have been accepted. We will reach out to selected participants with payment instructions.

Payment is required prior to the program state date for those selected to attend.

The majority of HBS Executive Education participants stay on campus in several HBS Executive Education residences. Program participants are encouraged to stay in these residences and the cost of the stay is included in the cost of the program.

All program sessions are mandatory. To receive the most out of the program, group meetings outside of these hours are also required and mandatory for participants to attend.

All cancellations must be submitted in writing to edna@nafoa.org for consideration. Participant cancellations must be made more than 30 days before the start of the program to receive a full refund. Cancellations or deferrals received 14 to 30 days prior to the start of the program are subject to a fee of one-half of the program fee ($1,500). Requests received within 14 days are subject to full payment.

Our team can help you at any stage of the admissions process. If you have questions, please contact Edna Wyena, Program Specialist, at edna@nafoa.org.

Application Questions

Tribal government leaders including, Chief, Chairperson, Treasurer, Chief of Staff, and Senior Administrators.

Finance professionals including, Chief Financial Officers, Executive Officers, Senior Financial Managers, and Senior Accounting Staff with experience working in or with a tribal nation or Native organization.

Although there are no formal educational requirements, admission is a selective process based on your professional achievement and organizational responsibilities. To optimize the learning experience and maximize the exchange of ideas, NAFOA will utilize the Admissions Criteria outlined by Harvard University. NAFOA will make selections that balance each participant’s experience, scope of current responsibilities, and type of organization. NAFOA will seek candidates who reflect a broad range of functions and backgrounds.

The deadline for submission is March 6, 2022 at 11:59PM PST. There is a limited amount of space available for U.S. participants. Successful applicants will be notified on or around early March.

No, you do not have to be employed at or affiliated with a NAFOA Member Tribe to apply.

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