About the Leadership Summit

Launched in 2017, the NAFOA Leadership Summit has provided Native American youth and young professionals the opportunity to learn about the current issues and policies impacting tribal economic development. Summit attendees learn directly from tribal leaders and business professionals during a full day of programming that provides panel discussions regarding graduate school, career advancement, along with business and tribal economic development topics. Following the Summit, participants attend the NAFOA Annual Conference. The two-day conference provides networking opportunities and facilitates important dialogues about tribal finance and economic issues impacting tribal economies.

Need-Based Funding

Need-Based funding is available for conference, accommodations and travel assistance for selected Leadership Summit participants. Eligible youth who are financially able to support themselves may apply to attend the Leadership Summit without applying for need-based funding.

Apply for the Leadership Summit

The Leadership Summit is open for application to self-identifying Native Americans ages 21-26 who participated in and completed the online Career Basics program.

The applicant selection criteria are based on the following:

  1. Strength of essay responses
  2. Academic Performance
  3. Professional and/or extracurricular experiences
  4. Actively participate and complete the NAFOA Career Basics program prior to the Summit or be recommended by an eligible NAFOA partner organization.
  5. Completion of the online Career Basics program (link to register page). The final day to register for Career Basics is January 31, 2022. This time frame ensures applicants are provided enough time to complete the 4-6 hour online program for Summit eligibility requirements.

Applicants should demonstrate a strong interest in learning more about the importance of tribal economies and the policies that impact tribal finance.

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