Our history is pretty simple, it started out like so many good things usually do…good people wanting to do good work. We're a group of women who have a passion for helping women, Native women in particular!
The conversation began in 2013 when Katreena Hayes-Wood owner of Career Services Network and Bridget Blixt of the Phoenix Indian Center met for lunch. During their luncheon they discovered they shared a mutual love for conference planning and believed that there was a true need for a convention that focused on Native American Women, one that was easy and affordable to attend that offered good information that would benefit, inspire and motivate attendees to take their lives to the next level.
After a couple of false starts and stops, mostly due to the lack of funding to get the conference off the ground, the first Native American Women's Conference became a reality in November 2016, thanks, in part, to a small inheritance Katreena received from her mother, Kleo Goforth (see Kleo's Kloset).
With money for the deposits and necessary funding to get the ball rolling the NAWC Planning Committee began the preparations for the first NAWC Conference, hosted at the Fort McDowell - Yavapai Nation's We-Ko-Pa Resort in Fort McDowell, Arizona on Thursday, November 3, 2016.
The planning committee decided to do something unique and distinctive with the NAWC Conference, instead of a multi-day conference they designed a one-day event, kicked off with a talking circle the evening before.
They planned for speakers in the morning, something fun and engaging during the luncheon and left the afternoon for interactive roundtables with information that matched the theme of the conference. One attendee said it was like, "speed dating for conferences!"
Get to know our planning committee…
Bridget Blixt, Program Manager, Phoenix Indian Center, Job Preparedness
Lana Chanda, Director Employment and Training, Gila River Indian Community
Jacelyn Salabye – Program Manager, Native Americans for Community Action, Inc
TBA– To Inquire about becoming a volunteer please email info@NAWC-AZ.com add "Volunteer" in the subject line.
If you have any question, please contact our office at (623) 561-6838 or e-mail us at Info@NAWC-AZ.com. Native American Women's Conference
Career Services Network, LLC
7942 W. Bell Rd
Glendale, AZ 85308