National Native American Human Resources Association Announce the 2019 And 2020 HR Leader Of The Year

The HR Leader of the year award is presented annually during NNAHRA’s national conference, recognizing an HR Leader who has exemplified the strategic role in the past twelve months and who is otherwise an outstanding leader within the HR community.  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Native American Human Resources Association (NNAHRA) recognizes its 2019 and 2020 HR Leader of the Year Award winners as they look toward the future in recognizing the HR leader for 2021.

NNAHRA is a nonprofit organization comprised of professionals employed for a Native American Tribe or a tribal enterprise. The organization truly understands the challenges and opportunities that face professionals and their organizations and aims to help and create real systems and solutions.

NNAHRA presents all professionals with information, solutions, education, endless support, certification, training, knowledge and networking opportunities to empower Human Resources Professionals and Tribal Leaders throughout Indian Country to lead their organization or Tribe to success, all while protecting their Tribe’s sovereignty.

The NNAHRA Award of Excellence requires a demonstrated level of accomplishment in three to four different areas: leadership, organizational impact, commitment to HR profession, and dedication to the mentoring and development of future tribal human resource leaders. The award recognizes model Human Resources leaders who contribute to their organization by improving their tribal organization’s bottom line, achieving business results, demonstrating leadership or developing innovative programs.

“It’s so exciting to honor and celebrate these two amazing people honored with HR Leader of the Year the past two years. We are always so impressed when receive nominations like these because we know they are making a difference in their careers and in our community,” says Tal Moore, Foundation Director of Development of NNAHRA, also honored with the award in 2018.

Karlene Crow, the 2019 HR Leader of the Year

Karleen Crow was recognized as HR Leader of the Year in 2019 for being a leader to those around her. She began her work with the Squamish Tribe in 1999 and with extreme dedication and hard work has evolved her role into Human Resources Director of the Port Madison Enterprises and Agency of the Squamish Tribe in 2015 of over 900 employees. Joaquin Blanco was recognized as HR Leader of the Year in 2020 for constantly demonstrating his leadership and management skills as well as his work with Dry Creek Rancheria and River Rock Casino. He is dedicated to developing future tribal human resources leaders.

“I felt honored to receive the 2019 HR Leader of the year award from NNAHRA. I am truly blessed to be able to come to work every day and do what I love,” says Karleen Crow, Human Resources Director of Port Madison Enterprises. “The future is to continue to grow and ensure every single day I lead by example and share my knowledge with all who wish to learn.”

The HR Leader of the year award is presented annually during NNAHRA’s national conference, recognizing an HR Leader who has exemplified the strategic role in the past twelve months and who is otherwise an outstanding leader within the HR community. Each honoree receives public recognition, an engraved award, media exposure and registration into the following year’s conference.

NNAHRA will celebrate their 25th Annual Conference September 27–29 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The annual conference offers three days of education, networking, mentoring and fun with multiple strategic sessions and presentations from keynote speakers and experts in their field. To celebrate their 25th year, NNAHRA will honor their past and embark on future opportunities.

Submissions can be provided online or in-person at the conference until September 27. For more information on NNAHRA or the HR leader submissions, please contact Janet Borland at jborland@nnahra.org or visit https://nnahra.org/.

ABOUT NNAHRA The National Native American Human Resources Association is a nonprofit organization comprised of HR professionals working for or providing professional services to tribes. Association business is conducted by an elected Board of Directors, who serve two-year terms on a volunteer capacity. The association started out as a grass-roots effort with four tribes meeting to network and share personnel issues and challenges over twenty years ago. The meetings evolved into conferences, and the membership grew into a formal northwest and then national association. What started with 14 members is now almost 2,000 strong. For more information, please visit https://nnahra.org/.

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Mrs. Davis is the founder, publisher and executive editor of the only Native American wholly owned and operated national tribal business publication, Native Business Magazine, and the producer of the annual and nationally attended Native Business Summit.

Mrs. Davis is also president of Davis Strategy Group has over 23 years of service to Indian Country and as an entrepreneur she has successfully established, operated, managed and grown several businesses in multiple sectors. She is equal parts a strategic visionary and behind-the-scenes implementor, essential in guiding and overseeing every process of brand development, business expansion, nation-to-nation relationship building and more.

She was named in 2009 as one of the first recipients of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s, “40 Under 40” award which recognizes up and coming community and business leaders from across Indian Country.

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