10 of the 12 Alaska Native regional chairs attended BA A403 Inside the Boardroom of an Alaska Native Organization Shown in this historical photo are: (Bottom L to R), Joseph Nelson, Chair, Sealaska; Christopher Simon, Chair, Doyon, Limited; Tyan Hayes, Vice-Chair and Secretary, Koniag Incorporated; Thomas P. Huhndorf, Chair, CIRI; (Second row up, L to R), Sharon Guenther Lind, Chairman of the Board, The Aleut Corporation; Robert Beans, Chair, Calista Corporation; Ken Johns, Chair, Ahtna, Incorporated; (In the maroon) Linda Lee, Chair, NANA Regional Corporation, Incorporated; (Surrounding Chair Lee), Lee Ryan, Vice Chair, Bering Straits Native Corporation; Sheri Buretta, Chairman of the Board, Chugach Alaska Corporation; (Above Chair Lee), Karen Markel, Dean, College of Business and Public Policy. The students are surrounding the chairs.

History Made: BA A403 Inside the Boardroom of an Alaska Native Organization

On April 5, 2019 history was made at the University of Alaska Anchorage College of Business and Public Policy when 10 of the 12 Alaska Native regional chairs attended BA A403 Inside the Boardroom of an Alaska Native Organization. To our knowledge, this is the first time 10 of the 12 regions were represented in this manner and we were honored to have them as our guests.

These Chairs care deeply about the next generation of leaders. In this important class the chairs worked with students for five hours, mentoring them, listening to their ideas and preparing them for leadership. We were honored to host this prestigious group of leaders at the College of Business and Public Policy and we look forward to their continued participation in our program.

“When I first served on my board of directors I had to learn from the school of hard knocks. We are trying to change that at UAA by offering courses within the Alaska Native Business Management minor; courses that are preparing the next generation of leaders.” Sharon Guenther Lind, Chairman of the Board, the Aleut Corporation and UAA Faculty.

Unfortunately, Chairman Patkotak from ASRC and Vice-Chair Larson from BBNC were unable to attend this year. BA A403 Inside the Boardroom is a one-credit special topic course that meets over two consecutive 8-hour Friday’s and is offered within the 18-credit minor, Alaska Native Business Management at UAA. This is the only business minor in Alaska focused on Alaska Native corporation best practices and includes a variety of options in our special topics area. A special thank you to The Aleut Foundation for sponsoring our coffee and lunch at this event.