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Ninth Native American Leadership Forum – West

December 3-5, 2023

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa – Lahaina, HI

Event Details

This December, Native Nation Events will hold its Ninth Native American Leadership Forum – West in sunny Hawaii at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa. This is a unique forum over two days combining advanced leadership training led by Jerrod Murr of Paradigm Shift. Our hands-on interactive accelerator allows participants to practice leadership thought and action in real-time. Attendees will walk away with the ability to leverage new ways of thinking, speaking, and acting and discover how that can enormously impact productivity, profitability, and overall effectiveness.

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Registration is now closed for the sold out Ninth Native American Leadership Forum – West.


Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa – Lahaina, HI

200 Nohea Kai Drive
Lahaina, HI 96761

In-House Reservation Telephone: 808-661-1234

Cut-off Date: November 2, 2023

Room Rate: $354

Make sure to mention the Ninth Annual Native American Leadership Forum-West and the dates to receive the discounted group rate.

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Maui's Most Exciting Luau!

Make cherished memories with loved ones and Native Nation Events this December at the Drums of the Pacific Luau! Immerse yourself in Polynesian culture at Maui’s most exciting luau! This show has delighted guests for over 30 years, featuring original songs, chants, and dances from Hawai’i and neighboring Polynesian islands that have influenced Hawaiian life and customs for centuries.

Experience Hawaiian and Polynesian culture’s delicious food and drinks and watch as a kalua pig is unearthed from the imu, a traditional underground oven.

Tickets to the Drums of the Pacific Luau are included in your registration to the Ninth Native American Leadership Forum – West.

The Drums of the Pacific Luau include:

  • Mai Tai and Lei Greetings
  • The Lighting of the Torches
  • Polynesian Crafts by Local Artisans
  • Traditional Imu Ceremony
  • Story of Lei Traditions and Polynesian Drum Demos
  • Hula Lesson
  • Songs, Chants, and Dramatic Dances
    • From Hawai’i, Tonga, Tahiti, Rarotonga, Samoa, Tuamotus, and New Zealand
  • 3-Course Dinner and Open Bar
    • Featuring an assortment of Hawaiian and local cuisine



Ninth Native American Leadership Forum - West

December 3-5, 2023

Agenda at a Glance

Monday, December 4, 2023

7:00-8:00 AM

Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:00-8:30 AM

Welcoming Remarks

Dan O'Connor

Sponsorship Sales Director | Native Nation Events

Jerrod Murr

Founder & Chief Visionary Officer | Paradigm Shift

8:30 - 10:00 AM

Opening Leadership Keynote: "Creating a Seventh Generation Vision"

  • A vision articulates where the leader and the organization want to go. It sets a clear destination and provides a roadmap for the future. With a well-defined vision, leaders can align their efforts and their teams’ efforts toward a common goal, ensuring that everyone is working in the same direction.
  • Tribal leaders not only have the specific mandate of leading multiple generations in their government and workforce, but they also have the unique opportunity to shape opportunities for future generations.
  • The Seventh Generation Principle generally refers to a higher level of consideration in our decision making process. The programs, initiatives, and decisions we make today will impact generations after us. We should consider those seven generations today and create a vision for all their futures.

10:00-10:30 AM

Morning Networking Break

10:30 -12:00 PM

Strategic Thinking and Planning

The strategic planning process is of great importance for organizations as it provides a structured approach to defining their long-term direction, making informed decisions, and allocating resources effectively. Here are some key considerations for trial leaders in strategic planning:

  • Vision and Direction
    • Strategic planning helps an organization establish a clear vision of where it wants to go and what it wants to achieve in the long term. It sets the direction for the organization and provides a roadmap for its growth and success.
  • Adaptation to Change
    • In today’s dynamic environment, native nations must be able to adapt to changes. Strategic planning enables tribes to anticipate and respond by providing a framework for evaluating opportunities and threats and making proactive adjustments to their strategies.
  • Resource Optimization
    • With limited resources, organizations need to optimize their allocation to achieve maximum impact.
  • Decision-Making
    • Strategic planning provides a structured approach to decision-making by considering various factors such as market trends, competitive analysis, and internal capabilities.
  • Performance Measurement and Accountability
    • Establish key performance indicators (KPIs) and targets that enable organizations to track progress and evaluate the success of their strategies. It also promotes accountability among leaders and teams to achieve the desired outcomes.
  • Competitive Advantage
    • A well-developed and executed strategic plan can provide an advantage by differentiating an organization from its competitors. It helps identify unique value propositions, target specific market segments, and leverage strengths while addressing weaknesses.
  • Continuous Improvement
    • The strategic planning process is not a one-time event but an ongoing cycle of planning, implementation, evaluation, and adjustment. It fosters a culture of continuous improvement by encouraging organizations to learn from their experiences, adapt their strategies, and stay agile in response to changing circumstances.

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Networking Lunch

1:00 - 2:15PM

Integration of Vision Throughout Tribal Entities

Organizational alignment refers to the harmonious integration of various components within an organization, including goals, strategies, processes, structures, and culture. It ensures that all elements of the organization are working together towards a common purpose and are mutually reinforcing.

In a tribal setting, this alignment often involves three major entities: Tribal Governance (council), Enterprise (business), and Education (youth development). In this afternoon session, we will discuss:

  • Alignment and Focus
    • Strategic planning only takes a grip so far. Alignment between the organization’s goals and objectives and its actions and resources must be carried out by tribal entities. It helps leaders prioritize initiatives, allocate resources strategically, and focus efforts on activities that contribute to the overall strategic direction.
  • Stakeholder Engagement
    • Leadership involves engaging all stakeholders, such as tribal members, employees, customers, and community members. By involving these key stakeholders, organizations can gain valuable insights, build consensus, and create a sense of ownership and commitment to the strategic direction.
  • Organizational Unity
    • Strategic planning facilitates alignment and coherence across different departments and teams within an organization. It ensures that everyone is working towards common goals and objectives, which leads to increased collaboration, synergy, and a shared sense of purpose.

2:15 - 2:30 PM

Afternoon Networking Break

2:30 - 4:00 PM

Continued: Integration of Vision Throughout Tribal Entities

5:00 - 8:00 PM

Drums of the Pacific Luau

Join us after a day of sessions at the Drums of the Pacific Luau! The sound of the conch, the beating drums, and the lighting of the torches will signal that it’s time to begin the spectacle! Here you’ll be treated to multiple courses and refreshing beverages as stories of the Pacific are told through song, dance, and drums!

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

8:00 - 9:00 AM

Registration and Networking Breakfast

9:00 - 10:30 AM

Building a Team that Succeeds

Day one focuses on the executives’ ability to create a vision and think strategically. This session will focus on building a team to achieve that vision. Team building plays a critical role in executive leadership by enhancing team collaboration, communication, trust, motivation, and problem-solving skills. It fosters a positive culture, builds resilience, and promotes innovation. By investing in team building, leaders can cultivate high-performing teams that contribute to the overall success of the tribe.

  • Role Clarity
  • Leading By Example
  • Team Engagement

Role clarity refers to the clear understanding of one’s responsibilities, duties, and expectations within an organization. It involves having a well-defined scope of work and knowing how one’s role contributes to the overall goals and objectives of the organization. Role clarity is essential for effective performance, as it eliminates ambiguity, reduces role conflicts, and enhances accountability. When individuals have a clear understanding of their roles, they can align their efforts and prioritize tasks accordingly. Role clarity also promotes collaboration and coordination among team members, as everyone knows who is responsible for what. It helps create a cohesive and efficient work environment, where individuals can contribute their skills and expertise towards the collective success of the organization.

Leading by example is critical in tribal communities. Integrity and modeled behavior by the executive leaders must resonate with tribal members and employees for long-term success. This begins with “personal leadership,” identifying one’s personal strengths and weaknesses to grow as a leader.

Team engagement refers to the level of emotional connection, commitment, and involvement that team members have towards their work, their team, and the organization. Engaged teams are characterized by high levels of motivation, enthusiasm, and a sense of ownership and accountability. Team engagement goes beyond mere job satisfaction and reflects a deeper level of connection and dedication.


10:30 - 10:45 AM

Morning Networking Break

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Continued: Building a Team that Succeeds

12:00 PM

Closing and Dismissal

Jerrod Murr

Founder & Chief Visionary Officer | Paradigm Shift 
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Kevin Ragsdale

Director of Strategic Partnerships | Paradigm Shift
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Confirmed Forum Partners

Sunday Night Reception Sponsor

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This is an outstanding prospecting opportunity for Forum Partners to meet and establish professional connections in a casual environment with Tribal leadership. This is not an exhibit hall-style event. Forum Partner Executives will be with the attendees during scheduled meetings, meals, and all social events.

Please contact Dan O’Connor ( to get the process started today.

See what past attendees have to say about our Leadership Forums:

Please enjoy the photos from last year’s Leadership Forum. We had an unprecedented number of attendees who enjoyed the sessions, camaraderie, and of course, sunny Hawaii.

Our Group of Leaders

Photos from Day One. Coach Jim Stroker and Maria Salvatore designed this event with networking and sharing in mind. Attendees were encouraged to get up, move around, and share victories and opportunities, all in the name of learning from one another and bettering themselves.