THE NATIVE GATHERING
Monday, November 9th 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m
We begin the Native Convening with the Pre- Conference Native Gathering Day on Monday, November 9th, 2015. Hosted by First Nations Oweesta Corporation and Opportunity Finance Network, this full-day Gathering is designed for all professionals interested in learning more about Native CDFIs and their important work in transforming Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities.The Native Gathering kicks off a week of learning. We will emphasize sharing innovative organizational designs and development throughout Indian Country. Further, the day will highlight opportunities and best practices for Native CDFIs in building sustainability. Participants will have the opportunity to voice their opinions and share their respective organizations’ viewpoints on industry needs and opportunities. This is sure to be a day filled with information, interaction, and inspiration.
THE NATIVE TRACK
In partnering with Opportunity Finance Network, First Nations Oweesta Corporation holds a Native CDFI specific track of sessions each year at the Annual Opportunity Finance Network Conference. Below are the sessions offered for 2015.
Tuesday, November 10th 4:15-5:30pm– Native CDFI Portfolio Management– Join us, with panelists from Citizen Potawatomi CDC, Four Bands Community Fund, and Lakota Funds, as we discuss diversifying and incorporating funder specific aspects into your loan portfolio.
Wednesday, November 11th 11:15am-12:15pm– Native CDFI Program Development Networking Session– Interactive, conversation-based facilitated networking session around Native CDFI best practices. Breakout topics include: Development Services, Lending, Program Best Practices
Wednesday, November 11th 4:15-5:30pm- Funders Speed Dating– This session provides Native CDFIs small group discussion time with public, private, and philanthropic funders. Participants will have the chance to ask each of the funders how to better stand out in an application process. This speed dating style session will allow Native CDFIs valuable time with each funder to ask questions and learn insider tips.
Thursday, November 12th 9:00-10:30am– Native CDFI Succession Planning– How do small CDFIs create engaged staff? Building your team and increasing the capacity of your management. Staff recruitment and strategies for rural Native communities. This session is most appropriate for board members and executive directors.
NATIVE CDFI AWARDS
Wednesday, November 11th 6:00-8:00pm
Native Community Financial Institutions (CDFIs) provide access to capital and create economic opportunity for Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians. The Native CDFI Awards recognize excellence in the Native CDFI industry. One Native CDFI and one leader in the Native CDFI industry will be selected to win a $10,000 cash award each to help strengthen and advance the important work they do.
The two award winners will be announced at the Native CDFI Awards Ceremony hosted by Oweesta and OFN on the evening of Wednesday, November 11, 2015, at the 2015 OFN Conference in Detroit, Michigan. The winners will be invited to speak and highlight their achievements at this ceremony.