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Fall 2021 Dish It Up | Unapologetic: "Rethinking Power"

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Women's Resources Center
Women's Resources Center, 616 E Green Street, Suite 202 Champaign, IL 61820 
Nov 8, 2021   12:00 - 1:00 pm  
Pamala Silas (Menominee and Oneida) Associate Director for the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research, Northwestern University
Kasey Umland
Originating Calendar
Women's Resources Center

Fall 2021 Dish It Up | Unapologetic: "Rethinking Power"  

Monday, November 8, 12 noon

Women's Resources Center, 616 E Green Street, Suite 202 Champaign, IL 61820 

OR register to join via Zoom: https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYtcuqsrDkpH90tSRk3F0IDwJdI_QaRXcFU

In this provocative workshop, participants will reflect on what their views of power are currently, how they respond to it and where some of their learnings about power have come from.

About the Speaker: Over the past 25 years, Pam has been a recognized Native American leader.  She has successfully led regional and national Native American and other non-profit organizations. She currently serves as Associate Director, outreach and engagement for Northwestern University, Center for Native American and Indigenous Research. 

Pam has a BS, Economics from DePaul University and is a Certified Association Executive (CAE).  An enrolled member of the Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin and descendant of the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin, Pam’s career experience is embedded with her connections and trainings influenced by Native culture and community.  

One of her proudest achievements was having her Tribe recognized along with the group she co-founded in Chicago receiving a top Harvard Honoring Nations award for their formalized urban, reservation relationship. She has won other awards and fellowships including:

  • Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow (99)
  • Lawyers Committee for Better Housing, Barbara Grau Outstanding Housing Advocate Award, (03)
  • ASAE Diversity Executive Leadership Program (09) 
  • Native Americans in Philanthropy, Flying Eagle Woman Award (12)
  • Metropolitan Tenants Organization, Lifetime Housing Champion Award (18)

Pam has provided executive management and consulting services with groups throughout the U.S.   She has served as Executive Director for the National American Indian Housing Council and Native American Journalists Association.  Prior to forming her own Association Management & Consulting Company, Pam served 8 years as CEO of American Indian Science & Engineering Society’s national operation in New Mexico and AISES Publishing Inc./Winds of Change Magazine.  In Chicago, she served as Executive Director for Metropolitan Tenants Organization, leading housing campaigns and aggressive direct organizing efforts with low-income tenants. 

She was recently appointed by Governor Pritzker serve on the newly created Illinois, Native American Employment Plan Advisory Council and has provided volunteer leadership to other public and tribal initiatives, including Chicago’s Low Income Housing Trust Fund, Chicago’s Council on Women, Chicago’s Community Development Advisory Council, Working Mother Magazine’s Multicultural Women’s Initiative and the Menominee Indian Tribal Gaming Commission.

This lecture is part of the Fall 2021 DISH IT UP series, "Unapologetic". Featuring a lineup of fiercely unapologetic women,the Women's Resources Center invites you to hear from individuals making change across career fields and communities. As the world continues to fight multitudes of oppression, our speakers will shine light on what authenticity, confidence, and truth can look like from a variety of experiences.    Funded by the Student Cultural Programming Fee.  FREE LUNCH will be available at this talk.


Alternating Mondays from Noon – 1pm (with free lunch) at the Women’s Resources Center, 616 E. Green Street, Suite 202 (Next to  McDonalds), Champaign, IL 61820 For more information: visit: https://oiir.illinois.edu/womens-center

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