A group of Native American women is planning a business summit for this spring. From left are Alicia Ortega, Stephine Poston, Vanessa Roanhorse, Jaclyn Roessel, Kim Delfina Gleason, Vicki Pozzebon, Kalika Tallou, Lisa Foreman and AJ Gloshay. (Courtesy Stephine Poston)
As a female business owner and Cochiti Pueblo member, Phoebe Suina says she often craves the camaraderie of other tribal businesswomen to manage the challenges of entrepreneurship.
“As Native Americans and women, we often face a double whammy, given all of today’s issues about how women are treated in the workplace,” said Suina, an engineer and owner of the environmental consulting firm High Water Mark LLC. “There are few of us women in engineering, and especially native women, so I call on colleagues to discuss issues and bounce ideas off each other without being judged.”
As more Native American women enter professional fields and start businesses, Suina and others have found such craving for support pervasive among existing and aspiring tribal women entrepreneurs, which encouraged them to launch a new Native Women Business Summit in Albuquerque.