The ENLS Impact: Catching Up with Participants

“ENLS provides young natives with an opportunity to learn how to benefit their respective communities. It provided me an opportunity to network and meet other natives from around the country that I otherwise wouldn’t have met. It allowed me to gain a better understanding of what the 8(a) program is and why it is so valuable to companies like All Native Group and how the program benefits tribes. ENLS prepared me to advocate for tribal corporations and the 8(a) program whether I go to Capitol Hill or to a Senate Hearing. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at ENLS and I am excited to return for a second year.”- Mikaela Downes   NACA wanted to find out if ENLS truly makes a lasting impression on its attendees so what better way than to catch up with an ENLS Alumnus? We touched base with 2016 ENLS Participant, Mikaela Downes in search of answers. Mikaela is a graduate of Georgetown University and a member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and currently serves as a Liaison, bridging inter-company marketing development projects with the All Native Group (ANG), a division of Ho-Chunk, Incorporated. We approached Mikaela wanting to know, is ELNS impactful for attendees’ professional careers?   Ms. Downes had been with ANG for a month and a half when she attended ENLS. Her expectations were dancing around the unknown, as she’d only seen promotional information for the event. What she did know was that she’d be around other American Indian and Alaskan Natives with similar interests and an understanding of the community....