American Indian Women Entrepreneurs' Edition

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06. 10. 07
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Co-Authors of the American Indian Women Entrepreneurs’ Edition—Dr. Molly Tovar and Nicole Wheeler

Dr. Molly Tovar

Dr. Molly Tovar has held positions as the Gates Millennium Scholars: Director of GMS Leadership Programs & Scholar Relations, Chief Operating Officer of the American Indian Graduate Center, and served in various administrative positions both at OSU and OUHSC. Dr. Tovar's nationally recognized expertise in strategies for ensuring the success of underrepresented students in undergraduate and graduate education has garnered her positions on committees such as the Council of Graduate Schools Advisory Committee on Minorities (Washington D.C), Council of Southern Graduate School in Graduate Education, and the ACT Policy Research Advisement Committee. Her dedication to the advancement of minorities in education has also earned her numerous awards including the Outstanding Oklahoma Native American Leadership Award, Holmes Scholar, and National Hispanic Scholar. She was selected as a fellow of the prestigious International Women's Forum and was awarded the UNCF/GATES Team Award. One of her passions is working with the Indigenous women in the tropical villages of Panama.

Nicole Wheeler

Nicole Wheeler worked as the Community Liaison & Communications Coordinator at Americans for Indian Opportunity (AIO) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was charged with building relationships with organizations and coordinating public education outreach.

Ms. Wheeler studied Communication at Cornell University where she served as the Chairperson of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, treasurer for Native American Students at Cornell, was an active member of the Hawai’i Club, and varsity softball team.

Ms. Wheeler’s work and research has lead to extensive travel throughout Latin America and Polynesia. Her research and professional experiences include: The Advancement of Maori Opportunity, Hamilton, New Zealand; Center for Disability Studies at University of Hawaii-Manoa, Honolulu Hawaii; and the Punta Cana Ecological Foundation/Cornell University, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Additionally, Ms. Wheeler works with Indigenous women of Panama on health issues. She has presented at national, state and local events, such University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s New Directions in American Indian Research and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society’s Annual National Conference. She is published in numerous journals, newspapers, and magazines.

Ms. Wheeler has worked at non-profits and Universities for the past six years aiding in student services, curriculum development and leadership. She is currently a consultant focusing on developing leadership skills in academic and corporate communications. Additionally, she serves on an advisory council for the Albuquerque Academy, is involved in animal rescue, volunteers for political campaigns and is a member of the Native American Caucus.


Dr. Molly Tovar

Dr. Molly Tovar

Co-founder and Owner

Tovar & Wheeler Consulting, LLC


Nicole Wheeler

Nicole Wheeler

Co-Founder and Owner

Tovar & Wheeler Consulting, LLC


Crucita Melchor

Crucita Melchor

Owner

Pottery by Melchors

 


Ellie and Elvira Hesse

Ellie and Elvira Hesse

Owners

Fabric Works in the Pines, LLC.

 


Erin Merryweather

Erin Merryweather

Chick-in-Charge

The Girlie Show LLC

 


Rulan Tangen

Rulan Tangen

Founding Artistic Director and Choreographer

DANCING EARTH

www.dancingearth.org


Andrea Miller

Andrea Northcutt Miller

Doula

Sacred Time Doula Service


Margo Grayproctor

Margo Gray-Proctor

President

Horizon Engineering Services Co.


Larylyn Riverwind

Larylyn Riverwind

CEO

Native Touch


Jeri Redcorn

Jeri Redcorn

Owner

Redcorn Pottery


Mary Kay

A. Kay Oxendine

Publisher/Owner/Editor

360 View Newspaper


Jo Richmond

Jo Ann Rackliff Richmond

Owner

The Potters Inn


Tonya June Rafael

Tonya June Rafael

Navajo Silversmith

 


Monica Simeon

Monica Simeon

CEO & Principal Partner

Sister Sky


Bon Liesener and Jan Pruner

Bon Liesener and Jan Pruner

Owners

Ohana Artisans


Deanna Wohlgemuth

Deanna Wohlgemuth

Rock On Jewelry Design

Citizen of the Cherokee Nation


Pauline Echo-Hawk

Pauline Echo-Hawk

Owner

Echo-Hawk Indian Trading Company


Maggie George

Maggie George

Co-Owner

Indigenous Research Associates


Eva Hoeft

Eva Hoeft

Owner

Cozy Quilts


Sherry Echo Hawk Taluc

Sherry Echo Hawk Taluc

Owner

Sherry's Shawls


Tina Sparks

Tina Sparks

Speaker

Owner

Sewing 4 the People