February 21, 2004: Diary Entry

I’m traveling to Philadelphia, PA today. I will attend some National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) sessions. Additionally, I’m attending a reception for Senator Campbell-Nighthorse. There will be a FAS/FASD hearing.

On Thursday I travel to New York, NY to attend an auction of Alaska Native Art. I don’t know too much about this event, except it is hosted by the Alaska Federation of Natives. Travelling on a train will be interesting.

Work is getting streamlined. I am interested in getting on track with this team. I look forward to creating a public relations strategy for the Alaska Native Health Board (ANHB). Over the upcoming year I plan to have a cohesive team and plan to execute strategy. I am very excited for the opportunity to do this.

Published by Trudy Sobocienski

My blog, "Beyond Leadership" is a creative place to share my personal feelings and thoughts while working in leadership roles for a variety of Alaska Native organizations, both for and not-for profit entities. An incredible leader and mentor of mine once asked while we were in Washington, DC, "What happened to you between the ages of 7-10 that motivated you to serve in a native leadership capacity". I was struck by that poignant thought and as such, include actual entries from my mother and my diaries beginning in the early 1970's. I enjoy sharing these excerpts because it captures the parallels she and I were experiencing throughout life, from two separate worldviews. Hers as a young mother of four and mine as her eldest child. I have never came across a book on leadership that lays bare a leaders personal feelings, thoughts, hopes, fears and dreams they were experiencing. So for me, my goal is two-fold: 1. Share the incredible life my parents created for my siblings and I growing up in remote Alaska; and, 2) Sharing my humanity, through my personal diaries and journals, while serving as the youngest-ever President/CEO for the Alaska Native Health Board. There are passages that will include significant policy issues I was working on throughout my career and travels. There are many more passages that do not. I cannot speak for my mom's passages, because I am reading them as I share them here, with you; with her permission of course.

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