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February 27, 2004: Diary Entry

I am on a layover in Chicago right now. I’ve decided that I need to keep my laptop in a roller-luggage thingy (heavy). I looking forward to getting home and seeing the family.

I had an interesting week. I am excited about the things we can pursue. I made contacts with people from the National Library of Medicine, American Indians in Science/Engineering Society, etc.

I called my assistant and asked her to create a database of contacts in the media that we may reach out to in the future with press releases. I am going to keep a database of information of people as well. This will help to keep track of follow-up needed resulting from theses meetings while I am traveling.

In each Friday Report to the membership I am going to strive to include a “message from the President” section to keep the board interested and aware.

It was exciting to attend the Alaska Native Arts Foundation event at Sotheby’s Auction House in New York, NY. The lecture portion of the event will go a long way to help the perceptions and understanding of not only Alaska, but more importantly, Alaska Native People and Culture. I believe if we can see ourselves on television, in mainstream America as value-added citizens, this will go a long way toward hope. There is an international resurrection of cultural reawakening. It is a blessed time in history.

The event (at Sotheby’s) was a landmark in time.

In addition, I was able to attend a historical Republican Summit to discuss Native Issues.

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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