CNAY Fellow Teddy McCullough served on a panel at the U.S. Department of Education about leading in Tribal communities. The panel included influential voices from Indian Country including Bill Mendoza, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education, and Jackie Pata, Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians.
Panelists discussed their experiences as leaders and highlighted the challenges they’ve faced in Indian Country. Through sharing their experiences with different leadership roles, the panelists gave insights into how they became effective and successful leaders and how to develop future generations of promising leaders.
This panel was part of the “Conversations About Leading” Initiative. The purpose of Conversations About Leading is to have conversations—a real exchange of information and thinking around a table—on the topic of “leadership” with the Department of Education’s and other agencies’ Excellence in Government (CEG) senior fellows, fellows, Senior Executive Service staff, Teaching Ambassador and Presidential Management fellows, present and past guest leaders, emerging leaders from any organization and those who would otherwise benefit from the leadership conversation. The conversations typically include lessons from the guest leaders leadership journeys and current leadership challenges.