Indigenous Leaders Speaker Series

The Indigenous Leaders Speaker Series is a partnership between the University’s Indigenous Engagement Office and the Goodman School of Business. The series is not only an important opportunity for the School to amplify the voices of Indigenous business leaders, but also a chance for students to hear first-hand from a leader committed to doing business in a socially and environmentally sustainable way.

2022 Indigenous Speaker Series, Tuesday June 21 at 6:30 p.m.

MALLORY YAWNGHWE

Mallory is the Founder and CEO of Indigenous Box, and will be speaking at the 2022 Indigenous Leaders Speaker Series.

Guided by great purpose, the formerly shy Mallory, from Saddle Lake Cree Nation in northeastern Alberta, has accomplished things that she never could have believed possible. She earned her Bachelor of Commerce in Supply Chain Management, competed at the Young Entrepreneurs Symposium, attended the Coady Institutes Indigenous Women in Community leadership program, as a student, as alumni, and now staff. She’s honed her Supply Chain skills building schools and hospitals for the Government of Alberta, shared her knowledge and her community ties as a consultant for projects such as the Royal Alberta Museum’s Human History Exhibit and Fort Edmonton Park’s Indigenous People’s Experience.

Mallory Yawnghwe Headshot
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She’s helped raise over a million dollars for the Circle of Abundance in collaboration with a group of her mentors and peers. She’s started an Executive MBA in Aboriginal Business and Leadership. Now, after years of preparation, she’s taken on her biggest challenge yet: Indigenous Box.

The event will once again be virtual, hosted on the Lifesize platform. Please register below.

Previous Indigenous Leaders Speaker Series Honorees

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2021 – Jenn Harper

Niagara entrepreneur Jenn Harper, the founder of Cheekbone Beauty a sustainable and socially conscious cosmetics company, was honoured at Brock University’s inaugural Indigenous Leaders Speaker Series.

“Jenn Harper is an exemplary Indigenous leader who has translated Indigenous ways of knowing and doing — reciprocity, ecological responsibility and creativity — into a successful business model,” said Robyn Bourgeois, Brock’s Acting Vice-Provost, Indigenous Engagement. “She’s someone who has overcome great odds to get where she is today and is the epitome of Indigenous excellence.”

Cheekbone Beauty is committed to helping close the educational funding gap that exists between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, donating 10 per cent of its profits to the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society. Harper also strives to educate as many Canadians as possible about the Residential School System and the effects it had on her family and friends through decades of generational trauma.