2012 AFN Convention
Success Beyond Barriers

This year’s Convention theme recognizes our Native communities’ achievements in context. It’s about our peoples’ repeated success at overcoming barriers and finding ways to thrive beyond the challenges that persist, especially in rural Alaska.

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See the schedule of activities.

2012 Convention Keynote Speaker

Carol Wren

Carol WrenCarol Wren is the Director of Employment and Training Services at Cook Inlet Tribal Council. She is Alaska Native of Inupiaq heritage, who grew up and went to school in Dillingham (pop. approx. 2,400), in the Bristol Bay area of southwestern Alaska. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master’s Degree in Vocational Education from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is married to Eric Wren and has two children, Jade (6) and Kenny (3).

Carol is a recognized leader in the development and implementation of innovative and effective training and employment programs for Alaska Native adults and youth. Over the past decade, she has been instrumental in establishing Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) as the primary workforce development, employment, and training center for Native people in Anchorage — Alaska’s largest Native community.

Ms. Wren has dedicated her professional life to improving the lives of whole families by helping to establish financial independence through stable employment, job training, education, and coaching that increase opportunities for parents and their children. She has been instrumental in developing an integrated approach to services and training by providing a single locus of opportunity for job — seeking youth and adults.

Visit Carol’s profile on the Alaska Journal of Commerce’s 2012 “Top Forty Under 40.

2012 Convention Schedule

The 2012 AFN Convention agenda will boast a wide array of speakers, from government and national representatives to Native leaders.

Check out these new Delegate Work Sessions

  1. Energy for Developing our Economies
  2. Native Community’s Relationship with the State of Alaska Workshop
  3. Strong Native Peoples – In Body, Spirit, and Mind
  4. Food Security and Management of Subsistence Resources
  5. Educational Reform – Our Vision for the Future of Education

Other event highlights will include:

  • A Statewide Tribal Leaders Forum on Wednesday, October 17th
  • Two nights of Alaska Native traditional dance performances called Quyana Alaska
  • Three days of the state’s largest Alaska Native Customary Arts & Crafts Show
  • A major Exhibit Fair of corporations, AFN member organizations, state and federal government agencies, tribes, nonprofits and educational institutions who partner with the Alaska Native community
  • A highly interactive Health Fair with multiple health entity sponsors, including the Center for Disease Control, Alaska Tribal Health Consortium, and others
  • Free Legal Clinic
  • AFN’s Annual Awards for outstanding achievements.
    Click here to purchase tickets for the luncheon.
  • AFN’s formal Closing Reception & Banquet