3 Cherokees named to NCAIED’s 40 Under 40 list

11/13/2020 02:30 PM
MESA, Ariz. – Three Cherokee Nation citizens have been named to the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s 2020 class of Native American 40 Under 40.

The list recognizes 40 emerging American Indian and Alaska Native leaders under the age of 40 from across the country. The three CN citizens are Mary Parker, management and program analyst for the National Indian Gaming Commission; Chris Welch, CN supervisor of employee relations and development; and Amy McCarter, community relations manager for Cherokee Nation Businesses.

The CN also had an employee named to the list in Dr. Ashleigh Coser (Choctaw/Muscogee), a psychologist with CN Health Services.

According to a NCAIED press release on Nov. 10, all winners are nominated by their peers, with the winners having exemplified leadership, initiative and, especially during COVID-19, resiliency and dedication towards their communities and businesses. This year’s 40 Under 40 represent the best from academia, the medical field, government, non-profits, the legal field, and more, the release states.

“The Native American 40 Under 40 awards recognize the hard-work, dedication, and perseverance of our best and brightest,” NCAIED President and CEO Chris James said. “Every year I am impressed by the wide range of accomplishments of our 40 Under 40 winners. The 2020 class shows us what young Native American and Alaska Native leaders are capable of – and what they are already accomplishing. Just as the 40 Under 40 honorees continually inspire all of us here at the National Center, we hope the award continues to inspire generations of Indian Country leaders who will one day be a part of this esteemed group.” 

This year, the Native American 40 Under 40 award recipients will be announced virtually through the NCAIED’s social media pages in the coming weeks. Additionally, award recipients will be honored at Reservation Economic Summit 2021. The 2020 class joins more than 400 previous winners that have been honored during the last decade.

For information, visit https://www.ncaied.org.


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