Take your career to a new level. Network with friends. Celebrate your unique contribution to your community.

Join us for TriSec 2022, a three-day conference dedicated to you, the Tribal Administrative Professional. Our biggest and
most exciting conference, TriSec is a blend of learning and fun, meant to energize the secretaries and administrative professionals
who tirelessly serve in tribal governments and other Native American organizations throughout Indian Country.


Our skilled and enthusiastic instructors have decades of Indian Country experience. You’ll have the opportunity to attend 8 of these 14 hands-on workshops.
Topics subject to change.
Goal Digger: Reaching your Full Potential in the Tribal Workplace - NEW TOPIC

We all have goals – long-term and short-term, but how can we put a plan in motion in order to achieve our goals? Recognize your true potential and attain maximum effectiveness by setting and achieving goals to further progress your professional development.

  • Why goals are hard to achieve
  • How to reassess your work style
  • Strategically planning goals that stick

Instructor: Marissa Gehley

Current Issues Affecting Indian Law - NEW TOPIC

One of the most powerful tools a person in a tribal administrative role has is to be aware of current and relevant laws and events affecting your tribe or tribal organization. In this informative session, our legal expert will walk you through the broad spectrum of laws and regulations that affect you and your tribe.

  • Updates to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)
  • Indian land and the laws affecting it
  • The application of federal law to Indian tribes

Instructor: Kostan Lathouris

Avoiding Miscommunication in a Digital World - NEW TOPIC

In the era of social media, it can sometimes be difficult to keep track of everything coming at us at such speed. Though it may be easier to interact with one another with the various methods of communication at our fingertips, it may not always be the most efficient or the most effective. Digital communication risks being lost in translation, which can spell trouble if you’re not careful.

  • Advantages and disadvantages of communicating digitally
  • How to convey the exact message you want
  • Ways technology can assist in communication, rather than hinder it
Instructor: Patina Park
Self-Awareness, Stress and You – UPDATED

With countless responsibilities, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed at times. Understanding yourself and your stressors is the first step in managing stress effectively. In this mindful session, we’ll discern positive practices to reduce stress as well as tips on using resources already at your disposal in your home and work environment to combat stress and anxiety.

  • Identify symptoms of mental and physical stress
  • Discover techniques to lessen stress
  • Recognize the correlation between effective stress management and productivity
Instructor: Lisa Harjo
Strategies for Working with Multiple Bosses – UPDATED

Every organization is structured in some way, whether in a traditional hierarchy or in a matrix structure. In this session, we’ll be exploring the latter by looking at challenges we face when reporting to multiple bosses. We’ll discuss strategies for keeping up with expectations and setting priorities to get the most out of working with more than one chain of command, and office politics management

  • Find ways to communicate your needs
  • Determine how to handle a range of priorities and personalities
  • Outline methods to mitigate conflict diplomatically
Instructor: Lisa Riggleman
From Obstacle to Opportunity – NEW TOPIC

The only thing that is constant is change. It is not a question of whether we want to turn lemons to lemonades; rather, it is a question of how we can create new opportunities in the face of adversity while understanding the nature of resistance to change. In this session, participants will learn how to redefine obstacles as opportunities with useful information, resources, and professional guidance for accepting change with new awareness, skills, and confidence.

  • Successful transitional strategies through the stages of change
  • How to change your perspective while being in control
  • Maximizing your new opportunity
Instructor: Lisa Riggleman
Creating Healthy Habits: Finding Balance in a Hybrid Work Environment Habits - NEW TOPIC

We’re all creatures of habit, which means it’s up to us to create positive habits for our minds, bodies and souls. In this enlightening session, you’ll discover why habits are hard to establish and how you can make habits stick with a little willpower and a lot of discipline.

  • What makes certain habits hard to stick
  • Methodologies associated with positive habit building
  • Techniques to reduce bad habits
Instructor: Lisa Harjo
Dealing with Difficult People and Having Awkward Conversations - BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

Everyone has personalities that they bring to the table, and it’s up to us to ensure that these personalities do not interfere with our daily duties. What happens when you need to have an awkward or difficult conversation with a fellow colleague, or your boss? In this session, you’ll identify methods to facing these challenges head on to convey a message which is productive and painless.

  • Strategies for what to say and what not to say
  • Ways to manage your emotions and be calm through the storm
  • Reasons behind the difficult behavior
Instructor: Patina Park
Unique Personalities Make a Diverse Team - New TOPIC

We all contribute our unique personality traits within our teams. Sometimes, these personalities can be misunderstood. Join this fun and interactive workshop to learn ways to positively impact work productivity with your personality traits. You’ll understand ways to capitalize on your strengths and improve team progress and discover skills that require development.

  • Identify your personal team player style
  • Tips for getting the most out of different personality types
  • Interactive exercises to help you put it all together
Instructors: Karla Bylund (Day 1 & 2), Wes Miller (Day 3)
90-Minute HR Refresher - BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

Maintain your HR Certification or simply stay updated on human resources policies and procedures in this 90-minute HR refresher workshop. You’ll explore topics, issues, laws and regulations that impact tribal organizations and enterprises.

  • Developing policies
  • HR functions and employment life cycle
  • Federal employment laws and their relevance in Indian Country
Instructors: Karla Bylund (Day 1 & 2), Wes Miller (Day 3)
Your Role in Creating a Safe Work Environment - NEW TOPIC

Employees thrive in a happy work environment. During this interactive workshop, we’ll discuss unsafe work environments and how they affect employee productivity. You’ll learn ways to cope in a hostile work environment and what you can do to make it better. We’ll discuss the legal ramifications, how to handle harassment issues and the proper steps to take if you are the victim of harassment.

  • Different types of harassment
  • How unsafe work environments affect productivity
  • Ways to navigate an unsafe work environment
Instructor: Kostan Lathouris
Achieving Excel-ence - Top 10 Shortcuts for Excel and Other MS Office Programs - BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

Are you excelling with the use of Microsoft Office™? Join our informative workshop and learn how to maximize efficiency as we unveil the full potential of MS Office to create Excel-ent results. Organize your digital workspace with the use of Outlook, explore budgeting in Excel and create interactive documents and presentations with PowerPoint and Word.

  • Exciting new collaboration tools
  • Organizing your digital workspace with MS Office
  • Tips to work faster and not harder
Instructor: Brian Pearson
Life on the Cloud: Top 10 Cloud-Based Applications - BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

In this workshop we’ll explore the top cloud-based applications for business use. We’ll discuss the two main operating system platforms for mobile tech and how to select the right system to accommodate your work life.

  • Comparison of different applications
  • How cloud improves mobility and collaboration
  • Connection and transfer methods
Instructor: Brian Pearson
The Office Detective: Using Curiosity to Solve Problems and Reduce Stressful Situations - BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

Put on your detective hat, grab your magnifying glass and join as we explore how examining problems from different angles can help you reframe and redefine obstacles and overcome them. We’ll show you how to use creativity, energy and enthusiasm to develop solutions for the most stressful situations.

  • Conduct yourself diplomatically in a problematic office environment
  • Strategies for dealing with conflict
  • Brainstorming for solutions
Instructor: Marissa Gehley
Welcome Reception

Join us Tuesday night for our annual TriSec Welcome Reception! Mingle with other TriSec attendees, dance to a live DJ, and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Dress to impress or dress for comfort – your choice. Doors open at 7 p.m. sharp.

About Your DJ

Kevin Lum — “Lumchux” — will get you on your feet during Tuesday night’s TriSec Welcome Reception! “When I play music I’m giving it everything I got. Every song is handpicked to create a unique experience in real time. I’m anticipating the perfect moment when all hands are in the air and you simply just let loose,” he says. “You let it all go! You forget who you were before you got on the dance floor, and all you know now is you got to move it. You gotta shake it. You gotta dance your freakin’ butt off!”

Tribal Secretaries Appreciation Luncheon

Celebrate Tribal Secretaries Month with us during our annual Tribal Secretaries Appreciation Luncheon where we honor you, our special guests and thank you for your commitment, hard work and enthusiasm in Indian Country. Your TriSec name badge is required for admission – and remember to wear your TriSec T-shirt!

Falmouth Institute is pleased to welcome Tanaya Winder as the TriSec 2022 Keynote Speaker. Tanaya is an author, singer/songwriter, poet, motivational speaker and educator who comes from an intertribal lineage of Southern Ute, Pyramid Lake Paiute, Diné, and Duckwater Shoshone Nations where she is an enrolled citizen.

Tanaya emphasizes the importance of “heartwork” – the life path one is meant to follow by using his/her/their gifts and passions. She blends storytelling, singing and spoken word to teach about different expressions of love (self-love, intimate love, social love, community love and universal love). Tanaya believes everyone has a gift they’ve been placed on this earth to share. Her specialties include: youth and women empowerment, healing trauma through art, creative writing workshops and mental wellness advocacy.

Monday, April 18

4:00pm – 6:00pm       Registration/Check-in


Tuesday, April 19

8:00am – 9:00am       Registration/Check-in; Expo Opens

9:00am – 10:15am       Opening and Keynote Address

10:30am – 12:00pm     Concurrent Session 1

12:00pm – 1:15pm        Lunch on your own

1:15pm – 2:45pm         Concurrent Session 2

2:45pm – 3:15pm         Break

3:15pm – 4:45pm        Concurrent Session 3

7:00pm – 9:00pm       Welcome Reception


Wednesday, April 20

8:00am – 9:00am        Expo Opens

9:00am – 10:30am      Concurrent Session 4

10:45am – 12:15pm     Concurrent Session 5

12:30pm – 2:00pm      TriSec Appreciation Luncheon

2:15pm – 3:45pm        Concurrent Session 6


Thursday, April 21

8:00am – 9:00am        Expo Opens

9:00am – 10:30am      Concurrent Session 7

10:45am – 12:15pm     Concurrent Session 8

Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities and exhibit tables are available for organizations looking to interact with the participants of TriSec. This conference will attract hundreds of tribal and government secretaries, administrative assistants, office managers, clerks and receptionists from tribes across Indian Country. Join us for this action-packed conference and be a part of the growth and professional development of tribal professionals throughout Indian Country.

Call 1-800-992-4489, ext. 104 for more information.


Karla Bylund

Marissa Gehley

Lisa Harjo

Kostan Lathouris

Wes Miller

Patina Park

Brian Pearson

Lisa Riggleman

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