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Join over 400 Tribal Administrative Professionals for the largest conference of its kind in Indian Country! TriSec, Falmouth Institute’s annual Tribal Secretaries and Administrative Professionals Conference, is a three-day event designed to energize administrative professionals who tirelessly serve in tribal governments and other Native American organizations throughout Indian Country.

Register now, and get ready to experience a blend of learning, networking, and fun as you work toward a balanced, better you!

Highlights Include:
  • Inspiring and empowering Keynote Presentation
  • 14 engaging, hands-on Workshops to choose from
  • Enthusiastic instructors with decades of Indian Country experience
  • Fun-filled Welcome Reception with opportunities to network and have some fun
  • TriSec Appreciation Luncheon where we’ll celebrate you and your commitment to Indian Country
  • TriSec 2023 custom-designed t-shirt
  • Comprehensive conference manual
  • A chance to win fabulous prizes
  • Vendor Expo featuring Native American artists showcasing their products

Falmouth Institute’s Tribal Secretaries and Administrative Professionals Conference – TriSec – was first held in April 1994 in Lake Tahoe, CA and was created to support the dedicated individuals who work behind the scenes in Indian Country — tribal administrative assistants, clerks, office managers, receptionists, customer service representatives and others.

TriSec has been held every April for the last 29 years to celebrate Tribal Administrative Professionals. The conference is a blend of networking, learning and fun, designed to inspire and motivate you to face everyday challenges. Each year we strive to provide you with the tools needed to enhance your personal and professional success.

Monday, April 24

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

Tuesday, April 25

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

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

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

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

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

2:45pm – 3:15pm         Break

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

7:00pm – 9:00pm       Welcome Reception

Wednesday, April 26

8:00am – 9:00am        Expo Opens

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

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

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

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

Thursday, April 27

8:00am – 9:00am        Expo Opens

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

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

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.

Keynote Address

We are excited to welcome Rachel Lane Evangelisto as the TriSec 2023 Keynote Speaker. Rachel is a member of the Hunkpapah Standing Rock Lakota Oyate and grew up in Rapid City, SD. She currently resides in Minneapolis, MN, where she works as an Indian Child Welfare Act Guardian ad litem for the state of Minnesota and represents the best interest of Indigenous youth involved in child protection and foster care cases. In June 2022, Rachel made history after becoming the first-ever Indigenous Miss Minnesota in the program’s 86-year history. Through the Miss America Organization, Rachel found a platform where she could use her voice to correct the negative stereotypes she encountered and celebrate her culture proudly. Rachel was recently accepted into law school to obtain her Juris Doctorate in Native American Law.

Join Rachel for her keynote, “A Balanced Better You through Authentic Connection,” in discussing how she leveraged authenticity through her culture to make a major impact as an ICWA Guardian ad litem, and through her work as Miss Minnesota. Rachel will share with you how to use authentic connections to go from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset in your work and your communities. Learn how to become a change-maker and a balanced, better you in your personal and professional lives.

TriSec Appreciation Luncheon

Celebrate Tribal Administrative Professionals Month with us during our annual TriSec Appreciation Luncheon where we honor you, our special guests and thank you for your commitment, hard work and enthusiasm in Indian Country.

Tropicana Las Vegas provides a casually elegant South Beach vibe experience on the Las Vegas Strip. As well as enjoying excellent amenities inside each well-appointed room and suite, living it up in Vegas is easy at the Tropicana. Whether dining at celebrity chef-run restaurants or grabbing a bite on-the-go, you’ll have options galore. The Tropicana offers first-class entertainment with the hottest acts and attractions in town.  Easily book local attractions using the virtual concierge where you can find experiences and activities to fill your days and nights, all before you set foot in Las Vegas. Room rates vary.

Please make your reservation by March 31, 2023. To book your room online, please CLICK HERE. To book by phone, call (702) 739-2222 and give the code Falmouth2023 for special conference room rates.

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 (703) 352-2250, ext. 104 for more information.

Your TriSec registration fee of $880 includes 14 hands-on Workshops, a fun-filled Welcome Reception, the TriSec Appreciation Luncheon, a custom-designed t-shirt and more!

Group and Early-Bird Discounts:

Early-bird discount – Register AND submit payment by February 28, 2023, and get 5% off, so you pay only $836 per person. USE CODE: TS23EBS in the shopping cart.

Group discount – Register in a group of 3 or more and get 10% off, so you pay $792/person.* USE CODE: TS23GR3K in the shopping cart.

Early-bird group discount – Register in a group of 3 or more AND submit payment by February 28, 2023 and pay only $748/person.* USE CODE: TS23EBGRr in the shopping cart.

Groups of 10 or more: Please call (703) 352-2250 for special pricing.

*Group participants must register and pay together to receive the group rate.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Customer Care at (703) 352-2250 or


Exciting, All-New Workshops

Attend 8 of these 14 hands-on workshops taught by enthusiastic instructors with decades of Indian Country experience! Make your own schedule during our daily concurrent Workshop sessions.
Manage Multiple Projects Like A Pro

Combining project management software and organizational skills will enable you to manage projects like a pro. If multiple priorities are overwhelming you, learning to initiate the process may be the answer to working smarter. These strategies, along with practical operational tips, will make you a Project Pro in no time.

  • Maximizing tech-driven tools for efficiency
  • Prioritizing strategies for optimal performance
  • Leveraging time management skills
  • Managing stakeholders’ expectations

Instructor: Brian Pearson

Building High-Performance Teams

Team development is the key to successful operations. In this highly interactive workshop, we’ll unravel the unique characteristics of highly functioning teams. Learn how to create cohesiveness and loyalty where each member works together toward a common vision.

  • Developing high performing teams
  • Setting measurable goals
  • Instilling cohesive and value-aligned team dynamics
  • Creating an environment of open communication

Instructor: Wes Miller

Unlocking Microsoft Power Tools: Outlook, Teams and Beyond

Put your technical skills to work by unlocking a higher level of proficiency.  Learn to use Outlook, Teams and so much more. This workshop will give you the tools necessary to maximize Microsoft communication and productivity.

  • Exploring real-time collaboration tools
  • Using interactive video capabilities
  • Streamlining workflow
  • Improving workplace accountability
Instructor: Brian Pearson
Breaking the "Good Enough" Barrier—High-Powered Customer Service

Take your tribe’s customer service to the highest level. Whether your customer is internal or external, superior service skills can elevate the average workplace relationship to memorable and meaningful. It’s all about building rapport and serving with integrity to build a brand that leaves a legacy.

  • Overcoming obstacles with creative problem-solving
  • Ensuring consistency of tone and messaging
  • Harnessing the power of a positive attitude
  • Employing effective social media strategies
Instructor: Marissa Gehley
Work Smarter, Live Better

For busy tribal administrative professionals, it may be challenging to achieve a work-life balance. Take some time out for yourself and explore how to set reasonable limits while still meeting the demands of your job.  Yes! A balanced, better you does exist.

  • Prioritizing career and lifestyle
  • Encouraging healthy living
  • Engaging in your community
  • Setting and maintaining boundaries
Instructor: Lisa Harjo
Collaborative Leadership

Shared leadership gives your entire team the opportunity to take ownership. Discover the spirit of collaboration as you learn how to apply it in your workplace. Seek new ways to embrace innovation as you build trust to keep your tribal operations thriving.

  • Fostering workplace ownership and responsibility
  • Increasing transparency and accountability
  • Identifying opportunities to improve diversity
  • Making a lasting impact
Instructor: Julia Coates
Mastering the Dynamics of Conflict Management

Conflict is bound to happen! It’s what we do with it that matters the most. Achieve greater career and personal success through skillful negotiation techniques.  Learn how to turn differences into opportunities for professional growth. You may even build new allies.

  • Perfecting conflict resolution strategies
  • Communicating with empathy and understanding
  • Diffusing tension fairly and efficiently
  • Handling disputes with grace and dignity
Instructor: Wes Miller
Striking a Balance in the Remote Workplace

Working remotely has its advantages, but at times the increased flexibility may bring additional pressure. Increased technology allows for immediate and continuous access and can interrupt your personal space. Learn how to work smarter so those blurred lines between your time and your office time become clear.

  • Using remote and hybrid workspace tools
  • Keeping the lines of communication open
  • Leaving work at work
  • Keeping data safe
Instructor: Patina Park
Stop Wasting Time! Maximize Your Meetings

Lengthy, boring meetings are a thing of the past. Master the skills that will take your meetings to the next level, allowing you to take care of business and maintain morale. Learn how to maximize productivity without sacrificing order, professionalism, or time.

  • Understanding the fundamentals of parliamentary procedure
  • Delivering eye-catching presentations
  • Leveraging high impact electronic meetings
  • Maintaining focus and engagement
Instructor: Julia Coates
Communicate With Confidence

In life and business, communication is everything. Today’s workplace demands that we be impactful and flexible communicators. Like laughter, confidence is contagious!  Learn how to develop communication tools to increase your sphere of influence and persuasion.

  • Cultivating emotional control
  • Championing diverse ideas
  • Leading with clarity and direction
  • Embracing authenticity and confidence
Instructor: Evelina Maho
Organizing for the Overwhelmed Professional

Multitasking and competing priorities are common in the life of an administrative professional. Workplace organization is a state of mind that takes continuous work and thought. Together, we’ll work on breaking the cycle of office overwhelm by offering an efficient and systematic approach to your office culture!

  • Creating order and reducing stress
  • Maintaining accurate records and bookkeeping
  • Streamlining the office workflow
  • Managing supplies, assets, and travel
Instructor: Marissa Gehley
Creating a Budget 101

How well do you understand budgeting?  Setting and managing a budget is the first step in taking control of your office and personal finances. It’s the most accurate way to track funds and evaluate how successfully you’re allocating resources. We’ll demonstrate monetary goals to help you prioritize objectives for long-term personal and professional success.

  • Assessing risks and costs
  • Setting financial goals for your organization and home
  • Anticipating and eliminating budget surprises
  • Utilizing tools to monitor return on investment
Instructor: Evelina Maho
Embracing a Growth Mindset

How we view challenges and setbacks can be described as our growth mindset and can be applied to our work life and home life. Those who embrace growth tend to achieve more because more energy is spent on learning rather than “looking smart.” We’ll discover how to frame challenges as opportunities, while creating an environment that embraces continued learning and critical thinking.

  • Valuing hard work, strategies, and input from others
  • Understanding common misconceptions
  • Developing self-discipline and self-belief
  • Establishing fruitful communication and mentorship practices
Instructor: Lisa Harjo
Navigating Office Politics

The tribal workplace can be a unique setting especially when it comes to working with friends and family. It’s inevitable that you’ll face office politics, but it doesn’t have to be a negative experience. Learning to be office savvy has its benefits and can help to bridge relationships and influence.

  • Understanding nepotism in the tribal workplace
  • Avoiding distraction and negativity
  • Reframing what “politics” means to you
  • Creating strategies for a positive company culture
Instructor: Patina Park

Keynote Speaker Announced

Get a glimpse of Miss Minnesota Rachel Evangelisto’s inspiring keynote message!

Rock Solid Presenters

Our enthusiastic instructors are some of the very best in all of Indian Country!

Evelina Y-Maho, MAdm.


Communicate with Confidence

Creating a Budget 101

Lisa Harjo


Work Smarter, Live Better

Embracing a Growth Mindset

Patina Park


Striking a Balance in the Remote Workplace

Navigating Office Politics

Rachel Evangelisto

Keynote Speaker

Julia Coates


Collaborative Leadership

Stop Wasting Time! Maximize Your Meetings

Brian Pearson


Manage Multiple Projects Like a Pro

Unlocking Microsoft Power Tools: Outlook, Teams and Beyond

Wes Miller


Building High-Performance Teams

Mastering the Dynamics of Conflict Management

Marissa Gehley


Breaking the “Good Enough” Barrier: High-Powered Customer Service

Organizing for the Overwhelmed Professional

See You in April!