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

Join us for the 2022 TriSec, 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.

Planet Hollywood hosts this lively event filled with enriching general sessions and engaging workshops. We invite you to join us for the Welcome Reception and TriSec Luncheon where we’ll celebrate your efforts and commitment. 

Choose from 14 workshops where you’ll discover how to reach your full potential in the tribal workplace; ways to avoid miscommunication in a digital world; methodologies associated with positive habit-building and techniques to reduce bad habits; your role in creating a safe work environment; and how to use creativity, energy and enthusiasm to develop solutions for the most stressful situations.

Make sure to join us for Indian Country’s biggest and best professional development conference for tribal secretaries and administrative professionals!


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

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. We’ll discuss that knowing yourself is the key to maximum productivity. In this exciting session, we’ll discover:

  • Why goals are hard to achieve
  • How to reassess your work style
  • Strategically planning goals that stick
Current Issues Affecting Indian Law

One of the most powerful tools a person in a tribal administrative role has is to be aware of current and relevant litigation 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. We’ll examine:

  • Updates to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)
  • Indian land and the laws affecting it
  • The application of federal law to Indian tribes
Avoiding Miscommunication in a Digital World

In the era of social media, it can sometimes be difficult to keep track of everything coming at us at such a rapid rate of 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. Communicating digitally runs the risk of your message being lost in translation, which can spell trouble if you’re not careful. In this insightful session, we’ll discover:

  • Advantages and disadvantages of communicating digitally
  • How to convey the exact message you want to
  • Ways to utilize technology to assist in communication, rather than hinder it
Self-Awareness, Stress, and You

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. After this session, you’ll:

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

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. During this session, you’ll:

  • Find ways to communicate your needs
  • Determine how to handle a range of priorities and personalities
  • Outline methods to mitigate conflict diplomatically
Being Diplomatic in the Workplace

Office politics affect every workplace, and tribal governments are no exception. In this insightful session, you’ll determine methods to being a leader in the workplace by conducting yourself with tact and professionalism. During this session, you’ll discover how to promote your cause without compromising your values or those of your organization. We’ll discuss:

  • Tips to overcome office politics
  • Neutralizing the negative aspects of office politics
  • Powerful habits to help you win in the workplace
Making Habits

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 habit stick with a little willpower and a lot of discipline. After this session, you will recognize:

  • What makes certain habits hard to stick to
  • Methodologies associated with positive habit-building
  • Techniques to reduce bad habits
Dealing with Difficult People and Having Awkward Conversations

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. We’ll uncover:

  • Strategies for what to say and what not to say
  • Ways to manage your emotions and be calm through thestorm
  • Reasons behind the difficult behavior
Unique Personalities Make a Diverse Team!

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
90-Minute HR Refresher

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
Your Role in Creating a Safe Work Environment

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
Achieving Excellence – Top 10 Shortcuts for Excel™ and Other MS Office™ Programs

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 Excellent results. Organize your digital workspace with the use of Outlook, explore budgeting in Excel and create interactive document and presentations with PowerPoint and Word.

  • Exciting new collaborations tools
  • Organizing your digital workspace with MS Office
  • Tips to work faster and not harder
Life on the Cloud: Top 10 Cloud-Based Applications

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
The Office Detective: Using Curiosity to Solve Problems and Reduce Stressful Situations

Put on your detective hats, grab your magnifying glass and join us 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


Lisa Harjo

This is Lisa’s 20th TriSec Conference! Lisa, who will be teaching the Self-Awareness, Stress, and You, and Making Habits workshops, looks forward to this event as much as our attendees. “This is a quote about something positive,” she says. “And something worthy of an exclamation point!”

Planet Hollywood

As one of the trendiest hotels in Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood makes every guest feel famously hip. Enjoy the newly remodeled ultra-stylish rooms, massive suites with dazzling center-Strip views and colorful, contemporary accommodations. Whether you’re dancing to the hottest beats at Koi Lounge or finding the perfect outfit at Miracle Mile Shops, Planet Hollywood sets the bar for fun things to do in Vegas – all day, all night. Dine like a movie star and look out for your favorite celebrities at one of the many Planet Hollywood restaurants. Eclectic food options offer tantalizing restaurant choices fit for every taste. Transporting the energy of Hollywood to the heart of the world-famous Strip, Planet Hollywood features electrifying music, dance, and comedy entertainment in its Las Vegas show offerings.

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