Native Leader Sarah Eagle Heart Among Those to Speak at 2018 U.S. State of Women Summit

Sarah Eagle Heart

Published April 21, 2018

LOS ANGELES – Native Americans in Philanthropy is proud to announce that its CEO, Sarah Eagle Heart, has been listed as a featured speaker at the 2018 United State of Women Summit, to be held May 5 and 6, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Eagle Heart will be representing the organization, and Indigenous women, as part of a powerful lineup of American and global leaders who are committed to social justice, activism, organizing, movement building and service.

Other featured presenters at the 2018 United State of Women Summit include Michelle Obama, the former First Lady of the United States; Dolores Huerta, lifelong activist, advocate for farm workers and President and founder of the Dolores Huerta Foundation; Eric Garcetti, Mayor of the city of Los Angeles; Jane Fonda, actor and activist; Tarana Burke, founder of the “me too” Movement; Valerie Jarrett, Former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama; and many more. Other confirmed panelists include Dr. Cheryl Crazybull, President and CEO of American Indian College Fund, and Chrissie Castro,  Vice-Chairperson of the Los Angeles/County Native American Indian Commission.

Eagle Heart, Oglala Lakota from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, began her journey as an activist and organizer as a teen and has since continually served as an advocate and supporter of youth and Indigenous communities as both work to create equity and justice for Indigenous people. In addition, she has served as an important voice in the philanthropic community to create greater awareness around the role that philanthropy can play in solving the biggest issues facing Indigenous people.

Since becoming CEO of Native Americans in Philanthropy in 2015, Eagle Heart has lifted up the work of the organization in new and bold ways, along the way creating meaningful and innovative partnerships with a number of philanthropists, advocacy and funding organizations. Her experience and success in multiple sectors, and her commitment to education and building healthy and sustainable communities, has led to her receiving American Express’ 2017 NGEN Leadership Award.

Sarah Eagle Heart with Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D – Hawaii) at the Native Nations Rise March on Washington on March 12, 2017. Native News Online photograph by Levi Rickert

“To be included in this group of such inspiring women is quite humbling. We are very pleased that USOW values and understands the importance of including an Indigenous worldview through the perspective of Native women, and has committed to including our voices in the critical conversations happening during this powerful event,” said Eagle Heart.

The USOW website describes the Summit: “The United State of Women Summit isn’t just a conference — it’s a powerful gathering of women and allies from across the country who know their energy and power will break down barriers that stand between women and full equality.”





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