Pamela Standing

Executive Director, Minnesota Indigenous Business Alliance (St. Paul, Minnesota)

Session: Creating a Statewide Native Buying and Marketing Cooperative (Friday, 3:45 – 5:00pm)

Pamela Standing left a 16-year international business career in 1991 to return home and immerse herself in grass roots organizing and rural tribal community wealth building. It was during this time she was able to draw upon her unique and diverse experiences from business and international travel to move into sustainable organizational development. She brings with her well-rounded experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.  Standing specializes in culturally-based business, and strategic planning. Her experience has shown her that Indigenous run organizations and businesses can be healthy, enjoy financial growth, and succeed within the dominant business system without compromising cultural values. She endeavors to close the disparity gap through cooperative work, collaboration and forming partnerships and alliances that ultimately result in the sharing of resources. Standing holds a BA in Education and an MBA in International Business. She is a citizen of Cherokee Nation.