Shannon Holsey, president of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians, will deliver the opening address at the Wisconsin Leadership Summit presented by UW Credit Union, which falls on October 10, Indigenous Peoples Day.
“Opening our family reunion Summit on Indigenous Peoples Day and on Indigenous land, it’s important that an Indigenous voice welcome our guests and set the tone. I can’t think of a more important voice than President Holsey’s,” said Henry Sanders, CEO of 365 Media Foundation, which hosts the Wisconsin Leadership Summit. “It’s going to be two incredible days of sharing wisdom and building community and I’m grateful to President Holsey for helping us kick it off.”
The Wisconsin Leadership Summit returns in-person October 10-11 at the Wisconsin Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club for the first time since 2019. The event will feature more than 20 panel discussions on topics ranging from education to executive leadership to health care, along with the Wisconsin Leadership Community Choice Awards, a youth summit, entertainment by Kinfolk and more.
Holsey delivered the State of the Tribes Address to the Wisconsin Legislature in 2017 and 2022.
Holsey was elected as president in October 2015, following eight years as a member of the Tribal Council. She is the youngest to ever lead the Stockbridge-Munsee, which has about 1,470 enrolled members and is the largest employer in Shawano County. She grew up on the Stockbridge-Munsee reservation in Bowler, Wisconsin. Holsey also serves as vice president of the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council (GLITC), which represents 11 member tribes with a land base of about one million acres spanning 45 counties. She is appointed as the Wisconsin State Legislature’s Special Committee on State-Tribal Relations. Hosley is also Co-founder of the Midwest region Woodland Women WEWIN Chapter.