Big Brothers Big Sisters' National Board of Directors has selected entrepreneur and president of Margo Gray and Associates, Margo Gray, to the Board of Directors. As president of Margo Gray and Associates, Gray offers consulting services for owners' representation, Project Management, Marketing, Entrepreneurial and Indigenous Women's Empowerment.
“It is the accumulation of several reasons that I choose to support Big Brothers Big Sisters," Gray said in a press release. "The philosophy of mentoring is ensconced into each of the tribal nations through the teachings of the culture and traditions. It is how we learn to be a part of the community (tribe) through one-to-one mentoring from the elders to the warriors to the young people. We as native people are not new to this and there is much to learn from each other.”
In addition to her entrepreneurial success, Gray has achieved many national and international achievements on indigenous women's empowerment and community involvement issues. Most recently, Gray received the "Warrior Women's Circle Lifetime Achievement Award" for Women Empowering Women for Indian Nations (WEWIN) and was named "Minority Small Business Champion of the Year" from the Small Business Administration of Oklahoma in 2012. She is also on the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development Board of Directors and where she served as Chairwoman for two terms.
Gray, who is Osage, encourages others to follow her lead, “Only a few Native Americans sit and advice on National Boards and it is crucial to have our voice heard and to make sure we are not left out. We need more Native American men and women to dedicate their time and leverage their relationships for this reason: to elevate through education of the challenges of improving our Native communities.”
"We are honored to have Margo Gray join our National Board of Directors," said Big Brothers Big Sisters of America's President and Chief Executive Officer T. Charles Pierson. "Her knowledge and inspiring background will play a key role as we continue to help change the lives of children for the better, forever."
“Having Margo join the national board of Big Brothers Big Sister demonstrates a renewed focus on the Native American community,” said Lowell Perry, Vice President of Diversity for Big Brothers Big Sisters. “Margo Gray brings unprecedented credentials and credibility and creates a path of holistic engagement in Indian Country. “
Prior to Gray's many accomplishments in her business career, she spent several years in tribal law enforcement and tribal government service. Today, Gray offers encouragement for Native American and Women entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams and lends counsel for tribal leaders to create the government and legal environments that will enable Native American Indian businesses to thrive.
Learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters at BigBrothersBigSisters.org.