Data Science for the Public Good Distinguished Speaker Series: Vicki Vasques

Event Details

Thursday, February 18, 2021
4:00pm-5:00pm Eastern Time (ET)


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Vicki Vasques headshotTitle: The Role for Data in Successfully Navigating a Woman-Owned Small Business

Speaker: Vicki Vasques, Owner and Chairman of the Board of Tribal Tech, LLC and Cowan & Associates

Abstract: Data serves as an invaluable resource in running any business, helping to show how resilient and resourceful we are. Being that the majority of our business is with Federal, State and Tribal partners, we use it to develop new business and to continue doing business with the clients we already serve. We use data to document the work we do, especially needed when it comes to the work we do regarding health and wellness throughout Indian Country. As our business grows, there is a greater need to grow our data resources – one email can go a long way when it comes to taking action on customer data. The current research and data analysis has been helpful as we’ve been trying to navigate through these times of a global pandemic, racism, civil unrest and economic uncertainty.

About the speaker: Victoria Vasques is the Owner and Chairman of the Board of Tribal Tech, LLC and Cowan & Associates. Both companies are American Indian, woman-owned small businesses that provide management and consulting services and technical assistance to federal, state, tribal and corporate clients.

For more than 30 years, Ms. Vasques has been an advocate for American Indians, leading education reform, health care and advancing energy initiatives.

Her career in public service includes serving as the Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Office of Indian Education, U.S. Department of Education, where she was the principal point of contact within the federal government for Indian education across the nation. Prior to that, she served as the Director of Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy. She also served as Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges and Universities, as an education program specialist in the Office of Indian Education, on the President’s Commission on Indian Reservation Economics, and on the President’s Commission on the HIV Epidemic. Her experience with Indian issues outside the federal government includes serving as a technical assistant specialist at the National Congress of American Indians and as tribal liaison at The Committee for the 50th Presidential Inaugural.