Williams named Human Resources Leader of the Year by NNAHRA

Twauna Williams

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Human Resources Director of Organizational Development Twauna Williams has been recognized as the 2023 Human Resources Leader of the Year by the National Native American Human Resources Association (NNAHRA).

Twauna received the award at the NNAHRA 27th Annual National Conference held recently at the Gila River Casino & Resort in Arizona.

Twauna’s congratulatory letter from the organization for this prestigious honor states, “Your management team did a tremendous job in highlighting who you are and are very proud of you and your accomplishments; just as they should be. Your performance, work ethic, and outstanding achievements were recognized in front of leaders and human resources professionals from all over the nation at our NNAHRA’s Virtual Annual Conference.”

Since 2014, this award recognizes Human Resources leaders who contribute to their organization by improving their tribal organization’s bottom line, achieving business results, demonstrating leadership, or developing innovative programs. A nominee must be able to demonstrate accomplishment in all four of these focus areas to receive the award.

Twauna’s nomination for the award (submitted by several members of Twauna’s Organizational Development team) stated, “Twauna demonstrates numerous leadership and management skills within the Human Resources function. Twauna leads by example and with integrity to make sure all projects are keeping CNO tribal members’ best interest at heart. Overall, Twauna’s leadership and management continues to raise the bar and set the standard for what it means to be an innovative professional within the Human Resources function.”

NNAHRA is a nonprofit organization comprised of professionals employed for a Native American Tribe or a tribal enterprise. The organization truly understands the unique challenges and opportunities presented in this industry and aims to help create real systems and solutions across organizations.

NNAHRA will hold its 28th Annual National Conference this fall at Choctaw Casino & Resort – Durant.