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Two North American Indigenous financial groups have launched an executive education program with the Harvard Business School to support Native financial professionals. 

The program — Leading People and Investing to Build Sustainable Communities — is a collaboration among the Harvard Business School Executive Education, Native American Financial Officers Association (NAFOA), and Aboriginal Financial Officers Associations of Canada (AFOA Canada). 

Developed under the guidance of HBS Executive Education, the new program is the only one of its kind in North America. Over the course of four days, cohorts of participants from tribal nations in the US and Canada will convene on the Harvard Business School campus for teaching, speaking and mentorship from faculty and Native guest native speakers.

The executive-level program aims to enroll roughly 400 tribal government leaders and financial professionals working within tribal nations or Native organizations in the next five years. Upon completion of the curriculum, participants will receive a Harvard Business School Certificate of Program Completion.

The first cohort takes place from May 8-12, 2023. Tuition for the program is $3000, which includes books, case materials and accommodations on the HBS campus.

According to NAFOA, while there are no formal education requirements for the program, applicants will be selected based on the quality of their applications and professional experience in order to reflect a broad range of functions and backgrounds. Applications close on Jan. 31, 2023.

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