UPCOMING EVENTS September/October 2020
register today for the upcoming "Afternoon Stretch" with Wilson Albers as part of our webinar series. With so much content to see and hear, it can be overwhelming. We aim to make this experience a bit different. There will not be a lot of prepared material, but instead, we will be creating a space to talk to our panelists and have an active Q&A session.

Webinar Topic: Voluntary Benefits and Enrollment Best Practices in the New COVID World

Date: September 30, 2020
Time: 2:00 p.m. AK | 3:00 p.m. Pacific

An insightful discussion about how COVID has modified the role of voluntary benefits on our total rewards package. Join us as our guest Pamela Whitfield shares her thoughts about the evolution of voluntary benefits from life and disability to identity theft protection and beyond. We will also cover ideas on how to have a successful enrollment when you are in a virtual or semi-virtual world.
To view a short video on what to expect in this discussion you can go HERE.
SHRM CE credits are available for this webinar.

About the Panelists:
Pamela Whitfield | Founding Partner, Elite-VB LLC

Over 25 years as a voluntary benefit leader, manager and agency owner in Washington and Alaska. In 1995, launched Aflac in Puget Sound. In 2000, launched Allstate in Seattle/Bellevue and in 2002, launched Colonial Life as the first District General Agent for the Territory. Ms. Whitfield was an award-winning manager and agency owner for Colonial in Bellevue, at one time having over 500 clients and 25 agents. With an Aflac replacement in late 2012, Ms. Whitfield decided the Alaska market needed a voluntary alternative, so she expanded the agency to Anchorage in February of 2013. In just seven years, her agency established over 120 new clients (many replacing the current carrier due to lower premiums, better service and professionalism), working with employers directly as well with brokers all over Alaska. Creativity and experience along with virtual enrollment tools have made Pamela and her agency THE leading expert in Voluntary Benefits in Alaska. Her agency won the #1 Business by the BBB in 2016 and she is actively involved in ASHRM as well as was being the President of Alaska Association of health Underwriters (AAHU) for 2018-2019. Established Elite-VB LLC in February of 2019 to be able to represent various carriers in the marketplace as a voluntary benefit broker.

Webinar Topic: CARES Act Tribal Relief Fund Training Par 2

Date: September 30, 2020
1:30 p.m. AK Time

ANCs continue to fight for Alaska's fair share of the COVID relief funds, but we will not cancel this training, please forward this training opportunity to your local tribe to ensure they have access to this vital information.
ANVCA wants to ensure that our members remain on the right side of the law when considering how they may deploy their resources to respond to COVID-19. 

We are offering a series of training opportunities with Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt and BDO to help navigate Title V and CARES Act allowable and non-allowable expenses. 

Many of you may be wondering the best way to ensure resources are getting to shareholders or tribal members who need it most, and per cap dividends and distributions ARE NOT ALLOWED.

Attend this training to learn best practices from other tribes and how to properly track expenditures for an eventual Audit

There is a small fee to cover cost of speakers - register today to get the meeting login information!

About our Speakers: 

Chris Slottee 

Christopher Slottee is a litigation attorney and is highly experienced in matters related to Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs), ANC settlement trusts, and tribal governments. His experience comes from serving as vice president and general counsel for an ANC. He also provides guidance on the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Section 8(a) Business Development Program and on the establishment and management of ANC settlement trusts.
Sarah Lawson
Sarah Lawson works with tribal governments and tribal entities to achieve self-governance and economic development goals while protecting tribal resources and sovereignty. Before joining Schwabe, Sarah spent over 10 years working in tribal government, advising tribal council and tribal departments on a variety of matters including contracts, real estate development, and legislation. Sarah's work is particularly focused on tribal tax and real estate matters, and she is widely regarded as an authority on issues involving Indian trust land.

Robert J. Misulich

Robert J. Misulich represents Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs), tribes, and small businesses in a broad range of matters, including company formation and governance, shareholder meetings and proxy solicitations, employment law, and economic development, including compliance with the regulations governing the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Section 8(a) Business Development Program. He has served as outside corporate counsel to entities throughout Alaska, and as in-house counsel to an Alaska Native regional corporation with operations across the United States. 

Robert’s experience includes providing advice and guidance on government contracting matters, including compliance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), bid protests, and claims and appeals arising under the Contract Disputes Act.

Robert has practiced law in Alaska for his entire career. He came to Schwabe from another Anchorage law firm, and previously worked in-house at a regional ANC. He also served as a law clerk to the Hon. David Mannheimer of the Alaska Court of Appeals. 

Robert currently serves as President of the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, and is committed to promoting the arts in Alaska. 
James Doughty - BDO
James Doughty was raised in Anchorage, Alaska, and has over 13 years of extensive experience performing assurance work throughout Alaska. He serves clients across many industries including ANCs, government contractors, governmental entities, and nonprofit organizations.

In his role as engagement partner, James evaluates each engagement's overall risk in order to support the audit team's focus, tone, and execution. He presents to the Board of Directors and those charged with governance to communicate the audit plan, results of the audit, and key financial highlights. James consults with clients on their complex accounting transactions and provides due diligence review of potential mergers and acquisitions.

James is a part of the local Audit Quality Group. He leads local office trainings to help develop staff across all levels of seniority. James facilitates round-table discussions with audit staff to aide in their career development. He thrives in his role of career advisor to Alaska's future business leaders.

This event includes an hour of training and 30 minutes to ask questions of our experts! 
Webinar Topic: Virtual Protecting our Ways of Life

Date: September 29-30, 2020
ANVCA Village Corporation CEOs are invited to participate with an in First Alaskans virtual event - Protecting Our Native Ways of Life Tribunal and Summit on Sept. 29-30. Please see invite below, if you would like to send an executive in the place of your CEO please contact FAI directly.
Planning Today for Your Tomorrow
Date: Thursday October 1, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m. AK

How do you stay focused on what’s most important to you and those you care most about? A disciplined plan will help. In this investing workshop, we’ll talk about how planning can help you manage your wealth by taking steps now to help you work toward your current and future goals. This presentation will focus on investment and financial planning principles that apply to individuals and corporations.

Stolen Lives
Date: Thursday October 7, 2020
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. AK

Join us virtually for a panel discussion followed by Q&A to explore how loss of culture, systemic violence, and historic oppression impact the lives of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities.

Panel Speakers:
Dr. Toni Biskup
Elsa Sargento
Jim Labelle
other panelists to be announced

In partnership with:

Keys To Life
Municipality of Anchorage

Thank you to our sponsors!