Title: Executive Director
Company: Denver March Powwow, Inc.
Location: Denver, Colorado, United States
Grace “SwaHuxx” Gillette, Executive Director of the Denver March Powwow, Inc., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in cultural and historical preservation.
Ms. Gillette attributes her success to her parents. Her father had several hereditary positions within their tribe but was also a Congregational minister. Learning about her spirituality and her religion went hand-in-hand for Ms. Gillette. She feels fortunate to have had both and to have them inform her career decisions. Ms. Gillette’s career started out in the secretarial industry; she enjoyed helping people, which is why being a secretary was the perfect position for her. She later found herself in several office manager positions as a result of her aptitude for helping others. In the following years, she became a logistical coordinator. All of her past experience has brought her to where she is today at the Denver March Powwow. She was the first female chair and in her tenure, attendance at events tripled. Since assuming the Executive Director role in 1989, she has leveraged her skills and expertise to honor and educate on her culture and heritage.
In her line of work, Ms. Gillette has accomplished myriad achievements. In 2020, she was honored for her work promoting dance with the Trustee Award from the Dance USA & Cleo Parker Robinson Foundation. Furthermore, she has been inducted into The Denver & Colorado Tourism Hall of Fame. Ms. Gillette is proud to celebrate her heritage and ancestry through her work. She is a member of The Arikara Tribe. She has been aided in her accomplishments with an educational foundation, having received an AD from the Haskell Indian Nations University in 1968.
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