In our Native cultures, we have the gift of a warrior heritage. Our ancestors took their Creator-given talents and abilities, and developed them over a lifetime so they could better serve their tribe. Those powerful warrior attributes are part of who we’ve always been and who we are today. If we harness them, we can unleash a completely new level of achievement in our professional and personal lives.
The Key to an Extraordinary Future Lies in Our Own History
Internationally-renowned speaker D.J. Eagle Bear Vanas is a tribally-enrolled member of the Odawa Nation of Michigan and has spoken to 500 tribal nations over the past two decades. He has inspired Native audiences from the Arctic Circle of Alaska to the wetlands of Florida, the mountains of Maine to the islands of Hawaii.
D.J. uses traditional warrior spirit principles to empower others to find clarity in chaos, lead with courage, and succeed, regardless of circumstances, as our ancestors did. His presentations address the most important issues for our Native communities, focusing on ways to immediately improve employee engagement, strengthen motivation and results, and cultivate leaders of character. Participants leave his sessions feeling motivated, recharged, and committed to lead from within, and ultimately impact, Indian Country.
“His sessions leave you feeling energized and ready to conquer the world! I would highly recommend D.J. Vanas to any company or organization ready to make a big change in the way they train and motivate their employees by allowing him to show them the true warriors they are meant to be.”
Karen Goodnight, Chickasaw Tribal Council
WHY TRIBAL ORGANIZATIONS LOVE D.J.’S PROGRAMS:
- D.J.’s deep and authentic understanding of our culture and history
- A unique approach to using the strengths of Native cultures to achieve what we want today
- Engaging, heartfelt presentations with hilarious stories that leave audiences motivated to immediately make positive change
- Brings clarity to the irreplaceable role of the individual within the tribe
- Topical focus on service, leadership, resiliency, team work and other themes central to Native values
- A tribal-centric framework of thinking; participants learn to use what they have and know now to create greater success
POPULAR KEYNOTES & SPEAKING TOPICS
Victory by Design
Victory is not born from waiting for a better economy, a new administration, the perfect moment or the exact mix of resources – it’s about using what we have right now, around us and within us, to create success. Your tribal citizens, clients and coworkers deserve the best service you can provide them – regardless of circumstances – and this program will empower and inspire you to do just that. You’ll learn how to use warrior spirit principles to leverage your precious supplies of time and energy into results, creating clarity to get more done, adopt a resilient mindset that is fiercely focused on solutions, and to understand that the business of warriors can make us warriors in the business of building better communities. The program is created to be engaging, motivating and entertaining but most importantly, it’s created to show your people that victory in what they do does not depend on luck, chance or hope. Victory is by design!
All of these programs can be done as a keynote or ½ day seminar.
Keep Moving Your Tribe Forward
Warrior’s Edge - Quarterly Series
Take advantage of all of D.J.’s presentations, with quarterly sessions that provide developmental momentum to your organization. If you are committed to transforming your people, from entry-level to senior leadership, into the warriors of service they can be, this series will walk your tribe to the edge of their best performance. Using potent training, practical tools, and a wide array of inspirational stories, the Quarterly Series becomes an event your team will look forward to attending. This program is offered on an annual contract only and includes four half-day seminars.
D.J. Vanas' philosophy and teachings inspire excellence in everyone.
Ceni Myles, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of the American Indian
ABOUT D.J. VANAS
Internationally-renowned speaker D.J. Eagle Bear Vanas is a tribally-enrolled member of the Odawa Nation of Michigan and has served 500 tribal nations over the past two decades. His career-long dedication to understanding the unique challenges and potentials of Native organizations and the communities they serve sets him apart in his ability to inspire, embolden and help shape our people into the warriors of service they can be. D.J. was born to teenage parents in poverty, and has used the gift of warrior principles to go on to graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy and serve with distinction as an Air Force officer, become a celebrated public speaker (who has been invited to speak at the White House twice!), and write a best-selling book that is sold around the world. He understands deeply the potential for each and every member of tribal nations, and has dedicated his career to bringing this potential to light.
- American Indian Graduate Center’s Council of 100
- Sequoyah Fellow with American Indian Science & Engineering Society
- Educator of the Year – Denver Museum of Nature & Science
- Former Board of Directors member of the National Board of Certified Counselors