Event Announcement

American Indian Science and Engineering Society

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society is proud to announce the 2019 AISES Leadership Summit will be held in Cherokee, North Carolina. This year’s conference location is the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort which is owned by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and operated by Caesars Entertainment. The event starts on March 14 and concludes on March 16. Each spring the Leadership Summit brings together 300 participants to focus on career development, mentor younger generations of leaders and workforce, navigate the rigors of academics and careers, and think in new directions as leaders and innovators who are shaping the Indigenous STEM workforce.

The Summit is a positive and nurturing environment where learning is embraced by all. With a more intimate setting than the National Conference, the Leadership Summit allows for small groups to support and connect among members. There are more one-on-one interactions with leaders in the industry who possess the experience and skills in working with people at various levels from academic to emerging and experienced career professionals. AISES board members, staff, and advisory council leaders are also available and ready to share information, show their support, and facilitate connection among members.

2019 AISES Summit


Plan to attend! Registration is on-going and will close when the 300-person capacity is met. The student rate is $79/person; advisor and chaperone rates are $119/person; and the professional rate is $199/person. To secure your spot, register at summit.aises.org.


Participants will receive the AISES discount hotel rate when they register before the March 12 deadline. Guests are responsible for reserving their lodging and payment arrangements with Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort. Starting on March 13, participants will have to pay the full price for lodging, so reserve your lodging now! For hotel information visit summit.aises.org.


Four airports are in proximity to the Cherokee, NC meeting destination:

  • Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) in Fletcher, NC is approximately 55 miles.
  • Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) in Greer, SC is approximately 117 miles.
  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) in Charlotte, NC is approximately 158 miles.
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) in Atlanta, GA is approximately 161 miles. Travelers into Atlanta have a transportation benefit with a complimentary round trip charter bus ride to the Summit location thanks to the Ray Kinsland Leadership Institute. Charter bus information is provided through online registration. 

Visit http://summit.aises.org for more transportation information and details.

Multiple Methods of Leadership Concepts in Sessions & Convenings

The Leadership Summit has something that all participants can get excited about with over 30 break-out sessions and all forms of learning from written materials, workshops, in-person conference participation, and introspection. 

Within the Leadership Summit is a lineup of three AISES program events.

  • The Faculty Career Development Workshop is a day-long program for Native people who are working to become STEM faculty. 
  • Pre-college Energy Challenge poster participants will be presenting their winning concepts. These projects are based on an energy challenge that is affecting a student’s community where they use a two-phase engineering process to create a real-world energy solution. 
  • Finally, the AISES Region 7 will hold a caucus on Friday evening, March 15. Dinner will be provided for the gathering.

Dedicated Sponsors

Investing in the Leadership Summit benefits us all. We could not accomplish our goals without the support, involvement, and enthusiasm of over 4,600 members and committed sponsors. We thank this year's 2019 AISES Leadership Summit sponsors: Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Cherokee Preservation Foundation, USDA – NRCS, BMM Test Labs, Chevron, HP, America's Navy, Owle Construction, Ray Kinsland Leadership Institute, University of North Carolina at Asheville Foundation, and General Motors.

For complete information about the 2019 AISES Leadership Summit visit our website at summit.aises.org. Additional questions can be emailed to summit@aises.org.

About Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

Located in Cherokee, North Carolina, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians were once part of a much larger Cherokee Nation population. However, when the Trail of Tears was mandated, and forced removal and relocation were directed by the U.S. government and then President Andrew Jackson, the Cherokee Tribe became divided into what is known today as the Cherokee Nation and United Kituwah Band, located in Oklahoma, and the Eastern Band, made up of those who remained and rebuilt within North Carolina’s Qualla Boundary (sometimes called the Cherokee Indian Reservation). https://ebci.com

About the American Indian Science and Engineering Society

AISES is a national, Native American nonprofit whose mission is to substantially increase the representation of American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, First Nations and other indigenous peoples of North America in STEM studies and careers. 

Founded in 1977, with a rapidly expanding membership of more than 4,600 individual members, AISES sustains 190 chartered college and university chapters, 20 professional chapters, and 158 affiliated K-12 schools supporting over 55,000 students. 

AISES has awarded over $11 million in academic scholarships to over 5,000 American Indian STEM students. Through scholarships and internships, workforce development and career resources, conferences, science fairs, and other STEM-focused programming, 

AISES is the leader in STEM opportunities for indigenous people in North America. www.aises.org