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Meta and Indian Country Today will be hosting an event June 15 to learn more about the tech company and its Native@ community.

Upon registration, attendees will have the opportunity to share their resumés and will learn about and could be considered for future opportunities at Meta.

ICT Editor Jourdan Bennett-Begaye, Diné, will give an introduction before event participants will hear from two Native women who work for the company.

One of those women is Kelsea Pullin, Chippewa Cree. She says she takes pride in working for the company and that they are actively “investing in and hiring Native people.”

“We are finally being seen after being the forgotten people for so long,” Pullin said. “It feels great to work for a company that is building strategies and providing opportunities for the Native community to succeed and demonstrate our full potential.”

One of the things she enjoys most about working at Meta is that she feels valued every day.

“Whether I’m working with my team to navigate different perspectives for how to solve a problem or working with the Native@ Resource Group to gain alignment and prioritize initiatives, I am welcomed with open arms and an eagerness from my peers and managers to hear my thoughts and opinions,” Pullin said.

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This is the first event where Meta is introducing themselves to Indian Country. It’s also part of a paid partnership by Meta focused on opportunities for the Native community.

Attendees will be able to take part in a Q&A session at the end “to get candid answers directly from two of our employees.”

Pullin wishes there were more events like these for Native professionals earlier in her career.

“I never thought I would be part of a professional community of Native people. I wish I had access to an event like this earlier in my career and had been exposed to more Native representation,” she said. “I hope participants walk away inspired and confident to pursue open roles at Meta and understand that their skills and passions could be exactly what we need!”

Registration for the event can be found here

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