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Eighth Generation's Chief Operating Officer, Serene Lawrence (Anishinaabe, Hopi), has been named to the prestigious Top 40 Under 40 list by the National Center for American Indian Economic Development. The recognition comes on the heels of Serene's recent promotion from Eighth Generation's Senior Project Manager to Chief Operating Officer.
The Native American 40 Under 40 award recognizes the top leaders from across the country. The winners exemplify leadership, initiative, resiliency and dedication toward their communities - especially during the pandemic.
Serene, who is Loon Clan from the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, displayed all these qualities in the early days of the pandemic when she coordinated Eighth Generation's huge donation of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to struggling health clinics. Under Serene's leadership, according to National Geographic, Eighth Generation "did in eight days what the federal and state government hadn't been able to do in four months."
Serene has been a major force behind Eighth Generation tremendous growth over the last four years due to her wealth of experience and knowledge at the intersections of culture, art education, and business. We are honored to have her on the Eighth Generation team! Congratulations Serene!