|Big Brothers Big Sisters Names Margo Gray to National Board of Directors|
Big Brothers Big Sisters' National Board of Directors is proud to announce that entrepreneur and President of Margo Gray and Associates Margo Gray recently became a member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America's National Board of Directors. As President of Margo Gray and Associates, Gray offers consulting services for owners' Representation, project management, marketing, entrepreneurial and indigenous women's empowerment.
“It is the accumulation of several reasons that I choose to support Big Brothers Big Sisters," Gray said. "The philosophy of mentoring is ensconced into each of the tribal nations through the teachings of the culture and traditions. It is how we learn to be a part of the community [tribe] through one-to-one mentoring from the elders to the warriors to the young people. We as native people are not new to this and there is much to learn from each other.”
T. Charles Pierson, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America president and chief executive officer, said the organization is honored to have Gray join the board.
"Her knowledge and inspiring background will play a key role as we continue to help change the lives of children for the better, forever," he said.
In addition to her entrepreneurial success, Gray has achieved many national and international achievements for indigenous women's empowerment and community involvement issues. Most recently, Gray received the Warrior Women's Circle Lifetime Achievement Award for Women Empowering Women for Indian Nations (WEWIN) and was named Minority Small Business Champion of the Year from the Small Business Administration (SBA) of Oklahoma in 2012. She also served as chairwoman for two terms on the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development Board of Directors.
Gray, who is Osage, encourages others to follow her lead.
“Only a few Native Americans sit and advice on National Boards and it is crucial to have our voice heard and to make sure we are not left out," she said. "We need more Native American men and women to dedicate their time and leverage their relationships for this reason: to elevate through education of the challenges of improving our Native communities.”
Lowell Perry, vice president of diversity for Big Brothers Big Sisters, said Gray brings unprecedented credibility and creates a path of holistic engagement in Indian Country.
“Having Margo join the national board of Big Brothers Big Sister demonstrates a renewed focus on the Native American community," he said.
Prior to Gray's many accomplishments in her business career, she spent several years in tribal law enforcement and tribal government service. Today, Gray offers encouragement for Native Americans and women entrepreneurs to they pursue their dreams and lends counsel for tribal leaders to create the government and legal environments that will enable Native American Indian businesses to thrive.