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TESSA SAYERS

Beyond the Resume

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Me in 15 Seconds

Certified Native American artist, poet, yogi, holistic health enthusiast, history buff, dog mom and seeker of personal growth and healing. You can spot me dancing anywhere with good music, especially the grocery store aisle. Others often describe me as approachable, funny, enduring and perseverant.

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Career Ethos

My creative aptitude and management excellence support collaborative, innovative, and action-oriented solutions.

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Education

M.ED. Educational Psychology
University of Utah | 2007

B.A. Sociology
Western Washington University | 2004
- Minor: American Cultural Studies
- Focus: Native American Studies

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Interpersonal Skills

- Project Management
- Team Leadership
- Strategic Planning
- Collaboration
- Conflict Resolution
- Problem Solving
- Connective Storytelling

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Why People Work with Me

- I influence through my willingness to be vulnerable and authentically connect with others.  
- I show initiative through my natural leadership qualities to move creative ideas into tangible results. 
- I am described as reliable because I show up on time and adhere to timelines and deliverables.
- I am organized in my ability to manage people, projects and pertinent information.
- I am approachable with a sincere smile, warm energy and fun sense of humor. 
- I am resilient because I move through challenging experiences with compassion, perseverance and self-love. 
- I convey emotional intelligence through self-awareness, nurturing relationships and showing empathy for others.
- I believe in diversity, equity and inclusion efforts to increase diverse voices, close opportunity and accessibility gaps, while providing space for others to feel heard and included.

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Industry Tools

- Design: Canva | Adobe Illustrator | InDesign | Rush | Lightroom | Photoshop
- Photography: Nikon D7
- Productivity + Management : Airtable | Microsoft | Google Drive
- Content Management Systems + E-commerce: Shopify | Drupal | Wordpress | PageFly 
- Customer Relationship Management: Patron Point
- SEO: Marmalead | Google Keyword | Semrush
- Social Media Marketing + Analytics: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | Google+
- Social Media Management: Planable

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Publications

Indian Country Today | 2015
- Healing Autoimmune Disease the Indigenous Way: Digital

Indigenous American Poetry | 2009
- Cover of Me: Print

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Awards

Native American Beadwork Collection | 2016
- Permanent Collection: Portland Art Museum

Academic Scholar | 2007
- Miss U of U Native Scholar: University of Utah

Scholarship | 2004
- American Indian Teacher Program: University of Utah

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Artist Recognition

Featured Artist | 2019/2021
 - Tee of the Month: Beyond Buckskin

Featured Product | 2021
- Air Collection Blanket: Rutherford Falls Television Sitcom

Fashion Headliner | 2019
- Sovereign Style Fashion Show: Suquamish Foundation

Featured Artist
| 2019
- Ancestral Women, Contemporary Voices: Evergreen State College

Designer Collaboration | 2018
- Catherine Blackburn: Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto




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Video Management + Representation

Featured Artist | 2020
- Sovereign Style Masks of Resilience and Protection: Suquamish Foundation

Featured Business Owner | 2018
- Oregon Native Enterprise: Oregon Native American Chamber

Featured Interview | 2017
- TV Tacoma: Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization Outreach Event

Production Manager | 2015/2016/2017
- Native Athlete Muse: Nike World Headquarters

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Artist Giveback

Resiliency Blanket | 2019
- Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa

Native American Youth and Family Center | 2016/2017/2018
- NAYA Gala Fundraiser


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Professional Development Courses

Creative Leadership | 2021

Speaking with Impact | 2014

Presentation Skills | 2013



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Presenting

Conference Panel Speaker | 2021
- Medicine for Higher Education: University of Utah

Conference Presenter | 2020
- Finding Your North Star: Kitsap Strong

Keynote Speaker | 2016
- American Indian High School Conference: University of Utah

Welcome Presenter | 2015
- United National Indian Tribal Youth Conference: Nike World Headquarters

Emcee | 2015
- Indigenous People’s Day: Native American Youth & Family

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Workshop Facilitation

Anishinaabe Pacific Northwest | 2017

Intention Setting | 2019/2020

Resiliency Blanket | 2020

Woodland Beadwork | 2018/19

Art Therapy: Healing Trauma | 2015

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