Beatrice Johnson Tarbell (Konwakeri), Deer Clan, is lifelong resident of the Mohawk Nation territory of Akwesasne. Bea is passionate teacher, community member, small business champion and public speaker. During her career Bea has worked primarily in training and professional development, labour market and employment resource facilitation and all manner of small business advocacy roles in both and executive director and volunteer capacity.
Bea was responsible for coordinating the first ever in-depth labour market information study in Akwesasne that compiled statistical data regarding employment trends and barriers affecting the Indigenous workforce both on and off the community. She has been a long-term director with the Akwesasne Chamber of Commerce and helped facilitate the annual Akwesasne Business Excellence Awards. She has delivered countless engaging public speaking sessions on cultural awareness both locally and nationally from large conferences to classrooms. Bea was the Executive Director for a revolutionary midwifery organization in Akwesasne building the organization from the ground up and helping re-write legislation for international midwifery. She has also developed and delivered a large number of customer service skills courses and countless other training aids for people in and outside her community.
Outside the workplace Bea is kept very busy with her 7 Children and 7 Grandchildren!