Shareholder Spotlight: Martin Sensmeier and Krysten Walker
Doyon, Limited was pleased to welcome shareholders Martin Sensmeier and Krysten Walker as the keynote speakers at the 2017 annual meeting. Watch for the keynote speeches to be posted to the Doyon website soon.
Martin Sensmeier, a Doyon shareholder, was raised in Southeast Alaska and grew up learning and participating in the traditions of his people. He is an ambassador for the Native Wellness Institute, as well as the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. He also advocates for wellness among Native people of all nations, focusing largely on the youth.
In 2007, Sensmeier moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming an actor. His job schedule working for Doyon Drilling, Inc. (DDI) allowed him to follow his dreams, pay for acting classes and afford living in Southern California. In 2011, he quit working for DDI and began pursuing a full-time career in the arts.
He recently acted in the remake of The Magnificent Seven, directed by Antoine Fuqua, playing the role of Red Harvest.
“Our villages are beautiful, they aren’t places we need to escape. We have to understand that we are the power, the power is in our heartbeat,” stated Sensmeier in his keynote. “The biggest obstacles we have in life are put in place by ourselves. We always have to be real with ourselves. The most power we have is in the way we treat each other.”
Krysten Walker is the daughter of Robert and Dawn Walker, and the granddaughter of Virginia Sweetsir of Beaver/Fairbanks, Alaska, and the late David Sweetsir, Sr. of Ruby, Alaska. She is currently completing her senior year at Stanford University, where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in science, technology and society with a concentration in innovation and organizations.
Walker is a Doyon Class C shareholder and participated in Doyon’s 2016 shareholder summer internship program in the communications department.
At school, she is an active member of her sorority and currently serves as vice president of recruitment. She works part-time as an intern in the Stanford Law School communications department and part-time as a social media consultant for Doyon’s Get Out the Native Vote initiative.
After graduation, Walker plans to serve in the Peace Corps as a science teacher in Sierra Leone.
“It’s so important to recognize the groundbreaking work of those who came before us and worked so hard to set us up for success,” reflected Walker in her keynote commemorating Doyon’s past and present accomplishments.