Veronica Hix, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is the Chief Executive Officer of ONABEN, and an advocate for small business, women and girl empowerment, and the financial health of all people. Veronica oversees ONABENs operations, develops products and services, manages communications efforts, and is our organization’s most enthusiastic champion. The leader of our pack, Veronica was named the Minority Business Advocate of the Year, in 2010, by the Native American Business Enterprise Center; has been recognized twice as a 40 Under 40 winner by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development; was recognized as being a “Woman on the Move” by ABC, in 2017; and most recently was honored for “Making a Difference in the Lives of Women and Girls,” by the Oklahoma Journal Record, in the fall of 2018. Veronica is our program participants’ biggest cheerleader, and passionately acts as ONABENs storyteller, sharing the successes of not our work, but the successes of the peoples and places that our work serves. Affectionately, referred to as V., Veronica, creates the energy that keeps our team moving! Fun Fact: As a child, Veronica dreamed of growing up to be an NFL Cheerleader. Thankfully, that dream did not pan out. She’s cheering for Team ONABEN, instead! Favorite Color-Pink Favorite Quote-She remembered who she was, and the game changed.