KANSAS CITY, MO — Jodi Wiemerslage of Hunt Electric Corporation and Midwest Region Director of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) is excited to announce plans for the Midwest Region Fall Conference. The Midwest Region, known as the Heart of NAWIC, includes over 500 members, 18 chapters and spans nine states including Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Missouri and Kansas.
The Fall Conference will be held October 25 – 26, 2019 at the Westin Marriott Crown Center in Kansas City, MO. The conference theme this year is “The City of Fountains”, using the visual streams in a fountain to highlight five core focus areas of growth for our members: Influence, Purpose, Value, Knowledge and Truth.
“Conference sessions and speakers will motivate and enrich those who attend,” says Wiemerslage. “Education and camaraderie are key elements that make these conferences memorable empowering women in our industry with tools, ideas, motivation and peer support”.
In addition to excellent speakers and networking, the culture of Kansas City is sure to beckon members from our chapters to attend. The Westin is in the heart of the Crown Center shopping and entertainment district, just across the street from the historic Union Station and the only WWI memorial museum in the United States.
The conference agenda includes a variety of educational topics that include Safety, Technology and Legal issues in construction, in addition to practical session that will help members with skills to better build and run their chapters.
Keynote and inspirational sessions including Eric Bordon who will share his poem “Ditch Digger” and the inspiration behind it.
Closing the conference for the women in attendance is Diane Mike, the 2019-2020 NAWIC national president.
Members of the hosting Kansas City Chapter #100 of the National Association of Women in Construction are hosting the conference.
For additional conference details including session information, speakers, networking activities and social events, visit our conference page.
For more than 55 years, NAWIC has helped women take advantage of the opportunities in construction. Whether you want to embark on a new career, grow your business, establish a reliable networking base, become a mentor/mentee, make a difference in your community, continue your education, or invest in great friendships with other women in the industry NAWIC offers a variety of opportunities — large and small.
NAWIC National is looking for your hi-resolution photos fitting the themes of #Mentorship and #Community to be on the next cover of NAWIC Today! We've been SO inspired by the stories and photos we've received so far. In case you haven't heard it lately: you all are ROCKSTARS and we are so proud of the difference you are making in your communities! #WomenInConstruction.
Let's put the Midwest Region on the cover by each chapter submitting your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to the members of NAWIC's Southeast Minnesota Chapter No. 346 for celebrating their 25th Anniversary. Check out their video on Facebook or on the Midwest Region's website under NAWIC IN-THE-NEWS.
#makingameasurabledifference #NAWIC #WIC #womeninconstruction
Regional awards have been created to recognize the wonderful attributes of our members. They are the Member of the Year Award, and the Future Leader of the Year Award.
Regional nominations are due by April 20, 2018.
Please submit to Sandra Carter
Recipients will be announced at the Midwest Region Forum May 18, 2018 - Rapid City, South Dakota
As Women in Construction Week comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the amazing progress of recognition of women in the industry.
National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) launched the idea of Women in Construction Week as a way to bring visibility to women working in construction. WIC Week supports NAWIC's core purpose: "To enhance the success of women in the construction industry." In the early years WIC Week was mainly promoted and supported by the more than 100 local NAWIC chapters across the US. Today WIC Week is celebrated by just about everyone in the industry.
:Less than 5 years ago, it would be rare to see a LinkedIn post from anyone other than NAWIC acknowledging WIC Week. Wow, have times changes. This past week, LinkedIn and Facebook were flooded with social medial posts from some of the largest General Contractors in the US, such as The Walsh Group, Mortenson, Gilbane, Barton Malow and more highlighting the women who work in their organizations with photos, personal success stories and testimonials. And it wasn't just large contractors; regional mid-size general contractors, specialty contractors and suppliers all showcased the women in their organizations. Partner association such as ABC and AGC added their considerable social media presence to the mis as well as companies such as Procore. And all NAWIC chapters stepped up their game this year with great events celebrating all week long.
Why is this so important? Because there is so much opportunity in the industry, yet women only comprise 9% of the construction workforce. The looming labor shortage in the industry makes it imperative that we find a way to attract and retain women. Highlighting the success of women across many aspects of the industry is a great way to start. Continued efforts to encourage girls high school age and younger are vital as well. NCCER's Build Your Future campaign, Camp NAWIC and MAGIC Camp and Women in Trades outreach activities are all working to ensure the next generation sees a career in construction as a viable option.
Let's continue to celebrate the amazing women who build!
Rewritten with permission by Constructing Opportunities
"Construction has traditionally been a male-dominated industry but offers family-sustaining careers for women as well. The challenge construction firms has been to show women the opportunities that are available to them and to demonstrate that they have company cultures that are inclusive and supportive. In honor of Women in Construction Week (March 4-10), The Milwaukee Business Journal recently assembled a panel of experts to explore what construction companies are doing to educate women about the opportunities in the construction industry today and to create career pathways for them."
Check out this Special Edition article from the March 2, 2018 Milwaukee Business Journal.
Table of Experts speak about the opportunities and challenges for women in construction. Moderator: NAWIC member Dawn Flitz, Milwaukee, Chapter 105 Vice President
In honor of Women in Construction week, we salute Emily Warren Roebling, perhaps the first female project manager in the U.S. Emily took over supervision of the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge when her husband became ill. #nawic #womeninconstruction #WICWeek2018 #NAWICMWRWICWeek2018
Post by Peggy Newquist, Principal at Constructing Opportunity, LLC and member of the
Chicago Metro Chapter #325
This week, March 4 through 10, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) is celebrating their annual Women in Construction (WIC) Week. Follow this link to a great article published by BuiltWorlds.
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