PNW Fall Conference 2018
to Oct 13

PNW Fall Conference 2018

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Member: $135

Non-Member: $150

Checks should be made payable to NAWIC, PNW Region and mailed to:
Laura Grabar, Expert Drywall, 1141 Old Bayshore Hwy, San Jose, CA 95112
To pay by Credit Card or PayPal Click the PayPal Link Below

2018 Fall Conference Registration
Name, Company, Chapter

Friday Oct 12

Conference Registration Open:  Friday Oct 12 4:00pm - 6:00pm & Saturday (10/13) 7:00 - 8:30 am

Jobsite Tours:

1:00pm  we will walk two jobsites in downtown San Jose. Details and transportation are forthcoming. PPE and closed toed shoes will be required.

Hanover Cannery Park
393 East Taylor Street, San Jose - One of our top tier sponsors, Robert A. Bothman Construction, is currently constructing this new park, which is scheduled for completion on November 30, 2018.

are located at the intersection of South Second Street and Keyes, a gateway to Downtown San Jose’s southern entrance. This 135-unit affordable housing project occupies four floors above ground floor retail.

Regina Williams, First Community Housing

Regina Williams, First Community Housing

Mike Branagh

Mike Branagh

Friday Night Speakeasy Reception

Dress up in your best Flapper or Gangster Moll outfit!
Join us for networking, poker/cards and billiards. Friday Night Speakeasy
Reception 6-10 pm - Coyote Creek Lounge - Non-Member Fee: $35. Pub Food
is included but there will be a CASH Bar.

Saturday Keynote Speakers

Annette Jannotta

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Annette leads design teams through the creation and delivery of tailored workplace solutions, transforming the way people live, work, and celebrate. She creates a center of gravity, through the lens of design, on each project that weaves her client’s purpose, culture, and strategic business aspirations into one solution. At her core, she is a listener, opportunity-seeker, and choreographer crafting ideas into real world experiences.

An architect and artist in the Bay Area and Pacific Northwest, Annette has the honor of working with clients who are leaders in their industries. Clients’ who are passionate about what they do and who are improving science, health, and education on a global scale including Genentech, Stanford University, Singapore Changi Airport and even the beloved, late Bay Area Feng Shui master, Liu Ming.

In addition to sharing some of her work and the creative thought process that goes into it, Annette will lead a brainstorming session with the audience to discover ways in which designers and the varied construction disciplines can positively transform how we work together and create emotive projects that we are proud of.

Kim Drake

Kim is a strategic designer and communications leader who helps imagine bolder futures for clients, and then crafts the stories to get them there. She specializes in helping clients envision aspiring futures that design makes possible, and combines visual, written, and performance arts to do so. She is currently helping the University of San Francisco, Seattle Genetics, and Gonzaga University create their stories through the lens of the built environment.

Her formative education was in fine art and cultural studies; focusing on the convergence of people and place. In practice she works at the nexus of research, design, and storytelling to convey how strategic planning and architecture provoke transformational change; repositioning clients to acquire financial, legislative, and community support for their long-term growth and success.


Top Tier

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Friend of NAWIC


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Become a sponsor!

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Sponsorship Levels: 

Top Tier Sponsor - $1,000

  • 2 registrations

  • 2 Bottles of Napa Wine

  • Full page ad in Conference Program

  • Recognition on Event Signage

  • Introduction to attendees

  • Logo on NAWIC PNW website for one year

Industry Supporter Sponsor - $750

  • 1 registrations

  • 1 Bottle of Napa Wine

  • 1/2 page ad in Conference Program

  • Recognition on Event Signage

  • Introduction to attendees

  • Logo on NAWIC PNW website for one year

Friend of NAWIC Sponsor - $500

  • 1 registrations

  • 1/2 Bottle of Napa Champagne

  • 1/4 page ad in Conference Program

  • Recognition on Event Signage

  • Logo on NAWIC PNW website for one year


Payments can be made by check or credit card. Checks should be payable to NAWIC, PNW Region, and can be mailed to:

Laura Grabar c/o Expert Drywall Systems
1141 Old Bayshore Highway, Suite 30
San Jose, CA 95112

To pay by credit card, select your option and click the Add to Card PayPal button below.

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All Sponsorships & Ads must be received by 9/14/18

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Donation Sponsorship

  • Heartfelt Thanks from the Pacific Northwest Region

  • Logo on NAWIC PNW website for one year with minimum $250 donation

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NAWIC Eastern Washington Retreat
to Jan 20

NAWIC Eastern Washington Retreat


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1/19 Friday 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Night Spa $50 p/person

Payment will be made directly to the Casino at the time of service. 

Sign up (first come/first served) on the form at the bottom of the event to reserve your treatment.

Each guest will enjoy their choice of one express spa services, from the list below:

  • Relaxing Neck & Shoulder Massage 
  • Brow or Lip Wax
  • Jawline & Eye Lift 
  • Youth Restore Hand Treatment 
  • Soothing Leg & Calf Massage
  • Nail Shaping & Polish Change 

 Each guest will also receive: 

  • Champagne & light hors d'oeuvres 
  • Use of the Spa amenities
  • Special event pricing on all retail & services 

Saturday 1/20

The Saturday meeting is at no cost to members or guests.  The hotel room and travel cost are “on your own”.

If you plan to attend the Saturday meeting please RSVP on the form below as there is only room for 55 attendees.

 8am – light continental breakfast and coffee in the meeting room

Lauline Mitchell Regional Director & Jodi Martinez Regional Membership Chair will Open the meeting

9:00   Tri-Cities chapter will present on their Magic Camp success

10:00 Spokane chapter lead team building exercise(s) TBD

11:30  Laura Rannow motivational speaker from South Sound

After lunch on your own there will see the Northern Quest Casino Job Site


 Misc. Info:   Casino web page and the ‘expansion’ is front and center right now. This is what we’d be touring.

The spa – the amenities are included in our ‘package’  

Block of rooms reserved until January 3, 2018 Click here to reserve

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Annual Meeting & Education Conference
to Aug 19

Annual Meeting & Education Conference

It is my pleasure to invite you to NAWIC’s 62nd Annual Meeting and Education Conference, Aug. 16-19, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Anaheim, Calif. Women representing almost every facet of the construction industry will gather for education, networking and fun! You will not want to miss one minute of this capstone event for the 2016-2017 NAWIC year.

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2017 PNW Region Forum
to May 20

2017 PNW Region Forum

NAWIC 2017 Pacific Northwest Region Forum

Forum Book for Download

Forum Book Section 1                       Forum Book Section 2                Forum Book Section 3

Forum Book Section 4                      Forum Book Section 5

Friday Keynote Speaker

Kellie McElhaney, Adjunct Professor UC Berkeley – Haas School of Business

Presentation:  Gender, Equity, Pay Gaps, Leadership and Unconscious Bias

Watch her Ted Talk:

Other Speakers:

Tracy Young, Co-Founder & CEO of Plangrid

Tracy Young is the co-founder and CEO at PlanGrid, the leader in construction software for the field, where she oversees the corporate direction and strategy of the company, focusing on leadership, innovation, and customers.  

Young founded PlanGrid with Ralph Gootee, Ryan Sutton-Gee, Antoine Hersen, and Kenny Stone in the fall of 2011. Prior to founding PlanGrid, Young helped build several hospitals as a construction engineer. She likes to joke that she went from working for one superintendent to hundreds of thousands through PlanGrid.

Young holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering Management from California State University-Sacramento.

Lindsey Blatz, Senior Project Manager

One of the company’s youngest senior project managers, Ms. Blatz is an adept multitasker at Webcor Builders. She began her career at the San Francisco based general contractor in 2007 after graduating with a degree in construction management from Colorado State University. In her ten years at Webcor, Ms. Blatz has built a very diverse portfolio of project experience ranging from high-rise residential to public works; two of which are Webcor’s largest and most complex: The Infinity Residential Towers and the award-winning Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFGH).   At ZSFGH the phased project had to remain in commission throughout construction. Ms. Blatz communicated meticulously with hospital staff, subcontractors and City departments, preventing interference with day to day hospital operations. In addition, Ms. Blatz took a fresh look at Webcor’s college recruiting and internship program and travels to colleges to reach out to students. She also mentors interns, organizes internship outings and remodeled the on-boarding process.  Ms. Blatz is currently overseeing the construction of the new Transbay Block 8 high-rise in downtown San Francisco and was recently honored as one of ENR California’s Top 20 Young Construction Professionals for 2017

Lee Cunningham, President, BT Metal Sales

Lee Cunningham is CEO of BT Metal Sales & Fabrication. Following in her father’s footsteps, Cunningham recently expanded her family’s 60 year-old business, BT Metal Sales & Fabrication, to supply high-quality metal supply and fabrication services to the building and transportation industries. Today, her family’s company is growing as a superior metal fabrication, metalwork, tank and metal sales, ironwork, iron fencing, and welding supplier in the United States. Cunningham’s leadership and the success of BT Metal Sales & Fabrication, continue to help the small business community by creating hundreds of jobs. The special blend of commitment to family and community, progress in transportation and the promotion of small businesses is the same set of priorities that Cunningham brings to the national platform on behalf of women in construction every day.

Through her continuing work in public advocacy and her commitment to small businesses, Cunningham is helping to reshape the landscape of the American small business. She plays an instrumental role in the nation’s movement toward infrastructure improvement, sitting on numerous boards, including the Department of General Services Small Business Council, the Arbitration Board for Silicon Valley, various hospital foundations, YMCA, San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce and Rotary International.

A Graduate of Santa Clara University and active proponent of women in construction nationwide, Cunningham has helped make WCOE one of the fastest growing professional organizations in the country. Whether it is support for new programs, increasing small business size standards, encouraging multi-national corporations to team with WCOE members, encouraging small business lending policies or advocating change of government regulations, Cunningham’s primary focus as President of WCOE is to help woman-owned businesses – and women executives – succeed in the male-dominated construction marketplace.

Lisa Ballantyne, Vice President & General Manager, Turner Construction Company

Lisa is Vice President & General Manager of Turner Construction’s San Francisco Bay Area.  She joined Turner in 1998 in their Boston office, previously working for a heavy highway contractor.  She held various project and department roles for over her 14 years in Boston.  In 2012 after managing the Special Projects Division for 5 years as VP & General Manager, Lisa relocated to the Turner’s Headquarter in New York City as Vice President of the Risk Management Department.  Reporting to Turner’s President & CEO, Lisa was responsible for safety, insurance programs, surety, claims and legal.  In 2014, she took on her current role where she is responsible for the business operations and management of offices throughout the bay area. Lisa is active in industry groups and philanthropy.  Recently she served on the Board of Overseers for the New England Aquarium until her relocation to the bay.  She is on the Executive Leadership Team for Go Red for Women Bay Area and Chairperson for American Heart Association’s Hard Hat for Hearts.  She currently serves on the executive committee for the Tulane Fund Advisory Board.  She has a BSCE from Tulane (’97), and an MBA from Simmons School of Management (’02).  A native of Massachusetts, Lisa now resides in Orinda, California, with her husband Brant, and sons Graham (age 12) and Brant (age 11.)

Turner Construction is a leading construction company and the largest general builder in the United States with over 8,000 employees globally, and over $10 Billion of work performed annually.

Michelle Dutro, Regional Account Executive, Johnson Controls

Michelle has been a Regional Account Executive in Major Projects for Johnson Controls, for the better part of seven years.  You can also catch her as the host of The Game Changer Podcast, helping people to get past their limiting beliefs, and inspiring listeners to make a difference.

Michelle is certainly no stranger to pursuing her dreams. A military veteran, by the age of 22 - Michelle became a firefighter at age 35.  Regardless of where she is, her greatest passion is inspiring women to believe that nothing should ever hold them back from pursuing their goals, and that anything is possible with the right mindset.


Michelle is a certified Strategic Intervention Life Coach, and yoga and guided meditation instructor.  She is also the host of the The Game Changer Podcast, and author of Amazon’s best-selling new release, Fate, Destiny, and The Power of Free Will.

Amanda Gillespie, Project Director

With over 20 years in the construction industry, Ms. Gillespie possesses a unique skill set that has led to the successful completion of various large-scale projects in both public and private sectors. She has worked on landmark projects such as the World Trade Center PATH Station, Madison Square Gardens Renovation, IBM’s World Headquarters, the US Census Bureau National Headquarters in DC, and many other noteworthy projects. In 2014, she joined Webcor Builders as Project Director for the $1.4 Billion Dollar project’s construction phase. This project, which is currently the largest public works project ever undertaken in Northern California, is set to complete in 2018. In her spare time, she is working with a variety of groups on the question of Gender Equity in construction as well as promoting the STEM fields with the emerging generations through work with Curiodyssey Children’s Science Museum, the Bay Area council, NAWIC, CREW, and WiOPS. Ms. Gillespie holds both BS in Construction Management and an MBA in Organizational Change Management as well as is a LEED Legacy AP. 

Cassie Hilaski, Director of Environmental Health and Safety, Nibbi Brothers General Contractors

A Certified Safety Professional, Hilaski has extensive field experience on large construction projects of up to $850 million. 

Hilaski’s career focus on environmental health and safety is a natural fit with her life-long affinity for humanitarian work and for helping others, in general.  She views her role not so much as an additional layer of project oversight, but as an experienced, in-house resource to the Project Managers, Superintendents, and others.  “Even though it’s great to be involved in a large, complicated project, at the end of the day, it’s their project,” she points out.

Previous to joining Nibbi, Cassie spent 20 years at Clark Construction, where she worked up to the position of Area Safety Director. 

Cassie’s presentation will address the importance of building a robust safety culture and how safety can touch all levels of a business.  She will also be sharing some of her insights about transitioning from a mid-management role at a large, national company to a key leadership role at a mid-sized regional contractor.

Angeline Marie Gleason, LEED AP, MEP Preconstruction Director, McCarthy Building Companies

Angeline is an MEP Preconstruction Director specializing in Electrical, Low Voltage systems, and Integrating Building Technology Systems.  She coordinates engineers, designers, contractors and facility owners during the preconstruction phase to encourage system integration and synchronization by pursuing equipment efficiencies and capabilities to economize physical equipment space requirements, enable unified communication between systems, and reduce construction and operating costs.

Angeline is considered a Subject Matter Expert (SME) and brings a comprehensive knowledge of costs, design & engineering strategies, time constraints, and bidding/estimating processes to all teams she works with to implement “best practices” and focus on continuous improvement initiatives with a high level of technical competence. She believes that greater design team collaboration and educating the industry of the infinite integration possibilities surrounding the rapidly advancing arena of electrical and technology systems will provide more sustainable buildings, efficient building operations with lower costs, and greater end-user satisfaction.

Angeline has held overall responsibility of electrical and low voltage estimating, design, and subcontracting for the Northern Pacific Division of McCarthy Building Companies for over 4 years.  Prior to McCarthy she worked for various Electrical Subcontractors as a Project Manager, Service Manager, and Project Engineer from Southern to Northern California for over 10 years.

Angeline is a LEED Accredited Professional, certified in project/team management and OSHA 30, and regularly teaches at quarterly McCarthy MEP trainings. 

Angeline attended the University of California, Riverside where she served as president of Kappa Kappa Gamma and received her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration.

Julie Hyson, Senior Director, Skanska USA Building Inc.

Julie Hyson asks tough questions, connects people, and acts as a relentless and unbiased champion for her colleagues and clients. She is an energetic leader with a passion for people and performance. As senior director and part ofSkanska’s executive leadership team, Julie takes pride in knowing that the strategy the team develops today has a tangible impact on the business now and in the long-term. This motivates her to keep asking whether the company is doing the right thing for the clients and the communities they serve. One of the professional achievements that Julie is most proud of is designing and implementing a framework that has driven Skanska to adopt a truly customer-focused culture. Julie is proud to serve as the executive sponsor of Skanska’s Diversity & Inclusion and Community Outreach councils as well as the Advisor and former Chair of Skanska’s Women’s Network in California. In collaboration with other business leaders from organizations such as Kaiser Permanente, PlanGrid and Autodesk, Julie has been brazen about developing forums to encourage, promote, and support women in any industry to lead boldly within their organizations—at whatever level in their career.

Tentative Agenda

Thursday, May 18, 2017

  10:30 – 12:00          SFO Jobsite Tour

 12:30 – 1:30             Registration Open

 2:00 – 6:00             San Francisco Scenic Bus Tour

 5:30 – 7:30             Hotel Reception, Complimentary Drinks and
                                Appetizers – Dinner on Your Own             

8:00 – 9:00             Registration Open


Friday, May 19, 2017

 7:00 - 8:30              Complimentary Cooked to Order Breakfast
                                 Chapter Sales

7:30 - 8:30             First Timers Meeting
8:30 - 12:00            Speakers               


12:00 - 1:00              Lunch

1:00 - 4:30                Speakers & NAWIC Business

4:30 - 6:00                Past Directors Meeting

5:30 – 7:30            Hotel Reception, Complimentary Drink and Appetizers
                                -Dinner on Your Own


Saturday, May 20, 2017

7:00 - 8:30                Complimentary Cooked to Order Breakfast
                                  Chapter Sales

 8:30 – 12:00              Speakers and NAWIC Business                                      

12:00 – 1:00              Lunch                    

1:00 – 4:30                Speakers and NAWIC Business

6:30 - 11:00               Awards Banquet


Advertising in the Event Program provides focus on your Business and its support of NAWIC.  We are offering you the opportunity to advertise your Business at our Conference with either a Sponsorship or a Conference Program Ad.  Click here for Sponsorship Levels and Costs and a description of what is included at each level.

Purchase your sponsorship below:

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Forum Sponsors

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Come join us in the City by the Bay for the Pacific Northwest Region Annual Forum!  San Francisco is the cultural, commercial and financial center of Northern California, the birthplace of the United Nations and the only consolidated city-county in California.  It is only about 47.9 square miles in area making it the smallest county in the state; however, with about 18,500 people per square mile it is the most densely settled large city in the state and the second most densely populated city in the US after New York City. 

A popular tourist destination, San Francisco is known for its cool summers, fog, steep rolling hills and an eclectic mix of architecture and landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, Cable Cars, Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf, Coit Tower, Lombard Street and Chinatown to name a few. 

Please come in early and join us for a City Bus Tour on Thursday, 5/18/17 so that you can experience all of these amazing places.  There is no charge for the tour, but we do need to know how many to expect, so be sure to register for the Free Tour when you submit your registration form.  The tour will commence from the Embassy Suites at 2:00pm and will return at 5:00pm.  Those who wish to stay in downtown San Francisco for the evening and not return to the hotel may certainly do so.  Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) runs to South San Francisco until midnight and, of course, there is always Uber or Lyft.

  • Early Bird Registration (Member - Thru April 1) $175
  • Early Bird Registration (Non-Member - Thru April 1) $225
  • Regular Registration (Member - Thru April 15) $200
  • Regular Registration (Non-Member - Thru April 15) $250
  • Late Registration (Member - After April 15) $225
  • Late Registration (Non-Member - After April 15) $275

Click here to register


Embassy Suites, Non-Smoking Doubles $189 per night plus taxes.

To reserve your room at the negotiated rate, please visit:

***Room block cut-off date is Thursday April, 27, 2017.

Includes: Cooked to order breakfast and cocktail reception daily, free Wi-Fi, free airport shuttle to/from SFO, and complimentary parking.


For any questions regarding Forum, please contact:

Donna Revis,, 650-918-9181


Megan OHalloran,, 925-872-9168

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Women in Construction (WIC) Week
to Mar 11

Women in Construction (WIC) Week

The focus of Women in Construction (WIC) Week is to highlight women as a visible component of the construction industry. WIC Week also provides an occasion for NAWIC’s thousands of members across the country to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry.It is also a time for local chapters to give back to their communities.

Check with your local chapter for WIC Week activiteis!

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PNW Fall Conference
to Oct 15

PNW Fall Conference

The Boise Chapter is so excited to be hosting to the

2016 Pacific Northwest Fall Conference

"Stronger Together"

October 14th-15th in Boise, Idaho! 

We are staying at the beautiful Hotel 43 right in the heart of downtown Boise. 

Click HERE to download the registration form

Registration Fees

Registration Fee Includes: Friday Officer Info Session, Welcome Party Hors D'oeuvres, Saturday Morning Ala Cart Breakfast

 Early Bird Registration

Must be received by September 1

Member: $95

Non-Member: $115



Must be received by September 15

Member: $115

Non-Member: $135


Late  Registration

Received After September 15

Member: $135

Non-Member: $155


Friday Walking Tour (October 14th


We will be doing a walking tour of Downtown Boise. Come learn about how Boise’s beautiful downtown developed and the people who made it happen. The tour will start approximately at 1:00 PM on Friday with the Officer Breakout Session happening around 3:30 PM. ng a board member! More information will be sent out soon!

Click here to download the registration form

Hotel Information

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Hotel 43

Click Here to Reserve Your Room
Or Call 208-342-4622 and request the rate for NAWIC

Group rate is $143.00 per night (plus taxes).
Room must be reserved by September 16, 2016

Parking $12 per night

Payment Options

You may submit payment via PayPal, or Mail a check to the Boise chapter. Please refer to the registration form for more information. 

Click here to download the registration form



Sheli Gartman has been inspiring and educating businesses, teams and individuals for the past 15 years. Constantly inspired by the souls in front of her, Sheli travels all over the world inspiring individuals and companies to manifest their highest capacity and calling. She is an international Speaker, Dynamic Business Consultant, Comedian, and Personal Development Facilitator. From large to small businesses, Entrepreneurs, and nonprofits, Sheli engages and challenges her audience with the tools and methods to activate their highest strengths for lasting results. It's not enough to say she is passionate about this work, because this isn't work for her, this is about changing the world. Sheli lives in beautiful Boise, Idaho with her husband and three miraculous children.



Jeff Anderson is a Senior Project Manager for Andersen Construction with 12+ years of experience in complex commercial projects. Jeff worked in Seattle for 10 years specializing in fast corporate interiors, fast-track projects, high-tech, laboratories, and medical office buildings. During his time in Seattle, he was recognized as agile and effective, and considered the ‘go to’ on challenging projects working around tenants and their unique logistical challenges. Jeff has been committed to continuous improvement processes (LEAN) introducing more efficient building practices into projects maximizing profitability while exceeding client expectations. As an Idaho native, Jeff and his family moved back to Boise in 2014 to enjoy quality of life which we all enjoy here.

Tentative Agenda

Friday, October 14th

1:00-3:00 Walk about Boise Tour

3:30-4:30 Officer Training (Hotel 43-Downstairs Meeting Room)

5:00- 6:00 1st Timers Meeting (Hotel 43-Downstairs Meeting Room)

5:00- 6:00 Leadership Development Taskforce (The Owyhee, Café Patio Room)

6:30 – 8:30 Welcome Party (The Owyhee, Café)


Saturday, October 15th

7:30 Breakfast Bar in Meeting Room opens

8:00-12:00 Speaker & Business Meeting

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-5:00 Business Meeting & Speaker

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Annual Meeting & Education Conference
to Aug 20

Annual Meeting & Education Conference

  • Grand Hyatt San Antonio (map)
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NAWIC 61st Annual Meeting and Education Conference

San Antonio, Texas

August 17-20, 2016

This year, Coach Jenn Lee will deliver the keynote address during NAWIC’s Annual Meeting. Her keynote’s topic will be “Make Great Things Happen!”

“Most of us have the desire to end the day knowing that we’ve ‘nailed it!’ We’re naturally eager to make an impact, not just for our benefit, but in service to others while influencing our personal community,” said Lee. “Elevating and advancing our everyday lives occurs when we’re curious about what we’re truly capable of, and passionate about how we uniquely deliver our message. Adopt the philosophy that together, we can ‘Make Great Things Happen!’”

ee is a small-business strategist, marketing consultant and a rockin’, high-energy motivational speaker. Obsessed with small business owners and corporations who “get it,” Lee leveraged her experience to found The Work Creative. She has 25 years of corporate sales and marketing experience. She now speaks to small business owners, sales teams and companies across the nation. Her spot-on advice has made her a regular contributor on Orlando’s FOX News and FOX Business Network. In addition, she is also featured in numerous entrepreneurial podcasts and quoted in national magazines.

The conference will be held at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio, located on the world famous River Walk near The Alamo.This downtown San Antonio hotel is situated near trendy downtown bars, hot clubs, Zagat-rated restaurants and numerous cultural attractions.

Click here for more information

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to Apr 24


  • Courtyard Tacoma Downtown (map)
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Registration is now OPEN!


#LeadLikeAGirl - Forum 2016

When did “Like A Girl” become an insult?  This statement has come to represent women as being weak, lacking power and timid. We are going to take back “Like A Girl”!  Especially for NAWIC women, “Like A Girl” should represent strength, power and tenacity!

Our theme for Forum is #LeadLikeAGirl.  Our focus will be on providing various tools on developing leadership traits in all facets of your position at your workplace.  No matter what your role, you ARE a leader at your job!

From leadership development, to leading in the area of workplace mental health, safety, and disaster preparedness our speakers will take attendees through workshops to discuss and develop these areas.

Here are a few of our speakers that will be presenting:

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Key Note Speaker—Meg Winch, President of Communication Resources Workshop: Leadership Development - Taking the Steps to Step Up!
Meg specializes in the facilitation and training of communication and organizational skills, working with project team members to enhance the communication behaviors critical to their jobs.  She is a trained facilitator of formal partnering and public involvement processes.  She regularly works with teams to develop presentations, manage messages, and develop communication strategies and agreements. Meg holds BA degrees in Communication and German from the University of Washington and an MS in Communication and Group Dynamics from Purdue University.

Calvin (Cal) Beyer—Director of Risk Management at Lakeside Industries Workshop: Addressing Mental Health Issues in the Workplace
Cal Beyer is the Director of Risk Management since 2014 at Lakeside Industries, Inc. in Issaquah, WA. Cal has over 27 years of experience in the serving the construction industry in various capacities. He has extensive experience in strategic risk improvement and risk management best practices for the construction industry. He is leading a cultural transformation of Lakeside’s historically strong safety program on its journey to exceptional safety performance.

Kris Alberty—Executive Director of Northwest Independent Contractors Association Workshop: Taking the Lead in Disaster Preparedness
As Executive Director of Northwest Independent Contractors Association and enjoys her various roles as manager, instructor, and mentor. She has over 20 years construction experience – working in commercial flooring, owning a general contracting company that builds spec, custom and green homes; in addition to a roof-truss manufacturing plant specializing in structural building components. In 2005, Kris transitioned into consulting for contractors and now is an OSHA 500 Safety, EPA's Certified Lead Renovator,  OSHA's Disaster Site Worker, First Aid/CPR and Apprenticeship Instructor.

Our NFSF and NEF Fundraiser on Friday nightwill be a fun night at the casino, right in our hotel!  

Come dressed in your finery and try your luck at the gaming tables!  Hors d’Oeuvers will be included and a no host bar will be available. 

Winnings at the end of the night will go toward raffle tickets for some great prizes! 


Thursday Tours

Coming into town on Thursday? We have two great tours set up for you to participate in!
The University of Washington’s Tacoma campus has undergone some major renovations and restorations of what once a economically devastated area.  The restoration of historic buildings coupled with new construction has revitalized this area of Tacoma in a major way.  We will be taking a look at some of the current projects that have going on in the area.

McCarver Elementary is an historic elementary school has been a neighborhood landmark and a symbol for educational experimentation on Tacoma’s Hilltop since 1925—nearly 100 years.  This restoration project will bring up the school to the most current codes and educational standards while maintaining the historical structure of the building. The $39 million renovation includes a community resource center inside the building with separate entrance and controlled access into the elementary school.

We will be taking a tour of this work in progress!


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to Feb 28




 FEBRUARY 26-28, 2016


is where the Eugene, OR NAWIC Chapter invites you to join us for a day of fellowship, learning, networking and fun!  Featuring LIsa Bohannan of Bohannan Coaching!

Yachats is located about 26 miles north of Florence, OR, and about 92 miles from Eugene, OR








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Annual Planning Conference (APC)
to Oct 25

Annual Planning Conference (APC)

  • Eldorado Resort Casino (map)
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October 23rd - 25th, 2015

Eldorado Resort Casino
345 N Virginia St, Reno, NV

Join us for the inaugural  Annual Planning conference of the Pacific Northwest Region (formerly Regions 9 and 10) with Region Director Ruth Fritts. 

Registration Information:

Registration includes Welcome Party, Saturday morning snack and lunch

Postmarked by September 14     $90.00

Postmarked by September 25     $115.00

Postmarked AFTER September 25     $140.00

Friday Walking Tour:

Please join our new Director Ruth for an historical walking tour on Friday. A representative from the Historic Reno Preservation Society will guide us on this walking tour. We will meet in the lobby at 2:00 p.m. and begin promptly at 2:15pm.
Dress is casual and wear comfortable walking shoes.
Please see Registration Form.

Historic Walking Tour     $5.00

Hotel/Airport Information:

El Dorado Hotel
345 N Virginia Street, Reno, Nevada

Standard Room Rate     $79.00
Deluxe Room Rate         $89.00
Luxury Room Rate          $99.00

Please call 1-800-648-5966
Group Block is under
National Association of Women in Construction
Group Code MWOMCON
Room Block will be released on September 25

Reno-Tahoe International Airport:
2001 E Plumb Lane, Reno
Hotel will provide free Shuttle


The El Dorado Hotel is offering lower rates for Thursday, October 22, if you would like to arrive earlier and enjoy the area. The rates would be:

Standard Room $49.99
Deluxe Room $59.99
Luxury Room for $69.99

Please call 1-800-648-5966
Group Block is under
National Association of Women in Construction
Group Code MWOMCON

Saturday Night Activity!

The El Dorado Hotel is offering our group a dinner and show package, Saltoriya, for Saturday night.  The cost is $48.00 per person which includes a dinner buffet coupon to be used at “The Buffet”.  If we know ahead of time they will seat us together.  Please let me know if you are interested. This is not a part of your APC registration.

"Saltoriya” is a new show comprising awe-inspiring internationally acclaimed performers, acrobats, daredevil stunts and comedy in an exhilarating, uplifting experience. The show combines feats of athleticism, comedy, original music and choreography to create an awe-inspiring production. It celebrates magnificent physical movements of world-class performers with universal and timeless appeal. Cirque-style productions bring amazing elements of the traditional circus to another level of excitement and aesthetics.

“Saltoriya” features a cast of incredibly talented American and European performers including acrobats, clowns, jugglers and dancers. The audience will see comedians, unicycle masters, an unsupported ladder balancing act, contortion-hand balancing, a hula-hoop act and a daring motorcycle globe act.

Read more and watch a video by clicking here

Conference Agenda

Friday, October 23, 2014

 2:15                                              Meet in hotel lobby start tour     

2:30 – 3:30                                 Reno Historic Walk                                        

3:30 – 6:00                                Registration                                                                             

5:00 – 6:00                                President’s Meeting

5:00 – 6:00                                  First Timer’s Meeting

6:00 – 9:00                              Welcome Party

                                                    Dinner on your Own

Saturday, October 24, 2014

 8:00 – 8:30 am                         Registration

                                                     Chapter Sales                                                                                  

8:30 am – Call to Order            Ruth A. Fritts, Director                                                                

Pledge of Allegiance                

 NAWIC Pledge                                                                   


Introductions                            Ruth Fritts, Director                                         

Appointments                           Ruth Fritts, Director

Recognize Sponsors                Ruth Fritts, Director

Welcome to Reno                   Jenny Brekhus, Reno Councilwoman                    

RegistrationReport         APC Registration Chair            

Adoption of APC Rules        Kelly Milstead,  - Parliamentarian

Adoption of Agenda               Kelly Milstead,  - Parliamentarian

Approve Forum Minutes        Director      

Introduction of Speaker        Director                                                                                              

 Reports                                    Director

Pre-Annual Board                 Ruth Fritts, 2015-2016 Director Elect

 Post-Annual Board               Ruth Fritts, 2015-2016 Director

AMEC Recap

Membership Awards              Rachel Stroup & Director

Longevity Recognition            Rachel Stroup & Director  

Team Building Exercise          Donna Revis & Rachel Stroup

New Business

Adoption of SOX Policies       Director

Policies & Guidelines                Redistricting Taskforce

First Timers NEF Pin Tradition   Director

APC Discussion                      Director

Invitation  to Forum 2016      Laura Rannow - South Sound Chapter #187

Invitation to AMEC 2016      Sandy Field, NAWIC Immediate Past President

Announcements                    Director

Raffles                                         Chapter Sales

4:30 - 5pm                                 Adjourn

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Annual Meeting & Education Conference
to Sep 5

Annual Meeting & Education Conference

It is with great pleasure and excitement that we invite you to attend NAWIC’s 60th Annual Meeting and Education Conference (AMEC) to be held in Nashville at the Omni Hotel, Sept. 2-5, 2015. This year we celebrate the sounds of success— NAWIC’s 60 years, the success of NAWIC members, and the success of women in construction.

There is value in NAWIC, and value is certainly reflected in the top-notch speakers and presenters scheduled for AMEC. I am very pleased that Anita Renfroe, comedian, author, singer and songwriter, will be our keynote speaker. She will motivate, energize, encourage and entertain as she shares her slightly offbeat takes on “All Things Female.”

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2015 Region 9 Forum
to May 2

2015 Region 9 Forum

  • Embassy Suites Anchorage (map)
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The Alaska Chapter of NAWIC #197 would like to invite you to the NAWIC Region 9 Forum which is being held in Anchorage, Alaska on May 1 and 2nd. Come experience a taste of Alaska and the construction industry. Our chapter has organized some great educational workshops and training opportunities to expand your knowledge of the construction industry,.

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2014 Pacific NW Built Industry Forum | Expect the Unexpected
to May 17

2014 Pacific NW Built Industry Forum | Expect the Unexpected

Build your Future, Build your Career, and Build your Education – join the National Association of Women in Construction, northwest annual Forum this spring at McMenamins Edgefield on May 16th and 17th, 2014. The quality seminars, delicious food, handcrafted beverages, abundance of on-site activities, and exceptional networking will make for a truly memorable experience.  Whether you're a male or female, architect, engineer, or a related service or owner, please join us at the 2014 Build Industry Forum. 

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Oregon Retreat
to Mar 8

Oregon Retreat

Please join us for Retreat at Cannon Beach, OR

Click  here for Registration Form

WHERE: Hallmark Suites; 1400 South Hemlock Street, Cannon Beach, OR 97110. PH: (503) 436-1566;
Please let them know you are with NAWIC when booking a room. The rooms are suites with a King bed in the main area and a separate room with a Queen bed; as well as, Jacuzzi tub, gas fireplace, and kitchenette. The rate is $129/night (2 nights minimum). *Reservations and/or cancellations must be made by 02/07/2014.

WHEN: Friday, March 7th – Sunday, March 9th


Friday – Evening Social:
Portland Chapter will be hosting a Hospitality Suite on Friday, March 7th from 6:00-9:00pm. Theme and details to follow.

Saturday – Workshop with Elena Capatina:
Elena is a Certified Heart Intelligence Coach and Art of Feminine Presence Teacher; founder of the “Heart Awakened Living” whose mission is to facilitate creating “Heart Centered” communities, by bringing authenticity and true joy. She will be guiding us through activities in a personalized workshop to help us discover our passions in life and establish healthy boundaries.

Registration information:
NAWIC Member - Registration is $52.50
Non-Member - Registration is $62.50
Please fill out the registration form and email to Jenny Browne (See form below in attachments)

Included with Registration:
Friday welcome party - Drinks and Snacks will be provided at the evening social.
Saturday seminar - lunch will be provided during Saturday activities.

*Registration deadline is Friday, February 27th After deadline no refunds.

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WIC Week
to Mar 8

WIC Week

Women in Construction Week

The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) will celebrate Women in Construction (WIC) Week March 2-8, 2014. NAWIC’s mission is to enhance the success of women in the construction industry.

 “The National Association of Women in Construction is committed to enhancing the success of all women in construction - not just those who are NAWIC members,” says Cindy Johnsen, the immediate past-president of NAWIC.  “We accomplish this through educational opportunities, networking, and community/industry service projects.  If you are a woman employed in any area of the construction industry, we welcome you to join us!"  

The focus of WIC Week is to highlight women as a visible component of the construction industry. It is also a time for local chapters to give back to their communities. WIC Week provides an occasion for NAWIC’s thousands of members across the country to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry.

"While there are more than one million women employed in the construction industry, women only comprise approximately ten percent of the construction workforce.  These women, whether they are administrative specialists, general contractors, subcontractors, trades people, or professionals, are vital elements to the construction process,” says Johnsen. “'Women in Construction Week' is simply a time set aside to thank those women for all their efforts toward successful construction projects.  WIC Week will also bring attention to the industry and encourage others to realize that construction is a viable, profitable career field.”

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