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#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!


Earlier Event: February 26
Later Event: August 17
Annual Meeting & Education Conference