The Connection
February 6, 2018
Association News

Chapter Leadership Training Offered Prior to Annual Conference
The NAWIC Board recently voted to offer a pilot chapter leadership training program in Orlando immediately before the Annual Conference. The free training will be held on Wednesday, August 15 in the afternoon. It will last approximately four hours and will include important information from NAWIC’s auditor and attorney, as well as the NAWIC leadership. Every chapter is encouraged to send their chapter president. However, if your chapter’s president cannot attend, we encourage you to send another chapter officer in their place. Registration information to come.

2018-2019 Candidates for the NAWIC Board of Directors
The ballot for 2018-2019 National Board elections has been finalized. The candidates are:

President-Elect: Diane Mike, CBT
Vice President: Anne Pfleger, CIT
Secretary: Jill Hanson, CIT
Treasurer: Doreen Bartoldus, PE, CCM
Treasurer: Ruth Fritts
Midwest Region Director: Jodi Wiemerslage
Northeast Region Director: Jennifer Sproul
North Central Region Director: Rita Brown
Pacific Southwest Region Director: Tami McCarthy, CIT

Online voting will be held May 15-31, 2018.

Annual Conference Registration Opens March 1
Start planning now to attend the 2018 NAWIC Annual Conference. The Conference has been revamped and we have some exciting new events planned. New features:

  • Pre-conference certificate training (Estimating and Scheduling Practitioner)
  • A pre-conference chapter leadership training program
  • Two keyote speakers
  • Two general sessions with industry panels (Diversity and an Industry Update)
  • The Neighborhood (NAWIC's reimagined exhibit hall) with pop-up education, food, demonstrations and tabletops.

Early bird registration will open March 1 at

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Education / Training

Sexual Harassment: What it is and How Companies Can Protect Themselves
February 15, 2018, noon EST
With the very public downfall of many prominent men, sexual harassment is a hot topic. NAWIC will host a Sexual Harassment webinar on February 15, 2018 at noon EST. Attorney Amanda Baer will define sexual harassment for attendees and teach best practices for companies who want to prevent it and protect themselves. NAWIC members receive the webinar free. Non-members can call 817-877-5551 to register ($39). For more information on the seminar, click here.

Brought to you by the Professional Development and Education Committee

Work Zone Safety
April 10, 2018, noon EST
National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 9-13. To commemorate it, NAWIC will bring you a work zone safety overview. Everyone drives through work zones and some of us even work in them, so it pays to pay attention to work zone safety. In this webinar, you will learn about the safety measures you can take and rules you can follow to keep everyone safe in work zones. Complimentary for NAWIC members. For more information on the seminar, click here.

Brought to you by the Safety and Health Awareness and U.S. Transportation Committees

Industry Update
As unpleasant as the topic may be, opioid abuse is a must-have conversation among industry professionals in order to help combat the problem. Drug overdoses have nearly doubled from only a decade ago. In 2016 they claimed more than 64,000 lives in the U.S.
Forty-two states added construction jobs between December 2016 and December 2017, while 32 states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs between November and December, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data released in January. Association officials said a new federal infrastructure measure would help guarantee continued employment gains in the sector.
The five-year alliance between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) indicates the continued commitment to providing safe and healthy working conditions for female construction workers.