The Connection
March 6, 2018
Association News
The NAWIC Awards committee has revised the judging criteria for NAWIC’s three national Awards: Lifetime Achievement, Member of the Year, and Future Leader of the Year.
The Young Professionals Committee has changed its name. Moving forward, it will be known as the Emerging Professionals Committee. This is a more inclusive title that better reflects the goals of the committee.
Did you know that the national office has supplies and items for sale? It features items that you can use yourself, for your chapter or for speaker gifts. We want to invest in some fresh new items and need feedback on what you would like to see in the NAWIC store. Take this one-minute survey to share your ideas.
New York Magazine is working on a story that will include women in the trades who have experienced sexual harassment and/or assault on the job, but who have not reported the misconduct because they feel their workplace conditions prevent them from coming forward.
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Education / Training

Work Zone Safety Webinar
April 10, 2018, noon EST
National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 9-13. 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. Everyone drives through work zones and some of us even work in them, so it pays to pay attention to work zone safety. 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

NAWIC Diversity Survey Input Sought
In planning our education for the August NAWIC Annual Conference, we are developing a panel on Diversity in the Construction Industry. Your feedback on what your company is doing will help inform the conversation of the panel. We have asked 9 questions that will take about 1 minute to complete. To take the survey, click here.

Annual Conference Registration is Now Open
Early bird registration for the NAWIC Annual Conference opened March 1.

This year, the Conference has been revamped and we have some exciting new events planned. New features:

  • Pre-conference certificate training  and exam (Estimating and Scheduling Practitioner) offered by NEF
  • A pre-conference chapter leadership training program for Chapter Presidents
  • Two keyote speakers
  • Two general sessions with industry panels (Diversity and Workforce Development, and Industry Trends and Updates)
  • The Neighborhood (NAWIC's reimagined exhibit hall) with 15-minute pop-up education, food, demonstrations and vendor tabletops.

Register at > Annual Conference.

Don't forget to book your hotel room. Click here to book at the special NAWIC Conference rate.

Healthy and safe work sites are a prerequisite if the industry wants to attract and retain women. Yet, too often women face hostile work environments or harassment. They also find themselves on work sites without decent or safe sanitary facilities, are issued protective clothing and equipment in the wrong sizes, and are denied sufficient on-the-job training, reducing their ability to perform their work safely. All of these issues make it less likely that women will stay and thrive in the industry. This webinar, to be held March 8 from Noon to 1 p.m. ET, is co-hosted by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), the National Center for Women's Equity in Apprenticeship and Employment, and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) to mark the 2018 NAWIC Women in Construction Week. It will discuss health and safety on work sites from a gender perspective.
NAWIC Benefits Spotlight
This year the use of Association Medical Insurance Plans to lower group health insurance costs has been expanded. And we have low-cost solutions for your company.
Industry Update
Construction spending in January was unchanged from December and was moderately higher than in January 2017, according to an analysis of new government data by AGC of America. However, association officials said further gains, especially in desperately needed infrastructure investment, would be in jeopardy if the administration adopts tariffs on key construction materials.
On Thursday, March 1, 2018, President Trump announced that the U.S. would begin imposing a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports. The fiscal impact of this on construction companies could be significant.
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