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January 8, 2019
Association News

Submit your application to run for the NAWIC Board of Directors!

Stepping up to join the leadership team is always a big step, but you know when the time is right you should jump! You joined NAWIC for a reason; what was your why? Did you want to meet more women like yourself? Maybe it was to experience growth. What better way to grow than by serving the association that has shared so much with you?

Deciding to apply as a candidate for a national officer or a region director could be YOUR next step. NAWIC is currently accepting applications from those just like you, ready to serve during the 2019-20 NAWIC year. 

Later this spring, voting members will elect:

  • National Officers (President-Elect, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer)
  • Region Directors for the Pacific Northwest, South Atlantic, South Central and Southeast Regions 

If you’re qualified and fulfill the requirements, your name could be on that ballot. Here is your opportunity to serve your Association and fellow NAWIC members.

Qualifications for National Officers

  • Be a voting member in good standing of a chapter(s) for a minimum of three (3) years before submitting your application.
  • Be actively employed in the construction industry or in a construction-related service in which the majority of your business is in the construction industry.
  • Have served a majority of a term as a Region Director on the NAWIC national Board of Directors.

Qualifications for Region Directors

  • Be a voting member in good standing of a chapter(s) for a minimum of three (3) years before submitting your application.
  • Be actively employed in the construction industry or in a construction-related service in which the majority of your business is in the construction industry.
  • Have served as a chapter president.

Term in Office

NAWIC Board Members are elected for one- and two-year fixed terms:

  • President-Elect: Two (2) years, serving one year as NAWIC President-Elect and one year as NAWIC President.
  • Vice President: One (1) year
  • Secretary: One (1) year
  • Treasurer: One (1) year
  • Region Directors: Two (2) years

Required Commitments

NAWIC Board activities include:

  • Board Orientation: This will run June 18-23, 2019.
  • Three Board Meetings: Post-Conference, Mid-Year and Pre-Conference. Two meetings will be held before and after the Annual Conference (AC); the final meeting will be held in February 2020 over a Friday/Saturday time period. NAWIC assists with travel expenses for airfare, hotel, and food. Each meeting lasts approximately two days. You should plan on requesting time off work.
  • Annual Conference: Board meetings take place before and after AC. Please plan to be available for a minimum of four (4) days.
  • NAWIC Board Conference Calls: These calls are scheduled throughout the year and may take place during working hours.

NAWIC assists with travel expenses for airfare, hotel and food to attend these training/meetings 

Region Directors must attend regional events:

  • Region Fall Conference: This is usually a one- to two-day event. Your region is responsible for these costs. Your region pays for your airfare, hotel, and food.
  • Region Forum: Forums last between two and three days.
  • Chapter visits: Region directors are strongly encouraged to visit as many chapters within their region as possible. Chapters and/or your region are responsible for these costs.

Generally, your region is responsible for your travel expenses of airfare, hotel and food to attend regional events. Occasionally a chapter will assist when specifically for a chapter visit. 

To Apply

If you meet the qualifications and can fulfill the commitments, you’ll find candidate forms in the Member Center at, or go directly to

Candidates are required to submit their forms electronically to Crissy Ingram at no later than Feb. 1, 2019

To be certified as a candidate and to appear on the ballot, you must include:

  • A color photograph of yourself with a resolution of at least 300 dpi in a .jpg format
  • A 150-word typed statement on why you are qualified to serve as a Board Member. Include your goals for NAWIC.
  • A 40-word typed reason why you’re running for the Board.

In this year of important decisions, don’t let this opportunity to be the leader you’ve wanted or are meant to be pass you by. Take that first step and apply today.

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The push toward AC 2019 has begun!

As you start filling those calendars don’t forget to Save the Date for this year’s Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. We are working hard to make this one even better than the last. We’ve already started filing the agenda and you’re certainly not going to be disappointed. Our first confirmed speaker is one tough woman! We're proud to have Major MJ Heger as our Opening Keynote Speaker this year. You can hear some of her story with this YouTube video (She begins her presentation around 4:00.) It’s sure to get you inspired! 

Early Bird registration begins March 1. More details will be coming soon. 


Social media trivia contest winners

Last Friday, NAWIC recognized National Trivia Day (Jan. 4) by holding a fun little social media contest to close out the first week of 2019. We posted three questions that were in some way related to NAWIC on each of our social media accounts. The first person that answered the question correctly won a NAWIC branded item.

In case you missed the posts, here’s a recap:

Q: Which city and state is home to the first NAWIC Chapter and the National NAWIC Office?

A: Fort Worth, Texas

Q: Which certification course will NEF soon be holding both a webinar as well as a “boot camp” study session in preparation for testing at NAWIC’s Annual Conference in Atlanta?

A: CDT - Construction Document Technician

Q: What is the first and last name of this DIY Network TV Host and how is she connected with NAWIC?

A: Kayleen McCabe, the keynote speaker from AC 2018.


Congratulations to:

Martha Gresson - Gr. Palm Beach, Florida

Peggy Kenealy Newquist, CIT, ESP – Chicago Metro, Illinois

Barb Kelly Osheim – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Thanks to everyone for participating in the fun. If you would like to see more contests or have feedback about this one, contact We hope you have a very Happy New Year!

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