The Connection
March 19, 2019
Association News

AC Speaker Spotlight: Meet Major MJ Hegar - Be the Change

This speaker is one tough woman! We're proud to have Major MJ Hegar as our Opening Keynote Speaker this year.

Major MJ Hegar reveals how to be a catalyst for change on a large scale, be it in your career, at home, or on a national or global level. When someone tells you that something cannot be done, she says, the only way to prove them wrong is to do what they believe to be impossible. Her heroic actions in Afghanistan — where she was shot down on a Medevac mission, was pivotal in rescuing her crew and patients and became the second woman in history to earn a Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor Device — changed the perception of women in the military. And, her historic lawsuit against the Secretary of Defense opened the door for women to participate in ground combat, a significant step forward for equal rights for women in the military. How did she do it? And what can we learn from her experiences? A magnetic speaker, she combines harrowing war stories and powerful lessons on social change with practical advice on leadership, diversity, teamwork and motivation.

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 is OPEN!  Make your reservations to be there, TODAY!

2019-20 Board Candidates Guide is Now Available

The following candidates have announced their decision to lead and represent NAWIC for the 2019-20 board year. The Candidate Guide is available online to learn more about each of these members and their careers with NAWIC. All eligible members will be asked to cast their vote in May. More election details can be found in the guide. Congratulations to all those running and the best of luck!

National Officers

Region Directors

NAWIC President-Elect:
- Doreen Bartoldus, PE, CCM, LEED GA, ENV SP (Greater New York, Chapter 240)

- Anne Pfleger, CIT (Lima Ohio Area, Chapter 374)
NAWIC Vice President:
- Jill Hanson, CIT (Tampa, FL Chapter 36)
NAWIC Secretary:
- Lauline Mitchell (San Francisco, CA Chapter 19)
NAWIC Treasurer:
- Karen Hager, CBT, CIT (Greater Orlando, FL Chapter 73)
- Laurie Jimenez, CBT, PMP, DTM (Austin, TX Chapter 7)

Pacific Northwest Region:
- Kelly Aust, LEED AP BD+C (Portland, OR Chapter 54)
 South Atlantic Region:
- Debbie Edwards, CIT (Columbia, SC Chapter 113)
- Wendy McQuiggan (Richmond, VA Chapter 141)
South Central Region:
- Jennifer VanBreda, NICET II (Dallas, TX Chapter 2)
 Southeast Region:
- Cindy Spiropoulos, CIT, LEED GA (Greater Orlando, FL Chapter 73)

NAWIC's Safety & Health Awareness Committee is pleased to offer the Safety Excellence Award to distinguish NAWIC member companies who recognize safety as a corporate value and commitment. These companies have implemented excellent safety and health programs and innovative solutions for creating strong safety cultures within their organizations. The means of achieving this include owner/upper management commitment, proactive safety and health programs, consistent enforcement policies, employee training, management committee initiatives and program implementation creativity/innovation.

Eligible participants must employ a NAWIC member. Completed applications must be submitted by April 30.

Here's what men can learn from them.

In addition to the many women leaders, executives and entrepreneurs who've already fought their way to the top of the food chain, a new wave is coming. This is in the face of what Tiffany Apczynski, VP of public policy and social impact at customer service software company Zendesk, called the "cycles of [bias] in the all male business world."
Recently, Pacific Northwest Region Director Candidate, Kelly Aust, LEED AP BD+C, was recognized by Oregon State University Council of Outstanding Early Career Engineers for her success in the Engineering field. 

The OSU Council of Outstanding Early Career Engineers is reserved for Oregon Staters who have distinguished themselves through professional practice and/or service to OSU, the profession, or society at large. These individuals have made early career contributions that identify them as future leaders in their profession or field. They have less than 20 years of professional experience beyond receipt of their bachelor’s degree.
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WIC Week 2019...That's a WRAP!

A HUGE Thank You to all the members, chapters, states and regions that helped us celebrate WIC Week 2019. It was a huge success for many. We couldn't do it without your hard work! Tell us all about your events. Submit your recap forms and maybe your event will be featured nationally. The deadline to submit forms is April 2. In the coming weeks, we will share submissions and hope you're inspired to keep the momentum going. Congratulations to eveyone for a great WIC Week!

There's More Than Surf Making Big Waves in Hawaii 

This perfectly timed multi-page feature hit the headlines during WIC Week (March 3-9, 2019) to showcase the movers and shakers in the Hawaiian building industry. Meet the women changing the face of construction in the islands. 




Education / Training

Get Your Discount on NEF's CDT Course

Purchase the Construction Document Technician (CDT)
textbook and exam before April 1
and take your exam during
NAWIC's 2019 Annual Conference!

NEF is offering their CDT program including exam for $199.............that's a savings of $51!!!!  Plus you get free shipping!

Also included is a webinar (see below for more details) and preparatory session prior to taking the exam at NAWIC's Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday, Aug. 20. 

Don't wait........get your CDT today!!!!

(Offer expires April 1, 2019.) 



Webinar: Acing the CDT

Description: The webinar is an overview of the CDT course and a preview of the prep session being offered at Annual Conference.

Date: Wednesday, March 20, Noon CST

Presented by: Professional Development & Education Committee in partnership with NEF 

Guest Speaker: Peggy Newquist, CIT, ESP 

Who can attend: Complimentary for Current NAWIC Members 

Join the session:


**Please note you will need your NAWIC Member login information to access the conference call links** 

*Any webinars that are recorded will be added to the NAWIC website after the call for later access.


Webinar: Operations Manual **DATE CHANGE**

Description: Review of  approved changes to National Bylaws and Bylaws for Affiliated Chapters, as well as the difference between Standing Rules, Policies and Guidelines

Date: Tuesday, March 26 at 6 p.m. CST

Presenter: Past National President Robin Fulton-Meyer, CBT, CIT

Attendees: Current NAWIC Members; Required – seated region directors and director candidates, Optional – seated officers

Join the session:

NAWIC Benefits Spotlight
The NAWIC Career Center offers construction companies, recruiters and hiring managers a unique resource that allows them to communicate their job openings to women in various fields of the construction industry. Finding the right women for the job has never been easier! The NAWIC Career Center features a construction industry online job board and NAWIC members can look to the job board to find employment opportunities. In the Career Center, members can post their resumes and find listings of the newest career opportunities related to the construction industry.



Earn Your B.A. in Construction Management Online
Rowan Global Learning & Partnerships (Rowan Global)
Rowan University’s B.A. in Construction Management is a degree completion program for individuals in the construction industry who have an associate’s degree or equivalent number of credits, and prefer to work while earning a degree. Endorsed by the North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU), the program prepares individuals to supervise, manage, and inspect construction sites and associated facilities. Academic credit may be awarded for prior work experience.
Learn More!
Following up on a study in which’s artificial intelligence engine “Vinnie” learned from contractor Suffolk's data to predict roughly one in five safety incidents with 81% accuracy, nine major construction firms are partnering with the software company to further develop predictive analytics and therefore prevent incidents and reduce risk across the industry, according to a Smartvid announcement from CEO and Founder Josh Kanner.

For contractors and developers that are on a tight schedule and need to map large swaths of land or expansive projects, sometimes the only thing better than the convenience and insight that unmanned aerial system (UAS), or drone, imaging provides is getting the shots back in a few hours versus days. Engineering and environmental consulting firm Dudek, which provides drone imagery services to contractors, has found an effective solution for turning around image projects for construction clients fast.

ASCENT- Center for Technical Knowledge
Association of Printing and Data Solutions Professionals
Mar 2019
Presented by Peggy Newquist/NEF
Mar 2019
Join us to hear a review of approved changes to National Bylaws and Bylaws for Affiliated Chapters, as well as the difference between Standing Rules, Policies, and Guidelines.
Apr 2019
April 4-6, 2019
San Antonio, TX
Dove Sifers-Putman, CBT
Apr 2019
April 11-13, 2019
Seattle, WA
Jill Hanson, CIT
Apr 2019
April 12-14, 2019
Charlotte, NC
Anne Pfleger, CIT
Apr 2019
April 25-27, 2019
Philadelphia, PA
Diane Mike, CBT
Apr 2019
April 26-27, 2019
Chicago, IL
Anne Pfleger, CIT
May 2019
May 3-4, 2019
Las Vegas, NV
Doreen Bartoldus, PE, CCM, LEED GA, ENV SP
May 2019
May 3-4, 2019
Nashville, TN
Catherine Schoenenberger
May 2019
May 17-18, 2019
Columbus, OH
Dove Sifers-Putman, CBT