The Connection
June 23, 2020
Association News

Dear NAWIC members,

As an organization that spends time at the round table of diversity, participating in the conversation on equity and inclusion for women in a male-dominated industry, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) stands with our brothers and sisters likewise asking for equity and inclusion. 

At NAWIC, we have always been women-focused with a core purpose fixed on strengthening and amplifying the success of women in the construction industry. This remains true. What also runs deep in our association is our commitment to inclusion and growth, which means recognizing how vital it is to amplify the voices of women of color in the construction industry. We believe in and hold at the core of our values an admiration and respect for courageous leadership, and our female colleagues of color have been consistent leaders in courage and excellence. Their passion and dedication to the industry is an inspiration, and we stand in solidarity with them and honor them — today and every day. 

In the history of our country, we have seen that change requires a catalyst and bold leadership. In anticipation of the changes needed in our nation and the world at large, we are calling upon our members and our professional community to join us in being catalysts for change through the denouncement of racism, the amplification of the voices and successes of women of color, and the active role we all choose to take in educating ourselves on the actions needed to eliminate racial biases.

You can find NAWIC's Position Statement on Discrimination on the NAWIC website here. Join us as we embrace courageous leadership through the promotion of mutual respect, equality, diversity, and inclusion.

Diane Mike, CBT
National President 2019-2020 

Over the past months, we have been closely monitoring the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic to make the best decision possible regarding NAWIC’s 65th Annual Conference in August. We have remained acutely aware of how valued this opportunity for networking, education, community and recognition of achievements is, while also recognizing that the safety and well-being of our members and partners is — and must remain — our top priority.

With COVID-19 numbers again on the rise in many places and a number of our members once again experiencing increased restrictions from both their states and businesses, as well as a personal level of discomfort associated with traveling during a pandemic and the financial and health risks associated with such travel, we want you to know that we are listening and, as such, have made the decision to move to a virtual conference platform this year.

We don’t have all the details ironed out just yet but know that we are busily re-structuring for the best possible benefit and experience for you all and that we will have more information to you very soon! So stay tuned for more details about our first ever Virtual Annual Conference this August and thank you in advance for your patience and feedback as we all negotiate changing landscapes.

Please note:

  • The current online registration link has been disabled. We will be sending out a new link to register for the virtual event.
  • If you registered for the in-person Annual Conference event, a member of the NAWIC staff will be contacting you soon about your registration.
  • We are working with the Westin Galleria to manage room cancellations/refunds for those who made hotel reservations. We will contact you if further action is needed on your part.

As a reminder, in anticipation of our NAWIC rebranding, we’re having a HUGE sale on current NAWIC store items to make room for items with our new logo! Be sure to visit the online store and stock up on “Classic” NAWIC gear before it’s gone!

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ConsensusDocs is hosting a free webinar on "8 Advantages ConsensusDocs offers Over AIA A201 in Addressing COVID-19 Risk in Construction Contracts" on July 1 at 2 p.m. EST. Register by clicking here. All registrants will receive a recording to the webinar.This webinar will provide an overview of how ConsensusDocs contracts address COVID-19 for contracts signed before the outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic and what are the best practices that you should implement going forward. Also, how to give proper and timely notice of potential claims, and how to avoid an owner’s perverse incentive to terminate you, rather than pay penalties for extended suspensions.

The webinar is free, but attendees are encouraged to donate to a construction foundation or charity of their choice. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation registration email with links to the selected charities and foundations to make your donation.

Be sure to mark your calendars for the sessions in this webinar series with Michael Riegel of AEC Business Strategies, continuing this week on June 23 with Session 2 - Operations!

NAWIC Benefits Spotlight

In this difficult time, we want to remind you of all association benefits available to you, some of which you may never have had cause to use or may even have forgotten about.

One such benefit is our NAWIC Career Center. You can access the Career Center here.

If you have job openings to fill, reach out to our Career Center contact:

Marty Rice at 727-497-6565 ext. 3513.

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Industry Update
House Democrats last Thursday introduced the Moving Forward Act, a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill that’s set to be voted on before July 4 as the Trump Administration weighs a long-awaited infrastructure proposal of its own, according to Bloomberg.

Source: Forbes
Statistics are indicating construction work may be approaching precoronavirus numbers, according to data collected by Procore and the AGC.

Source: Construction Dive
When the COVID-19 outbreak hit the U.S. in March, Associated General Contractors of California was deep into rolling out Build California, a two-pronged campaign to recruit middle and high school students to the trades. AGC aspired to keep up with military recruiters, who are a constant presence at career fairs and on campuses.

Source: Construction Dive
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