The Connection
March 23, 2021
Association News

We are proud to announce the newly formed NAWIC Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee.  Our mission is to create a place of peace, safety and support, surrounded by openness and inclusivity in which to grow, dream and simply be. 
Committee Chair and National Secretary Kristey Stewart along with Vice-Chair Jennifer Morales representing the Southeast Region have assembled a team of 8 additional NAWIC members from the various regions to represent the intersectionality of our construction industry. In the upcoming months, we will introduce them to you with their responses regarding not only recruiting/retaining members within NAWIC, but also increasing communication and, most importantly, education about DE&I. 
As the committee builds momentum, we hope you will also offer your support by way of our four pillars: 

Retainment: Asking our established members to keep an open mind

Recruitment: Bringing in new women from our industry for fresh perspectives

Communication: Sharing our new endeavors with others

Education: Being willing to receive new ideas and incorporate it back into our membership to create an evolutionary movement in the construction industry

As part of the American-Made Challenges prize family, the Envelope Retrofit Opportunities for Building Optimization Technologies (E-ROBOT) Prize is offering up to $5 million in cash prizes and support to drive robotic innovations to improve current building envelope retrofitting practices.  This short video explains what NREL and DOE are hoping to achieve. Submissions for Phase 1 of the E-ROBOT Prize are due by 5 p.m. ET on May 12, 2021.

The E-ROBOT Prize consists of two phases that will fast-track efforts to identify, develop, and validate solutions, offering competitors up to $4 million in cash prizes and an additional $1 million in Recognition Awards and other support for Connectors in the American-Made Network who help recruit participants and mentor competitors.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is administering the Prize on behalf of the DOE. Visit the E-ROBOT Prize website on the American-Made Challenges site for more information, including how to get involved.

Contact directly if you are interested in serving as a judge.
Nominations for the Marketing Committee Awards are due to Region Marketing Committee Chairs on April 5, 2021.  This year we have two awards to honor those that have gone above and beyond to market NAWIC and their chapter. The Marketing Excellence Award will highlight a Chapter that stands out in their promotion of NAWIC, and the Marketing Star Award highlights a Chapter Marketing Committee Chair who stands out in her promotion of NAWIC.   
Education / Training
Don't miss out on tips, tricks and strategies on marketing in the construction industry! Join the Professional Development & Education Committee April 13. 
Reboot, Reconnect & Reimagine at this year's GWIC. The conference has gone virtual and is jam-packed of professional and personal development, networking opportunities and much more. It's set for May 4-6, so make sure you register soon!
NAWIC Benefits Spotlight

March 2021- The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) is pleased to announce a new three-year partnership with A/E/C Business Strategies.  A/E/C Business Strategies will be providing coaching, training, and professional development services to NAWIC throughout the partnership and will support the delivery of NAWIC’s mission of supporting women in the construction industry and affiliated fields.

A/E/C Business Strategies Director Michael Riegel will be a regular contributor to NAWIC’s publications where he will give his unique perspective on topics such as industry, career, leadership, and professional development.  Michael will also support NAWIC’s National Board through leadership training and will participate at NAWIC’s annual conference. 

Michael Riegel is a professional coach whose career has spanned many aspects of the construction industry.  His expertise is in project planning and management, program management, business operations, team building and supervision, and developing and implementing mentor and training programs for AEC companies, transportation authorities, and utilities.  Michael received his BS in Construction Management from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston and his MBA from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College in New York.  He is a certified coach through the International Coach Federation and a Project Management Professional through the Project Management Institute.

NAWIC believes this partnership will be integral to meeting the association’s mission of supporting women in the construction industry.  Many members and staff have already had the opportunity to work with Michael as a coach and hear him speak on a range of topics including Coaching and Mentoring, Navigating Change and Transition, and Prioritizing Important vs. Urgent.

NAWIC believes A/E/C Business Strategies and Michael Riegel will be a valued resource to you and your organizations.  If your leaders, teams, and organizations have identified leadership and professional development needs, NAWIC encourages you to contact Michael.  Contact information is provided below.

Michael Riegel, Director

A/E/C Business Strategies


Mobile: 516-238-0859

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Industry Update
In a 68-29 vote Monday, the U.S. Senate confirmed former Boston Mayor Martin Walsh as secretary of labor. Walsh will be the first union leader to serve in the position in more than 40 years, according to National Public Radio.
OSHA has introduced a new National Emphasis Program aimed at companies that put the largest numbers of workers at risk for exposure to the coronavirus. The new initiative is in response to President Joe Biden's Executive Order on Protecting Worker Health and Safety.
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