The Connection
June 8, 2021
Association News


Welcome to our newly elected 2021-22 National Board and Region Directors! We are excited to see what you accomplish. The members will be sworn in at Annual Conference this August in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • President-Elect: Lauline Mitchell, OSHA 30
  • Vice-President: Karen Hager, CBT, CIT
  • Secretary: Kelly Aust, LEED AP BD+C
  • Treasurer: Jessica Huff
  • Pacific Northwest Region Director: Julie Salinas
  • South Atlantic Region Director: Stephany Connelly
  • South Central Director Director: Rhonda Nebgen
  • Southeast Region Director: Andrea Ward, CBT

Thank you to everyone who ran for a position. We hope to see you on a future ballot!

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Kristen Jones recently joined the NAWIC National team as the Administrative Assistant. 

Kristen grew up in Abilene, Texas where her dad was stationed at the Dyess Air Force Base before she moved to the Dallas-Fort Worth area sixyears ago. She has been married to her high school sweetheart for 13 years and they have a 14-year-old Labrador named Cash.

We are so excited to have you as part of our team, Kristen! Welcome to NAWIC.

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June is Pride month. The construction industry has come a long way for inclusivity, but I know we can do better if we pause and stand together, seeing from another perspective.

When we say safety in construction, it evokes images of PPE, fall prevention, and OSHA. Seldom do we think of safe spaces for marginalized groups or being an ally for coworkers. Have you ever witnessed bullying or microaggressions and didn't know what to do? Here are a few steps you can follow to help create a safer, happier place to work.
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I like data. I find comfort in data. Maybe it’s the ability to measure and assess and analyze with transparency and precision. This may describe you too. Our comfort with the numbers can also cloud our judgement and lead us to believe that, to prove our point, all we need to do is present the data. But what we often overlook is that, while solid data is important, effective stories are more convincing and stick with an audience. It took me a long time to recognize I would be more effective getting my point across by crafting a story and using data in support.
Industry Update
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