The Connection
February 13, 2024
Association News
SAVE THE DATE for NAWIC’s 69th Annual Conference: Keys to the Future. Four days of inspiration, education, networking, and more with the movers and shakers of the construction industry.

You don’t want to miss it. Early registration opens April 1. Will we see you in Houston?
Applications are now open for the NAWIC Project Excellence Awards. These awards celebrate the best construction projects from the past year. Companies from all over the country submit their work to be considered for the honor. The application window closes on April 15.

Click the link below to find out more.
NAWIC's online directory is now live! To find the directory, log in to your account at, hover over 'Resources,' and click 'Member Search.'
The NAWIC app is out now. Find it on your phone's application store today under NAWICNational, login using your NAWIC National credentials, enable push notifications, and explore away.
Does your chapter have any WIC Week events planned yet? Fill out the chapter events survey, here.
If you have any questions, contact Savannah Nusser,!
The National Association of Women in Construction's (NAWIC) DEI Committee is excited to introduce the "Women in Spotlight" Series. This initiative aims to celebrate and highlight our dedicated members, alliances and partners who actively champion the advancement of women, contributing significantly to their organizations and communities. In observance of Black History Month, we will specifically shine a spotlight on women and emerging professionals who are making a noteworthy impact within the construction industry. This week we are introducing Ywanda Buckles-Ndiaye, a serial Entrepreneur, Commissioner, Community Philanthropist and Developer. For more information on Ywanda click the link below!

The NAWIC Sustainability Committee was recently approved by the National Board of Directors and will be introduced to the Membership during the Regional Spring Forum season.

The vision of the Sustainability Committee is to develop a culture of sustainability within the organization through a partnership with all members and their businesses utilizing education, communication, and collaboration.

This committee will serve members who are involved and/or interested in Sustainable strategies both on the personal and professional levels.

The goal is to provide resources to members who are involved and/or interested in Sustainability, whether it be Green Building practices, the overall health of buildings, or wellness initiatives for the occupants of those buildings.

Join the OSHA Alliance on February 29, for a highly informative webinar that includes an OSHA update on enforcement and outreach topics as well as several Directorate of Construction projects with highlights directly affecting WIC, hosted by Ms. Laverne R. Ogieste, SMS. Scan the QR code above or click the link below to register!
Here is the updated 2024 NAWIC National Staff list. 
How construction VP steamlined manual expense tracking
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KD Construction has been able to eliminate time-consuming EOM reconciliations and automate coding of employee fuel and vehicle expenses against jobs with Coast's smart Visa fuel cards.

Executive VP Sania Khan Salas explains,"we’ve been able to save a lot of time for work that was very manual."

Watch this quick 2-minute video to hear how switching to Coast has made life easier for the team KD Construction.
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Education / Training
I recently spoke to a group of business owners. All of them in the construction industry and in varied stages of maturity. The common theme was their desire to grow their businesses. Before we dug into financial topics or the need for efficient systems, I asked a simple question. How do you define success? A simple question but often a difficult one to answer.
Don't miss out on these offers! For more information on NEF certifications, click the link below. 
A reminder that applications are due this month. Click the link below to apply. For any questions regarding the application or dues, please contact
Lisa M. Ryba is a Controller for a construction company in Central Oregon. She also has a background in property management, project management, resort condo refurbishing, and owns Central Cascades Marketing, an agency specifically servicing the construction industry. She has worked with many contractors over the years, and understands the needs and challenges of this industry. In the spring of 2023, she became more and more interested in the current landscape for women in construction. After much research, she decided to gather this information and create a book to provide a current resource for young women considering the industry and those already in their construction careers.  In her book "Building Equality: Empowering Women in Construction for a Sustainable Future", she discusses the challenges, resources and opportunities for women in this male-dominated field. In her last chapter, she offers many sustainable strategies for women in construction by highlighting several sustainable practices, materials and technologies. “I love being connected to the construction industry, and I am passionate about supporting women in construction as much as I can”.

Click the link below to get your own copy today!
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NEF is solely supported by sponsorships and donations and its Ladder Club of Success offers individuals the opportunity to support NEF with one-time or reoccurring automatic donations. Your financial support educates others through various programs and construction industry education courses. Fundraising is also done by NEF Fundraising Liaisons at a Regional and Chapter level.
NAWIC Benefits Spotlight
Investing in the right HR technology solutions can automate the most time-consuming tasks. Because tasks are automated, there is little to no room for human error, the work is not only faster but more accurate.  
Industry Update
The Austin-Round Rock metro area is above the national average for the number of women working in local construction, but still lags behind 27 other cities, according to data from the company Construction Coverage.

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOL) announced $4 million in available funding through the New Jersey Builders Utilization Initiative for Labor Diversity program (NJBUILD) to increase access to construction trades careers for women and minority groups.

To build a legacy as a woman in construction, embrace modern opportunities but use what’s worked for your predecessors.