The Connection
March 12, 2024
Association News
Don’t miss out on our special WIC Week promotion for the lowest registration price for conference. This year’s conference offers four industry focused tracks, certification opportunities, networking, and so much more. Register now to secure your spot and we’ll see you in Houston.
Nominate yourself or another NAWIC member for one of our 2024 Membership Awards!

Future Leader – Recognize outstanding efforts of a new NAWIC member who has been actively involved throughout their 1st two NAWIC years.

Lifetime Achievement – Recognize outstanding efforts of a NAWIC member who has been actively involved throughout their NAWIC membership.

Member of the Year – Recognize outstanding efforts of a NAWIC member who has been actively involved October 2022 through September 2023.

Click the link below to find more information and to fill out an application! 
Click the link below for full bios of all candidates. 
Makayla began working at NAWIC National in December of 2022. In her day to day as the communications manager she creates and schedules social posts, attends meetings to further NAWIC’s missions through content creation and partnership, and works on promotional items for the association. Her favorite part about working at NAWIC is getting to make connections with the members and partners that help further the success of women in construction.
Are you someone who relies on childcare while working in the industry? If yes, please take the time to fill out this 3 minute survey. Your feedback and participation is greatly appreciated. Click the link below to begin. 
How construction VP steamlined manual expense tracking
K-Dimensional Holdings Inc. / CoastPay®
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.
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.
This week we are introducing Kisha Bausby. She has been an invaluable asset to JE Dunn's team since 1994, contributing significantly to the areas of diversity and inclusion, mentoring/development, small business contracting, project requirements, and national compliance reporting obligations. Her impactful work with diverse construction trade partners not only grants them access but also fosters competitiveness, independence, and success. A standout achievement in Kisha's career is her pivotal role in creating and executing JE Dunn's award-winning Minority Contractor Development Program (MCD) since its inception in 2005. This program has successfully trained and equipped hundreds of minority and women business owners to compete for construction contracts, resulting in over $250 million in contracts awarded to date.
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Commerce Bank
Meet the Officer Candidates on March 26th at 6 pm CST! Register with the link below.
Education / Training
We often tie ourselves in knots over a setback or slowing growth or missed opportunities. This is true for professionals in organizations as it is for business owners. Our mindsets, perspectives, and points of view easily get clouded to the point of despair. By taking a step back to reevaluate, we reward ourselves with the chance to ask the important questions and get back to the original intent. 
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Amy Roosa, founder of The Safety Rack, is currently working on a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of closing the PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) equity gap for women in various industries. As a passionate advocate for gender equality and workplace safety, we would like to invite you to participate in our campaign by sharing your insights and experiences on this crucial issue. We believe that your perspective could greatly contribute to our efforts to address this important aspect of occupational health and safety. We have prepared a set of questions that we would like you to consider and respond to. Your answers will be used to create engaging content for our social media channels, where we aim to amplify the voices of women advocates like yourself who are championing the cause of PPE equity. Please note that not all questions need to be answered, you are welcome to select the ones you want to answer.

Click the link below to participate. 
Join the PD&E Committee for an informational webinar with speakers Tammi Hill and Cait Lowe. Click the link below to register. 
National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is an annual spring campaign held at the start of construction season to encourage safe driving through highway work zones. The key message is for drivers to use extra caution in work zones. NWZAW is April 15-19, hosted by the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT). Learn all about the 2024 theme and poster, find the schedule of events, access event and promo guides, and more.

National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) has been successful in spreading awareness for work zone safety across the country because of participation from organizations and individuals just like you. Hundreds of companies and individuals reach out to ATSSA on social media each year using #NWZAW.
For more infomation, click the link below. 
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
These 31 women exemplify how intuition, dedication and intelligence are shaping the industry.

(From Construction Dive)
The number of women in construction in the U.S. hit the 1 million mark in 2022, a first since data started being collected in 1964. Although this milestone represents progress, the percentage of women working in construction still remains low compared to other industries. 

(From Construction Dive)
The club has successfully fostered a support network for women to step foot in a male-dominated industry.