The Connection
April 9, 2024
Association News
If you missed our WIC Week registration promo, don't worry because our early registration is now open! Click the link below and make sure to login for information on registration prices.

The Carol A. Kueker memorial award is named in honor of the late Carol A. Kueker, a long-time Trustee and volunteer who served as President of NEF. Kueker was instrumental in promoting the core purpose and goals of the organization for many years and was instrumental in forming our Design Drafting and Block Kids competitions.

The Carol A. Kueker Construction Education Visionary Award recognizes individuals for their passion and dedication to NEF programs and the promotion of construction education.

Learn how to submitt a nomination here

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Rosie joined NAWIC National in March of 2024 as the Website and Mobile App Tech. In her day to day, she assists in monitoring and updating the organization's website. She creates appropriate website content aligned with NAWIC's strategy and regularly improves the user experience of the website. She collaborates with the staff to ensure the website aligns with brand standards, creates strategies to grow the subscriber base and web traffic metrics, and keeps up-to-date with industry best practices and monitors competitors. Her favorite part about working for NAWIC is the opportunity to be part of a community that is dedicated to empowering and supporting women like herself.
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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.

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This week we are introducing Margarita Castro Pereira. Margarita is a Federal Operations Manager with over 28 years of construction management experience in the commercial, residential, mixed-use, mission-critical, manufacturing/industrial, and food and beverage market sectors. She brings experience in several delivery methods as a project executive, project director, preconstruction director, project manager, design coordinator, architectural designer, and marketing/business development manager. Her experience spans managing large multidisciplinary teams in high-profile projects in New York City, Mexico, San Francisco, and Tokyo, accounts for her ability to adapt, bridge relationships, and create added value through highly complex collaboration ventures. Click the link below to learn more. 
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Education / Training
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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. Click the link below to read more. 
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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.
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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.
Join us for a webinar addressing a critical challenge in the construction industry: retaining women. Studies show nearly 9 in 10 tradeswomen feel they are not treated equally. Stressors like harassment and discrimination lead to health and safety issues, increasing injury rates among tradeswomen. Recent surveys reveal that nearly 1 in 4 tradeswomen have considered leaving due to discrimination or lack of respect. This disproportionately impacts women of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and those with disabilities. Each departure not only means losing skills but also worsens recruitment issues, potentially causing project delays. Our goal is to create an inclusive environment where all can thrive.
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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 heads of Mortenson, Turner, Gilbane, AECOM Hunt and Powers & Sons in the Windy City talk inclusion, overcoming stereotypes and market dynamics.

(From Construction Dive)
Women who work in the construction industry participated in a panel at the Engineering Building on March 25 and discussed discrimination and work/life balance in the field.

(From The Daily Universe)
Women make up just 14% of the construction workforce in the U.S. and 1% of chief executives in the field — and Misha Homara is one of them.