The Connection
June 4, 2024
Association News

Don't forget- Annual Conference registration is open. Register today and save. You won't want to miss all the education, networking, and fun in Houston.

The initial NAWIC 2024-2025 Board election is complete. However, we have a run-off election with the top two candidates for the position of North Central Region Director. Because there were three candidates and no one had the majority vote, the Region will need to vote again.

The new ballots will go out to only the North Central Region members who voted in the initial election.

The run off ballots will go out on Wednesday, June 5th and will be live through Tuesday, June 11th at 11:59pm central time.

The ballot will consist of the following North Central Region Director candidates: 

Carla Klatt, LEED GA and Teresa Riley, LEED BD&C

NCR voters, please look for another email with a link to vote from Association Voting, which must be submitted no later than Tuesday, June 11.


Click the link to pre-order your shirt today! 
Congratulations to Kathi Dobson on her new ambassador position! Kathi will hold this position from 2024-2026. 
How this construction company automated manual expense tracking
K-Dimensional Holdings Inc. / CoastPay®
KD Construction switched to Coast Visa fuel cards to automate coding of employee fuel and field expenses against jobs and eliminate time-consuming EOM reconciliations.
"We’ve been able to save a lot of time from work that was very manual", explains Executive VP Sania Khan Salas.
Watch this 2-minute video to hear how switching to Coast has made life easier for the team KD Construction.

With this year's theme being Keys to the Future, NAWIC wants to provide the resources for students to succeed.

NAWIC will be accepting school supplies that will be donated to the Houston Independent School District and all supplies will be presented at NAWIC's 69th Annual Conference.

If you are attending Annual Conference, supplies will be accepted onsite. If you are NOT attending, donations have to be sent to the NAWIC National office by July 16. Click the link below to donate.

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Education / Training

We often hear about the importance of hard work or of developing a strong work ethic. You know, head down and nose to the grindstone. In my work with business owners and coaching clients, we do talk about “working smarter, not harder.” The counterintuitive approach? If you want a different and quicker approach, give it to someone who is lazy. The theory being that a lazy person will figure out a path to the goal with the least amount of effort.
Click the link below to hear more from Loretta as she explains the importance of proper language translations on the jobsite and a step by step process on how to acquire the proper resources! 
Join Sarah E. Merkle, nationally known attorney and professional parliamentarian, in a one-hour training session covering everything you need to know to run your chapter and committee meetings successfully. This crash course will provide you with clear, basic information about how to make a motion, participate in discussion, lead productive meetings, prepare agendas, and handle troublesome Robert’s Rules terms. Designed as an accessible overview for newcomers as well as a refresher for experienced professionals, the session will include helpful illustrations, handy infographics, and real-life scenarios.

Click the link to learn more safety tips.

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
About 1 in 10 Americans who work in construction are women, according to a report from Labor Finders. Boise’s Micron wants to change that. And the federal government is taking the lead.

(From Idaho Statesman)
In the bustling world of construction, where towering structures rise and intricate projects unfold, there's a force driving change—a force fueled by determination, leadership, and advocacy.

(From AUTODESK Construction Cloud)
Women hoping to excel in traditionally male-dominated career fields, like commercial real estate (CRE) and construction, must start early and gain as much knowledge as they can to succeed.

(From St. Louis Business Journal)