Annual Conference Educational Sessions and Activities

Here’s a peek at the 20+ educational sessions and activities that we’re busy developing for you. For more details on the sessions, download the descriptions here.

Preliminary Schedule

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(Subject to Change)


Tuesday, August 14

5:30-9:00 p.m. NEF Executive Committee

Wednesday, August 15

8:30 a.m.-Noon
10:00 a.m.-Noon
10:00 a.m-7:30 p.m.
Noon-5:00 p.m.
12:30-5:00 p.m.

1:00-5:00 p.m.
1:00-5:00 p.m.
5:00-6:00 p.m.
6:15-7:45 p.m.
Board of Directors Meeting
The Neighborhood Set-Up for Exhibitors
NAWIC Registration and Store
NEF Estimating & Scheduling (ESP) Certificate Course & Exam
The Neighborhood

Pop-Up Education in the Neighborhood:

  • Fire Extinguisher Demo at 3:00 p.m.
  • UPS at 3:30 p.m.
  • Jim Bouchard at 4:00 p.m.
  • Open
  • Emerging Professional Committee at 4:45 p.m.
Chapter Leadership Training
NEF Board Meeting
First Timers’ Orientation
"Connect" Opening Reception in the Neighborhood


Thursday, August 16

7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
7:30-8:30 a.m.
7:30-10:30 a.m.



8:30-10:00 a.m.
10:30-11:30 a.m.



Noon-1:30 p.m.
1:30-2:00 p.m.
1:30-3:30 p.m.





2:15-3:15 p.m.

3:30-5:00 p.m.

NAWIC Registration and Store
Continental Breakfast, sponsored by Granite Construction
The Neighborhood

Pop-Up Education in the Neighborhood:

  • OSHA/NAWIC Allicance at 7:30 a.m.
  • Safety & Health Committee at 8:00 a.m.
NAWIC Annual Meeting

Education Sessions

  • Sinkholes - Why They Happen
  • Safety's Impact on Women in the Construction Industry
  • Managing Risk to Maximize Margins
  • You are Capable of Amazing Things: Time Management
Keynote Luncheon with Linda Swindling
Region Photos
The Neighborhood

Pop-Up Education in the Neighborhood:

  • NEF at 1:30 p.m.
  • WIC Week at 2:00 p.m.
  • PD&E Committee at 2:30 p.m.
  • Jan Spence at 3:00 p.m.

Education Sessions

  • Walk, Talk and Negotiate for High-Stakes Results
  • Battling Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
  • 8 Strategies for Aspiring Leaders
  • Introduction to Emotional Intelligence
General Session: Industry Trends and Updates (Panel Discussion)


Friday, August 17

7:30-8:30 a.m.
7:30 am-4:00 p.m.
7:30-11:45 a.m.






8:30-9:45 a.m.
10:00 am-Noon
10:15-11:15 a.m.



10:15-11:45 a.m.



Noon-2:00 p.m.
2:00-2:15 p.m.
2:15-3:15 p.m.
2:15-3:15 p.m.

2:15-3:45 p.m.



3:45 p.m.
6:30-7:00 p.m.
7:00-8:30 p.m.
8:30-10:00 p.m.
Continental Breakfast
NAWIC Registration and Store
The Neighborhood

Pop-Up Education in the Neighborhood:

  • NFSF at 7:45 a.m.
  • Marketing & Membership Committee
  • Laurie Soleim - Drones at 10:00 a.m.
  • Open
General Session: Diversity and Workforce Development (Panel Discussion)
NEF Post Con Executive Committee Meeting

Education Sessions

  • Introduction to Emotional Intelligence
  • Mock Board Meeting

 Education Sessions

  • Setting Boundaries – 3 Keys for Handling Difficult People
  • Start Talking – Connect with Introverts and Extroverts, Everywhere
Recognition Luncheon
Board Photos
Past National Presidents’ Meeting

Education Sessions

  • Move Up! Job Search, Resumes and Interviews

Education Sessions

  • The Rise of Drones in Construction
  • Start Talking: Connect with Introverts and Extroverts, Everywhere
  • Silica Dust – OSHA Regulations and Solutions
Committee Chair photos
Awards Gala Cocktail Reception
Awards Gala
Awards Gala After Party


Saturday, August 18

9:00 a.m.-Noon



10:30 a.m.-Noon
1:00-3:00 p.m.

Education Sessions

  • The Art of Construction Management
  • Succeeding in a Male-Dominated Industry
Closing Keynote Brunch with Kayleen McCabe
Post Con Board Meeting