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March 2017

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Celebrate WIC Week

WIC Week (March 5-11) is back. It’s time to celebrate your accomplishments and those of every other woman working in the construction industry. To help you celebrate, 2017 WIC Week materials are available online. All promotional materials are available for easy downloading. Included in the materials are:

• A sample proclamation,
• WIC Week letterhead,
• WIC Week sample press release,
• The WIC Week logo and
• More.

Click here to get more information about WIC Week or download promotional materials or go to

Meet the 2017-2018 Candidates for National Office

Plan on exercising your right to vote by participating in NAWIC’s one-member, one-vote election! Members classified as “Active,” “Corporate” and “Member-at-Large” on May 1 are eligible to vote. Each voting member will receive voting information by email in May. Eligible voting members without an email address will be mailed a ballot. Ballots will be sent no later than May 15. Online voting will be held May 15-31.

Please make sure your contact information in the NAWIC Database is accurate. Ballots returned to the NAWIC Office will not be forwarded. To update your information, visit > Member Log In > Member Center > Update Your Info.

Below is the official slate of candidates running for NAWIC Office.

Dove Sifers-Putman, CBT

Vice President

Diane I. Mike, CBT

Ruth Fritts
Jill Hanson, CIT

Anne Pfleger, CIT

AMEC Registration is Open! Register Today for Early Bird Discount!

As of March 1, registration for the 2017 Annual Meeting and Education Conference (AMEC) is open! Are you planning to attend? If not, start thinking about it today. AMEC will be held Aug. 16-19, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Anaheim, Calif.

Those who plan ahead and register early can take advantage of special “early bird” registration rates. Early bird registration is available March 1 through April 30. Click here starting March 1 to register. Please note, chapters will no longer be allowed to purchase an early bird registration and provide the name of the attendee at a later date.

Registration Rates
Early Bird Registration
March 1-April 30, 2017
Members: $635
Non-members: $735

May 1-June 30, 2017
Members: $685
Non-members: $785

After June 30, 2017 and onsite
Members: $785
Non-members: $885

Check Your Mailbox for NAWIC’s 2017 AMEC Promo

NAWIC’s 2017 Conference Promo should be in member mailboxes any day. If you can’t wait, the promo is available online. This piece includes all of the information you’ll need to plan your attendance at the 2017 Annual Meeting and Education Conference in Anaheim, Calif. It’s also a great item to show employers.

Download a Copy of 2017 Employer Letter for Your Boss

Connie M. Leipard, NAWIC’s 2016-2017 president, has written a letter for members to pass on to their employers outlining the many reasons to send their female employees to the 62nd Annual Meeting and Education Conference. Click here to download a copy of the letter.

Chapters No Longer Allowed To Purchase Early Bird Registrations for Unelected Delegates

Every year, the NAWIC Office gets asked, “What do we do if we don’t know whom our chapter will send to AMEC yet? Can we still secure the early bird registration rate?”

Unfortunately, the answer is no. Chapters will no longer be allowed to purchase an early bird registration and provide the name of the attendee at a later date. To take advantage of the early bird rate for your chapter’s delegates they must be selected before April 30. That is why we encourage you to choose your delegates as soon as possible. That way your chapter is still able to take advantage of the early bird registration rate.

If you have any questions, please contact Lauri McCullough at

Change to Credentials and Delegate Registration

On March 1, you will receive an email about Voting Credentials for the 62nd Annual Meeting and Education Conference, Aug. 16-19, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. Beginning March 1, you may also download Credentials forms online at

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Forum 2017 Coming Soon

Every NAWIC region holds a spring Forum each year. This event is a chance for you to learn, network and have fun with other members from your region. You won’t want to miss all that your region has in store for you. Annual Forums offer educational seminars, solutions for your business and career, networking and much more. And don’t forget the fun! Forums will be held all over the country, so don’t miss the opportunity to attend a NAWIC Forum near you. Check out or click here for the 2017 Forum Preview Guide.

BuiltWorlds Profiles Women in Construction

In support of National Women in Construction Week (March 6-10), BuiltWorlds will feature profiles on five women making an impact on the industry, including: Jen Suerth, Vice President of Technical Services at Pepper Construction; Utopia Hill, Director of Project Management, Procurement and Construction at Invenergy; Lauren Lake, co-founder of construction technology startup Bridgit; and more. Visit starting March 6 to learn more about these outstanding women.


NAWIC National Awards Are Seeking Nominees

Every year, NAWIC awards three outstanding members one of its three national awards. The awards are the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Member of the Year Award and the Future Leader of the Year Award. Nomination forms are now available online, so nominate a NAWIC colleague today. Simply log into the website at Then go to Member Center > Committees > Awards and download the forms.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was established to recognize outstanding efforts of a NAWIC member who has been actively involved throughout their NAWIC membership. A member is only eligible to win this award once.

The Member of the Year Award was established to recognize outstanding efforts of a NAWIC member who has been actively involved throughout the current NAWIC year. A member is only eligible to win this award once.

The Future Leader of the Year Award was established to recognize outstanding efforts of a new NAWIC member who has been actively involved throughout their first two NAWIC years as of May 31 of the current year. A member is only eligible to win this award once.

All nominations and required forms must be received by Dede Hughes at by June 1, 2017. The winners of each award will be recognized at the NAWIC Awards Gala, Friday, Aug. 18, during the 2017 Annual Meeting and Education Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Unravel the Secret of Forms

Have you ever wondered why a particular form needs to be submitted to national? Attend the webinar, FORMS: Fill Out Return Mystery Solved, and the mystery will be solved. Plus learn about the national office’s top 10 form blunders. The Leadership Training seminar will be presented by Anne Pfleger, CIT, NAWIC Treasurer,, on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 7 p.m. ET. All NAWIC members are welcome. To call in, call 515-604-9309 and use access code: 391116. Join the meeting online at

The Power Point Presentation will be made available on national’s website ( at least one week prior to the scheduled webinar for review. Any questions should be directed to the presenter and Colleen Cribbs, NAWIC Committee Liaison,

NAWIC Seeks Region Director Candidates

Have you decided that now is the time to take the next step on your leadership journey? Now is your chance to serve NAWIC as a region director. Do you know another NAWIC member who would be a great leader? Encourage her to run.

The NAWIC office is seeking qualified members of NAWIC to submit for candidacy for region director for the Pacific Northwest, South Atlantic, South Central and Southeast Regions. If your chapter has one or more prospective candidates for region director, please click here for more information and instructions. Deadlines are approaching quickly, so submit your candidacy today.

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