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April 2017

Stay Ahead! The Connection is designed to keep you informed with pertinent Association news. Read up on timely announcements and messages from the NAWIC Board, and learn about the outstanding activities our regions, chapters and members are involved in!


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Please Participate in Important Harassment Survey for OSHA-NAWIC Alliance

Kathi Dobson and Schelle Wood of the OSHA-NAWIC Alliance were asked by OSHA to provide data regarding the level of harassment in the construction industry. Linked below is a survey via Survey Monkey that will provide OSHA and our Association with anonymous information regarding member experiences related to bullying, sexual harassment and sexism/gender discrimination in the construction workplace. Please complete the survey, which should take approximately 10 minutes. If you wish to provide additional information regarding your experiences, we estimate it may increase the survey time to 45 minutes. The 10-question survey will be open from March 30 to May 31, and the results will be provided to OSHA and available to NAWIC members at the 2017 Annual Meeting and Educational Conference.

The survey and related data will support our Alliance goals. Additionally, if a statistically significant number of women participate, we will issue a proposal for presentation to one (or more) national association’s safety and health conference in an effort to share the information with the construction community.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Kathi ( or 734-367-2560 or Schelle ( To take the survey, go to

Proposed Bylaw Change

A proposed change to the NAWIC chapter bylaws would change the number of chapter meetings that must include official chapter and Association business from six to four. To see the proposed change, click here.

Read Mid-year Board Meeting’s Summary of Actions

The NAWIC board of directors met last month in Anaheim, Calif. for it’s 2016-2017 mid-year board meeting. To review the official mid-year board meeting summary of actions, click here.

NAWIC President Interviewed for Worldwide Business with kathy ireland®

NAWIC President Connie Leipard, CIT recently recorded an interview for Worldwide Business with kathy ireland®. Leipard discussed the important role NAWIC plays for women in the male-dominated construction industry. The piece will air on Fox Business Network as sponsored programming on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. EST. To view the segment, tune in, go to or click here.

New Region Pages on

NAWIC has set up new pages on for all of the NAWIC regions. Each page will pull together information such as links to region and chapter websites, links to Forum information and registration, new member/recruiter reports, and more. The purpose of the pages is to make it easier for members to find region information. To see your region’s page go to > Member Center > Regions > [Your Region].

Get the Early Bird Rate for AMEC Through April 3

If you are planning to attend the 2017 Annual Meeting and Education Conference in Anaheim, Calif., Aug. 16-19, make sure to register before April 30. Those who register early can take advantage of special “Early bird” registration rates. Early Bird Registration ends April 30, 2017. Click here to register.

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

Reserve Your Room for AMEC

When you register to attend AMEC, don’t forget step number two. Go ahead and book your room at the conference hotel. The 2017 AMEC will be held at they Hyatt Regency Orange County. NAWIC has secured a conference rate of $159* a night for single and double rooms and $179* for triple or quad rooms. Please note that rooms with two beds feature two queen-size beds and some rooms feature limited closet space. Be sure to book your room online at or by calling 714-750-1234. Room rates are guaranteed if booked by Aug. 1, 2017.

Attend Oregon Solar Energy Conference in Portland

The Oregon Solar Energy Conference, to be held May 9-11 in Portland, Ore., is the fastest growing regional solar conference in the U.S. It will host more than 500 attendees in 2017 at the Portland Crowne Plaza. The conference will feature more than 25 exhibitors, policy sessions, technical training, networking, large scale and utility PV sessions, sales and business training and of course solar + storage sessions. For more information and to register, please go to



Download the President’s Letter for Your Employer

NAWIC President Connie M. Leipard, CIT wrote a letter for members to present to their employers. It outlines the many reasons to send their female employees to the 2017 Annual Meeting and Education Conference. Click here to download a copy of the letter or go to > 2017 AMEC > Links > Employer Letter.

Make a Nomination for the NAWIC National Awards

Now is the time to nominate a NAWIC member for NAWIC’s national awards. They are the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Member of the Year Award and the Future Leader of the Year Award.

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.

Award guidelines and nomination forms may be found online. 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.

WIC Week 2017 Was a Success!

WIC Week 2017 was very successful. We had wonderful chapter participation and great events were held around the country. Thank you to all chapters and members who participated in the nationwide event. Don’t forget to turn in your WIC Week recap forms.

Also, the 2017 WIC Week Poster is double-sided, and the reverse side can be displayed year-round. So, don’t throw your poster away, just flip it over!

It’s Time to Sign Up for Chapter Table Sales at AMEC

The NAWIC staff is busy planning the 2017 Annual Meeting and Education Conference. This year the NAWIC Mini Trade Show will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday, Aug. 17, from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Chapters and regions are invited to participate in this event. This program is being offered as a cost-effective method for chapters to increase non-dues revenue by increasing sales of their NAWIC items. Each chapter will be responsible for collecting sales tax on the items that they sell at AMEC. A form will be given to you so you can give us your sales tax money and we will pay it with one check.

Tables are available to chapters at $100 per table. A maximum of two chapters may occupy one table. Region tables, for three or more chapters, are also available for $150. Space is limited and all tables will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Reservation forms and the rules and regulations governing the event will be sent to all chapter presidents. You may also download the form and rules online at or click here.

All reservations for tables must be returned to the NAWIC Office no later than June 1, 2017. A check, made payable to NAWIC, must accompany the Reservation Form. Sorry, no verbal commitments or requests will be honored. For more information, contact Dede Hughes at

NAWIC members love to buy NAWIC items. Don’t miss out on this once-a-year opportunity to display your items and network with NAWIC members. Return your form today!

It’s Time for Spring Forums!

Spring is here and with it comes our region Forums. Forums provide an outstanding opportunity for personal and professional growth. Forums offer educational seminars, solutions for your business, networking and more. They will be held all over the country this spring.

Get ready to learn, network and have fun. You won’t want to miss all that your region has in store for you. Check out for the 2017 Forum Preview Guide.

Vote for 2017-2018 National Officers

 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. Go to for more information on the candidates.


Dove Sifers-Putman, CBT

Vice President
Diane I. Mike, CBT

Ruth Fritts
Jill Hanson, CIT

Anne Pfleger, CIT


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

Order Speaker Gifts from the NAWIC Store

Purchase a gift for fellow NAWIC members or treat yourself to great NAWIC merchandise. Also, don’t forget Forum is coming up soon. Do you need some speaker gifts? If so, the NAWIC store is a one-stop shopping opportunity. Pick up a NAWIC padfolio for $10 or a NAWIC business card case for $8. These are perfect speaker gifts! Forum coordinators—don’t forget to order your ribbons.

Visit the NAWIC Store online at

NAWIC Members—Discover The New Logistics

Logistics has always been about getting things where they need to be exactly when they need to be there. And doing it as efficiently as possible. The NAWIC/UPS Savings Program is here to help NAWIC members do just that at a discounted rate.

Package Shipping

• NAWIC Members save up to 28 percent on UPS Next Day Air® and Worldwide Express® with the UPS Savings Program, an unmatched selection of package delivery services at a discounted rate.

Freight Shipping

• NAWIC Members with LTL freight shipments of 150 lbs. or more, receive customized discounts for all three types of freight shipments—regional, interregional and long haul. Call for a free savings analysis or quote.

Enroll online!
Call: 866-443-9303, ext. 4082

To learn more, visit

Get the Latest NAWIC News on Facebook and Twitter

Have you liked NAWIC on Facebook yet? Are you following NAWIC on Twitter? If not, you are missing out on all the latest NAWIC news, AMEC updates and more.

To see NAWIC on Facebook, go to and click “Like.” You can follow NAWIC on Twitter at or @nawicnational.

NAWIC Career Center Offers Employment Tools, Jobs Targeted to NAWIC Members

Employers want you. The NAWIC Career Center features hundreds of jobs that employers want you to see. Where do employers go when they want a talented woman with experience in the construction industry? They go to the NAWIC Career Center. You can post a resume, view jobs and set up personal job alerts. Best of all, it’s free. Visit the NAWIC Career Center today.

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