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August 2017



NAWIC President Connie Leipard Looks Back on Year in Office

By Connie M. Leipard, CIT, NAWIC President

This is the last Connection article I will write as NAWIC President. Wow! What a year this has been!

It has been an incredibly busy year. The 2016-2017 leadership team has accomplished much. During the Annual Meeting and Education Conference, Aug. 16-19, 2017, members, guests and sponsors will hear and see the progress NAWIC has made. It is not too late to register! Click here.

Thank you to the Executive Committee, Regional Directors, National Committee Chairs and the NAWIC Staff for contributing to successful outcomes and goals achieved during this year. We worked together to support, encourage and grow NAWIC for continued success. This is an achievement to be proud of!

The theme of support, encourage and grow has been one that expresses the ultimate goal of the national board. We were determined to provide the support and encouragement necessary for chapter leaders to be equipped with knowledge and information through training resources. Eleven webinars conducted by the Executive Committee, Dede Hughes, Executive Vice President, and Darren Moore, NAWIC Legal Counsel have provided a resource library for chapter leaders to utilize. President-Elect Schoenenberger is currently making final plans for next year’s syllabus of training.

Growing NAWC has been happening in a big way! It was a pleasure to attend the chartering meeting and celebration of the new Oklahoma City, Okla. Chapter #383. The chapter has been chartered with more than 40 members. Thank you to Dena Rowland, South Central Region Director; Diane Mike, NAWIC Secretary; and the Tulsa, Okla. Chapter #76 for all their hard work in supporting the enthusiastic ladies of Oklahoma City who were determined to become a chapter.

We have expanded NAWIC member benefits to include educational opportunities through a tuition discount at Columbia Southern University, Troy University and the International Risk Management Institute (IRMI) Construction Risk Insurance Specialist (CRIS) certification.

We have expanded NAWIC member company benefits with the UPS Capital Funding Source Kabbage program and a brand-new Health Insurance program by OutFront Health through the Cornerstone Companies. This is an exciting opportunity for small businesses with 2 to 500 employees.

International Risk Management Institute (IRMI), Cornerstone Companies and UPS will have booths at the Annual Meeting and Education Conference Trade Show where you can find out more information about these wonderful new programs.

This is an exciting time to be part of NAWIC national leadership. We succeeded in launching a successful national marketing program that exceeded measurable goals. Just as important, NAWIC owns the rights to the video, which can be utilized in the upcoming year to market NAWIC and increase awareness of our core purpose.

The transition of leadership at the NAWIC office from Dede Hughes, current Executive Vice President, to Beth Brooks, CAE will be complete in the next few months. We thank Dede for her outstanding service to NAWIC for more than 21 years. At the same time, we welcome Beth Brooks in her new role looking forward to new opportunities for NAWIC to grow.

Finally, I would like to express my sincerest gratitude for the opportunity to serve as NAWIC President. It has been an honor and privilege and a positive experience I will never forget.

See you in Anaheim!
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