Welcome from President Connie M. Leipard, CIT

It is an honor and privilege to welcome you to NAWIC’s 62nd Annual Meeting and Education Conference in beautiful, sunny California. The Hyatt Regency Orange County is the perfect location to enjoy food, drinks and fun with professional women from every facet of the industry.

I applaud you for attending this conference and investing in your success. This conference has been designed to equip you with information and strategies to accelerate your career. Keynote Speaker Amiee Cohen will kick-start our education by inspiring us to overcome obstacles and issues that sabotage personal and professional success.

Take advantage of seminar topics on professional development subjects including negotiating skills, building teams with a high-performance culture, delivering extraordinary customer service, leaning into tension, and thriving to survive.

Construction industry topics include relevant information on construction law, public works and the state of America’s infrastructure, and earthquake design and preparedness. And there is much more!

Association workshops showcase NAWIC leadership development opportunities, share strategies to increase chapter membership, and offer an opportunity to meet and interact with NAWIC officers, region directors and national committee chairs.

At the Awards Gala on Friday evening we will celebrate the success of outstanding leaders within NAWIC and the construction industry. This year will be extra-special as we honor Dede Hughes, NAWIC’s Executive Vice President for more than 21 years. Join me in “raising a glass” during the cocktail hour as we toast Dede’s future happiness in her upcoming retirement.

As you meet old friends and make new ones during this conference, I encourage you to freely share your experience, expertise and knowledge with those you meet. You will be with hundreds of women who believe in supporting and encouraging each other.

Support. Encourage. Grow.

Connie M. Leipard, CIT, NAWIC President