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Brief Description of Activities and Sessions:

(Events and Times Subject to Change)

Tuesday, August 10
  • Estimating and Scheduling Practitioner (ESP) Course, and Testing (8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.) 
  • NEF Annual Meeting (5:00 - 8:30 p.m.)
Wednesday, August 11
  • National Pre Con Board Meeting (8:00 - 11:00 a.m.)
  • Networking (12:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.):
    • Industry Councils Meet Up
    • First Timer’s Orientation (4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m)
    • National Committees Open House
  • Open Networking Reception in the Construction Zone (6:15 -7:45 p.m.)
Thursday, August 12
(7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
  • Breakfast in Construction Zone (7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.)
  • NAWIC Photographer (8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
  • Conference Opening and Keynote Presentation -  Dave Davlin - The Game-Winning 3 -  Making it business and in life (8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.)
  • NAWIC Partner Luncheon & PPE Fashion Show during Lunch - Michael Reigel NAWIC Partner: A|E|C Business Strategies - Navigating Changes and Transition in Uncertain Times (12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
  • Annual Meeting (4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
  • Panel Discussion coordinated by the new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Standing Committee - Transforming the Construction Industry is an Inside Job (4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
  • NEF Trustee Orientation (6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.)
  • Awards Gala Ticket Exchange (6:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.)


Webinar via Zoom:

Breakout Sessions:

  • Personal BoundariesCatherine A. Brennan

Personal Boundaries show you:
- What's yours to take care of and what's not
- Take control of your actions and reactions
- When to say yes and when to say no
- The best way to love others

  • Workwear for Women is a Key to Inclusion that goes beyond SafetyTobias Pagel, Libaerty -  NAWIC Partner

330,000 male nurses are provided with scrubs for men. 330,000 female construction workers in the field are expected to wear men’s clothes. Properly fitting workwear goes beyond keeping women safe. We will explore the impact on confidence, productivity, inclusion and driving more gender diversity in the construction universe.

  • Construction Trends, Influence, and Impacts of COVID for 2022Charles Renner and Valerie Johnston - NAWIC Partner: American Bar Association Construction Law Group (ABACLG)

As the impact of the public sector on the construction industry is significant, we will examine how the current period of uncertainty is influencing 2022 project inventory.

Our discussion will include:
• The impact of the COVID economy on public works projects
• Workforce safety in the post COVID construction world
• Skilled construction labor needs and training resources

  • Powerful Communication Strategies Every Woman Needs to Lead Projects with PrecisionShakira Brown

Proven strategies for a variety of communication challenges women in business at all levels face.

  • Cyber LiabilityAdam Guyton, and Megan North

The goal of this session is to discuss the challenges and risks faced by construction firms when it comes to cyber security. We will also introduce measures for protecting resources and data; network security best practices; and the role of insurance as both a proactive and reactive tool to combat losses from cyber threats.

  • Overcoming Ordinary Obstacles Nesha Pai

Through Nesha's career journey, and ultimately becoming her own boss, she found that there were traits for success that women need to cultivate in a man's world.

She will explore those traits in detail and how they can added to your toolbox.

  • NAWIC Related 

Chapter level clustered discussions on attendance, mentoring, challenges etc.

  • Make It Count Dave Davlin

Uncovering the strategies to what matters most

Friday, August 13
(7:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.)
  • Breakfast in Construction Zone (7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.)
  • General Session (8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.)
  • Installation & Recognition Luncheon (12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
  • Past National Presidents' Meeting (2:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.)
  • Committee Chair Photos and Region Photos (3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
  • Awards Gala Dinner (6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)
  • Awards Gala "After Party" (8:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.)

Breakout Sessions:

  • Workplace Harassment PreventionNikki Larchar

 From bystander to ally: How to speak up, define your line, and support harassment-free workplaces.

  • Building, Growing and Developing a Spartan Team Josie Cutts, Touchplan - NAWIC Partner

It’s no secret that collaborative teamwork is the most crucial ingredient in successfully executing a job. Many leaders talk the talk and fall down when it’s time to walk the walk. In this session, we’ll discuss the core principles that set up conditions at work which ensure the success of both the team and the teammates. We’ll then narrow our focus in an interactive session around the first (and arguably most important) step - how to effectively interview in order to build your team.

  • Aligning Leadership and Communication for Positive Life Outcomes. Mark Pace

In all parts of your life (work, friends, family) leadership and communication go hand in hand. Consistent and correct communication (as well as listening skills) are critical elements to being a leader, father, mother, friend etc. Mark will speak about this life skill and give some takeaway points that everyone can use.

  • "A Culture of Sales Excellence" + LIVE Sales Bootcamp! Zach Forner

 Are you growth minded and wanting to scale your business or personal income through sales? If so, what does it take to dominate your market, develop a championship team and have a phenomenal sales culture that sets the benchmark in your industry? In this presentation you will be given the key steps to building an incredible sales culture that will increase your profitability, effectiveness and ultimately your true purpose. Immediately following the presentation will be a live Sales Bootcamp that will put you in the driver's seat of becoming a world-class sales professional not only for your company but NAWIC too!!

  • Struck-By and Caught In-Between - Andy Sterlen

 Nearly half of all jobsite fatalities are the result of a worker who is struck by an object or crushed, pinched, or caught between two objects. Most of these accidents involve hand and power tools, heavy equipment and motor vehicles used in the construction industry. In this course Andy will discuss the causes of these accidents, how they can be avoided and the importance of a Competent person at a jobsite. Struck-by and Caught between accidents are one of the most common causes of death and serious injury in the construction industry, but with proper training, hazard recognition and abatement; they are also one of the most preventable.

  • Leveraging Lessons Learned Aprille Bell and Sarah Windham - NAWIC Partner

During this session Aprille Bell and Sarah Windham will walk attendees through lessons learned during the great recession, share observations during the pandemic and discuss near-term strategies. Managing lower margins, continued fears related to health and safety, workforce shortages, desires for ownership transition and proposed tax legislation changes can result in increased stresses on an already stressed management team. Our discussion will explore the unique issues the industry is facing today and how lessons learned in the past can be leveraged to drive success today and tomorrow.

  • Dissolving Our Limiting BoxesMitch Savoie Hill

Get ready to be energized, inspired and equipped with tools that you will immediately put to use! International TEDx Speaker, Mitch Savoie Hill, will deliver this interactive and highly engaging workshop that will give you an understanding of the origins and mechanics of prejudiced thinking – the limiting boxes we trap ourselves and others in. You will learn how to begin to dissolve those boxes and start creating, promoting and expanding a more diverse, inclusive and fulfilling workplace for everyone in your industry.

Saturday, August 14
(8:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
  • Closing Keynote Brunch (10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
  • Board Photos (12:30 p.m.)
  • National Post Con Board Meeting (1:00 - 3:00 p.m.)

Breakout Sessions:

  • So Now What? Secret Weapons to Turn Your Workplace Experience Around : Julia Hodum, Schindler - NAWIC Partner

This session will look at how you can turn hot topics like “diversity and inclusion” and “work/life integration” into secret weapons in your leadership toolkit to create meaningful engagement for yourself and others.

  • What are CEU's and do I need them? Including: What is new with NEF - NAWIC Partner: NAWIC Education Foundation - Melanie Myers

This workshop will discuss what CEU’s are and do you need them for your job or career? Also, come learn about what is new and happening with NEF and learn about our online Course Companions.

  • NAWIC Related

Chapter level clustered discussions on attendance, mentoring, challenges etc.

  • Build Member Value: How to Create a PD&E Program That Drives Your Chapter's Success  - Kizzy Ferrer, CIT, CDT

It’s no secret: Especially today, our members want real value and they want those member benefits to include career development. That is why a strong Professional Development & Education program is a critical part of any chapter’s success. Join former Greater Orlando Chapter President and current National and SE Regional Professional Development and Education Committee Chair, Kizzy Ferrer, CIT, CDT., as she explains how to build member value by developing an organized, strategic approach to professional development and education for your chapter.

  • Pave Your Own Way: 13 Skills to Create Your Professional Success - Carolina Aponte

Carolina first moved to the US with her parents when she was thirteen. She learned English and made friends. Everything was great. But then the family moved back to Venezuela when she was sixteen. When they got there, her parents sent her with money and forms to enroll in school. Carolina went and got a job instead. A few years later, she moved back to the US at the age of 20, got a job, and got her GED and college degree in her "spare" time. In this session, she shares parts of her story as she describes the thirteen skills she feels are necessary for success.

  • Closing Keynote Brunch - Communicating with Influence - Stacey Hanke

 Be the Leader You Were Meant to Be, Monday to Monday

Listen to Stacey message here!