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Honoring Women in Construction Trades

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

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With a mission of enhancing the success of women in the construction industry, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), has designated March 6-12 as the time to celebrate women who have established a career in the traditionally male-dominated industry.

Along with its core mission of enhancing women’s success, NAWIC touts Women in Construction (WIC) Week as an opportunity to recognize the contributions women make to the success of projects in all facets of the industry, according to NAWIC President Riki F. Lovejoy, CBT, CIT.

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Along with its core mission of enhancing women’s success, NAWIC touts Women in Construction Week as a chance to recognize the contributions women make to the success of projects in all facets of the industry.

NAWIC chapters across the nation will celebrate WIC Week with a wide variety of activities. Community service projects, jobsite tours, membership drives, children's activities, hands-on workshops, fundraisers and school programs are some of the ways local chapters will observe WIC Week.

Founded in Fort Worth, TX, in 1955, NAWIC is an international association serving 127 chapters in the U.S. NAWIC also has affiliates in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the U.K.

Opportunity and Awareness

The focus of WIC Week is to highlight women as a visible component of the construction industry. It is also a time for local chapters to give back to their communities, Lovejoy explained.

WIC Week provides an occasion for NAWIC's thousands of members across the country to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry.

"Keeping true to our core purpose, NAWIC provides many resources for leadership skills training, networking and mentoring opportunities on local, regional and national levels, and fellowship with other women who understand the challenges of working in a non-traditional career," said Lovejoy.

Local chapters are also appealing to their local, state and national representatives to issue official WIC Week proclamations.

"Being a member of NAWIC and participating in its programs is one of the best values in the industry for developing skills needed to excel, whether in the field or in the office,” said Lovejoy. “And the construction industry is beginning to better understand how having women in leadership positions is having a positive impact in all areas."

Visit www.nawic.org for more information or to locate a NAWIC chapter near you.

   

Tagged categories: Australia; Construction; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); National Association of Women in Construction; North America; Program/Project Management; Worker training

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