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Women in Construction gather for networking and educational opportunities.

Plans are underway for the National Association of Women in Construction’s (NAWIC) 51st Annual Meeting and Convention, September 6-9, at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown, Kansas City, Mo.

The convention will consist of networking, educational events and awards. Registration is available to both members and nonmembers. Last year, more than 700 women from the United States and five different countries were represented. Nonmembers interested in attending Convention may contact Shelly Reeves.

The Kansas City, Mo. Chapter will share its latest “Career Days” project with attendees. The “If I Had A Hammer” Program was created by Perry Wilson, a carpenter turned educator. By using real-world applications, third through ninth grade students learn about the language of math. The highlight of the program is the building of the “Hammer House,” a real 8’x11’ house that students build in about two hours using real power tools, hammers and safety goggles.

NAWIC will host a “Red Hot & Blues” Welcome Party on Wednesday, Sept. 6. It will be an evening of food and fun, with Kansas City barbecue and live entertainment by the KC All Stars.

Thursday, Sept. 7, during the Annual Meeting, keynote speaker Stedman Graham will inspire and encourage attendees with his “You Can Make it Happen: Nine Steps to Success.” Graham, a businessman, educator and author, helps corporations and organizations establish a position in the marketplace by integrating business growth, people and community relationships.

Join us Saturday evening for the 12th Annual Crystal Vision Awards Gala. The Crystal Vision Awards recognize individuals with vision who help promote, expand and encourage the role of women in the construction industry. We will honor the achievements of Dale McCormick, director of Maine State Housing, and Tari Rivera, founder and president of Regency Construction Services, Inc. These two women have paved the way for women in the construction industry.

Sponsors are extremely important in making this event a success, and their products or services are showcased in the NAWIC Marketplace. We thank last years’ sponsors for their support of women in the construction industry:

Principal, Centex Construction, Kaiser Permanente,

Maxwell, Pardee Homes, Paxton/Patterson,

United Rentals, Verizon, Weyerhaeuser Homes

Founded in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1955, NAWIC is an international Association serving approximately 5,500 members in nearly 200 chapters in the United States. NAWIC is proud to celebrate more than fifty years of service. For sponsorship information, contact Dede Hughes, EVP at (817) 877-5551. NAWIC’s Core Purpose is “To enhance the success of women in the construction industry.”

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