NAWIC's 52nd Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando a World Class Success

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Women in construction industry from across the United States attend annual networking and educational gathering designed to boost their careers.

Turning Around a Troubled Project

The National Association of Women in Construction's (NAWIC) 52nd Annual Meeting and Convention was held September 5-8, at the Caribe Royale Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The Convention featured networking, educational events and awards for women in the construction industry from across the United States and around the globe. There were over 600 registrants including a four-person delegation from NAWIC's international affiliate in South Africa (SAWiC).

Attendees enjoyed several evenings of food, entertainment and fun, but NAWIC got down to business during its Annual Meeting. New officers and directors were elected earlier in the year and were installed at the Convention. This year's officers are: President -- Tamie K. Taylor, CDS, CDT, CIT; President-Elect -- Pat J. McDonald, CCA, CIT; Vice President -- Robin Fulton Meyer, CIT; Secretary -- Judy DeWeese, CIT; Treasurer -- Debra M. Gregoire, CIT; and Immediate Past President -- Christie S. Wigginton, CIT.

Each year, half of the fourteen NAWIC Regions, across the United States, elect a new Region Director to serve a two-year term. This year's newly elected Directors are: Region 1 -- Helen Eck; Region 3 -- Riki F. Lovejoy-Blaylock; Region 5 -- Frankie Lee Rivers, CIT; Region 7 -- Julia A. Campbell; Region 9 -- Yasmine A. Branden, CCA; Region 11 -- Shirley S. Horne, CIT; and Region 13 -- Robin Clarke, CIT.

NAWIC members and nonmembers alike worked on building their futures by attending educational seminars and workshops. Seminar topics included "Construction Industry Update," "Effective Project Management" and "Turning Around a Troubled Project" to name just a few. With 20 seminars and 12 workshops to choose from, there was something beneficial for everyone.

Individuals who help promote, expand and encourage the role of women in the construction industry were recognized during the 13th Annual Crystal Vision Awards Gala. Veronica Soto, manager of the small business program for the Los Angeles Unified School District's $19.3 billion School Construction and Modernization program, was the recipient of the Crystal Vision Award. Deborah Henry, Ph.D., director of special programs at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, was the recipient of the Crystal Achievement Award.

Sponsors are extremely important to the success of this annual event, and their products or services were showcased in the NAWIC Marketplace. NAWIC thanks this year's sponsors for their support of women in the construction industry: Big-D Construction, Burger King, Carhartt, Construction Process Solutions Ltd., JELD-WEN Windows and Doors, McCarthy Building Companies Inc., Paxton/Patterson, Principal Financial Group and The Home Depot.

Plans are already underway for NAWIC's 53rd Annual Meeting and Convention Sept. 3-6, 2008 at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev. For information about sponsoring, please contact executive vice president Dede Hughes at (817) 877-5551 or More details will be available soon at

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 52 years of service. NAWIC's Core Purpose is "To enhance the success of women in the construction industry."


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