Loder and Magnus Win 2010 NAWIC Crystal Vision Awards

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National Association of Women in Construction's Crystal Vision Awards celebrate the achievements of individuals with vision who help promote, expand and encourage the role of women in the construction industry. Carolyn Clark Loder, land manager for Lafarge North America, and Teresa L. Magnus, CEO of Vulcan Industrial Contractors Co., LLC, pave the way for women in the construction industry.

The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) is pleased to announce the winners of its 16th annual Crystal Vision Awards. The mission of the Crystal Vision Awards is to recognize individuals who promote, expand and encourage the role of women in the construction industry. Carolyn Clark Loder is the recipient of the Crystal Vision Award, which is awarded to a nonmember of NAWIC, and Teresa Magnus is the recipient of the Crystal Achievement Award, which is awarded to a NAWIC member.

Carolyn Clark Loder, land manager for Lafarge North America, experienced a first for women in her late teens through an internship at the United States Forest Service by being the first woman to earn a "Red Card." It turned out to be the first in a series of "firsts" in Loder's career. She is also the first woman to chair the New Mexico Mining Association's Hall of Fame and the first to be president of the California Mining Association.

Loder takes her own success and knowledge and pays it forward by mentoring women, formally and informally, to help them realize their goals. She has hired homeless women and trained them to start in administrative positions. She has mentored managers to become more than they ever thought possible. She is actively involved in Habitat for Humanity's Women Build program to help not only families but also women by teaching those skills that build their confidence.

Joining Loder in world-class efforts to advance women in the construction industry is Teresa Magnus, CPA, JD, CEO of Vulcan Industrial Contractors Co., LLC.

Magnus has also showcased her leadership and commitment to women in construction throughout her career by actively creating a level playing field for women. Most recently, her efforts can be seen in the workforce make-up of Vulcan. Over the last two years, the Vulcan workforce has come to reflect 49 percent of leadership roles being filled by women, including field supervisory positions. She has also ensured that women are included in trade apprenticeship programs, and to date, the company has realized 12 percent growth in female employees in the field.

Her commitment extends beyond Vulcan to influence the entire construction industry. Magnus is active in promoting construction careers by serving on the Shelby County Technical School Advisory Board. Her on-going contributions to Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) national committees, Insulators Union Apprentice Fund and Pension, Health and Welfare Funds as well as the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Workforce Development Board are leaving an indelible mark on the current face of women in construction. She is also a member of the American Bar Association, American General Contractors (AGC), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Georgia Bar Association.

Prior to joining Vulcan, Magnus held construction industry-related positions at Southern Company, Price Waterhouse and Arthur Anderson.
Both Loder and Magnus will be added to the elite group of Crystal Vision Award winners and honored for their achievements during the 16th Annual Crystal Vision Awards Gala at NAWIC's 55th Annual Convention in Louisville, Ky., at 7 p.m. More than 700 members in various facets of the construction industry are expected to attend the Convention, Sept. 1-4, 2010 at The Galt House. In keeping with the goal of advancing women in the construction industry, the NAWIC National Convention affords attendees the opportunity to enhance their success by attending educational seminars, attaining certifications and networking with other women in the construction industry.

About the Crystal Vision Awards
The Crystal Vision Awards Program was established by NAWIC Past National President Susan Levy in 1995. The program recognizes individuals who promote the role of women in construction through initiatives, policies or legislation. The Crystal Vision Award recognizes a nonmember of NAWIC, and the Crystal Achievement Award recognizes a member of the Association. Since the first visionaries were selected in 1995, this one-of-a-kind program has not only fulfilled its purpose of recognizing exemplary leaders in the industry, it has developed a reputation for honoring individuals who are committed to building a diverse work force amidst the demanding backdrops of the industry today.

About NAWIC
Founded in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1955, NAWIC is an international Association serving more than 5,500 members in approximately 160 chapters in the United States. NAWIC also has affiliates in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and United Kingdom. To learn more about NAWIC, visit http://www.nawic.org.

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