The National Association of Women in Construction

The National Association of Women in Construction promotes women's advancement and growth in the construction industry through education, support and community involvement.

Please explore our website to learn more about the Portland, Oregon chapter of NAWIC.

Our Core Purpose: To enhance the success of women in the construction industry.

Our Core Values: Believe in ourselves as women, persevere with the strength of our convictions, dare to more into new horizons

Benefits of NAWIC Membership: The development of initiative and leadership through an active participation in various endeavors of the Association, an occasion for fellowship with members who have similar interests, and an opportunity to keep abreast of the latest developments and research in the industry through civic projects.

We also feature industry Job Postings for our members and industry firms. Please check out the link

Portland | April Newsletter

April Program WBNEC Certification pg 1
Vote Elections Positions pg 2
Presidents Message Erin Holmes pg 3
Built Industry Forum Registration Info pg 4
Local Association Events Check it out pg 5
WIC Week Recap Section pg 6
Local Award Winners NAWIC Congratulations pg 8
59th AMEC Register early pg 9
Calendar of Events Full year outlook pg 10
Chapter Info Officers & Committees pg 11

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2014 Pacific Northwest: Built Industry Forum - Hosted by Portland Chapter 54

Event Date: 
May 16, 2014 (All day)

2014 Pacific NW Built Industry Forum

The Built Industry Forum, hosted by the National Association of Women in Construction, is a professional conference that is sure to exceed your expectations. New agenda format comprised of high caliber, industry specific speakers and workshops that will promote your success and professional development.

Invest in your future. Learn More and Register Online Today at

Members, non-members, females, males, college graduates, architects, contractors, engineers, tradespeople, business owners, and related industry service/supplier.
All are welcome!

When: May 16th & 17th 2014

Where: McMenamins Edgefield
2126 SW Halsey, Troutdale, OR 97060


Thursday, May 15th

Hospitality Suite/ Networking

Friday, May 16th

7:30—8:30 Continental Breakfast, Registration, Networking
8:30—9:00 Welcome | Yasmine Branden, CCA | NAWIC National President
9:00—9:45 Business Models in an Evolving Market
John Wied | CFO, Walsh Construction
9:45—10:00 Break

10:00– 12:00 Women in A/E/C: Valuable? Yes! Challenging? Yes! Panel Discussion
Diverse slate of five prominent, experienced industry professionals come together to discuss the value women and minorities bring to our industry and the associated challenges. Following panelists have committed to date, more in the works!
Moderator: Lois D. Cohen, President, Lois D. Cohen & Associates
Cheryl Myers, Director of Economic & Business Equity, Office of Governor Kitzhaber
Corey Lohman, President, Emerick Construction
Jeremy Vermilyea, Shareholder/Lawyer, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt
Dana Fulkerson, Facilities Project Coordinator, REACH CDC
Walt Bartel, Vice President, David Evans & Associates

12:00—1:00 Luncheon

1:00-2:00 Hiring & Work with New Grads | Insider’s Interview
Larry Fox, PE | President, OBEC
Emily Miletich | Engineer, Multnomah County
2:15—3:15 Workshops—Session 1 (Your Choice)
(A) Leadership Therapy—Karen Netzel | Biz Therapy
(B) Creating a Website—Dalene Bloom | Precision Construction Co.
3:15—3:30 Break
3:30—4:30 Workshops—Session 2 (Your Choice)
(C ) Effective Job Hazard Analysis—Alan Blood | Turner
(D) Financial Reports in A/E/C—AKT LLP, CPAs & Business Consultants

6:00– 10:30 Cocktail/Heavy Appetizers—Professional Development Expo
Scholarship/Education Fundraiser & Photo Booth

Saturday, May 17th

7:30—8:30 Continental Breakfast/ Networking
8:30—8:45 Introductions
8:45—10:15 Have We Really Come A Long Way? - The Progress of Women
Lois D. Cohen | President, Lois D. Cohen & Associates
10:15—10:30 Break
10:30—11:30 Why Mentoring? | An Insider’s Interview
(The Mentee) Jenny Browne | Account Executive, Convergint Technologies
(The Mentor) Karen Say-Valadez | CEO/President, Saybr Contractors, Inc.
11:30—1:00 Lunch—Venue Exploration
1:00—1:45 Making High Quality Connections**
Connie Leipard, CIT | NAWIC Treasurer | Quality Drywall Construction
1:45—2:00 Break
2:00—4:30 National Association of Women in Construction, Region 9 Business Meeting**
Sarah Webb, NAWIC Region 9 Director
6:00—10:30 Awards Banquet Dinner, Semi-Formal | The Ballroom

** means available as webinar

Registration info

Cost, per person, before 4/15/14
Non-Members: 1-day Ticket $125 | 2-day Ticket $200 | Friday, Evening Fundraiser $45 | Saturday, Awards Banquet Dinner | $35

NAWIC Members: $175 includes both days packed full of professional development, networking, and 3 delicious meals - breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

We will do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions, please note them on your registration form.
All listed prices increase by $10 for payments received on or after 4/16/14.
No refunds after May 1st, 2014
Registration form & Payment available via PayPal

Or make checks payable to NAWIC Chapter 54 Events, PO Box 40754, Portland, OR 97240

Contact: Amanda Wilson 503.400.0267

This regional event attracts leaders in construction, engineering, and related services from across the northwest. We respectfully request all sponsorships be received by 4/20/14 to allow for printing. Pay online via…coming soon.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Black Rabbit Sponsor - $1500
Company name/logo on front of the program
Recognition at the event
Company name on Tabletops at Friday Fundraiser &
Saturday Awards Banquet Dinner
Company name on custom conference take-home,
re-usable bag
Advertising for one year on our Portland website
4 “guest” tickets to the Saturday Awards Banquet Dinner
Space for Company information table at Saturday lunch
Company name thank you in the DJC

Ruby Sponsor - $750 Thank you TraneOregon for Sponsoring at the Ruby level!
Company name/logo in the program
Recognition at the event
Company name on Tabletops at Saturday Awards
Banquet Dinner
Advertising for one year on our Portland website
2 “guest” tickets to the Saturday Awards Banquet Dinner

Hammerhead Sponsor - $250
Company name on Tabletops at Friday Fundraiser
Recognition at the event
Advertising for one year on our Portland website

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