NAWIC is governed by a 20-person Board of Directors. The association is divided into 14 geographical regions, and each region elects a director to serve as its regional representative for a two-year term. The 14 regional directors serve along with the president, president-elect, vice president, secretary, treasurer and immediate past president. The Board of Directors holds a Mid-Year Board Meeting in the spring and also an Annual Meeting at con-convention in the fall to conduct association business.
For more than 30 years, the NAWIC Education Foundation (NEF) has offered creative and educational programs for students from grade school to high school. The Foundations award-winning Block-Kids program, Building Design Program and the CAD/Design/Drafting Competitions introduce students to careers and opportunities in construction. NEF also offers these programs: Certified Construction Associate (CCA), Construction Industry Technician (CIT) and Construction Document Specialist (CDS) administered through Clemson University. Since its founding, the NAWIC Founders Scholarship Foundation and our chapters nationwide have awarded more than $4 million in scholarships to students in college who are pursuing construction-related studies. NAWIC chapters are committed to making construction education a reality not only through innovative programming but also through annual scholarships.
If you want to find out what NAWIC is all about, look no further than our chapters. NAWIC chapters are made up of enthusiastic, working women in construction who are excited about the industry. Chapter members translate their enthusiasm to the different projects that they are involved in from building new homes through Habitat for Humanity to renovating historical sites, sponsoring Career Days in communities and even publishing a Construction Dictionary.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women comprise about 10 percent of the construction work force today. To remain competitive, the industry must continually recruit and train women. Other issues such as pay equity, legislative concerns and safety are being addressed by NAWIC through committees, the Owners Council and round-table discussions. NAWIC members also make personal efforts to address womens concerns.
CRYSTAL VISION AWARDS Program
The Crystal Vision Awards program recognizes two individuals who promote women in construction through initiatives, policies or legislation. Nominations for the awards are accepted through February 28 each year. The winners are recognized at NAWICs annual convention. The Crystal Vision Award goes to a nonmember of NAWIC, and the Crystal Achievement Award goes to a member of the Association. This nationwide recognition program has four sponsorships available at the $1,000, $2,000, $3,000 and $5,000 levels. As a Crystal Vision sponsor, corporations would enjoy a variety of promotional benefits affiliated with sponsoring a prestigious awards program. To learn more about sponsorships, please contact the Communications Department at NAWIC.