The spirit of WIC Week
HOUSTON – The mission of National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) is to enhance the success of women in the construction industry.
“The National Association of Women in Construction is committed to enhancing the success of all women in construction - not just those who are NAWIC members,” says Sandy Field, the immediate past-president of NAWIC and office manager at Horizon Group International in Houston. “We accomplish this through educational opportunities, networking, and community/industry service projects. If you are a woman employed in any area of the construction industry, we welcome you to join us!”
The focus of WIC Week is to highlight women as a visible component of the construction industry. It is also a time for local chapters to give back to their communities. WIC Week provides an occasion for NAWIC’s thousands of members across the country to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry.
“While there are more than one million women employed in the construction industry, women only comprise approximately ten percent of the construction workforce. These women, whether they are administrative specialists, general contractors, subcontractors, trades people, or professionals, are vital elements to the construction process,” says Field. “‘Women in Construction Week’ is simply a time set aside to thank those women for all their efforts toward successful construction projects. WIC Week will also bring attention to the industry and encourage others to realize that construction is a viable, profitable career field.”
NAWIC’s Houston Chapter kicked off WIC Week at the Bay Area Turning Point Resale Shop, which provides recovery for survivors of domestic abuse.
After that, the women packed Mar. 5-11 with plenty of fun events to raise awareness of women in construction and help
On Mar. 7, the group met for a Lunch and Learn at Fluor’s campus in Sugarland, on Mar. 10, everybody gathered up for Crawfish for a Cause and the women ended the week with an organized walk/run in Memorial Park with Reason2Race. –cw
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