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Ingram new NAWIC exec admin

image Crissy Ingram poses next to photo of one of NAWIC’s founding lady members, Ida May Bagby.

SAN ANTONIO - Last October, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) in Fort Worth named Crissy Ingram as its new executive administrator. Not only can Ingram feel pride wearing the glittery hard hat she accepted along with the role, but also the honor of guiding her fellow women in construction.

 

 

 

    Born and raised in Alvarado TX, Ingram moved to Fort Worth in 2009 and previously worked at Bank One, where she oversaw conversions and consolidations.  The birth of her daughter in January 2011 inspired Ingram to re-evaluate her career path.
    “I took the whole year off to just be a mom to this new little amazing thing in my life,” Ingram says. “I just happened upon NAWIC by accident when I started looking for a job when I was ready to go back to work. I fell in love with their mission and what they do. I love meeting the ladies that I meet; they are so inspiring.”
    Ingram began working at NAWIC in January 2012 as an administrative assis-tant. She then moved into a bookkeeper role in 2015, managing human resource matters.
    “Then, I was fortunate enough to get to move into this spot as an executive administrator last October,” Ingram explains. “What a great ride!”
    Through her years of experience at NAWIC, Ingram has identified areas that she hopes to create a lasting impact.
    “A huge thing that I am working on is awareness,” Ingram explains. “One of our major points in our strategic plan is creating awareness of NAWIC. We are here and we don’t want to be a best-kept secret anymore. We also want to be working with younger groups in middle school and high school to help girls understand that construction is not one thing or another. There is a wide range of opportunities in the field that are great-paying, lifetime opportunities. Raising that awareness, growing us and growing the industry are my main outlooks right now.”
    Ingram also hopes to implement more women-centric career day events such as Project Accelerate, an annual,
no-cost, hands-on training in different construction areas. She also plans to update and translate NAWIC’s marketing materials, which are printed in English, into Spanish. Another major area of focus is securing partnerships.
    Ingram says she has had the good fortune to observe others in the executive administrator role and learn from their excellent example.
    “I’ve learned [from them] to never let them see you sweat!” Ingram says with a laugh. “I just learned to be [present] and be honest. If someone asks you a question and it’s something that they don’t want to hear, you just have to tell it like it is. They respect that. You are helping them rather than pushing rainbows and butterflies. You’re helping them with real answers.”
    Ingram is excited to serve NAWIC in this new role.
    “I love NAWIC’s sisterhood, the closeness, the caring, taking care of each other and literally living what we say we are going to do by building each other up and being there for each other. I love that culture. It’s really something to see,” Ingram says. “My quest is just getting that word out and getting that awareness out there. I want to let people know that we are not just a club, we’re not just a group of girls, we are a group of professional women who want to raise up more professional women.”
    Headquartered in Fort Worth, NAWIC is an international non-profit association that promotes and supports the advance-ment and employment of women in the construction industry. NAWIC boasts 81 members in Fort Worth and a total membership of 4,400. ­–mjm


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