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NAWIC Committees 101

Did you know that part of our national agenda includes “Standing Committees” required to be a part of each chapter?  Did you know that committee chairs throughout NAWIC share LOADS of information with our sister chapters around the region and nation in an effort to constantly improve our association?

VolunteerOur August general membership meeting will be all about NAWIC Committees  – the core of our organization’s success!  We will have a committee chair from all standing committees in Houston as well as our “only in Houston” chapter committees, talking to you about what they do, why they do it, what they need and how, together, we can make NAWIC the BEST organization in the industry!!

We will also be recognizing our newest members from April – June so if you joined our great chapter in those months – YOnew membersU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS MEETING!  Invitations will be sent out on Thursday July 30th so be on the look out and start thinking about how you could be involved in making Houston the premier chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction.

Time to RENEW your membership!

By now you will have received your renewal reminder from the NAWIC national office via email.  This is your membership renewal for 2015-2016.  I encourage all of you to renew this valuable membership and continue to invest in your success and the success of women like you in our industry.  Houston is doing so much to engage our community and our construction partners and we will continue that outreach in many ways in the coming year.  I hope that all of you have found the value and return in your membership with NAWIC Houston and I look forward to another year of success for NAWIC Houston and our members!

Here are some highlights of what Houston has accomplished this year:

  • 1 Regional WIC Week Award
  • 2 Regional PR & Marketing Awards
  • 1 Regional Membership AWARD
  • Region 7 1st Place Block Kids Winner
  • Region 7 1st Place CAD Competition Winner
  • National 2nd Place Block Kids Winner
  • National 3rd Place CAD Competition Winner
  • 22 NEW members gained in this year alone (and we aren’t done yet!)
  • 11 chapter members attending AMEC in September

What better reasons could you need to renew?  HERE’S ONE!  As an added bonus for renewal – a prize will be awarded to the first 10 members who send me confirmation of their renewal. **

What are you waiting for?  Renew your membership today and continue to reap the benefits of our association!

*If you joined our membership on or after July 1, 2015 you will NOT receive a renewal as your membership is already pro-rated to 2016.

**Current and incoming board members are excluded from the renewal contest.

Please feel free to contact me or any of our board members if you have questions about your renewal.  While you are contemplating your renewal – remember to reach out to a friend or colleague that you feel would also benefit from our organization. If you send a renewal confirmation PLUS proof of recruitment and membership of a new member, the first meeting you and your recruit attend together is ON ME!  J

Congratulations to the 2015 Carol A. Kueker Construction Education Visionary Award Winner

NEF Awards President of Maryland Center for Construction Education and Innovation  2015 Carol A. Kueker Construction Education Visionary Award

NEF award recognizes individuals for their passion and dedication to construction education.

ORLANDO, FL, June 30, 2015 – The NAWIC Education Foundation (NEF) awarded its 2015 Carol A. Kueker Construction Education Visionary Award to Robert M. Aydukovic, CRE, President of Maryland Center for Construction Education and Innovation (MCCEI) in Hunt Valley, Maryland.  Aydukovic received this award for his dedication in preparing the construction industry’s workforce for its needs today and tomorrow.

Aydukovic’ s career spans over 25 years in Maryland’s construction, real estate and economic development sectors.  He served as a general construction laborer, mechanic’s helper, cost estimator, project manager, commercial district revitalization coordinator and has experience in new business development, financial feasibility and analysis, market studies, crafting real estate operating pro-formas, risk and return models and valuations.  In addition to real estate, Aydukovic has worked with non-profits and institutions on strategic planning initiatives and fundraising strategies.

Aydukovic has earned a Master of Science in Real Estate from John Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD and a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Michigan State University in Lansing, MI.  Currently, he serves as Chairman of the University of Baltimore REED Program Advisory Board, member ULI Baltimore Advisory Council, member of the Michigan State University Construction Management Alumni Board and volunteers as a Little League coach with Reisterstown Baseball.  He is also a current member of the Counselors of Real Estate and an Associate Member of the Urban Land Institute Baltimore District Council.  Through MCCEI, Aydukovic maintains corporate memberships in the Associated Builders and Contractors Baltimore Metro Chapter, Maryland Associated General Contractors, Baltimore Building Congress and Exchange, National Association of Women in Construction and Maryland Economic Development Association.

In nominating Aydukovic for NEF’s award, Jennifer Sproul, NAWIC Chapter 135 President, stated “I highly recommend Bob for the Carol A Kueker Construction Education Visionary Award.  There is not another single person in the State of Maryland who is as passionate and active in making sure our state prepares our workforce for the needs of the industry’s future.”

The Carol A. Kueker memorial award recognizes individuals for their passion and dedication to NEF programs and the promotion of construction education through a variety of avenues.  The special award is given to select individuals meeting the high caliber of achievements demonstrated by Kueker.  It is named in honor of the late Carol A. Kueker, a long-time trustee and volunteer who served as president of NEF.  Kueker was instrumental in promoting the core purpose and goals of the organization.

The NAWIC Education Foundation was founded in 1972 by volunteers from the National Association of Women in Construction who saw a need for quality training programs in the construction industry.  Based in Orlando, FL, NEF is responsible for administering a variety of K-12 programs that help educate today’s youth to pursue construction careers.  In addition, NEF offers a full-range of self-study construction industry programs for adults.  NEF maintains partnering agreements with various education-related organizations that allow it to expand its offerings of educational programs, many of which are offered online. NEF is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit education foundation to which tax deductible contributions can be made.

The core purpose of the NAWIC Education Foundation is to educate the construction industry today…and tomorrow.  Its goals are to provide quality education programs for the construction industry and to promote the benefits of a career in the industry.  For additional information about NEF, including its educational courses, go to, send an email to or call (866) 277-2883.

Networking with NAWIC July 14th


Tuesday July 14, 2015 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM CDT
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024 Lounge – Westin Memorial City
945 Gessner
Houston, TX 77024

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Jennifer Black
NAWIC Houston Chapter #3

NAWIC Houston Networking Event July 14th

Join NAWIC Houston Tuesday, July 14th at the Westin Memorial City 024 Lounge for food, drinks and great networking opportunities.

Enjoy appetizers and a couple of drinks on us. Bring your friends and colleagues and remember those business cards!

Top Golf Tops the Charts!

Thanks to everyone who came out to our Top Golf FUNdraising Event tonight!! With an estimated 40+ in attendance it was an incredible success. We could not have done it without the support of our sponsors Lonestar, Skyhawk, Compliance Resources, Pathfinder, TDHR Management and Way Engineering. And a very special thanks to our event coordinator and incoming Director, Tracy Shoemaker who did an OUTSTANDING job in planning what is very likely one of the most successful single event fundraisers we have ever had! Kudos Tracy to an amazing effort!

Blue Book Building & Construction Networking Showcase

NAWIC Houston Chapter #3
You’re invited to the

Annual Networking Showcase
Meet like minded professionals such as other Owners’s, Facility Manager, Property Managers, Subcontractors and Architects.
MAY 21, 2015
From 3-7 PM
1800 Congress Street
Houston, TX 77002


NAWIC Houston will be an exhibitor at this event and we highly encourage our membership to attend this unique opportunity.  Relationship-building, education and the entire local construction community all in one day, in one place….at no charge!  DON’T MISS THIS EVENT!


3:00 – 7:00pm

The Blue Book Network Showcase

A unique, no cost opportunity for the local industry to network face-to-face, under one roof, at no charge!


You can also register upon arrival.

Region 7 Forum – Celebrating the Past & Embracing the Future


The San Antonio Chapter #11 has been diligently working to host the Forum that will be packed with memories!  Workshops, Networking, NAWIC Business, Great Speakers, Music & Dancing!  This Forum HAS IT ALL!!!   (including special guest appearances by: our NAWIC National President, Sandy Field and our NAWIC President – Elect, Riki Lovejoy)

Registration Fee:  $175 ($195 after March 15) includes Friday night hospitality suite and shuttle fees for transportation to San Antonio’s annual Fiesta celebration; Saturday breakfast, lunch, afternoon break and banquet dinner.

Click the links below for registration forms and sponsorship opportunities.

 Registration Form

 Sponsorship Form

We have Exciting Events Planned for WIC Week 2015

WIC Week 2015 – Houston, We Have a Solution!

WIC Week is all about education, membership and getting the word out about NAWIC.  And no one does it better than Houston!  If you didn’t have anything to do the first week of March, well think again. NAWIC Houston has solved your blank calendar woes.  Below is a list of events that Houston NAWIC is hosting during WIC Week.  Each one will be unique and rewarding and we encourage all of you to attend.  Can’t come to all of the WIC Week events?  That’s OK!  Pick and choose which ones fit your schedule.  We look forward to seeing you there!


WIC WEEK Kick Off Social – St. Arnolds Brewery Social

Monday March 2, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM CST

We are kicking off Women In Construction Week with a fantastic networking event at St. Arnold’s Brewery hosted by Cromeens Law Firm. Join us and learn all about WIC Week and what NAWIC does for women in construction, just like you!

Way Engineering: Sheet Metal Fabrication Shop Tour

Tuesday March 3, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM CST

Way Engineering, Ltd. is one of the largest and most recognized mechanical contractors in Houston. Join us as we tour their amazing fabrication facilities boasting 200,000 square feet and known as one of the largest sheet metal plants in the world fabricating air conditioning ductwork. You will not want to miss this opportunity!

WIC Week Lunch & Learn Hosted by Fluor, Inc.

Wednesday March 4, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM CST

Fluor is one of the world’s largest publicly traded engineering, construction (EPC), and project management companies. Join us for a lunch to remember as Fluor, once again, hosts the Houston NAWIC chapter during WIC Week 2015. We will hear from Vice President of Construction, Mark Brown as well as present our CAD Competition updates to our sponsors!

Lunch & Learn, Hosted by: On Center Software

Thursday March 5, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM CST

You won’t want to miss this dynamic opportunity to visit the beautiful On Center Software offices and hear from speaker Katie Pickard, Product Trainer with On Center Software as she shares her industry experience and presentation:

TOYS THAT BUILD:  What Women in Construction Should Know About Current Automation Solutions, and Why We Should Care About a Future of Playing in the Cloud.

WIC Week 2015 Houston Wrap Party

Friday March 6, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM CST

Join us as we wind down WIC Week and celebrate all that we have accomplished for women in construction in Houston, TX. We are so thankful for our members and guests and want to show our appreciation with a wrap party at Water2wine ! Help us celebrate our week with wine tastings, networking and celebration for all that is Women In Construction.

Women Helping Women Workshop – A Lesson in Tile.

Just when you thought you’d seen it all for WIC Week Houston – we have more!!  We couldn’t end the week without a project!

NAWIC Houston in tandem with our NAWIC National Partner, Home Depot, present

How to Install Tile – a do it yourself workshop.

Here’s what you’ll learn:  How to choose the right supplies and Learn how to cut, set, grout and seal tile

This will be a fun filled day so don’t miss out!  Register Now!



Career Day with Houston Community College

NAWIC Houston has been invited to participate in the HCC Career Day for their Construction & Manufacturing Department. If your company would like to be a part of this exciting opportunity to recruit and share information please email me at Date still to be determined but tentatively scheduled for late November. Will post more as information comes available.