Austin NAWIC is a volunteer based association of active, dynamic group of women who are involved in professional development, community service and mentoring programs. Join our amazing group of motivated women and impact your career and community through networking, education and friendship. The Austin Chapter of NAWIC invites you to come see what our chapter can do for you professionally and personally.
Our monthly meetings are usually held on the 1st Wednesday of the month. The meetings typically start at 5:30 with networking, dinner and educational or professional development programs.
One of our primary focuses is networking opportunities for industry professionals and friends as well as community action programs.
We hold Women in Construction (WIC) Week annually in March, which includes many events as well as sponsorship and volunteer opportunities. Examples of previous events that we have participated in include sorting food at Central Texas Food Bank, jobsite tours with Crockett High School Construction Technology Program & P-TECH Construction Trades Academy students, UT Austin Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (Girl Day), Habitat for Humanity Construction Builds and Giving the Basics – Dignity Drives and our annual Membership Drive & Lake Cruise. Each year we also hold an annual Spring Clay Shoot & Fall Golf Tournament in which the funds raised benefit our Austin NAWIC Scholarship Program. The proceeds are distributed to men and women attending a college or university and whom are majoring in a construction related field or those enrolled in a construction skilled trades training program. In 2019 we started Camp NAWIC, a free 5 day long camp for girls going into middle school or high school to introduce them to a potential career in the construction industry and give them real hands on experience.
I have been a NAWIC member for 6 years. My NAWIC membership has provided me with networking, leadership skills, professional development, community involvement, etc. It is great being around like-minded women in the construction industry. Plus we have a lot of fun!
I personally love that we raise and provide scholarships to local girls and boys going into construction programs within universities and trade schools. NAWIC Austin distributed $9,000 in scholarships this past July 2018 and we will be distributing $13,000 in July 2019.
I’ve been in construction for almost 10 years and my first 6 years consisted of traveling around to different cities working on cool projects with great teams but I had to learn the market and build new connections within the community every time I started a new project. So when I moved to Austin to build the Dell Seton Medical Center I decided I was going to do something different and get involved in an construction organization to build connections and get move involved in the community.
One of my mentors had recommended NAWIC to me and encouraged me to meet fellow women that understood what it was like to work in the construction industry. I joined the Austin NAWIC Chapter 3 years ago and what I’ve received from this group of ladies is by far more than I could of ever hoped for. I just didn’t gain some work contacts I gained a group of empowering women that support each other and uplift one another to do the best in their careers to help improve the name for future women in construction.
NAWIC Austin Chapter was founded in 1958, and is a place for women in the construction industry to network, grow professionally and give back to our community. I have been a member since 2015 and I have benefitted tremendously through networking and benchmarking with peers in the industry, seeing engaging professional speakers on a variety of relevant topics, volunteering on our special committees, being on the board of directors and lastly by taking on the leadership role as President for the past 2 terms (2017-2019). When I began as President in 2017 we had 55 members, we just surpassed 100 as of September 2019. As we continue to grow our chapter we want to make sure that we are meeting our member needs, support our community and that we continue to recruit, train and promote girls and women in construction.