NAWIC Today Sept.-Oct.

This issue of NAWIC Today focuses on meeting NAWIC's new National President, Lauline Mitchell! You can also revisit the 67th Annual Conference and meet the women and companies making an impact in the construction industry.


The official publication of the National Association of Women in Construction







SEPT.-OCT. 2022

The official publication of the National Association of Women in Construction.

Core Purpose: To Strengthen and Amplify the Success of Women in the Construction Industry

President Lauline Mitchell, ESP President-Elect Karen Hager, CBT, CIT, ESP Vice President Kelly Aust, LEED AP BD+C Secretary Raven Hoffman, CIT Board of Directors


Executive Director Crissy Ingram, CAE Administrative Assistant Savannah Nusser Membership Coordinator Amber Kohut Database & Website Manager Lauri McCullough Communications Manager Makenzie Plusnick Finance Manager Kristen Jones

Treasurer Karen Ellis

Immediate Past President Doreen Bartoldus, PE, CCM Midwest Region Director Tammy Rico North Central Region Director Alison Frye, P.E. Northeast Region Director Heather Groves Pacific Northwest Region Director Julie Salinas Pacific Southwest Region Director Karen Mitchell, CBT, CIS, CIT South Atlantic Region Director Stephany Connelly South Central Region Director Rhonda Nebgen Southeast Region Director Andrea Ward, CBT Membership Manager Lori Wagner Volunteer Engagement Coordinator

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Table of Contents 3. Visions: Welcome to the 22-23 NAWIC year! 4. Association News 6. Meet Lauline Mitchell, NAWIC's National President 11. A Look Back at Annual Conference 15. Construction & Technology 18. NAWIC honors Project Excellence Award winners 25. A Special Offer from Utility Pro 26. NAWIC launches new mentorship program 29. NAWIC honors outstanding members


Calendar of Events

Sept. 13 PD&E Committee: Decluttering Your Home & Work

Oct. 5-7 Midwest Region Fall Conference

Oct. 6 Tradeswomen Industry Council

Sept. 16-17 Southeast Region Fall Conference

Oct. 13-14 Northeast Region Fall Conference

Sept. 16 Business Development Industry Council

Oct. 14-15 Pacific Southwest Region Fall Conference

Sept. 29-Oct. 1 Pacific Northwest Region Fall Conference

Sept. 30-Oct. 1 South Atlantic Region Fall Conference

Oct. 20-21 North Central Region Fall Conference

Oct. 3 Tradeswomen Industry Council

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Oct. 4 Marketing Committee: Construction Inclusion Week Marketing

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Welcome to the 2022-2023 NAWIC year!

If you were unable to join us at Annual Conference in Minneapolis, you missed a FANTASTIC conference. My hat goes off to Immediate Past President Bartoldus, the National Staff and, of course, Conference Direct Representative Debbie Draper. They worked hard to bring us engaging educational speakers and unique experiences. Thank you, too, to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter #164 who gave us countless creative suggestions and arranged for buses and jobsite tours! AC is proof that we can accomplish great things when we all work together.

I know this year’s board is excited to continue the trajectory established by last year’s board, while carving out new paths for future boards. We’re looking forward to starting work on our goals. Not only have I established three big picture goals, each of us individually are charting the course we’d like to pursue. Not that I don’t have faith that we can make our goals, but even if we don’t hit 100% on every goal, whatever we accomplish will be a success because we will learn in the process and make use of that information to inform and envision a better future. I hope that all of you took the time to convene and pass the torch to your new boards. Providing feedback to the next generation of leaders will help make their transition easier. Be sure to pass along any key emails, calendar reminders or current issues to ensure continuity. As well, encourage them to consider succession planning– yep, it’s never too early to consider that. Keep an eye out for those you encounter during your tenure who are smart, passionate and willing to lend a hand when needed. Encourage their growth and give them opportunities to build on their knowledge. Don’t forget to bring a colleague to every meeting. One of my big hairy audacious goals is for us to hit 10,000 members by next AC. In order to do that, I need your help. If each of us recruits just one member this year we can easily do that. There’s that working together theme again. Seriously, it is that simple. So, when I see you at an event this year, please don’t be disappointed if I don’t remember your name, but do ask if you have gotten your one recruit yet. We all have to ask to hit the goal. Let’s carve new paths and enlarge our presence by adding to our membership. Think of the impact we can have on our industry if we do! Please do not hesitate to reach out and connect with your leadership teams. Without member input we cannot find the paths that will have the greatest impact. Remember that whatever you do today will help set the course for tomorrow, so think strategically and plan for success. Thank you for allowing me to lead us this year as President. I am looking forward to making the most of the next 350 days!


Full Steam Ahead into 2022-2023

Wow! As we returned from our Annual Conference in August, I could not help but reflect on what an amazing year NAWIC had. From membership numbers to the quality of our conference, we have made so many strides toward 'Envisioning Equity' and making the construction industry a more equitable place for all.

Our Annual Conference was nothing short of a success. With jobsite tours, outstanding education sessions, and inspiring keynote speakers, I left feeling energized and inspired. We have heard wonderful things about this year's conference and we are already listening to feedback and planning on how we can improve for next year. Our newly-installed board has been full-steam ahead and are excited to start working toward our theme this year, 'Many Paths, One Mission.' With President Lauline Mitchell's guidance, we are sure to have an exciting and memorable year, full of progress and new ideas. Remember, if you ever need to reach the board, your region directors are there to help you out. You can find their contact information on our website. Renewal season is quickly approaching. Members with more than one year of membership under their belts will renew Oct. 1, and those who have joined in the past fiscal year will renew on their anniversary dates. Membership Manager Lori Wagner is there to help you with any questions or concerns you might have. You can reach her at NAWIC's official app launched just before Annual Conference. It provides all things NAWIC, such as events and contact information, directly to your fingertips. You can download it today by searching 'NAWIC' wherever you get your apps. Since our last issue, we have also added a new staff member to the team. Savannah Nusser started as our Administrative Assistant in July and has really run with her new role. If you have any general NAWIC questions or just want to say hi, you can reach her at We also have a membership survey out currently. By taking a few minutes to fill it out, you are guiding the association as we plan out our next year. Check your emails for the survey.

Region fall conferences are happening around the country. Check our calendar for the full list and we hope to see you at the one closest to you!



Meet NAWIC's new National President, Lauline Mitchell

Lauline Mitchell did not always plan on running for leadership positions within NAWIC, she said. In fact, it took some persuading before she would even attend a NAWIC meeting. The California native’s journey into the field started over 20 years ago when she decided to take a carpentry class. She had worked on-and-off in insurance and as a stay-at-home mother and wife before taking the course. “I dove into construction after my daughter was born and I had time to take a carpentry class. While I had always tried to learn about building, that was the first time I took a class on it,” she said. “One of the professors I had told me I was too old to swing a hammer and connected me with an executive from a local general contractor. I was able to use the skills I had already accrued to begin learning project management.”


After beginning her career as project manager, she experienced her share of unfair treatment and comments. Despite this, she put her head down and plowed through. “Did I enjoy working in the field despite being low woman on the totem pole? Yes. It’s sometimes difficult to be taken seriously but I’ve learned over the years to take my time, really understand what’s going on and try to see the challenges before presenting my ideas,” she said. Mitchell was invited several times by a colleague to attend a NAWIC meeting. It was not until the company she was working for requested that project managers join an association or a group that she decided to sit in on a meeting.

"I took her up on attending and have never looked back." look for business,” she said. “I took her up on attending and have never looked back.” member, was a vendor of ours and she always asked me to attend a meeting every time I spoke to her. Finally, our company asked all the project managers to start joining groups and Being around other women who understood what it was like to be in a male- dominated industry drew her in, Mitchell said. “It checked every box for me: networking, community service, industry outreach, leadership, and friendship. I have made friends all over the country but several unbreakable friendships right in my back yard,” she said.

“Carolyn Garrety, a longtime San Francisco chapter


Though her initial interest in NAWIC did not include running for a leadership position, she quickly became involved in her chapter. She started working on the chapter board as a director, before working her way up through the ranks as secretary, vice president, and chapter president. She then became her region’s WIC Week chair and forum coordinator, before becoming the national WIC Week chair in 2014.

“However, once I started on the trajectory, which really began as National WIC Week Chair, it just seemed to take on a life of its own,” Mitchell said. “By that I mean, I wanted to do more, push us more, stretch more and simply get more women in the industry the support that I know NAWIC provides.” She decided to run for the National Board of Directors after sitting on several task forces,


“I was able to observe and learn how it takes all of us working together to

“We’re all in the construction industry, but we’ve had many different paths that led us to NAWIC. As women in the industry, we all have one mission and that is to succeed in construction. We can make it easier for each other if we work together and support each other in this endeavor,” she explained.

implement new ideas, collaborate within the

industry, and enlarge our presence [while on the task forces],” she said. Mitchell was initiated as National President at the 67th Annual Conference in Minneapolis, MN in August. Her theme for the year is ‘Many Paths, One Mission.’

For her, the theme supports NAWIC’s ultimate goals.


“Our core purpose has always been to strengthen, enhance, or amplify the success of WIC. I simply see this theme as an extension of that,” she added. As she starts her year in office, her message is clear: she wants to put a spotlight on women in construction. “Let’s work together and enlarge our footprint in the industry. I’d like us ALL to get out there and show people what we can do, as well as the value we bring to construction,” she said. “Additionally, while you are out there, recruit a new member so we can hit 10,000 in 2023!”



Minneapolis, MN 67th Annual Conference NAWIC took over Minneapolis, MN Aug. 17-20 for four days of education, professional development, networking, and fun! This year's conference featured new twists on classic traditions.

AC featured three amazing keynote speakers. Our opening keynote speaker, Siri Lindley, inspired attendees to live fearlessly and go after what they want. Industry keynote speaker Steve Demetriou shared his experiences creating a culture of equity within his construction company. Closing keynote speaker Avery Bang showed us how she created connections, both through building bridges and by giving back.


2021-2022 President Doreen Bartoldus chose three unique education tracks: Sustainability & Construction Trends, Equity as our Culture, and Leadership. Attendees were able to stick to one track or mix-and-match between tracks. Breakout session included Riding the Solar-coaster: The Ups and Downs of Constructing Renewable Energy Projects, Immersive Inclusion: Accelerating Our People Strategy, and Taskmaster to Trust- builder: How Leaders Use Cultural Intelligence to Build Genuine, Productive Relationships.

This year's conference also featured jobsite tours. Thanks to our jobsite tour sponsors, attendees were able to visit four different jobsites around Minneapolis and St. Paul to learn about different projects and types of construction.


The Awards Gala was a chance for attendees to dress to the nines and recognize members for their contribution to NAWIC and the construction industry. The 'August Madness' After Party was the perfect ending for the evening, complete with games and dancing.


We rounded out the conference with a yoga class and the closing brunch. Thank you to everyone who attended, sponsored, or cheered the conference from home- because of you, it was a success.

We will see you next year in Portland!


Construction + Technology: One NAWIC Member’s Story of Professional Success

Construction isn’t the only industry where women represent just a fraction of the workforce.

The technology sector has been and continues to be dominated by men. In 2021, just over a quarter of computing-related jobs were held by women. Of these only 3% were held by Black women, 6% by Asian women and 2% by Hispanic women.

But women have been making inroads, and Arcoro’s Jennifer Dungan is one of them.

As the company’s Director of Product Management, she’s beaten tech industry odds and holds a leadership position in a software company. And it’s not just any software company, it’s one focused specifically on HR software for construction. To a certain extent, Jennifer’s experience parallels what women choosing a career in construction face: She didn’t have many female role models. And there was an expectation that as a woman she would be content to stay in lower-level positions.


To a certain extent, Jennifer’s experience parallels what women choosing a career in construction face: She didn’t have many female role models. And there was an expectation that as a woman she would be content to stay in lower-level positions. What Jennifer did have was support from a few amazing mentors—both women and men. “There were people who encouraged me, who saw my value and helped me to move forward and up in different ways,” she says. She didn’t start out to pursue a career in tech. Jennifer began her professional life in human resources, where there were lots of women, but parlayed her strong skills in using HR software into a new direction.

It was a passion project. She enjoyed the technology and she was able to leverage her HR knowledge in a different way.

“The biggest hurdle is knowing what you want to do,” she says. “After that you just need to be unafraid and go for it. There’s nothing that can stop you if you’re passionate and focused.”

At Arcoro, Jennifer spends her days making sure our technology meets the unique needs of the construction industry. She talks to a lot of customers and even visits job locations to get a better handle of how contractors can leverage tech to work better. “One of the main issues I hear a lot about is removing that reliance on paper and making sure information can be accessed quickly. Mobile solutions are key to that, but so is understanding what your needs are and finding the right technology to address it,” Jennifer explains. As a woman working in technology for construction, Jennifer has found support and camaraderie with other women in the industry. She’s a member of NAWIC’s Nashville chapter and she finds the opportunity to network and participate invaluable. “I have to travel a bit to get to the events so it’s half a day out of the office, but it’s so incredibly worth it.” She suggests other women working in construction or allied fields get involved with NAWIC. “Work with them, volunteer with them, you’ll get a lot out of it,” she says. As far as other advice for women in construction or an allied field, Jennifer suggests a few things.


“Find a mentor to encourage you and hold you accountable. A good mentor is able to see your worth and your potential and help you get where you want to be,” she explains.

But there’s also some sweat equity. Jennifer encourages women to actively seek and gather knowledge about the field. “There are tools available everywhere these days. Take online classes, look for ways to learn and get certifications. Don’t let anything stop you. Keep reminding yourself that you really want to do this and you’re capable of getting there,” she says. In her experience, you’re likely to find help along the way, even if there are rough patches. And having a ready-made support system with NAWIC offers you a natural place to turn for encouragement and guidance. Jennifer is excited about working in construction technology. “I see so much potential for women in this industry. So much progress has been made and there’s so much more to come. We collectively have a great deal to offer, whether it’s working in construction tech, as a project manager or a skilled tradesperson,“ says Jennifer. “I see women as the future in construction!”

Arcoro builds HR technology designed for construction. Our modular solution means companies can solve for their specific challenges with software that offers the best experience in the office and the field.

NAWIC members are eligible for 10% off software fees for Arcoro HR modules or ExakTime as new customers.

Want to learn more about Arcoro’s HR solutions for construction or see a demo? Visit or email


NAWIC recognizes construction companies for excellence in innovation and safety

NAWIC is proud to announce the 2022 Project Excellence Award winners, which recognize innovation and quality within the construction industry. Companies are able to submit projects completed within the former calendar year for consideration in five different categories: Commercial, Residential, Civil/Heavy Highway, Institutional, and President’s Choice: Renewable Energy Projects.


Commercial: The Spectrum Companies Vantage South End West Office Tower & Parking Deck by Rodgers Builders, Inc.

Residential: Skyview Park Apartments by PathStone Development Corp.

Civil/Heavy Highway: Chambers Field Runway 10-28 by Branscome, Inc.

Institutional: Lakeridge Middle School by Skanska

President’s Choice: Renewable Energy Projects: The Burt County Solar-Plus- Storage by Boyd Jones

Winners were recognized at NAWIC’s 67th Annual Conference on Aug. 19 in Minneapolis, MN.


Vantage South End is an exciting LEED Silver, 635,000 SF mixed-use development in the Southeast’s hottest neighborhood, South End, in Charlotte, NC. The project consists of two 11-story office towers and a 10-story, free-standing parking garage with 1,710 spaces. Complete with 55,000 SF of retail space, a fitness center, 18 terraces, a 1+ acre urban park, and 1,000+ outdoor seats, Vantage South End is an award-winning development that offers valuable features to employee experience and safety. The West Tower and Parking deck completed in January 2021 and the East Tower is on schedule to finish in May 2022. There is space for a new, 10-story boutique hotel above the parking garage which will tout significant conference rooms, lounge spaces, and a pool. The urban park, a 1-acre park nestled between the two towers, allows employees with flexible schedules to work close to the office while enjoying the fresh air. This “work from the park” mindset is not only attractive to employees, but studies show that a quality view and open green space can increase productivity by 15%. Vantage’s urban park was built with wireless infrastructure that attained a Platinum WiredScore, the highest rating for digital connectivity, ensuring that wherever people want to work, they’ll be able to. Not only are the new Vantage buildings stylistically attractive and expertly designed, but they were built with people in mind– creating spaces that are flexible, convenient, and health-conscious. 20

The Skyview Park Apartments development is a new construction and adaptive re- use and retrofitting of an old vacant Sears box store located within a blighted mall along with adjacent brand new construction. The total development consists of 157 units of one and two-bedroom for low-income senior rental housing 55 years of age+. The project includes one hundred forty-five (145) one-bedroom units and twelve (12) two-bedroom units. The development contains two beautiful community rooms, sliding glass doors, Juliet balconies, a fitness room, reading rooms, three open-air courtyards, bocce court, high efficiency heating and cooling, provided in unit washers and dryers, stainless steel appliances, skywalk between both building, onsite parking, garden space, exterior benches, grilling stations on the exterior patios, high-speed internet access, high-quality modern finishes. The site is partially located within the old iconic Irondequoit Mall and residents have access to the new Irondequoit Community Center located within the mall. The surrounding area consists of many retail, grocery, entertainment, health service, employment options, and public transit. In addition, the project contains 900 square feet of office space for the supportive service partner Rochester Regional Health. This space will allow care coordinators and doctors to meet with residents confidentially. In addition, the apartments are marketed to seniors earning up to 60% of the area median income.


The Chambers Field Runway 10-28 repair project wasa high profile, fast-tracked project that took place from March 2021 to July 2021 on Naval Station Norfolk.

Chambers Field Runway involved the complete resurfacing of the 200 feet wide, 6500 feet long runway with 3–6” of variable depth P401 asphalt, as well as returning 94,000 square yards of paved surfaces to pervious green area for environmental improvement and upgrading the ILS (Instrument Landing System), airfield lighting and signage. As the prime contractor, Branscome was responsible for the complete site package including support for the ILS system with micropile foundations, demolition and re-grading of the existing runway by UTS milling, repairing the existing concrete and asphalt, placing a surface treatment on the runway subgrade, paving and pavement marking of the new runway and new electrical duct banks. The runway consisted of 39,000 tons of asphalt using three different mix designs and 176,000 square yards of milling which varied in thickness from 3-8 inches. The infield area involved and additional 94,000 square yards of milling which varied in thickness from 6-48 inches.

The runway, over a mile in length, was ready for military aircraft operations July 19, 2021.


The Lakeridge Middle School project involved the phased replacement of Bryant Elementary School and Waluga Junior High School with a single, new middle school for 1,100 students. Before work on the new school began, the team built modular classrooms in the location of the future parking lot for school operations to continue during construction. Phase one of the project involved demolition of the old Bryant Elementary School, construction of the 138,000-square-feet new school, site work and providing access to the school. Phase two included demolition of Waluga Junior High School, construction of the parking lot, landscaping, right of way improvements and restoring the ball fields. Skanska collaborated with Mahlum Architects and Whole Tree Structures to repurpose 29 tree trunks as structural columns throughout the school’s interior and exterior. Structural round timber from site-sourced trees was included in the design from the beginning as a way to give new life to trees that needed to be cleared, keeping these cherished trees part of the school community. Repurposing the trees in the new school allowed us to preserve and salvage significant trees from the site while connecting students with nature and achieving the goal of delivering a highly sustainable building. In May 2017, Lake Oswego voters approved $187 Million bond measure to provide funds to make critical capital investments at all schools, improve earthquake resiliency, expand or upgrade facilities and replace the Lakeridge Middle School. The top three project goals for the new Lakeridge Middle School included creating a learner-centric environment, promoting equity and delivering a highly sustainable building. 23

The Burt County Solar-Plus-Storage project is a public-private partnership between Burt County Public Power District (BCPPD) and Bluestem Energy Solutions that was constructed by Boyd Jones. This 2 MW solar plus 6 MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) is the first utility-scale solar-plus-storage project in Nebraska and is among only 15 utility-scale (over 1 MW) solar projects in the state. Every element of the solar array is designed to maximize sun exposure to ensure the greatest output of energy onto the power grid or into storage. This project is designed for the highest level of function utilizing cutting-edge technology, featuring two arrays totaling 2 MW from 5,000 solar PV modules and Tesla Megapacks capable of storing 6 MWh of electricity. Megapacks represent a sustainable alternative to power plants that operate when the local utility grid cannot provide enough power to meet peak demand and cost millions of dollars per day to operate. The project supports residents across five counties where agriculture is the primary industry. These projects were built with the needs of local farmers in mind. Load management is critical for public power districts like BCPPD, as peak demand for electricity in the area can be determined and forecasted from common usage patterns. Center pivot irrigation is the primary driver of peak demand in this area, and the peak load-shaving capabilities of this project will have a positive impact on customers’ energy bills through active management of battery storage output during the hours or seasons of highest use, ultimately enabling the utility provider to avoid using other more expensive sources of power.




NAWIC honors outstanding members in the 2022 membership awards Lifetime Achievement Award: Sandy Field Field has been a NAWIC member since 2005. Throughout her

career and membership, she has consistently stood out as a leader. She served as the 2014-2015 National President, and in 2019 received the Lifetime Achievement Luna Award from the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association.

Member of the Year: Kristey Stewart For over 25 years, Stewart has held a passion for advocating, mentoring, supporting and

educating women in and out of the construction industry. She has served in various NAWIC roles, including on the chapter, regional, and national level, and received the Executive Spotlight Award for Woman of Impact 2020-2021.


Future Leader: Lindsey Draleau

Draleau has quickly made her mark on her NAWIC chapter and the construction industry. With seven years at her current company, she has served on several boards, and is currently the Immediate Past President for her NAWIC chapter. She is currently the Chair of the Eurovia USA Community Service Committee.

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NAWIC is excited to announce our new virtual mentorship program. Lean In is a peer-to-peer mentorship program designed to help women support one another and learn new skills. Circles are made up of 8-12 women who meet virtually monthly, with direction from a designated Circle Leader. Together, with Lean In and Procore, NAWIC will launch Lean In Circles this September with a 9-month curriculum that is designed with the construction industry in mind. The program is designed by experts to ensure all women– regardless of their job or function- can reap the benefits of connection through Lean In Circles.

Curriculum topics include:

Connecting over shared experiences How to be taken seriously at work Challenging the performance bias Why women have to try twice as hard at work Navigating the “Only” Experience How to ask for what you need (and have) earned

NAWIC members throughout the country have stepped up to become Circle Leaders and have allowed NAWIC to offer 13 different circles at different dates and times for your convenience. By scanning the QR code above you can select the meeting day and time that bests fit your schedule.

If none of the days/times work for you or a circle is full, you can be put on a waiting list.

If you are interested in becoming a Circle Leader or have any questions, please contact Anne Pfleger at


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