January 2019 Newsletter
A Letter From The Chair
Shari Carlozzi, Director of Safety Services at WTI & NWIR Chair
What does 2019 have in store for you? Maybe 2018 was such a fantastic year that you would like to see it continue on, or maybe you are anxious for a new start in 2019. Whatever your feelings, maybe the best way to kick off the new year is to review this past year:
Did something or someone inspire you? I have seen so many acts of kindness by individuals and groups of women that not only took my breath away and brought tears to my eyes, but made me realize what we are really here for…to help one another. If someone has inspired you, tell them!
I remember sitting in on a newly developed NWIR council meeting last year. As each member spoke about what inspired them to become a member of NWIR, I was overwhelmed to hear a former customer mention that I was her inspiration to get involved. It blew me away and inspired me be more and do more for my colleagues, community and friends. A little inspiration can go a long way.
Maybe 2018 gave you some reasons to review your professional or personal path. Even unfortunate circumstances, mistakes, perhaps even failures when all seems lost, can inspire you to step back and review those situations from a different perspective. 2019 may be a new start for a new you…or maybe a newer version of who you want to become.
In 2018 I have had the honor and privilege to serve as the Chair of NWIR. As we continue to grow and build on our mission of empowerment of women in our industry, I am inspired daily by the women in our organization as well as those just starting their careers in the roofing industry. We are here to help you grow and succeed!
I look forward to our 2019 NWIR Day in Nashville on February 9th as we continue to celebrate accomplishments of our members, councils and the great plans we have for the future of women in our industry through scholarships, careers, education, mentorship and WORLD Award nominations.
Take a moment to think about who or what inspires you…pay it forward by inspiring others and make 2019 a great year for YOU!
My best to you,
Association Management Update
Ellen Thorp, Executive Director
Elizabeth Miller, Member Services Coordinator
In early November, we announced the launch of our MemberClicks association management system (AMS), sometimes referred to as a member database. The AMS will help with the work of keeping our memberships connected. You will be able to update your profile, search other members, find contact information for other members and several other services that we’ll be rolling out in the next few months. In addition, the National Women in Roofing AMS is going to be the workhorse that will collect member dues and support event registration and payment.
This change of member database systems is a recognition of the growth of NWIR over the past two years and has been a substantial investment of financial resources as approved by the Board and significant human resources on behalf of the staff of NWIR. So pardon our dust, as we’ll be doing ongoing development over the next few months. But we invite you to come see what we’ve started, to update your profile, answer a couple of questions, and update your profile picture. Details here.
Michelle Boykin, Rackley Roofing; NWIR Recruitment Committee
Please send in your photos on the roof!! We are always seeking photos, videos, and stories to share. Keep an eye out for the Recruitment Toolkit which will be published soon and can be used within your company or NWIR Council to help recruit women into the roofing industry.
NWIR Mentoring Committee
One of NWIR’s four pillars or goals is Mentoring. The Mentoring Committee exists to empower women in our industry by encouraging mentor/mentee relationships and develop avenues to bring women together to share thoughts, best practices and coaching opportunities for career growth. The Mentoring Committee has developed content for the many Networking & Mentoring Receptions that NWIR has hosted over the past few years. Their most recent endeavor has been to take their experience of planning and hosting networking events and create a Mentoring Toolkit that can be used by NWIR Councils, corporate women’s groups, and even adapted for 1:1 mentoring relationships.
Mardee Billingsley, Tremco Inc.; NWIR Membership Committee
Memberships are at 1,100 members! It’s easy to renew your membership at https://nwir.memberclicks.net/
Look for our new #BetterTogetherNWIR campaign to start posting on social media next week. Be sure to follow us and share our posts to help encourage membership!
Heather Estes, Research Manager & Materials Research Scientist, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, NWIR Education Committee
New Content Resource Library
We welcome submissions of webinars and articles of interest by members and sponsors; they may be submitted to the newly developed Content Resource Library.
Webinar: Advantages of a Multi-Generational Workforce
January 24, 2019, 12 p.m. ET. Registration details.
For the first time in history, five generations are working side by side, each with different leadership, communication and career development styles. Whether you’re part of a multi-generational family business, or part of a generationally diverse team, understanding what motivates each generation and how to communicate with each other will help you thrive in this diversity and leverage the competitive advantage.
Understanding the circumstances, attitudes and values that influence each generation and their skill sets can lead to a dynamic team. Our multi-generational panel will discuss these differences and skill sets, highlight the strengths of each generation and their natural roles within your organization, and review the blueprint of successful multi-generational teams. More details and registration available on the NWIR Education page.
In a male dominated industry and a world filled with gender pay gaps and me too hashtags, we must each contribute to changing men’s perspective of women. Find out how in the latest Work / Life Balance blog from your Education Committee.
NWIR in the News
The Oregon Council was recently featured on their local news for their work on a Habitat for Humanity home. View the story.
Cynthia Lang, SRS Distribution Inc. & NWIR Councils Committee
Did you know that we have 33 councils across the US? Find one near you on our website. If you don’t see one, why not start your own? If you are a new council just getting started and looking for ideas for meetings and activities, don’t hesitate to reach out to any of the other councils across the country. Just visit the councils page on the website and you can find contact info for leadership, along with a contact form. Here’s what some of our councils have been up to lately:
NWIR Arizona Council
Our first paint and sip was a great success in November! A huge thank you to Julie Hill with WRECORP for facilitating the Paint and Sip. It was good to see so many new faces. Also thank you to WRECORP for sponsoring the event along with KARNAK for sponsoring the delicious lunch.
January 15, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Elite Roofing Supply Glendale, 4600 W Glendale Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301 – Council Board and Member meeting, Round Table Discussion for 2019 Goals
We look forward to all the additional events and the growing number of participants for our NWIR Arizona Council. The new year is set to bring MANY great things and we look forward to buildings new relationships and strengthening the bonds of our industry!
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NWIR Northern New Jersey Council
2018 Holiday Gathering
Local women in roofing gathered on Wednesday, December 12th to celebrate the holidays, reflect on what they’re thankful for this year, and learn more about roofing. Hosted by GAF, the party started with some snacks and networking before everyone jumped into Steep Slope and Commercial Roofing 101 demonstrations, courtesy of the GAF CARE team. Some of us even had a chance to take part in the action. Jennifer Keegan helped everyone translate this learning experience to the challenging real world application of decorating roofs on gingerbread houses. There were some innovative approaches to edible roofing, and everyone had time to unwind and connect with each other.
We had a wonderful year filled with events of all kinds, and is looking forward to what 2019 brings! The next event on the calendar is Wine Down Wednesday, on January 16th, and we hope to see you there!
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NWIR Ohio Council
As we continue to empower women in our industry to actively attain new levels of career growth, development and accomplishments, we understand that it takes a great deal of drive, fortitude and personal effort to make great things happen. We are happy to announce that two tremendous forces in our industry are reaching new heights in their passion for this industry.
Mardee Billingsley has been elevated to the position of VP WTI, Global Operations. In this role, Mardee will continue to oversee all of WTI, but have an increased emphasis on growing the WTI platform globally. Mardee has already begun working with WTI teams in Western Canada and the UK to do just that. In this new role, she will lead the US Business Ops and Sales Support Offices as well.
Erika Dahl has been elevated to the position of Director of WTI Regional Operations. In additional to having responsibility for the WTI Regional Business Managers, Erika will work on regional strategy and implementation.
Tremco recognizes great potential in their employees and supports the growth and development of both women and men as part of their commitment to excellence in our industry.
Please join us in congratulating Mardee and Erika!
We have Councils in both the Columbus and the Cleveland areas; contact information is on the website at: https://nationalwomeninroofing.org/councils/
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NWIR Orange County Council
Many thanks to everyone who joined us for our holiday party on December 13th. As always, we had a great time and it was wonderful to gather with friends and colleagues to celebrate the season. All proceeds collected were donated to WISEPlace, a nonprofit organization that focuses on empowering women by providing housing, meals, and employment assistance.
A huge thank you to our sponsors- Tremco, Malarkey, Tropical, GAF, Kirby Fiberglass, and GreenSlope- for making our holiday party possible! We appreciate your generosity.
All members of NWIR Orange County Council- Thank you for a wonderful year and for your participation, effort, and time. We look forward to building with you in the new year!
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NWIR Oregon Council
NWiR Oregon Council took part in a Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build. Collectively, we donated 100% of materials & labor for this project and met onsite. We were even spotted on the news! A huge thank you to those companies that contributed: Roofline Supply & Delivery, Gibraltar Industries, Bliss Roofing Inc., Interstate Roofing, & CC&L Roofing Company.
In addition, NWIR Oregon Council took part in Operation Christmas Magic donating to a local school district in need for the second year in a row. We took on 7 schools and collected over 300 toys to give to families for the Holidays!
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NWIR Tampa Council
Thank you to GAF Tampa for hosting a tour of your facility in October. Members were welcomed with gifted hard hats and an informative tour of their shingle manufacturing plant and testing facilities. The GAF staff shared their knowledge and expertise on the manufacturing side of dimensional and 3-tab shingles. The science behind their products was fascinating. We finished up with a fabulous lunch and discussions of the Breast Cancer Walk.
Our wonderful members, Miriah Akers, Dawn Holsinger, Camille Austin, Kim Sanford (breast cancer survivor), and Christina Smith represented the Tampa Council at this year’s Tampa Breast Cancer Walk. The ladies, with some of their families, walked with the theme “What Unites Us, Ignites Us”. These women are trail blazers within the roofing industry and we are so proud to have been represented by them. Thank you, ladies for uniting us with this important cause. Have you done your monthly breast check?
Thank you to our dedicated board members and Elite Roofing for hosting our most recent board meeting. Elite gifted some of their fun swag for the ladies to enjoy. Kim Sanford (Elite Roofing), Dawn Holsinger (Delta Rep Group), Camille Austin (Elite Roofing) and Christina Smith (Suncoast Roofers Supply) and Hilary Morgan with Cotney Construction Law (not pictured).
Scenes from our Holiday Party!
2019 NWIR DAY Save the Date!
Be among professional, like-minded, good-spirited women from all facets of the roofing industry to gain insight and inspiration. Learn how to maximize your career in this exciting industry through discussions with colleagues and by leveraging the opportunities to grow professional networks and meet new peers throughout the day. The first 200 registrants will receive a wonderful swag bag of gifts from NWIR and our sponsors. Learn more.
NWIR Supports the ROOFPAC Event at the IRE
Sunday February 10, 2019 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
You won’t want to miss this Nashville experience! Top songwriters who have written for blockbuster artists such as George Strait, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley and many others will perform and write a song “Bluebird style” before your eyes. Your ticket includes: the concert, a unique interactive songwriting experience, live auction, an open bar and hors d’ oeuvres! Your admission also includes a Country Music Hall of Fame tour voucher, which can be used Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 11-13.
Requested ROOFPAC contribution of $175 per person; $275 per couple and $75 per child (18 and under). The event is complimentary for members of NRCA’s Political Insiders Council. Space is limited; please register promptly. Learn more.
NWIR has a full roster of events at the IRE and our recent webinar discussed the importance of professional development. IRE show management recognizes the importance of empowering women in the roofing industry and has provided a discounted Super Pass for NWIR members. You may start the registration process here: https://nationalwomeninroofing.org/home/education/national-women-roofing-day-2019/
Upcoming national/regional events with NWIR
These conventions are a great opportunity to network and gain education, as well as to stay up to date on the newest technical information about roofing and related industries.
RCI, Inc. is an affiliate of NWIR and we have an active presence at their annual convention and trade show. RCI, Inc. Convention is a great source for education and for networking, offering over 25 hours of education covering the latest techniques and technologies in building envelope design, repair, and maintenance. NWIR members Jennifer Keegan and Wanda Edwards will be making presentations, and NWIR will have a booth at the trade show and a gathering of NWIR members in attendance. Save the date for March 14-19 in Orlando. https://nationalwomeninroofing.org/event/rci-international-convention-and-trade-show-2019/
The North East Roofing Contractors Association (NERCA) represents premier roofing professionals in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. NWIR will have a gathering of NWIR members, so please save the date for March 20-21 in Connecticut. https://nationalwomeninroofing.org/event/nerca/
Plan to attend “The Largest Roofing Expo presented by Roofing Contractors for the Roofing Industry” – the Western Roofing Expo 2019 – your once-a-year opportunity to maximize your company’s productivity, efficiency and profitability. NWIR will have a booth and a gathering of NWIR members, so please save the date for June 9-11 in Las Vegas.
FRSA’s 97th Annual Convention and the Florida Roofing & Sheet Metal Expo
Save the date for July 17-19 in Kissimmee, Florida.
Are you speaking at an upcoming industry event? If so we want to know about it and share that information with our members. Email the information to Communications Committee Chair Karen Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org.