From the Desk of the NWiR Chair

Jennifer Stone, Johns Manville; NWiR Chair as joined by the Executive Committee


Ellen Thorp, NWiR Executive Director

Over the past year, we have added many additional features and programs to the association’s website. In addition to the already existing member only benefits of the member directory, the mentor/mentee matching program, committee participation, council leadership, and event discounts; we are now adding the mentoring blog, webinar archives, and the content resource library to this members only benefit list. All NWiR members will receive an email by Friday afternoon with the passwords for these new features; if you don’t receive an email please check your spam folder. If you still don’t see it, then please call the office at 303-450-3150 to make sure we have the correct email address on file for you.


Christee Holbrook, Graham Roofing; NWiR Membership Committee Vice Chair

2020 by 2020

We are excited to report that membership has been increasing by about 15% per year for the past two (2) years. Help us reach our goal of 2,020 members by 2020 by reaching out to other women and men that could benefit from NWIR.

2020 NWiR Members by 2020


Webinar coming soon -Equipping Leaders to Thrive in a Culturally Complex World

The next webinar produced by the NWiR Education Committee is coming soon. Stay tuned for registration info to be sent via email.

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Prepare Your Low-Slope Roofing Projects to Meet the 2021 ICC Codes

Ellen Thorp; NWiR Executive Director
This webinar, presented by staff of SPRI (a roofing industry trade association representing manufacturers of single-ply membranes, suppliers, and accessories) is a product neutral overview of revisions that have been made to the 2021 International Building Code and their practical impact on low-slope roofing systems. Register today for this November 13th webinar.
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Roofing Industry Insights: What It Could Mean to Building Owners, Facility Managers, Design Professionals and Contractors

Kristen Weiss, Tremco
In this Tremco Talks webinar, Heidi J. Ellsworth a partner at RoofersCoffeeShop® (RCS) will share roofing insights for both commercial and residential roofing, looking back at 2019 and forward to 2020. She will share what is happening in the roofing industry through associations, groups and the growing roofing community of RoofersCoffeeShop. Focusing on the challenges of a shrinking labor force, Ellsworth will look at the initiatives for recruiting more diversity in gender, ethnicity and age into roofing while also focusing on the importance of new technologies on the roof and in product performance. Lastly, she will visit the current initiatives surrounding roofing professionalism and how it is changing the image of roofing today. Register today.Register today for this November 13th webinar.

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Recording from Looking Ahead: The Next Ten Years in Roofing Now Available

Leading roofing industry experts will share their perspectives on the trends, challenges and solutions for the roofing industry in the next 10 years. Attendees will receive insights on what to prepare for personally and in their companies to see success with a changing landscape of labor issues, technology, diversity and more. Upon completion, you’ll be ready with definable tactics to prepare your business and your career development for the next ten years. Panelists include:

•    Alison LaValley, NRCA;

•    Joanne Rodriguez, Mycocycle;

•    Mardee Billingsley, Tremco;

•    Steve Little, KPost Roofing & Waterproofing;

•    Heidi Ellsworth, HJE Consulting; and

•    Heather Estes, GAF

A recording of the webinar is available on the website to NWiR members only. An email with password information will be sent to members.

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If you have educational content to share with NWiR, send it to


Nominations for the WORLD Award are now closed.


Lee Lipniskis, CORE Contractors; NWiR Councils Committee Chair

Did you know that we have over 40+ 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:

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NWiR Seattle Council

Submitted by Brittany Wimbish, Fields Roof Service, Inc.

NWIR Seattle plugged in to the Roofing Contractors Association of Washing bi-annual event where they had Reid Ribble speak on “Workforce Development: A Roofing Industry Vision for The 21st Century”

Mr. Ribble talked about the future of the roofing industry and what we as contractors are doing to have an effect and to effect change in the industry as it relates to enhancing the workforce. As it stands right now the roofing industry is about 40,000 workers short. The primary reason is that we have a sociological problem. We must change the way we talk about ourselves and how we represent ourselves. People have a skewed view of construction and that has to change. The change begins with training and certifications. We need to create a clearly defined path that young people can see before they enter the field.

Mr. Ribble discussed what the NRCA is doing to build the platform so we can work towards recruitment, training and certifications which can lead to an unstoppable workforce. He also touched on the importance of having the right certifications and how it can help to boost your business and build an honest relationship with the consumer.

Thank you to Mr. Ribble for coming to Seattle and spending time with all of us!

Visit the NWiR Seattle Council webpage for more information for all events, past and upcoming.

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NWiR Central Pennsylvania Council

Submitted by Katie Bicksler, Commercial Roofing Solutions

Networking Through Healthy Cooking: Have you been wanting to cook healthier foods AND network within the industry? – well now is your chance! Join us for the November National Women in Roofing Central PA Council meeting where we’ll network with other women in the industry and we’ll learn how to cook healthier food (see below for more information) Also meet your new council leadership team for 2020.

Date: November 14th, 2019
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:15 PM
Location: Carlisle Construction Materials Training & Education Center
1497 Ritner Hwy
Carlisle, PA

We’re Cooking Up Something Great! 

Featuring a Whole Food Plant Based Eating Cooking Class by local Chef Liza Naylor of Locally Seasoned!

  • What it means to eat whole foods
  • What you want to have in your pantry
  • Shopping in the stores
  • Meal prep tips
  • Healthy dessert ideas
  • Buddha Bowl – what it is and why it’s a stable for whole food plant based eaters
  • Recipes included for you to try at home afterward
  • Buddha Bar Dinner (variety of plant based proteins, pre-made grains and salads, toppings and sauces to try plus fruit salad and dessert)

Visit the NWiR Central Pennsylvania Council webpage for more information for all events, past and upcoming.

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NWiR Oklahoma Council

Submitted by Tammy Johns, T Johns Roofing & Construction

September Meeting & Lunch: A big thank you to Derik Kline & Matt Grassmyer of Hail Trace for hosting our September 26th Meeting and providing us a delicious lunch.

Our speaker, Randy Yount, Safety Consultant/OSHA Outreach Instructor was amazing and explained the importance of implementing an OSHA compliant safety program. Through Randy’s informative presentation, we learned how we can take steps to insure the safety of our employees.

Visit the NWiR Oklahoma Council webpage for more information.

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NWiR Central Florida Council

Submitted by Daphne Livingston, Cohen Law Group

Hands on Commercial Roofing 101 with Tecta and GAF: Such a great turnout with over 25 attendees. Thanks to Tecta America for hosting and GAF for providing the training. The NWiR attendees were glad to have the opportunity to use welders on TPO. Afterwards we had lunch and Lindy Ryan who was the first female president of NRCA was able to speak about her experience in the industry.

Visit the NWiR Central Florida Council webpage for more information.



Rackley Roofing

By Michelle Boykin, Chief Operating Officer, Rackley Roofing

Rackley RoofingRecruitment and Empowerment of Women the Rackley Roofing Way

Recruitment and empowerment of women can sometimes seem like a daunting task. But, many times it’s as easy as asking questions and listening. At Rackley Roofing, one of our core values is Innovative, which we define as introducing new ideas, originality, and thinking outside the box. As such, we are always looking at new ways to recruit and retain the next generation of workforce toward roofing.  Read more.

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By Carol Perkins, Director of Marketing, IKO

Elevating Women in the Roofing Industry

At IKO, we live and breathe our slogan – roofing elevated. In all we do, we strive for an elevated experience for the customers and industry we serve, through the products we create and for the people we employ. That includes making it a priority to celebrate and elevate women across our industry and to educate and inspire young women looking for successful careers. Read more.

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Owens Corning

Surviving the Storm: A Survival Kit for the Roof

Similar to the kits that help homeowners weather a storm, today’s roofing systems are equipped with built-in “survival kits” that help roofs stand up to the elements. For example, Owens Corning has developed several storm-worthy shingle technologies embedded in today’s roofs. As fall storm season gets underway, here are some roofing technologies to help defend against the elements. Read more.


Melissa Walker, Johns Manville; NWiR Membership Chair

The Mentoring Committee is super excited to launch two new features for NWIR members! See below for step-by-step directions on how you can find a mentor or mentee depending on your needs and goals. This information is followed by how to find the new Mentoring Blog section.

Mentor/Mentee Search Feature:

The below steps will lead you to a search feature to find out more about other members who have elected to either be a mentor, or that want to be a mentee. Having the ability to expand your selection within this amazing network to finding a mentor is priceless, and a goal of National Women in Roofing. As a mentor, know that for some individuals reaching out is a big step. Therefore, this list also gives you, the mentor, a chance to make the first move in the mentor/mentee relationship and offer your experiences in assisting other women in the industry reach their goals. If you don’t find a match right away, continue to check in as people will continue to update their profiles. A mentor/mentee relationship is just a click away.

  1. Start on the website. Click “Association Management System” under the Membership tab.
  2. Select “My Profile” and hit the “edit” button. Scroll half way down and fill in both question M1 and M2 with either none or yes.
  3. Hit save.
  4. Select the fourth option on the header bar which is Mentor/Mentee Search.
  5. This is where you can do a search of everyone that has opted in to either be a mentor or mentee. The person listed will include not only their name, but company and job title to help with finding a fit for your individual needs.  Once you find someone select their profile where you can then find their contact information to reach out either via phone or email.
  6. This is a perfect time to utilize the Mentoring Toolkit with your mentor/mentee match to establish the relationship and goals.

Mentoring Blog
A key to mentoring is the ability to share a learning experience.  The Mentoring Committee has started a blog where each person is writing about personal experiences, what they did, and the learning experience.  These blogs give members a chance to comment and even recommend other topics for future posts.

  1. To locate the blog section, select “Mentoring” on the header bar and hit the Members Only Blog.|
  2. An email with password information will be sent to members.

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First-time attendees to NWiR Day and the IRE

Stay tuned for an update to last year’s pilot program where NWiR covered costs for women roofing contractors to attend NWiR Day and the IRE for the first time! Details coming via email to members only in early November.


NWiR at the IIBEC Building Enclosure Symposium

Many NWiR members attend the IIBEC Building Enclosure Symposium. If you are interested in meeting up with other NWiR members, please make a post on the NWiR facebook page.

NWiR Day

Join us! National Women in Roofing (NWIR) is hosting a one-day conference in Dallas, Texas on February 2, 2020 in advance of IRE. By attending, you will connect, discover and cultivate new relationships with roofing professionals. Plan to travel on February 1 to be ready to start the day bright and early on February 2…. Read More

NWiR at the IRE 2020

NWiR has a strong presence at the International Roofing Expo and we encourage all NWiR members to attend!   On Sunday, February 2nd, please join us for the third annual NWIR Day. The program is a full day this year, running from 9am-7pm.  NWIR members should register for this event with their IRE registration. A delegation… Read More

NWiR at the IIBEC Annual Convention

Many NWiR members attend the IIBEC Annual Convention & Tradeshow and NWiR has a significant presence there, including an informal get together, an education session, and a booth at the trade show. NWiR will be presenting original research on mentoring and coaching women at the IIBEC Convention being held March 26-31, 2020 in Houston. Jennifer… Read More

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Best of Success Conference Recap: How to Know Your Worth and Leverage It

Elizabeth Calzadilla, iRoofing

We all know when a powerful woman walks into the room. More importantly, we know to listen when she grabs a microphone! Thea Dudley from Pocket Protectors LLC and Melissa Mulligan from M2C Services LLC inspired the National Women in Roofing event at the Best of Success conference that is produced by the team at Roofing Contractor Magazine and BNP Media. The event’s topic was Know Your Worth and How to Leverage It.

Many people in the work force accept less than they are worth, rarely demanding to be compensated for their value. With these tips, we hope to make the process a little easier for everyone looking to leverage their worth. 

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The newly created Events Committee is looking for women to join the committee. Please contact Melissa Mulligan if you’re interested.


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 Anna Anderson.