In January, National Women in Roofing (NWIR) a national organization focused on the empowerment of women within the roofing industry was asked to visit the Tennessee Association of Roofing Contractors. NWIR Chair, Heidi J. Ellsworth shared information about the association and their goals. Most importantly they discussed how the women of Tennessee can be involved.
Michelle Boykin with Rackley Roofing Company, Inc. along with Curtis Sutton were instrumental in coordinating the NWIR visit. Michelle is planning on starting a council in Tennessee. There were many women and men in attendance that were willing to help get a council started. In fact, the first Tennessee NWIR Council gathering will be held during the 2017 TARC Spring Golf in Pigeon Forge on April 20. All TARC members are welcome to attend. To attend, please RSVP.
In the meantime, NWIR had a significant presence at IRE and wants to share the information with all Tennessee roofing professionals. The best way to get ongoing information is to sign-up for the monthly newsletter at www.nationalwomeninroofing.com. While visiting the site, be sure to consider membership. It is only $60.00 per year!
During the IRE, activities included networking, mentoring and educational opportunities. The first event was a Networking and Mentoring Reception. Kaney O’Neill, President of O’Neill Contractors Inc. & National
Veteran-Owned Business Association’s (NaVOBA) 2015 Woman Vetrepreneur of the Year, spoke. Not only is she an inspiration to
women all over the country, she is also a force to be reckoned with in the roofing industry. Women also had the opportunity to learn by shared experiences in the roofing industry focused on a variety of topics
during roundtable mentoring sessions.
NWIR provided an education session on March 1, led by Jennifer Stone of Nations Roof and myself. Utilizing a symposium format, the topic of “Successful Career Path Case Studies for Women in Roofing” will allowed men and women to learn about various career paths in the roofing industry. With a highly interactive conversational format, the class will provided strong insights for career path strategies.
NWIR has created a strong foundation of bylaws, processes and procedures along with association management that are designed to ensure implementation of the following goals:
- Mentoring – Mentor and empower women in the roofing industry to achieve excellence in their chosen career
- Education – Create high-quality learning programs and experiences for men and women to build successful businesses and careers for both genders
- Networking – Provide opportunities to interact with women in the roofing industry, creating strong, long-lasting, and supportive networks
- Recruiting – Reach beyond traditional recruitment strategies to attract and hire women who will bring diverse backgrounds, talents, and
experiences to the roofing industry
It is with great excitement that we welcome a Tennessee council. NWIR is closing in on 270 members and 10 founding sponsors. All women and men are invited to participate in this exciting new organization. For more information, membership sign-up and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.nationalwomeninroofing.com.
National Women in Roofing (NWIR) is a volunteer-based organization that supports and advances the careers of women roofing professionals. We provide networking, mentoring, education and recruitment opportunities from the rooftop to the boardroom, for the young professional at the start of her career to the seasoned manager in the executive suite. Through our commitment to connect and empower women in roofing, we contribute to the overall betterment and professionalism of the roofing industry.
NWIR is guided by a strong framework of bylaws, processes and procedures that are designed to ensure implementation of the following goals: Mentoring, Education, Networking, and Recruiting.
To learn more about the NWIR and how to get involved, visit nationalwomeninroofing.org.