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October 2021 Newsletter

2021 is NWIR’s 5th year anniversary!  With all the great leaders from the past, Ellen, Civica, our members, our Board, and our Sponsors by our side we have made our mark on the roofing industry and continue to do so. Thank you all for your support and involvement and helping us grow.
This month I wanted to share some areas where you can get more involved with NWIR:
  • Join or start a local council in your area
  • Submit an abstract for NWIR Day in 2022 (due October 15th)
  • Apply for the NEWS Scholarship
  • Join our bookclub
  • Nominate someone for the World Award or Rising Star Award
  • Join one of our National Committees
  • Update your profile to become a mentor or be mentored by another member
  • Look at our calendar and attend a local or online event
  • Submit content for social media or the newsletter 
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I have made so many friends thru NWIR and have been provided with opportunities to learn, mentor, network and bring other women into the industry. See what fits best for you and get involved!  I look forward to seeing you.

Renae Bales, KPost Roofing & Waterproofing
 Susan DeGrassi, Antis Roofing & Waterproofing; NWiR Community Service Committee Chair
Stephanie Baird, Bliss Roofing; NWiR Community Service Committee Vice Chair

It’s a Wrap!

The Community Service Committee will have it’s final meeting of 2021 on November 3rd celebrating the many acts of kindness and service across the country that NWIR members and their companies have done! Despite the pandemic, good people found ways to help their communities! These are just a few of the many stories. Read more...


Rae July, Chinook Roofing; NWiR DEI Committee Co-Chair
                                  Jess Cress, Bone Dry Roofing Company; NWiR DEI Committee Co-Chair
                                 Meredith Marsh-Shaevitz, Pitch Perfect Roofing; NWIR DEI Committee Vice Chair

Celebrating Diversity

By: Mandy McIntyre

Hispanic Heritage Month: We’re thrilled to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by highlighting nine amazing women within our industry! If you haven’t had a chance to read the blog posts, please take a moment to honor these women by reading their stories on our NWiR Blog posts. Read more...

LGBT History Month: This month is meant to highlight and celebrate 31 people in history who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. You can find 2021’s full list, including notable figures such as suffragette Susan B. Anthony and composer Frédéric Chopin on the LGBT History Month’s website. Read more...

Reading 'So You Want To Talk About Race'

Have you begun reading Ijeoma Oluo's book, 'So You Want To Talk About Race'? The DEI Committee has started to read this in preparation for an in-person book club meeting at NWiR Day 2022. Please see some questions below to think about as you read through the book. And feel free to connect with the DEI committee or others if you would like to discuss beforehand! Read more...
Maureen Greeves, Tremco; NWiR Education Committee Chair
Erica Faver, Duro-Last Roofing, Inc.; NWiR Education Committee Vice Chair

Weathering the Storm: Hands-On Demo of Roofing Materials

Join the members of the NWiR Education Committee and the GAF CARE team on October 20, 2021 at 4 PM ET as we step through how to do simple repairs on the roof. Several of our Councils will be participating live across the country. Register here
Brittany Wimbish, Fields Roof Service; NWiR Events Committee Chair
Lee Lipniskis, Cotney Attorneys & Consultants; NWiR Events Committee Vice Chair

Last month, the roofing industry played catch-up on in-person events. With IIBEC, Best of Success, RoofCon and the Western States Conference in Las Vegas where National Women in Roofing held our Networking and Mentorship reception around Workplace Conflict De-Escalation. Francine Campos from National Roofing Company and Matt Hollar from Owens Corning gave us their time and expertise to go over real-world scenarios and techniques to use in the workplace. Read more...
  Christee Holbrook, Graham Roofing; NWiR Membership Committee Chair
   Kathleen Howard, Tremco; NWiR Membership Committee Vice Chair

Membership Monday Posts

Are you interested in being featured on a Membership Monday post? You can do it one of two ways. Send us a video or submit a profile picture telling us why you are a member of National Women in Roofing (NWiR) . Make sure to include the company you are associated with and a little about what you do at that company.

Are you a male ally to National Women in Roofing? You can submit your information the same way but tell us why you are an ally of NWiR.

Send to
#nwir #membership

  Kelley Caron, OMG Roofing Products; NWiR Mentoring Committee Chair
 Kyrah Coker, National Roofing Partners; NWiR Mentoring Committee Vice Chair

N.E.W.S. Scholarship

NWIR is honored to offer for a fourth year the scholarship program for first-time contractor attendees to NWIR Day and the 2022 IRE and NRCA Convention in New Orleans, LA. This program is designed to encourage first-time attendees who work for a contractor to experience the benefits of professional development in the roofing industry. Attendance at these events can influence one’s career trajectory and benefit not just the attendee, but her company/employer as well. NWIR is pleased to offer four scholarships for 2022. Read more...
 Christine Mockenhaupt, SRS Distribution Inc.; NWiR Councils Committee Chair
Mary Beth Reed, GAF; NWiR Councils Committee Vice Chair
If you have been part of a successful council startup, consider joining the NWIR Councils committee. We meet regularly with councils across the country who are looking for guidance and support to get their own local councils established. Your insight and wisdom will go a long way toward helping others find success. If you are interested, please contact the Councils Committee Chairs at

Here’s what some of our councils have been up to lately:

NWiR Seattle Council - Networking Cruise

Before Labor Day weekend took off, NWiR sailed out of the Seattle Harbor with Stoneway Roofing and CertainTeed sponsoring our networking cruise. We had a fabulous time meeting with new members and chatting about upcoming events for our council!

NWiR South Florida Council - Putting Technology to Work

Last week’s intimate group at the Soperma Facility in Pompano Beach. We spoke about how contractors can greatly increase profitability and job close rates by utilizing technology such as The Edge, DataForms and proper FollowUp. Work smarter, not harder.


NWiR Minnesota Council - Busy Building Membership

MN Council has set 4 events as they ramp up membership and connectivity. Our main focus last year was rebooting our chapter with a major emphasis on membership growth. We have grown by 114% since rebooting our council and will continue to host membership/networking socials to encourage women to come to meet others in the industry and learn about NWiR. Read more...

NWiR Oklahoma Council - Grow with Us Membership Drive!

The Oklahoma Council of NWiR had a great networking event at The Succulent Shop in Broken Arrow this month. It was so great to see new faces and have some fun planting succulents! Thank you all for coming. We are excited to see you at our next event!


NWiR Tampa Council - 14th Annual Golf Tournament benefiting JDRF

Save the date! And don’t forget to register for the 14th Annual JD Hasselbach Charity Golf Classic benefiting JDRF. Held at beautiful Hunters Green Country Club on November 15th, check-in starts at 10 am. You can find more details and the link for registration here. This Tournament will support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in our hope of one day finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.

Carlisle Construction Materials Highlights the Value and New Methods of Continuing Education in the Industry

The commercial roofing industry is becoming more complex than ever before due to the current challenges of labor and raw material shortages, material selection changes, regulations, and environmental responsibility. Construction professionals are installing challenging roofing and waterproofing systems every day. To combat some of these challenges, Carlisle Construction Materials invested in a brand-new, state-of-the-art Training & Education Center in Carlisle, PA, to provide more educational opportunities to the construction industry. Read more...

Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance: Safety is a culture embedded into everything we do!

At Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance we have a motto: Lead with Safety. It has been embedded into the fabric of our organization and we strive to make it our focus in every aspect of our daily business. From our commercial roofing techs installing Fibergrate safety systems throughout NA, to our strategic partnerships with vendors, to our fellow friends and members of NWIR; we are delivering on our commitment to Lead with Safety. Check out some of the ways we weave safety into our daily focus. Read more...

CertainTeed Steps Up with Paid Parental Leave Policy

Why Family-Friendly Policies Are Important to Employees & Employers

While government mandates are lagging, companies in the U.S. are finally catching up with the importance of offering family-friendly benefits.

Other than rare exceptions, like the need to keep factories operating with Rosie the Riveters during World War II, women didn’t really account for much of the workforce until the 1960s. By the 1970s, 40 to 50 percent of women worked outside of the home. Although working women were (and are) great for the economy, there is no getting around the biological fact that women are also the ones bearing children. Read more...

  Celebrating women and their accomplishments

Mollie Neil

Chief Executive Officer of Elite Claim Solutions, Mollie Neil, has been in the storm exterior industry for 12+ years and knows a thing or two about empowering women in roofing as well as supplementing and growing roofing companies. Mollie recently decided that helping contractors with their supplementing efforts simply isn’t enough. She plans to lean on her experience of growing offices to further help contractors grow their businesses. Mollie answered our questions regarding her path to success and her new initiatives. Read more...

WORLD & Risings Star Award

Nominations are open for the 2022 WORLD Award Veteran and Rising Star Award!

What is a WORLD Award Veteran? This woman has exhibited outstanding commitment and leadership in the roofing industry. She has demonstrated perseverance, personal and professional growth, contributed to the industry, created opportunities for others, and has been an inspiration to many. This woman is admired throughout the industry. Nominate someone you know here. Read more...


Save the Date! 

Call for Presentations for NWiR Day 2022

The fifth annual NWiR Day will be held January 30, 2021 in New Orleans (just prior to the IRE). To create an energetic and intuitive agenda that is responsive to the needs of women in the roofing industry, we are looking for your suggestions and contributions on best practices and important issues to empower women in the roofing industry. 

Our theme this year is: ROOFING IS: What is roofing to your companies? To NWiR, ROOFING IS: Resilient, diverse, financial freedom, recruiting, education. Read more...


NRCA Resource on Hiring Refugees

From the NRCA: As contractors continue to struggle with labor shortages, an often-overlooked strategy is hiring refugees who come to the U.S. and need employment. This option especially can be helpful given the thousands of refugees who are in the process of being resettled in the U.S. from Afghanistan. There are various resources and opportunities roofing industry employers can explore to help address their workforce issues and provide refugees with rewarding careers in roofing. NRCA has released a statement urging members to consider this unique way to supplement workforce development strategies.

NWiR at the IIBEC Convention 2021 Recap

NWiR was delighted to have a presence at the IIBEC Convention a couple weeks ago. Whether on the trade show floor, in the hotel lobby, or in the education sessions the excitement of colleagues being able to see each other in person (while masked) was noticeable. NWiR staff and members really enjoyed the opportunity to chat with current and prospective members at the NWiR booth. Jennifer Hogan, NWiR member and also a member of the Board of Directors for IIBEC remarked that she’s never had as many female applicants for entry-level engineer positions as she has had this past Spring. What a great sign on the times in the roof and building enclosure consulting industry! Read more...

Industry Professionals Encouraged to Share Insights for Quarterly Market Index on Re-Roofing

A leading coalition of roofing associations is launching a second annual series of Quarterly Market Index Surveys, designed to provide a barometer of the industry’s business conditions. The one-of-a-kind poll follows a successful effort late last year and early this year, drawing on the views of contractors and roof consultants, who are then provided with exclusive access to the results. Roofing professionals can participate in the Survey for Reroofing at and submit responses from Monday, October 4th through Wednesday, October 15th. Read more...

NWiR Oklahoma Council - October 7
Recruitment Committee Meeting - October 8
NWiR South Florida Council - October 9
New and Developing Councils Call - October 12, 19, 26 & November 9
Education Committee Meeting - October 13 and November 10
NWiR Central Texas Council - October 13, 28, and November 10 
NWiR Minnesota Council - October 13 
DEI Committee Meeting - October 14
NWiR Cleveland/Columbus Councils Salsa Dancing - October 17
Stand Up Meeting for New Members - October 18
Events + Education + WIRE Bookclub - October 19
Weathering the Storm: Hands-on Demo of Roofing Materials - October 20
OSHA 10 Training - October 25-26
NWiR New Jersey Council - October 25
NWiR Central Florida Council - October 28 and November 10
NWiR Canada Council - October 28
All Council Leaders Monthly Call - November 2
Membership Committee Meeting - November 3
Community Service Committee Meeting - November 3
Ellen Thorp, M.A., CAE; NWiR Executive Director

Video Call Backgrounds for NWiR Members

A fun addition to our member benefits: our graphic designer has created backgrounds to be used with video calls and we are delighted to share them with you! NWiR members may download these backgrounds from the NWiR Member Benefits page.

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