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February 2022 Newsletter
LETTER FROM THE CHAIR

I’m coming off such a high point from NWIR’s Board Meeting, NWIR Day 2022, and the IRE!  What fun to finally gather together and see so many faces that hadn’t seen each other, some, in a very, very long time.
 
The NWIR Board had passionate conversations and an exciting meeting before NWIR Day as we reviewed our 1, 3, and 5 year goals with the board.  We then reviewed the Committees’ commitments as to how they will support the vision.  Stay tuned for what is to come.
 
NWIR Day had an amazing turn out with so many first-time attendees.  It was heartwarming to see so many new faces in the crowd.  I hope everyone who attended had an amazing day.  If you did not attend, please reach out to someone that you know did attend and learn more about our day.  Another huge announcement about NWIR, our membership is now over 2,000 members!!! 
 
Thank you again to our sponsors, we couldn’t do this without you.  Thank you for trusting in us, our vision and our mission.
 
I am extremely proud to be part of this organization and what it has offered to me with regards to our four pillars of Industry Recruitment, Networking, Education, and Mentorship.  I will add another very important personal pillar…FRIENDSHIPS.  I never would have met many of you and known how knowledgeable and wonderful you are without this opportunity.  A membership that made me life-long connections and friends.  This has been an invaluable membership for me and will continue to be.
 
I am honored to introduce you to your new NWIR Executive Chair, Michelle Boykin, COO of Rackley Roofing.  She is an amazing leader within her company and the industry. Michelle also received the 2022 World Award presented by our past World Award winner Christine Mockenhaupt of SRS Distribution.  Michelle has a rewarding vision planned for NWIR and her leadership will create a new spark as we move forward. 


Renae Bales, KPost Roofing & Waterproofing
DIVERSITY, EQUITY &   

INCLUSION

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

Call to Action

Dear NWiR Members,

Although we are excited to share features of black women in roofing for Black History Month on social media, we want everyone to be aware of the challenge we faced as a committee. We had difficulty finding black women that weren’t already featured last year. This is a problem. And it’s our collective problem as women in roofing to question why. Why aren’t there more black women in NWIR? Why aren’t there more black women in the roofing industry?

NWIR serves to empower women in a male dominated industry. It was birthed to challenge the status quo and recognize that women are assets to the roofing industry, but minorities in the industry as well. Read more..

 EDUCATION
Maureen Greeves, Tremco; NWiR Education Committee Chair
Erica Faver, Duro-Last Roofing, Inc.; NWiR Education Committee Vice Chair

Education Committee is looking for volunteers

It’s been a few weeks since I attended NWiR Day and the Education Committee is working on content for 2022. Participating in NWiR day is always very special. It reminds me of the importance NWiR plays in not only my professional development, but also my personal growth. In 2021, with the help of some amazing volunteers, the Education Committee delivered great content. In 2022 we are looking to build and expand the depth of topics we deliver to NWiR members. Read more...
EVENTS
 Brittany Wimbish, Fields Roof Service; NWiR Events Committee Chair
Lee Lipniskis, Cotney Attorneys & Consultants
; NWiR Events Committee Vice Chair

NWiR at NERCA – Making Connections, Building Relationships and Creating Opportunity

Join NWiR at NERCA for a great networking opportunity at the Hard Rock Cafe!

March 2nd from 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Join us and Red Clover to chat networking, elevator pitches, and how to make those lasting connections that matter!
We can not wait to see you there!

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

Group Mentoring Coming Your Way!

The mentoring committee is diving into a new initiative for 2022... Group Mentoring! We are looking to kick this off in the next month or so with specific topics to focus on in a group session on a zoom call. Here is a sneak peak at a couple of the topics - Reverse Mentoring, Employee Development, Career Story/Guidance, and many more to come! Mentoring is very excited about this and hope you will join. Check for future communication.

If you would like to help moderate with us at any point, please reach out to Kelley Caron - kcaron@omginc.com

 COUNCILS
 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 councils@nationalwomeninroofing.org.

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

NWiR South Florida Council

January Kickoff Event

Great panel discussion and speed networking with women who have over 150 years of experience combined and are still paving the way in roofing. Interested in attending upcoming events with the SoFlo Council? Follow National Women in Roofing – South Florida page on LinkedIn for more details. Thank you for sharing your story and advice with us ladies!


NWiR Seattle Council

Seattle Council at GAF

You're invited to join GAF on February 24, 2022, at the Tulalip Resort & Casino for the 2022 GAF NW Roofing Expo! NWiR will be co-hosting (2) Hands-On events for Steep Slope! Join us on FEB. 24TH OUTSIDE THE STEEP SLOPE TENT from 10:30-11:20 & 11:30 - 12:20! We can't wait to see you! Remember to register using the QR code below!
Questions? Reach out to Rae@chinookroofing.com


NWIR Minnesota Council

 
Looking for more information on Contract Law?

You are invited to join our very own NWiR-MN member Courtney Ernston on March 15th, 2022 from 2-4 pm at Lucky 13 in Plymouth for a no-cost education session, sponsored by GulfEagle. Please invite other women in the industry to join this event. (open to members and non-members)
We want this event to be about what our members want to know about the subject. Please email your areas of interest about the topic of Contract Law to nwir.mncouncil@gmail.com by March 1st and Courtney will tailor her education session based on member's area of interest.

Only 50 seats are available
The deadline to register for the event is March 11th! Register Here

NWiR Northern New Jersey Council


January Update

The Northern NJ Council rang in the New Year with an outline for a fantastic 2022! In a lunchtime Zoom meeting, the 2022 board transitions were announced. The council operates in 2-year terms with rotating elevations. Approaching roles with term limits exposes participating members to a variety of developmental and growth opportunities. Read more...


NWiR Dallas Council

Join the fight against human trafficking
 

Our Dallas council is hosting our first annual charity ball to fight against human trafficking on March 25th. Everyone is welcome!

Email Kyrah Coker if you need details about tickets or sponsorship information. KCoker@rlnrp.com
SPONSOR HIGHLIGHTS

5 Lessons We Can Learn from Ethelmae Humphreys' Life
A testament to a life well-lived is when a person can live to be nearly 95-years-old and the world still thinks you were gone too soon.

With the 2021 year-end passing of longtime TAMKO Chairman Emerita Ethelmae Humphreys, called “the matriarch of the roofing industry” with nearly three quarters of a century in the industry, the roofing industry lost a longtime pillar from the generation that made roofing what it is today, especially for women in a still traditionally male-dominated field. Read more...

SHAPING OUR FUTURE
  Celebrating women and their accomplishments
 
 

Kyrah Coker Promoted to CFO


National Roofing Partners has announced the promotion of Kyrah Coker to Chief Financial Officer. With Kyrah’s leadership, her teams’ contributions have been significant to the success throughout her 4 years at NRP. Kyrah also currently serves as the Mentoring Vice Chair for National Women in Roofing. Congrats Kyrah!
NWiR DAY

NWiR Day 2022 Recap

With almost 300 attendees, NWiR Day 2022 in New Orleans was a smashing success. With Heather Whelpley as the keynote speaker, the support of our wonderful Diamond Sponsors, engaging breakout sessions, hundreds of connections and TWO fabulous video & photo booths it was an energetic day supporting and empowering women in the roofing industry. We also signed up our 2000th member the very next day! Read more...
WORLD & RISING STAR AWARD
NWiR names 2022 WORLD Award Veteran Michelle Boykin of Rackley Roofing

On Sunday, January 30, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana, the 5th Annual National Women in Roofing Conference concluded a successful 2022 session with their annual world award announcements. The WORLD award (Women of Outstanding Roofing Leadership Distinction) honors women in the roofing industry who are not only outstanding leaders in their professional life, but in their personal life and community as well. Read more...
NWiR names 2022 WORLD Award Rising Star Recipient Kristina Hill of HomeSheild Roofing & Exteriors, LLC

On Sunday, January 30, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana, the 5th Annual National Women in Roofing Conference concluded a successful 2022 session with The WORLD Award (Women of Outstanding Roofing Leadership Distinction) honors women in the roofing industry who are not only outstanding leaders in their professional life, but their personal community as well. Read more...
EVENTS, WEBINARS &

MEETINGS

 

Educational Seminar: Metal Roofing History Material & Application - February 17
Stand Up Meeting for New Members - February 21
Save the Date - NWiR New Jersey Returns to Vinnie Mootz!!! - February 23
Educational Webinar: Introduction to Slate Roofing and Demonstration - February 24
NWiR Monthly Happy Hour - Austin Council - February 24
NWiR Canada Conference - Overcoming Overwhelm & Becoming Yourself - February 24
NWiR at the NERCA Convention 2022 - March 1-3
National Women in Roofing Monthly Luncheon - Austin Council - March 9
DE&I Committee Meeting - March 10
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