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September 2021 Newsletter
LETTER FROM THE CHAIR

WOW, a month after NWIR Day 2021 and I still feel the buzz of the day.  New relationships, new communications, new ideas, catching up with old friends, hearing your voices, hearing from our sponsors…what a whirlwind day of excitement.  Even if you didn’t attend NWIR Day, the buzz is out there amongst others in your councils (or the establishment of new councils) as well as in your company and among colleagues. Take this opportunity to join us and take advantage of our networking, education, mentoring, and industry recruitment to help you grow within the industry and to mentor others too.
 
I would like to take this opportunity to give a special “shout out” thank you to our Executive Committee Co-Chair Jennifer Stone.  She is an amazing force to have had by my side (and now as Past-Chair she is still by my side).  Her passion and spark for NWIR and the industry can be seen in so many areas, and if you have ever spoken with her, you can feel it.  Jennifer thank you for everything you have done and continue to do.  More importantly, thank you for the friend you have become.  I hope you all take the opportunity to get to know as many women in NWIR as possible and make as many great connections as you can (life is like a box of chocolates and you never know who you are going to meet).  I have had great conversations with so many women on many business and personal topics, and I look forward to meeting more of you. 
 
I know we just finished NWIR Day 2021, but SURPRISE we are already planning for NWIR Day 2022 in New Orleans on January 30th.   Plan ahead and get this on the calendar!  We would love to see you there.

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

NWiR Day Recap 

As we all came together in Las Vegas, NV on August 8, 2021, for National Women in Roofing Day we celebrated women of our industry. For many of us it was our first time to travel since COVID-19 shut down travel nationwide in 2020. It was great to be together again, and even more exciting to be focusing on the topic of this year’s day- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The day kicked off with NWIR’s first TikTok station focusing on DEI with the hashtag #morethanjustalabel. The participants filled out forms describing themselves as more than just everyone assumes or perceives. We are incredibly excited to put this content out there. Many of you will be stars! Read more...
 EDUCATION
Maureen Greeves, Tremco; NWiR Education Committee Chair
Erica Faver, Duro-Last Roofing, Inc.; NWiR Education Committee Vice Chair

The Science of Safety: NWiR Education Session at the Western Roofing Expo

Safety is everyone’s responsibility. While many in the roofing industry are knowledgeable about safety, everyone needs to understand the science of safety. The NWIR panel will discuss the hierarchy of controls and touch on factors to consider as you review your company’s safety culture to ensure best practices for general construction and roofing safety as well as office and site safety as a result of COVID. Read more...
EVENTS
Brittany Wimbish, Fields Roof Service; NWiR Events Committee Chair
Lee Lipniskis, Cotney; NWiR Events Committee Vice Chair
 
 

NWiR Reception at WRE

NWiR is hosting a special event, which is free for NWiR Members to attend. The NWiR Mentoring and Networking reception is being held on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 from 2:00pm – 3:30pm. This insight-filled session will allow you the opportunity to network with other NWiR members and hear from a panel of industry professionals in an open forum setting and talk about workplace conflict de-escalation techniques. Bring your questions, past experiences and be ready to share with other attendees. Read more...
 MEMBERSHIP
  Christee Holbrook, Graham Roofing; NWiR Membership Committee Chair
  Kathleen Howard, Tremco; NWiR Membership Committee Vice Chair

Member Benefits 

What benefits or discounts would you like to see offered through NWiR? Email your suggestions to membership@nationalwomeninroofing.org. We loved to hear your ideas!
 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 Dallas Fort Worth Council 

Our DFW Council recently did a shoe drive for an organization called Soles4Souls. Our Community Service committee put this together and worked with everyone to get everything donated. Soles4Souls focuses on providing relief, fighting poverty, the planet and empowering women. They collect new and used shoes to distribute all over the U.S. and around the world. They help people launch and sustain small businesses selling shoes. They protect the environment from old shoes sitting in landfills. They aim to empower women by ensuring they have the opportunities and recognition they deserve. We could not be more thrilled with the outcome of this! Thank you to all who donated!

NWiR Seattle Council

NWiR Seattle Council partnered up with IKO for the annual RCAW Golf Tournament. It was the first time we had an all NWiR Team. Thank you to IKO for continually supporting our local council. We were able to bring new members together for a full day of networking and fun.

 


NWiR Denver Council

The Denver/Northern Colorado Council showed up in a big way at the annual Colorado Roofing Association Golf Outing. We fielded two full foursomes of members and sponsored one of the keg holes, allowing us to reach more than 250 people in the local roofing community. We look forward to continuing to work together with the CRA! Read more...

 

SPONSOR HIGHLIGHTS

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ATAS

Solar Ready Metal Roofing – Sustainable and Resilient for Decades of Reliable Performance

The state-of-the-art Riverview Branch Library in Riverview, Florida, won the first-place award for the commercial roofs category in ATAS International’s 2020 project of the year competition.

Field-Lok standing seam metal roof panels, manufactured by ATAS in Dove Grey .040 aluminum, were installed on this new library. The panels, with a 2” seam height and 15 ¼” panel width, were mechanically seamed, followed by the installation of photovoltaic panels. The 2” Field-Lok panel is a double-locked structural panel that can meet severe load requirements. Read more...

SHAPING OUR FUTURE
  Celebrating women and their accomplishments

Kim Gill 

Colorado nonprofit executive Kim Gill was named president of Civica Associations, Conferences & Exhibitions. In the position, she will direct operations of the company, which manages 18 nonprofits. Gill succeeds Civica founder, journalist and tech executive Don Knox who will transition to a new role as Civica’s executive chair. In that capacity, he’ll work alongside Gill on strategic initiatives in the nonprofit space. Congratulations Kim!

NWiR DAY
 

Roofing Is...240+32+20

NWiR Day 2021 by the numbers and the photos!  240 attendees, 32 speakers, 20 sessions … and countless connections, conversations, and insights. While the pandemic kept some of our members (and our speakers) at home, we nonetheless rallied and had a great time. The Executive Committee and the staff are poring over the surveys and we’ve already started planning for 2022 and roughed out the schedule. Save the date for January 30th in New Orleans!

WORLD & RISING STAR AWARD
 
To be recognized as a Woman of Outstanding Roofing Leadership Distinction is more than excelling at her roofing career objectives, the WORLD Award is about the whole woman: what she brings to her customers and colleagues, the women in her industry through her service to National Women in Roofing (NWIR) and her community…its about her professional and personal self.

2021 WORLD Award Veteran Winner

This year, especially with the challenges we faced with Covid-19, our 2021 WORLD Award veteran, Christine Mockenhaupt (SRS Distribution) excelled beautifully in all three areas. Out of a field of 7 phenomenal candidates from across the country through a blind review and voting process, Christine’s commitment to family, community, her career and our four (4) pillars (Education, Mentorship, Recruitment, and Networking) deemed her our most worthy recipient. Read more...

 

2021 WORLD Award Rising Star Winner

I am proud to introduce our first Rising Star Award to Heather Estes. As a self-proclaimed nerd and life-long learner, her tagline is #Stop and smell the asphalt. She’s a material scientist who loves studying asphalt chemistry and building science. Through her professional career, she has contributed to the development of training and educational resource materials, as well as technical guides. She also implemented a safety program at IBHS and organized a safety committee at PRI. Our Rising Star Recipient earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology in 2007 from the Florida Institute of Technology and her Master of Science Degree in Chemistry in 2019 from the University of North Carolina. Read more...

ON THE BOOKSHELF 

From time to time we get great recommendations of books that have really resonated with our members. Please always add these to the content resource library, but as we acquire a few recommendations, we’ll share these on the blog and in the newsletter. We’re starting off this new feature with the following two suggestions submitted by Christee Holbrook, a member of the NWiR Board of Directors and owner of Graham Roofing in Mississippi. Read more...

INTER-INDUSTRY RELATIONS

Education Sessions Recap at the IRE 2021


After NWiR Day, many NWiR members attended the International Roofing Expo. While attendance seemed down in the expo hall, there were some great education sessions that provide good information for roofing contractors and others in the roofing industry. I’d like to highlight a few that I thought were interesting for NWiR members. You can learn a lot just from reading the conference program as many of the speakers have links to their presentations and other reference materials. Read more...
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. The IIBEC Convention is being held September 15-20, 2021 in Phoenix, please come by and visit NWiR at booth 233. Read more...

WRE

Many NWiR members attend the WSRCA Annual Convention & Tradeshow and NWiR has a significant presence there, including a Mentoring & Networking Reception, an education session, and a booth at the trade show (please stop by and visit us at booth 131.  WSRCA Convention being held September 21-23, 2021 in Las Vegas. Read more...
N.E.W.S. SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarship Experience

Breianna Dahl: 

I’ve spent the last year and a half struggling with if I belong in the roofing industry and coming from a roofing family there was the constant nagging of imposter syndrome. Do I belong here? Am I qualified for my job? Is this what I should be doing? Am I doing enough? All of these thoughts have been nagging at me for the last year and a half, and a part of me worried that I would never find peace. Even while I was applying for the N.E.W.S Scholarship and finding out that I was picked as one of the winners, I struggled to believe that I could find a place in this industry. Read more...

EVENTS, WEBINARS &

MEETINGS
Emotional Resiliency Webinar - September 14
New Developing Councils Call - September 14, 21
NWiR at the IIBEC Annual Convention 2021 - September 16-20
NWiR Columbus Council Gathering - September 17
NWiR at the Best of Success Conference - September 19-21
Stand up Meeting for New Members - September 20
NWiR at the WSRCA Annual Convention - September 21-23
NWiR Mentoring and Networking Reception at the WSRCA Convention - September 21
Events+Education+WIRE Bookclub! - September 21
CSI National Conference - September 22-24
The Science of Saftey: NWiR Education Session at the WSRCA - September 23
OSHA 10 Training - September 27-28
NWiR Dallas Fort Worth Council Bowling/Networking - September 30 
NWiR Austin Council Monthly Gathering - September 30 
NWiR Canada Council Thirsty Thursday - September 30 
All Council Leaders Monthly Call - October 5
Membership Committee Meeting - October 6
Recruitment Committee Meeting - October 8 
CALL TO ACTION

NWiR Day Photos Wanted

If anyone has pictures they would like to share from NWIR Day, please drop them here: Drop your photos here.

NOTES FROM THE OFFICE
Ellen Thorp, M.A., CAE; NWiR Executive Director

Political Advocacy: Make Your Voice Be Heard

It is critical that women in the roofing industry make sure that their voices are heard on the issues that matter most to them. Whether it’s a regulation in your local area, a new amendment to the building codes, a bond issue in your school district or a piece of legislation in the U.S. Congress, we owe it to ourselves to make our opinion known. Back in the Spring of 2021, we did a video series on Roofing Day in D.C. with Teri Dorn and Deb Mazol (of the NRCA GR office) and used that as an example of one way to share your opinion with your Senators and Representatives in the U.S. Congress. Read more...


 
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