Although the percentage of women who work with the tools remains far too low, Women Building the Nation welcomes women into the trades and offers both new and experienced tradeswomen opportunities for networking, skill building, leadership development and organizing.
This national conference grew out of the annual Women Building California conference, sponsored by the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California since 2002. This will be the fifth national conference, co-sponsored by North America’s Building Trades Unions (BCTD).
Each year, tradeswomen, union leaders, apprenticeship coordinators, contractors, and politicians facilitate more than 40 workshops and plenary sessions. Workshop tracks include: Pre-apprentices; Staying In and Staying Strong; Promoting Leadership; Policy & Politics; Career Ladders; and Nourishing Extras.
Opening this year’s conference on the evening of May 1 will be a “Meet and Greet” event for women who are leaders and mentors. Closing the conference will be a Policy Forum on May 3, sponsored by the National Task Force on Tradeswomen’s Issues.
A special Pre-Apprenticeship Institute will be held on May 1 for those who coordinate and staff pre-apprenticeship programs. (Note: this event is for practitioners not for pre-apprentices.) Workshops, round-tables and speakers will enable attendees to share experiences and best practices for recruiting and engaging women in your programs and successfully placing them into construction apprenticeships. We encourage pre- apprenticeship staff to stay for the full conference.
Jointly planned by the California Building Trades Council, Tradeswomen Inc., a Los Angeles Host Committee and the North America’s Building Trades Committee for Women in the Trades, Women Building the Nation 2015 promises to be more exciting and productive than ever.