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March 6, 2023

Local NAWIC chapter holds events this week

The Puget Sound Chapter of the National Association for Women in Construction is marking the 25th Annual Women in Construction Week with five events planned over five days.

This year’s theme of “Many Paths, One Mission” celebrates the different journeys women take to achieve the same goal: strengthening and amplifying the success of women in the industry. Proceeds from this week’s events will benefit Camp BuildHER, a two-day summer camp that will introduce 7th to 10th grade girls to the construction industry.

The chapter kicked off the anniversary year on Sunday with a beautification project at Jackson Park Trail in Seattle. A volunteer team of chapter members joined Green Seattle Partnership to help maintain the forested parkland adjacent to Jackson Park Golf Course.

Today, the chapter is holding a virtual panel discussion covering “hot topics” with leading women in construction. The panel includes: Michelle Couste, superintendent at Clark Construction; Kabri Lehrman-Schmid, project superintendent at Hensel Phelps; Lauren Nunnally, chief administrative officer and senior vice president at Swinerton Construction; Tamaka Thornton, community and citizenship director at Turner Construction; and Jonelle Tufts, business development manager at Turner Construction. The panel moderator is Jane Mounsey, human resources director at GLY Construction.

The panel will be live 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and is free. Registration is at https://tinyurl.com/NAWIC-panel.

On Tuesday, a breakfast meeting will feature a presentation on the WNBA Seattle Storm training facility project. Speakers will include Maria Barrientos, managing partner of Barrientos Ryan; Sarah Carlson, senior project manager at Sellen Construction; and Kristin Ryan, partner at Barrientos Ryan. The moderator will be Angela White, marketing and public relations manager at Holmberg Mechanical.

Tuesday’s event will be held at the AGC Building, with tickets at $45 for members and $55 for others. Registration is at https://tinyurl.com/NAWIC-Storm.

A second virtual panel presentation, 2-3 p.m. on Wednesday, will cover recovery, reuse, reclaim and recycle of construction materials. This panel will consist of Jenna Burchell, community relations specialist at DTG Recycle; Stephanie Gowing, sustainability director at Absher Construction; and Laura Soma, sustainability manager at GLY Construction. The moderator will be Jennine Zari, construction sales at Waste Management. A $15 donation is requested and registration is at https://tinyurl.com/NAWIC-Reuse.

The week will wrap up with a wine tasting and networking event on Thursday at Northwest Cellars in Kirkland. It will be held 5-7 p.m. and costs $50 for members and $60 for others. Registration is at https://tinyurl.com/NAWIC-Wine.

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