NWiR, like many associations and companies in our COVID times, attended our first ever virtual trade show last week. The incredibly talented team at IIBEC showed us all how this virtual world could work. They did a tremendous job at communicating, promoting and making the best out of the situation. I particularly enjoyed the booth videos, ability to scroll the list of attendees and reach out directly. Of course, we were also jumping all over anyone who popped in our booth for connections to NWIR! 

Both Renae and I agree nothing is like hands on learning, seeing each other and having a shared laugh in person to build relationships. However, our motto is to dive into our industry and if this is what we’ve got, then let’s help women embrace it! So let’s continue to support each other, make the virtual connections, scroll the guest list, say hi to an attendee you maybe wouldn’t normally approach, attend the trade show, watch the videos, join some chats and most importantly continue to educate yourself in the comfort of your own home! Roofing supports each other no matter the weather or inability to gather! 

We’ll have content from our education session at IIBEC ( Retaining Talent Through Coaching and Mentoring) up on the website soon, but until we meet up in person again, come visit us at the NWiR booth at the Western Roofing Expo in July!  Be sure to attend the NWiR Education Session entitled How to Get Women on the Roof – Successful Strategies & Case Studies on July 9 th.

Be well,
Renae & Jennifer

Renae Bales, KPost Roofing & Waterproofing and Jennifer Stone, Johns Manville; NWiR Co-Chairs
Brenna Driver, Owens Corning; NWiR Recruitment Committee Chair
Roofing is Recruiting
Roofing is recruiting! Check out some of our top job postings . Feel free to share this link to help draw top talent to the roofing industry!
Before you send your resume, Kylie Cimmino with Red Clover, a trades-focused human resources consultant, has provided tips to help freshen up your resume. Review them and check out their website for more interviewing pointers.
  • Keep your resume to 1 page.
  • Keep the format consistent.
  • Write a small blurb describing you and your professional goal.
  • Include the most recent information and work backwards, updating as you go.
  • Be sure to list your professional, education, and personal info.
  • Include details pertinent to the job you are applying for.
  • Use bullet points or short descriptive paragraphs, do not drone on.
  • Triple check your spelling and grammar.
  • Avoid being repetitive.
  • Ask someone you trust to review your document.
Susan DeGrassi, Antis Roofing & Waterproofing; NWiR Community Service Committee Chair
The Community Service Committee had some meaningful accomplishments this year!

  1. The toolkit was completed and branded and available to NWIR members
  2. Stephanie Baird, Oregon Council, joined the committee as co-chair with wonderful partnerships to share in her community 
  3. Stephanie and Chair Susan DeGrassi, (Southern California) presented at NWIR Day in Dallas
A milestone moment occurred February, the Oregon Council partnered with A Village for One and donated a roof to their shelter for children that are victims of human trafficking. The committee invited the Executive Director to an online meeting to share their story with the council presenting on how they pulled together material and labor donations to get the project completed.

The Community Service Committee welcomes everyone to listen in, share their stories, and actively push to integrate community service in the councils and companies as a way to connect, give back, and lift their brands. Webinar meetings are scheduled 6 times a year that focus on topics like volunteer recruitment, cause marketing and service ideas. Committee meetings are noted on the calendar with instructions on how to join the Zoom meetings which are open to everyone.
Coming up this week and beyond
Coping with these challenging times can be made a little bit easier by gaining knowledge and receiving support from each other. To that end, NWiR is creating a series of online-based meetings that focus on both of these aspects of navigating this new normal. In the beginning of COVID times, we were hosting between 2-3 webinars/virtual meetups every week alternating between substantive educational content and light-hearted chatting around some issues we have in common.

Almost all of those are recorded and are available for members on the webinar archives page. Moving forward, we will cut it down to one meetup/webinar per week; all of these webinars and meetups will be publicized on the NWiR calendar, will be sent to members via email, and shared on social media.

Anna Anderson, Art Unlimited; NWiR Communications Committee Chair
Call for Photographers
#NWiR is looking for photographers with minimum of 2-3 years experience to promote our amazing members! If you enjoy taking photos and sharing others journeys, highlighting their successes, we could use your talent! Our communications team will take care of sharing and socializing the content so you can focus on taking photos. Interested? Please message: Anna Anderson: anna@artunlimitedusa.com
Karen Edwards, Casimir Group; NWiR Councils Committee Chair
Calling all Council Leaders!
Did you know we have changed the council calls to be more frequent!

The first Tuesday of the month will be the All Council Leaders call where we will have a formal agenda. Please make sure that at least one representative from your Council leadership team is on that call and able to take notes and report back to the rest of the leadership team on what was discussed.

Then, all of the other Tuesdays will be Questions & Check Ins calls where one staff member and one board member (and other council leaders) will be on the call to answer your questions. Information for the call can be found on the Resources for Councils webpage.

We have compiled a list of ideas for holding virtual council meetings to help you continue to get together during this time. We hope these are helpful!

Check your email for an important message from Ellen (sent on June 16th) about procedures to follow to finalize year end financials.
Call for Submissions: NWiR DAY 2021
Jennifer Stone, Johns Manville; NWiR Executive Committee Co-Chair
We miss our roofing friends during these stay at home times.The idea of gathering with all YOU women in roofing sounds like heaven about now! Let's start to think about NWIR DAY 2021 in Las Vegas. We are looking for both morning speakers and afternoon session leaders. No need to just stop at one submission. We also do not need perfection on this round. So get those creative juices flowing and submit content ideas! Yes, you - not someone else, YOU!  Submit your ideas!
Christee Holbrook, Graham Roofing; NWiR Membership Committee Chair
Please submit your Membership Monday videos to membership@nationalwomeninroofing.org. We'd love to hear why you became a member or how you've benefited from being a member of NWiR. Please limit to a 10-15 second video.
Karen Edwards, Casimir Group; NWiR Councils 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.

Here’s what some of our councils have been up to lately:
NWiR Massachusetts Council
Submitted by Anne MacGlaflin

You Can Do It: Engage, Empower and Connect
The Massachusetts Council had a relaunch event and featured a conversation with NWiR Co-chair Renae Bales. Renae is the VP of Brand & Risk at KPost Roofing & Waterproofing in Dallas, Texas. She shared her story of how she came to work in the roofing industry from being a farm girl in South Dakota to roofing in Dallas.

For more information about the Massachusetts Council visit their website .
NWiR West Virginia: Wheeling Area Council
Submitted by Anne MacGlaflin

National Nurses’ Week, typically celebrated May 6-12, has been expanded to National Nurses Month, a decision made by the American Nurses Association. National Women in Roofing (NWiR) Wheeling Council, a new local organization, has collaborated with several sponsors to honor some of Wheeling’s healthcare workers.
“Nurses Month is personal for us, as we both have family members in the healthcare field and see how COIVD-19 has been more intense than a “normal” day,” said Stephanie Barry, NWiR Wheeling Council Co-Chair. “We wanted to show that the community appreciated the harder, longer days and the sacrifices healthcare workers are making for us and our community.”

“Stephanie and I started the Wheeling Council because we are both passionate about our industry and helping others,” said Shawnda Burgess, NWiR Wheeling Council Co-Chair. “This organization is a way for us to work with women in roofing, and to encourage each other to make a positive impact within the industry.”
Thanks to donations from Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal, East Coast Metal Systems, American Plate Glass, Belmont County Salvation Army, Dawes Welding, Kennedy Hardware, Specialty Supply, and 84 Lumber, NWiR Wheeling Council was able to provide over 300 Wheeling Hospital healthcare workers at with goodies to show their appreciation and support.
“As one of the nurses on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, it humbles me to see the support given to us by the community. In my 30 years of nursing, I have never experienced anything like this. This pandemic has changed the entire world and affects each of us,” said Cara Gompers, MSN/Ed., RN, CEN, NREMT, Director of Women’s and Children’s Services. “It inspires me to see how so many people have found a way to help, in their own way, from making masks, to donating meals, and supporting small businesses. The generosity of the community and the National Women in Roofing is much appreciated.”

Cotney Construction Law
Submitted by Anita Lum

As a firm, we understand the value women bring to the table, especially in industries that are predominantly male, such as construction and legal. From the very first time we heard about the plan to create a women in roofing organization, we were thrilled to jump in and be part of an organization that empowers some of the most valuable members of the roofing world. Not only does NWIR provide a platform for those in the industry to learn and grow by being exposed to others’ experiences as well as all of the facets of the roofing industry, but it also provides so many educational opportunities to help women excel in the roofing world.
We are incredibly proud to continue our work with NWIR in various capacities, whether it is assisting the organization as General Counsel, serving on the board of a local council, or sharing ideas with fellow members. Hear from some of our NWIR members below to learn how they got involved in the industry and NWIR’s impact on them! Read the full article!
Carlisle Construction Materials: Sustainability in Roofing
Submitted by Kayla Rose

This image highlights some best practices for reducing environmental impacts in the roofing industry. We are honored to be able to support National Women in Roofing as a Platinum sponsor.

Melissa Mulligan Chapman , M2C Services; NWiR Events Committee Chair
Make NWIR Events Memorable and Meaningful by being on the Events Committee! 
We’re looking for those interested in providing creative contribution and logistic execution of trade shows and events for NWiR. As a newly created committee, we are looking for those that want to make a difference and interface with other committees in helping them achieve the goals of NWiR. If you’re interested, email the events committee!
Are you speaking at an upcoming industry event? If so we want to know about it and share that information with our members. Email the information to Communications Committee Chair Anna Anderson .
Ellen Thorp, CAE; NWiR Executive Director

Show Your Support for Back to Work on America's Roofs

In May, I wrote about an initiative being coordinated by several roofing industry associations to keep roofing classified as an essential business. This campaign continues to be active and has expanded its scope to show several reasons why roofing is essential. We have released a new social media badge to show your support for this important initiative. Download the social media badge and read all about this initiative. Let's go back to work on America's roofs!

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