A Letter from the Chair
Shari Carlozzi, Director of Safety Services at WTI & NWIR Chair 

As the end of the year closes in, I'm taking some time to reflect on all that has happened in 2018: the great accomplishments, the challenges along the way and the goals I have yet to achieve.  It's all good, you know, but nothing worthwhile comes without its challenges along the way. 
2018 has been a year of many changes for me. Taking the reigns as Chair of NWIR and starting a new job with WTI at Tremco are two of the greatest changes for me and I would do it again in a heartbeat! But sometimes it's those little personal challenges that help you realize just how everything works together to make us the best we can be. I am grateful for those as well... but let's talk about YOU!
Read the full article here
  February 9, 2019

Sherry Holmes of DIY Network Show: HOLMES Makes it Right to Deliver Keynote at NWIR Day
Sherry is a contractor, part-time designer and weekend DIYer. She supports and mentors women in the skilled trades and recently became an Ambassador for Habitat for Humanity's Women Build.

Sherry's father is celebrity contractor Mike Holmes, so construction is in her blood. She started behind the scenes on Mike's breakout series, Holmes on HomesĀ® and has been a crew member ever since.

With a theme of Building Better Together, NWIR Day provides additional educational and networking session for women in the roofing industry. See the full announcement and get more details here.

We are pleased to offer a scholarship program for first time female attendees to NWIR Day and the International Roofing Expo at the 2019 IRE and NRCA Convention in Nashville, Tenn.   The pilot program is designed to encourage first time attendees to experience the benefits of professional development in the roofing industry, as attendance at these events can influence one's career trajectory and benefit not just the attendee but her company and employer as well. Applicant qualifications and submission guidelines are here. 
Michelle Boykin, 
Rackley Roofing ; NWIR Recruitment Committee

Be on the lookout for upcoming information regarding The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse. We are working on some amazing things for the near future.
  As always, keep sending in your photos, videos, and stories.

Remember, the best way we can recruit women to our industry via social media is to share our own experiences, and share others. When you see a post from NWIR on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Instagram, share it!  
Mardee Billingsley, Tremco Inc.; NWIR Membership Committee
The membership committee is excited to be launching a new membership campaign from now through the International Roofing Expo called Better Together! The goal is to recruit new members and to have membership committee members reach out to individuals who do not renew their memberships to learn why and be a resource to make the right connections that may encourage renewal. Look for more information coming soon and on social media: #BetterTogetherNWIR

New Membership Directory!
NWIR recently launched a new association management system with a member database component.  Please update your profile, add your photo, and browse the membership directory. Start here.
Ed ucation
Heather Estes, Research Manager & Materials Research Scientist, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, NWIR Education Committee  

New Webinar Series
Mark your calendars for our webinar series on December 12th at 12pm ET on Networking & Netweaving. This webinar will focus on the basics of networking and how it differs from Netweaving. Our panelists will discuss successful techniques and strategies to help you during your next meeting or conference. Register now!
Work-Life Balance
To kick off our Work-Life Balance series, Sue Drummond has written an article titled   Finding the Blend, which discusses the idea of a happiness advantage. We hope you enjoy the new content from your Education Committee!

Personal Protective Equipment - Factors to Consider
Ensuring that you and your employees are warm and safe while wearing proper PPE (personal protective equipment) is not an easy task.  In selecting PPE, there are certain third parties such as ANSI (American National Standards Institute) that certify equipment for efficacy.  Equipment without ANSI approval has not been tested as effective and is considered similar to a costume even if they still look the part. Read the full article. 

Learning opportunities from our sponsors

Tremco Talks
Have you ever thought about protecting and weatherproofing an entire building envelope by restoring it from the ground up but didn't know where to start?  Find out in the next Tremco Talks live webinar set for December 6. The focus is Restoration from the Ground Up: A system approach to facade restoration. Learn more and find out how to sign up.

Johns Manville: Staying Up-to-Date with Low-Slope Roofing Trends, Standards and Innovations
Learn more on updates for ASCE 7 and FM's very severe hail rating in a free live webinar on Dec. 18th and how to design a roof to withstand the elements and the update to FM's Very Severe Hail Rating. Presented by Johns Manville.  Register here.
NWIR in the News

How women are helping to advance the roofing industry
Carole Perkins, IKO marketing director, shares statistics, support and achievements by women in the roofing industry. She profiles several of our NWIR members across the country and highlights their successes as well as how they have overcome challenges throughout their careers. Don't miss this inspiring article. Read more.

Cynthia Lang, SRS Distribution Inc.; NWIR Councils Committee

If you are a new council just getting started and looking for ideas for meetings and activities, don't hesitate to reach out to any of the other councils across the country. Just visit the councils page on the website and you can find contact info for leadership, along with a contact form. Here's what some of our councils have been up to lately:

NWIR Arizona Council
Upcoming events:
Holiday Party - Thursday, December 13 at 4:00 PM, Camp Social (supporting ARCA's 6th Annual Holiday Party)
Board & NWiR Meeting - Tuesday, January 15 (Details Coming Soon)
NWIR Central Pennsylvania Council
For the National Women in Roofing Central PA chapter November meeting, several members volunteered at Caitlin's Smiles, creating greeting cards that will be included in hospital arts and craft kits. Caitlin's Smiles is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to sharing smiles and laughter with children facing chronic or life-threatening illnesses. Founded in 2004 in memory of Caitlin Hornung, the organization distributes 1,000 arts and crafts kits to hospitals every month, giving kids an outlet for creativity and the means to heightened feelings of self-worth. Caitlin's Smiles recognizes children as unique individuals and strives to heighten their feelings of self-worth and competency by providing them with opportunities to be creative and successful with a variety of creative art experiences.
Our next meeting will be held in February 2019 and will focus on education and networking. Stay tuned for more details/contact Katie Bicksler with questions:
NWIR Denver Colorado Council
The Denver Colorado Chapter of NWIR has been active with establishing our four pillars of Mentorship, Education, Networking and Recruiting. We have been brainstorming meeting ideas for the year, have had a monthly meeting and an additional networking events for extra success building throughout the summer and fall! Members from other states have also been mingling with our groups, and it only enforces the great system we have as NWIR. Our membership is covering product, installation, marketing, legal advice, many groups all interrelated to build our commitment to greatness. This year's board is being built as the membership increases. The consensus is that we are all unique individuals, but can bring so much to the table, and connect so well on a social/business level.
The November meeting was a guest speaker regarding the Foundations of Accountability. We had 17 attendees. This speaker, Mr. Ty Adams, of Adams Business Results, started his own company regarding reparative construction. Mr. Adams will offer some classes regarding Ownership and Upper Management; Production and Sales, and Supplementing in this state for next year.
We plan to have a December holiday get together on the 7th. Membership is only rising, with new members or members-to-be at each meeting or social event. Contact Christie Gorman-McCarthy at for more information.  

NWIR North New Jersey Council
Fall 2018 Activities
Thanks for joining our first "Wine Down Wednesday" event! It was a pleasure spending time with you ladies last night. We are looking to make this a monthly standing event in 2019. Stay tuned!

Here are some photos from our local ladies participating in Habitat for Humanity's Paterson Build! Beautiful weather, great teamwork, and hard work put in today! Special thanks to the Henry Company for providing lunch, and to Kizzie Hoyte, Jennifer Latone, Jennifer Trapane, and Briggitta Berze for being awesome Women in Roofing!

NWIR Orange County Council
Please join us on December 13th from 7-10 pm at Tavern+Bowl in Costa Mesa for a holiday celebration! The night will consist of bowling, appetizers and drinks, and social networking.  

All proceeds collected will be donated to WISEPlace, a nonprofit organization that focuses on empowering women by providing housing, meals, and employment assistance. All tickets will be purchased through Eventbrite.

We hope you can spare some time to strike up some good times!
Featured Sponsors

We wouldn't be where we are today without the support of our sponsors. Each month we will be highlighting them here.  
Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance helps manage building life cycles for customers in education, healthcare, sports, government, manufacturing and many other industries. Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance is a division of Tremco Incorporated, which has been in business since 1928; we work closely with Tremco Incorporated subsidiary WTI, which provides general contracting and roofing services, and Canam Building Envelope Specialists, which provides air barrier analysis and solutions. - Don't Miss Our Diamond Sponsor Tremco's Live Tremco Talks Webinar: December 6, 2018 
ATAS is an American, family-owned company with global reach and a reputation built on 55+ years of quality craftsmanship and knowledgeable staff. ATAS International is a leading, innovative manufacturer of metal walls, metal roof systems, accessories and more.
Atlas Roofing Corporation is an innovative, customer-oriented manufacturer of residential and commercial building materials. Atlas has grown from a single roofing shingle manufacturing plant into an industry leader with 24 facilities across North America. For more information, visit
Firestone Building Products Company, LLC is a leading manufacturer and supplier of trusted roofing and building envelope solutions. By taking the entire building envelope into consideration, Firestone Building Products meets individual customer and project needs for roofing, wall and lining solutions.

2019 NWIR DAY Save the Date!
Be among professional, like-minded, good-spirited women from all facets of the roofing industry to gain insight and inspiration on Saturday February 9, 2019. Learn how to maximize your career in this exciting industry through  discussions with colleagues and by leveraging the opportunities to grow professional networks and meet new peers throughout the day. The first 200 registrants will receive a wonderful swag bag of gifts from NWIR and our sponsors. Learn more.

NWIR Supports the ROOFPAC Event at the IRE 
Sunday February 10, 2019 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
You won't want to miss this Nashville experience! Top songwriters who have written for blockbuster artists such as George Strait, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley and many others will perform and write a song "Bluebird style" before your eyes. Your ticket includes: the concert, a unique interactive songwriting experience, live auction, an open bar and hors d' oeuvres! Your admission also includes a Country Music Hall of Fame tour voucher, which can be used Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 11-13.

Requested ROOFPAC contribution of $175 per person; $275 per couple and $75 per child (18 and under). The event is complimentary for members of NRCA's Political Insiders Council. Space is limited; please register promptly. Learn more.

Upcoming national/regional events with NWIR
These conventions are a great opportunity to network and gain education, as well as to stay up to date on the newest technical information about roofing and related industries.
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 Karen Edwards at
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