DES MOINES, IOWA - For more than 50 years, women have been influencing the construction industry through the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) trade association. Like so many industries traditionally dominated by men, it continues to be important for women emerging in construction to find ways to improve their skills, access new resources, and develop networking contacts to help their companies grow.
"Our purpose is to enhance the success of women in the construction industry" says Shelly Putney, president of the Greater Des Moines chapter of NAWIC. "We want to help women improve processes and efficiencies within the businesses they help run and/or own."
The national NAWIC association was established in 1955 with 16 founding members and today boasts 5,500 in approximately 170 chapters across the U.S. The Des Moines chapter was established shortly thereafter in 1963 and currently has nearly 40 members.
Putney, a senior project administrator at Neumann Brothers, Inc., in Des Moines, has been in the industry 19 years. "Spending two years on the local chapter board and another two years as vice president have helped position me to take on my current role," says Putney. "It's been a wonderful experience to meet and work with other local women who own their own firms or aspire to that end some day."
Neumann Brothers, Inc., is a 98-year-old builder and general contractor based in Des Moines, Iowa, with a diverse project portfolio and specific expertise in restoration and new construction as well as industrial and millwright services.