• Tue, September 13, 2016 1:44 PM | Deleted user

    Written by: Corey McGrath, President-NAWIC Baltimore Chapter #135

    The NAWIC Annual Meeting & Education Conference (AMEC), held in San Antonio, TX, was packed with fun, education, and an all-around a good time!  With 390 ladies in attendance, the Conference was kicked off with a fiesta-themed Welcome Reception where there were colorful costumes and some Texas flair! Keynote speaker, Coach Jenn Lee, started the conference with her presentation on how to 'Make Great Things Happen!'  I also had the pleasure of attending Coach Jenn Lee’s Seminar, ‘Masterful Mindset and Maneuvers’. I learned never to apologize for who you are, and don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. YOU have the power to Inspire Others, Influence Others, and Close the Gap!

    At the Industry Luncheon, we officially installed Doreen Bartoldus from the Lower Hudson, NY chapter as our new Regional Director and our Past Regional Director Catherine Schoenenberger is now our National President-Elect!

    Friday August 19th was the NAWIC Awards Gala.  Among the many awards received were those for the Future Leader of the Year, Member of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement. The Carol E. Kueker Construction Education Visionary Award was presented to Mr. Jack E. Chapel (Education Coordinator – Associated General Contractors of America). 

    Congratulations to our fellow NAWIC Northeast Region sisters for their awards as well:

    • ·         Capital District, NW Chapter #261 (Community Builder Award)
    • ·         Eastern Maine Chapter #329 (Consistently Reporting – PR/Marketing)
    • ·         No. 1 of Rhode Island Chapter #52 (Consistently Reporting – PR/Marketing)
    • ·         Greater Rochester, NY Chapter #314 ( 2nd Place for Most New Members)
    • ·         Romina Byrd – Greater Washington DC Chapter #67 (Executive Spotlight Award)
    • ·         Jillian Penkin - Greater Rochester, NY Chapter #314 (NAWIC Rockin’ It Award)


    On Saturday August 20th, I received fantastic insight and inspiration from our National and Regional PR/Marking & Membership Chairs on how to improve the chapter’s efforts.  It starts now! 

    Lastly, thank you to Exelon for being a generous and involved sponsor.  They stand by what they say and have done so last year and this year.  I had the pleasure of having dinner with the representatives from Exelon, BGE, and ComEd. It was a great way to get to know each of the Exelon divisions across the board.

    I hope you can join us next year at AMEC in Anaheim, CA!  I promise you will not be disappointed! 

    As I come upon my second term as your chapter president, I look forward to bringing you exciting and fresh ideas.  I have been asked to be our Northeast Region PR/Marketing Chair, and I could not be more thrilled.  I have decided upon a chapter theme this upcoming year as well – Communicate The Passion.  Visualize The Future”, which means, as a chapter, we need to communicate with others within the industry about NAWIC.  Get the word out.  This way, we can see what is in store for all of us in the future.


    I hope you will come with me on this exciting journey!

  • Fri, June 10, 2016 1:40 PM | Deleted user

    On May 20-21, 2016, members of the Northeast Region of NAWIC, including three Baltimore Chapter members, convened in Mystic CT for our annual Spring Forum – “Power of the Past ~ Force of the Future”

     Keynote speaker Holland Haiis joined us to speak about leadership, accountability, networking and making real connections.  She shared what kind of body language to look for and what it means, along with how to identify damaging behaviors. 

     We continued our weekend with educational presentations from two of our own, Leah Curran (Delaware Chapter) and Romina Byrd (Washington DC Chapter) titled, “The Mind – Body Connection through Meditation and Nutrition”.  Leah spoke to us about the importance of getting enough rest and eating well, she was followed by Romina who taught us how to properly meditate and how soothing and calming it can be, even just for 15 minutes. 

     The following day we were joined by Jim Bouchard, author of “8 Strategies for Effective Leaders”.  This presentation was highly interactive and focused on the ever changing circumstances and conditions you face as a lead in the construction industry.  His message?  Be the leader others respect, trust and admire.  Inspire the best in others and insist on the best in yourself. 

     We ended the weekend with our Northeast Region Dinner & Awards Banquet.  Several awards were given out including, Safety & Health, Block Kids, CADD Membership, WIC Week and Northeast Member of the Year. 

     Our Regional Forum’s are always educational, inspiring and lots of fun.  This forum we were focused on “Power of the Past ~ Force of the Future” as our mantra and how to focus on yourself and taking care of #1

  • Tue, September 08, 2015 1:07 PM | Jennifer Sproul (Administrator)

    The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) held it's 60th Annual Meeting and Education Conference September 2 to 6, 2015, in Nashville, TN. In attendance from the NAWIC Baltimore Chapter were Outgoing Chapter President and National Professional Development and Education (PDE) Committee Co-Chair, Jennifer Sproul of J. Vinton Schafer & Sons, Incoming Chapter President, Corey McGrath of Grunley Construction, and National Sponsor, Doreen Hartley of Exelon/BGE. 

    As a Blue Ribbon Sponsor of the conference, Hartley addressed all 600 attendees of the convention about Exelon's strive for diversity and how their new partnership with NAWIC can help them and their subsidiaries such as BGE, PECO and ComEd reach their goals.

    Friday morning, Sproul joined her PDE co-chairs in presenting all that the committee has accomplished thus far, what they expect to accomplish next year, and what resources are available to members. The PDE page can be reached here.

    Saturday evening at the 60th Anniversary Gala, the Baltimore Chapter won the Women in Construction week award for Best Use of Technology for the webinar presented by Trimble Technology.

    Later that same evening, Sproul was presented with an Executive Spotlight Award "NAWIC Woman of Action" by NAWIC Past National President and NAWIC Education Foundation (NEF) President, Debbie Gregoire.

    NEF presented Chapter-Nominee, Robert Aydukovic of the Maryland Center for Construction Education and Innovation, with the Carol A. Kueker Construction Education Visionary Award for his tireless efforts to bring Maryland's education system in line with the needs of the industry today and tomorrow.

    All-in-all it was a very successful conference for NAWIC Baltimore. It is wonderful to see our hard work and dedication to enhancing the success of women in the construction industry paying off!

  • Tue, September 08, 2015 12:57 PM | Jennifer Sproul (Administrator)

    Thanks to our partnership with Dale Carnegie, NAWIC Members can receive 20% off the following Dale Carnegie training courses:

    • The Dale Carnegie Course: Sept 10 in Columbia and Nov 3 in Timonium
    • Leadership Training for Managers: Sept 9 in Columbia
    • Dale Carnegie Sales Training, Winning with Relationship Selling: Oct 5 near BWI
    • High Impact Presentations: Nov 5-6 in Timonium

    More details here 

  • Wed, July 01, 2015 4:01 PM | Jennifer Sproul (Administrator)


    NEF Awards President of Maryland Center for Construction Education and Innovation 2015 Carol A. Kueker Construction Education Visionary Award

    NEF award recognizes individual for their passion and dedication to construction education


    ORLANDO, FL, June 30, 2015 – The NAWIC Education Foundation (NEF) awarded its 2015 Carol A. Kueker Construction Education Visionary Award to Robert M. Aydukovic, CRE, President of Maryland Center for Construction Education and Innovation (MCCEI) in Towson, Maryland.  Aydukovic received this award for his dedication in preparing the construction industry’s workforce for its needs today and tomorrow.


    Aydukovic’s career spans over 25 years in Maryland’s construction, real estate and economic development sectors.  He served as a general construction laborer, mechanic’s helper, cost estimator, project manager, commercial district revitalization coordinator and has experience in new business development, financial feasibility and analysis, market studies, crafting real estate operating pro-formas, risk and return models and valuations.  In addition to real estate, Aydukovic has worked with non-profits and institutions on strategic planning initiatives and fundraising strategies.


    Aydukovic has earned a Master of Science in Real Estate from John Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD and a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Michigan State University in Lansing, MI.  Currently, he serves as Chairman of the University of Baltimore REED Program Advisory Board, member ULI Baltimore Advisory Council, member of the Michigan State University Construction Management Alumni Board and volunteers as a Little League coach with Reisterstown Baseball.  He is also a current member of the Counselors of Real Estate and an Associate Member of the Urban Land Institute Baltimore District Council.  Through MCCEI, Aydukovic maintains corporate memberships in the Associated Builders and Contractors Baltimore Metro Chapter, Maryland Associated General Contractors, Baltimore Building Congress and Exchange, National Association of Women in Construction and Maryland Economic Development Association.


    In nominating Aydukovic for NEF’s award, Jennifer Sproul, LEED, AP, Director of Marketing, J. Vinton Schafer & Sons, Inc. and NAWIC Chapter 135 President, stated “I highly recommend Bob for the Carol A Kueker Construction Education Visionary Award.  There is not another single person in the State of Maryland who is as passionate and active in making sure our state prepares our workforce for the needs of the industry’s future.”


    The Carol A. Kueker memorial award recognizes individuals for their passion and dedication to NEF programs and the promotion of construction education through a variety of avenues.  The special award is given to select individuals meeting the high caliber of achievements demonstrated by Kueker.  It is named in honor of the late Carol A. Kueker, a long-time trustee and volunteer who served as president of NEF.  Kueker was instrumental in promoting the core purpose and goals of the organization.


    The NAWIC Education Foundation was founded in 1972 by volunteers from the National Association of Women in Construction who saw a need for quality training programs in the construction industry.  Based in Orlando, FL, NEF is responsible for administering a variety of K-12 programs that help educate today’s youth to pursue construction careers.  In addition, NEF offers a full-range of self-study construction industry programs for adults.  NEF maintains partnering agreements with various education-related organizations that allow it to expand its offerings of educational programs, many of which are offered online. NEF is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit education foundation to which tax deductible contributions can be made.


    The core purpose of the NAWIC Education Foundation is to educate the construction industry today…and tomorrow.  Its goals are to provide quality education programs for the construction industry and to promote the benefits of a career in the industry.  For additional information about NEF, including its educational courses, go to, send an email to or call (866) 277-2883.


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