The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) is chartering a new chapter in the Princeton area.
The group of 40 new chapter members met virtually on March 9 for their organizational meeting, during which members selected the official name of the chapter, adopted the national bylaws and standing rules, and set forth the recurring monthly general membership meeting and board meeting (second Wednesday of the month), according to information provided by the 389th chapter of NAWIC.
During this official meeting, the group also elected the following officers and Board of Directors:
President Suchita Shah, AIA – Kamlesh Shah Designs
President-Elect Jessie Guo, Golden Crown Contractors
Vice President Michele George Callum, Construction Risk Partners
Recording Secretary Lynn Katz, WillScot
Corresponding Secretary Emily Clancy, Torcon Construction
Treasurer Jill Wicherski, Bancroft Construction
Board of Directors: Erica Braxton, Plumbers Local 24 & Iron Workers Local 11; Victoria Airgood, Esq – Hill Wallack LLP; and AnnMarie Keane, Construction Risk Partners
“Our chapter is proud to be uniting such a diverse and energetic group of women across New Jersey through this initiative to trade experiences and networks, advocate for a healthy and successful professional life, and celebrate the remarkable work of women in the construction industry,” Shah said in the statement. “We are thankful to our allies in the industry and in the NAWIC organization for supporting and amplifying these voices.”
NAWIC was founded in 1953 by 16 women working in the construction industry to create a support network for women working in a male-dominated field. It gained its national charter in 1955 and there are now 115 chapters across the U.S.. The organization provides many opportunities to its members, including educational, professional development, scholarships, and mentoring.
The chartering ceremony and networking event is open to the public.