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The Value of a NAWIC Membership

For more than 55 years, NAWIC has helped women take advantage of the opportunities in construction.

Whether you want to embark on a new career, establish a networking base, be a mentor/mentee, make a difference in your community, continue your education, or invest in great friendships, NAWIC offers a variety of opportunities; large and small.  

Whatever position you hold you you will get out what you put in and you can expect great value from your investment

The Orlando Chapter is a diverse group of women from a variety of fields; including architectural, general contracting, subcontracting, material suppliers, engineering, construction trade associations, lawyers, small business owners, and many others that supply support services for the construction industry. 

At the Chapter level we have monthly events with informative speakers and opportunities to network with peers. 

At the Regional level we have fall and spring conferences, and nationally an annual convention and continuing educations programs.

It’s great for building relationships within the industry and advancing both personal and professional growth. There are many leadership opportunities and ways to get involved with committees or the board.

Board of Directors - Elected for 2019-2020

President - Vanessa Pierce

Real Estate Advisor | Coldwell Banker RE

President Elect  - Denise Ciancaglini

Preconstruction Coordinator | WELBRO Bldg. Corp.

Vice President - Nancy Massingill

Shipping | Mills & Nebraska

Treasurer - Kristen Andreasen

Assistant Project Manager | Charles Perry Ptrs., Inc.

Recording Secretary - Margo Meta, Esq.

Attorney at Law | Universal Property &

Casualty Ins., Co.

Corresponding Secretary - Cathy Hotaling

Installation Manager | Mills & Nebraska

Immediate Past President - Kizzy Ferrer, CIT

Assistant Project Manager | Boyer Building Corp.


Jessica Bruning | Merchants Fleet Mgmt.

Angi Farugia, CIT, CBT 

Paula Howell, Esq. | Akerman, LLP

Heather McLeod, Esq. | MKRS Law

Kelly Phelan | Guignard Company

Jennifer Morales | Hartford Financial Services

Pearltry Suen | Turner Construction









Our monthly membership meetings feature networking with other women in the industry, workshops & speakers, legislative & legal updates, technical & product information and OSHA updates.

Other Member Benefits include:

In addition, all NAWIC  chapters have their own Board of Directors elected annually by the membership.  Every active member has the opportunity to serve if they choose.    It's a great way to grow your leadership skills and be a part of a sisterhood of purpose.

Various business opportunities are available through NAWIC on a local, regional and national level.  Whether you own your own business or work for a company, there are many ways to promote your services:

  • Industry Networking
  • Employee recruitment
  • Marketing opportunities for your company
  • Tradeshow & Expo opportunities at Regional and National conferences
  • Discounts on goods and services
  • Chapter Sponsorships
  • Raffle Sponsorships

On a local level, the Greater Orlando Chapter of NAWIC is very involved in community and industry outreach programs.     The NAWIC Education Foundation (NEF) offers K-12 competitions that inspire our youth by promoting careers in the construction industry:

  • Block Kids 
  • Design & Drafting Competition 
  • Construction Career Camp
  • Structures Project

  • Industry Networking Events
  • Habitat for Humanity - Women Build Week
  • Many of our members are involved in other associations and we strive to cross promote.

As an employer, you know you have basic needs which must be met for your business to remain competitive. You must have dedicated, multi-skilled employees, increased productivity and company recognition. As the premier Association for women working in the construction industry, NAWIC helps you meet your needs.

  • Developing and promoting industry values and culture
  • Offering exposure to new skills and technology updates
  • Promoting professional certifications, coaching and mentoring
  • Generating publicity through community service projects
  • Building a strong industry by promoting NEF K-12 programs to the future work force




questions?     email our membership chair

Membership Chair - Dorene Barnette


 Need even more value?

  • Leadership development
  • Association magazine subscription
  • Development of management and public speaking skills
  • Speakers and seminars at national and regional events
  • Employee recruitment
  • Marketing / advertising opportunities for your company
  • Access to a national and local resource network
  • Developing and promoting industry values and culture
  • Offering exposure to new skills and technology updates
  • Promoting professional certifications, coaching and mentoring
  • Generating publicity through community service projects
  • Assistance in plotting career path

Discover the endless opportunities for professional growth waiting for you 

Join NAWIC today! 

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Want to see what we're all about before you join?    Register for the next membership meeting and network with other women in the industry.   

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