2016 Women Build Nations

Patti Devlin Conference Intro

Patti Devlin, Chair of the NABTU Women's Committee and of the Women Build Nations Conference opens up the event and welcomes the delegates. The conference was held in Chicago on April 29-May 1, 2016 and brought together close to 1,500 women in the trades. (Read More)

CWIT Welcome Jayne Vellinga

Welcoming the Women Build Nations conference to Chicago was Chicago Women In Trades Executive Director Jayne Vellinga. The conference was held on April 29-May 1, 2016. (Read More)

Diversity Pledge

Diversity was a key principle of the Women Build Nations conference, held in Chicago on April 29-May 1, 2016. A committee of tradeswomen developed the diversity pledge and are shown presenting it to the conference. (Read More)

Intros to Presidents

At the Women Build Nations Conference (Chicago, April 29-May 1, 2016), we held a "Presidents Forum" and heard from the presidents of three international unions (Bricklayers, Elevator Constructors, and Iron Workers). Here they are introduced by tradeswomen in their respective unions. (Read More)

Presidents Forum Part 1

Hear from the presidents of the Iron Workers (Eric Dean), Bricklayers (Jim Boland), and Elevator Constructors (Frank Christensen) about what they're thinking and doing about recruiting and retaining women in their trades/unions. Moderated by Patti Devlin, Chair of the NABTU Women's Committee (LIUNA). This forum was held at the Women Build Nations Conference, April 29-May 1, 2016 in Chicago. (Read More)

Presidents Forum Part 2

Here's the second half of the President's Forum -- Hear from the presidents of the Iron Workers (Eric Dean), Bricklayers (Jim Boland), and Elevator Constructors (Frank Christensen) about what they're thinking and doing about recruiting and retaining women in their trades/unions. Moderated by Patti Devlin, Chair of the NABTU Women's Committee (LIUNA). This forum was held at the Women Build Nations Conference. (Read More)

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) speaks at the Women Build Nations conference, held in Chicago on April 29-May 1, 2016. The conference was co-sponsored by North America's Building Trades Unions and Chicago Women in Trades. (Read More)

Theresa King

Theresa King is a long-time electrician (IBEW Local 915) and now the President of the Florida Building Trades Council -- one of only two women to head state councils. She speaks at the Women Build Nations conference, held in Chicago on April 29-May 1, 2016. The conference was co-sponsored by North America's Building Trades Unions and Chicago Women in Trades. (Read More)

Lisa Langevin

Lisa Langevin, a journey-level electrician with IBEW 213 in Vancouver, BC, talks about Build Together - a project of the Canadian Building Trades designed to recruit women to the trades. This speech was given at the Women Build Nations conference in Chicago, April 29-May 1, 2016. (Read More)

Japlan Allen

Japlan Allen is a 15-year journey-level Iron Worker. After being incarcerated, she found her way to a welding program and Chicago Women in the Trades. Here, she speaks about her career, and pays tribute to her first mentor/champion and to CWIT. (Speech given at Women Build Nations Conference, Chicago, April 29-May 1, 2016). (Read More)

Symone Holmes

Symone Holmes, also known as "Second Chance", is now a plumber and member of UA Local 130. She proudly tells her story of working with Chicago Women in the Trades to come back into the craft after leaving when she was much younger. (Women Build Nations, Chicago, April 29-May 1, 2016) (Read More)

Sarah Stigler

Sarah Stigler, President of Chicago Women in Trades and a Plumber (UA Local 130) talks about her career and building a future for women in trades. Women Build Nations Conference, Chicago, April 29-May 1, 2016. (Read More)

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