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Women Build Nations 2018


8th National Conference - Seattle, WA
October 12-14, 2018
Washington State Convention Center

The 2018 Women Build Nations Conference promises to be more exciting and productive than ever.

Women Build Nations is the largest conference of its type in North America and growing each year. In 2017 over 1900 tradeswomen representing every craft in the building trades came together for this powerful event.

We are a unique community that fosters a supportive environment embracing and celebrating diversity. We are stronger because of it! Women Build Nations is for women of all ages and all skill levels who work, or aspire to work, in the construction trades. The conference provides opportunities for networking, learning, and leadership development for all attendees, whether you are a pre-apprentice or a seasoned journeyperson.

Women Build Nations speaks to every tradeswoman’s needs, offering workshops and plenary sessions facilitated by tradeswomen and featuring union leaders, apprenticeship coordinators, contractors, and politicians. This information-packed (and fun-filled) weekend will leave you with a renewed sense of purpose in your career, as well as new friends and memories to carry through life.

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Energy and Construction Summit: Smarter Grid Innovations


The theme of this year’s event was “Sustaining Innovation”. In a letter addressed to the summit attendees, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell stated that our nation is transitioning to a clean-energy economy. With that transition, she noted that “Washington State has tremendous potential to lead the nation and the world in this effort”.  Keynote speaker Roger Woodworth, Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Avista Utilities, in speaking on the topic A New Era for Energy: Are You Ready?, noted that “change is the new norm” in the arena of energy production, distribution, and construction. Also, that this “change will be transformational, not incremental”. The progress of the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project was outlined. Among the other important topics dealt with were the impact technology has on the energy and construction industries, energy efficiency in building construction and in the generation and distribution of electricity, and training new workers in the new high-tech environment.

Locally, with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Smart Grid Workforce Grant, additional training opportunities at the JATC will be developed and offered. Among them will be Photovoltaics and Building Automation.  As the old Bob Dylan song said, “the times they are a-changin’”.