Events and Programs

February 21, 2018 – General Meeting, Salem Contractors Exchange, 5:30 pm – Are You A Leader?

February 23-25, 2018 – Regional Coast Retreat, Chinook Winds Casino Resort, Lincoln City, OR

WIC (Women In Construction) Week – March 5-9, 2018

  • March 5, 7-9 am – Coffee and Donuts at Habitat for Humanity, 1249 13th St SE, Salem
  • March 6, 4 pm – ParkFront Building Tour, 230 Front St, Salem
  • March 7, 8-9 am – Groundbreaking ceremony for Habitat house, 5739 Samaritan Ln S, Salem
  • March 8, 6-8 pm – Dinner celebrating International Women’s Day, Red Lion Hotel, 3301 Market St NE, Salem

April 20-21, 2018 – Regional Forum, Salem Convention Center

  • Confirmed presenters – Sonia Miller, Invisible to Invincible; Procore, America’s #1 Construction Project Management Software, Lisa the Welder –  Life As a Woman Welder

April 24, 2018 – Construction Career Day, Salem Fairgrounds

  • State, Regional & National Events

Oregon Coast Retreat: A fun and educational retreat open to all Oregon chapter members and prospective members put on jointly by all three Oregon chapters at a location of their choice. This is a Saturday event typically held in late winter (February/March).

Annual Planning Conference (Regional): This is generally a one day event in the fall consisting of NAWIC meetings designed to acquaint new officers and committee members of their duties and to acquaint all members attending of the goals and plans for the next year. It is typically an informal gathering; no actual business meeting takes place. This event is at a location chosen by the Regional Director.

Spring Forum (Regional): This is a regional convention consisting of professional seminars, NAWIC seminars, NAWIC business meetings, banquets, and fun! This event is held each spring at a location voted on at previous Spring forums.

Annual Meeting & Education Conference (National): This event consists of professional seminars, NAWIC seminars, NAWIC business meetings, elections, banquets, and fun! It is held each September at a location voted on at previous annual meetings.

  • Monthly Membership Meeting

 Join us on the third Wednesday of every month for dinner and a program, followed by a brief business meeting. Unless otherwise stated, meetings begin at 5:30 pm at the Salem Contractors Exchange, 2256 Judson Street SE, Salem, OR 97302. Dinner and meeting are $25, and free for first time attendees.

  • Willamette Valley Construction Career Day

The Willamette Valley Construction Career Day is a wonderful event that provides over 600 high school students in the Willamette Valley with hands-on exposure to a myriad of opportunities in the construction industry. For more information about this event, see our Construction Career Day page.

  • Block Kids Competition

This event encourages and promotes construction to students in grades 1 through 6 The contest is held on the local, regional, and then national level. Students are provided with identical kits of material and given 45 minutes to build something pertaining to construction using their imagination. They are judged on the construction of their project and their verbal explanation of their project.

  • Women in Construction (WIC) Week

The focus of WIC Week is to highlight women as a visible component of the construction industry. It is also a time for local chapters to give back to their communities. WIC Week provides an occasion for NAWIC’s thousands of members across the country to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry.

  • NAWIC Appreciation Night

This is a banquet held in the Spring designed to honor the businesses, employers, and sponsors that have contributed to and supported NAWIC throughout the year. There is also a “Boss of the Year” award given out, an individual or business that was particularly dedicated to the construction industry and NAWIC throughout the year.

  • Salem Contractors Exchange Banquet

This is an annual event of the Salem Contractors Exchange, which awards local contractors, subcontractors, and architects for projects completed throughout the year. NAWIC helps with the table arrangements and holds a raffle for the NAWIC scholarship program.

  • Scholarship:

Our chapter raises money to enable us to award an annual scholarship to a qualified student in the construction field, including construction management, architecture, design, etc. Our scholarship amount has continued to grow over the years and we have awarded as much as two $2,000 scholarships. Click on the link to download our Scholarship Application.

  • Golf Tournament:

This is a NAWIC fundraiser that takes place at the annual Salem Contractors Exchange Golf Tournament. NAWIC members sell string to participating teams, who can use the string to advance their ball, and thus better their score. The proceeds from this fundraiser go to the scholarship fund.

  • Secret Pal:

At the beginning of each NAWIC year (October), those that wish to participate put their name in for the secret pal program. Names are drawn and we have fun secretly surprising our pal with little remembrances throughout the year until September, when all of the secret pals are revealed.

  • Birthday Auction:

During your birthday month, members are asked to donate a small gift to be auctioned off. Proceeds go to the general fund.


Welcome to NAWIC

The National Association of Women in Construction is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 1955, that promotes the advancement and growth of women in the construction industry through education, support, and community involvement. Members of NAWIC include business owners, office managers, subcontractors, lawyers, realtors, surveyors, insurance and bonding companies, and accountants, and are employed in all types of construction trades. Please explore our website to learn more about the Salem, Oregon chapter of NAWIC.

To visit the National NAWIC website, click here


Construction Career Days

The Willamette Valley Construction Career Day is an annual event that the Salem NAWIC Chapter has organized and hosted since 2003. During the event, over 600 high school students in the Willamette Valley are given the opportunity to receive hands-on exposure to a myriad of potential career paths in the construction industry. This event is divided into three informational areas:

Heavy Equipment—students are able to operate heavy equipment;

Hands-On Activities—students can participate in various hands-on activities, including framing, carpentry, glass cutting, masonry, and many others; and

Informational—local educational programs and industry associations hand out information about their programs and services to youth that might be interested in the industry.