Women In Construction Gather at the 2018 NAWIC PSW Fall Conference

Author, Alyssa Burley, Client Services Coordinator, Rancho Mesa Insurance Services, Inc.

Rancho Mesa is proud to support the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).

On Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20, 2019, nearly a hundred women from Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Texas and Utah gathered for the 2018 annual NAWIC Pacific Southwest Fall Conference hosted by the NAWIC San Diego Chapter.

The two day event began with an early morning yoga lesson before the personal development and education began.

Yehudi Gaffen of Gafcon spoke about renovations taking place at San Diego’s famous Seaport Village.

Attendees learned how to develop effective communication and leadership skills through an interactive activity lead by Bob Dietrich and Alma Galvan. They also spoke about making a lasting impression with an effective elevator speech. Alma showed the attendees several brain exercises.

Dr. Tara Zandvliet discussed various health issues and ways to improve one’s body naturally. Attendees came away with tips that can improve their overall health and healthcare guidelines for each stage of life.

NAWIC”s social media guru Carol Hagen provided a lesson on how to effectively use Twitter to market a business or NAWIC chapter by attracting tweets, sharing posting and riding coattails.

Evan Hawthorne and Genevieve Alexander from CNA Insurance provided an informative presentation on Cyber Liability that covered the risks associated with network security, phishing, spear phishing and other types of cyber crime.

Crystal Howard from Project Cornerstone, Inc. spoke about the current shortage of skilled labor experienced by the construction industry and how Project Cornerstone is working with high schools and middle schools to introduce students to the construction industry as a possible future career.

“We just held our 2018 Regional Fall Conference here in San Diego. It turned out wonderful. We had beautiful weather, wonderful speakers, and overall San Diego committee did a great job. It was a lot of fun,“ said Myrna Smith, PSW Regional Director.