NAWIC Sacramento Participates in Women in Construction Fall Conference Hosted by CIEF and SRBX

NAWIC Sacramento members represented the organization during two breakout sessions. Sacramento Chapter President-Elect Karen Conrod of Herrero Builders opened the conference. 

“Sacramento is currently one of the hottest construction markets in the United States. Women make up 51 percent of our population but just over two percent of our trades workers and just over 10 percent of management and support staff,” said Conrod. “With unprecedented labor shortages, the time is now for us to determine what changes our industry must make to ensure that we are an equitable and inclusive industry. The change will take time and together we will make it happen.”

“It is energizing to see such a great turnout and women from so many areas of expertise and different leadership roles. That says a lot about their commitment to understanding and practicing DE&I.  It was inspiring to see how many millennials were at the conference as well!” said Karen Carr of The Boldt Company. “Typically, companies reserve conference resources to the more senior folks. This speaks to the shift in the workforce generations as well as companies’ commitment to professional development and company culture.”

NAWIC helps women leverage opportunities in construction. Bringing leaders together to discuss Mentorship and Managing Family and Corporate Expectations furthers our core purpose in relevant actionable ways. 

“Throughout the entire conference, we heard from speakers and panelists on how they are working to improve the construction industry to provide opportunities for others to learn and grow professionally,” said Lisa Wilson Bracero, Bender Insurance Solutions.

In two breakout sessions, NAWIC members shared their experiences and suggestions of how to successfully navigate and manage family and work expectations and find a mentor. 

Managing Family and Corporate Expectations was presented by Karen Carr, Marsha Perry Taras, and Kimberly Cook. In this session, an audience was able to gain insight on lessons learned through life’s various stages and how to thrive in your career while balancing both family and corporate responsibilities.

Mentorship: The Key To Your Growth was presented by Karen Conrod, Sondra Friestad, Lisa Bracero, Liz Romo, and Agata Krasniewska. Mentoring programs support new initiatives, impact culture, and can be one of the most effective ways to develop a career. Mentorship can help provide training and promote success but understanding how to get the most out of mentorship is important. 

“We have an amazing group of women within our membership, and I am proud of and grateful for all NAWIC Sacramento Members’ participation in Fall Women in Construction Conference,” said Agata Krasniewska, Dome Construction, and NAWIC Sacramento Chapter President. What an exciting way to start 2021/2022 year.”

ABOUT NAWIC SACRAMENTO: NAWIC Sacramento is an affiliate of the National Association of Women In Construction, an international non-profit association that promotes and supports the advancement and employment of women in the construction industry. Since its founding, NAWIC has grown to a membership of 5,500 women with more than 160 chapters. NAWIC also has International Affiliate Chapters in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom. Visit

ABOUT SRBX: Founded in 1901 and serving 1100 member companies, the Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange is the construction industry’s oldest and largest association in the region. The Exchange’s members include area contractors and subcontractors, suppliers, and industry support organizations. The Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange serves the industrial & commercial construction industry by providing education programs, safety programs, bidding information, political advocacy, networking opportunities, and other related information and events for the construction industry. Visit for more information.

ABOUT CIEF: Born out of the Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange, CIEF works to introduce and engage high school students and young adults to the rewarding careers available in the built environment. In 2020, CIEF served more than 2,700 students through our programs and has awarded nearly $80,000 in academic and summer program scholarships. The Construction Industry Education Foundation contributes significantly to the health of the construction and design industry by supporting educational endeavors, mentoring initiatives, and training activities throughout California. Visit for more information.