Dear NWIR Community,

With the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade, we recognize there are women in our organization with differing opinions. Our intent is not to offend any woman, period. Abortion is a difficult topic to address. It’s a politicized issue, but also a deeply personal issue for women. The DEI Committee would like to recognize there will be opposing views regarding the topic of abortion. However, as women, we believe it is of the utmost importance to remain respectful of our choices and opinions. We may not all agree on the topic of abortion, but we must agree to respect each other in our discourse. Please do not let this issue divide us, but rather give us the opportunity to remain united as women in the roofing industry despite differences of opinion.

The DEI Committee


Upcoming Events:

The Education and DEI Committees are collaborating to bring you a 2-part technical webinar series on roofing heat mitigation and heat inequities:

Part 1: July 14, 2022, at 3 PM ET
Part 2: August 18, 2022, at 3 PM ET

July 14, 2022, at 3 PM ET
Join us for Part 1: Technical Webinar – Keeping it Cool: Using Cool Roofs to Combat Heat Islands and Save Energy
Sarah Schneider and Audrey McGarrell from Cool Roof Rating Council

This presentation will provide an overview of how cool roofs work to keep individuals, neighborhoods, and cities cooler while producing a multitude of other benefits, how these materials are evaluated and labeled, and how third-party product ratings support the implementation of policies and programs that require or promote the use of these materials as strategies for reducing building energy use and mitigating urban heat islands.

August 18, 2022, at 3 PM ET
Join us for Part 2 of this webinar series brought to you by the DEI Committee
Part 2 of this webinar series will be a panel discussion on the social implications of heat inequity specific to low income communities and communities of color. Rae July of the DEI committee will moderate the panel discussion.

If you are interested in learning more or would like to attend a meeting, please reach out to Jess Cress (, Rae July (, or Mandy McIntyre (