NWiR offers new webinars approximately 1-2 times a quarter on a variety of topics to benefit the roofing industry through the lens of empowering women. The upcoming webinars are listed on the events calendar.

NWiR members may watch our archive of pre-record webinars addressing the labor shortage, advantages of a multi-generational workforce, networking, mentoring, and much more. The title of each webinar is linked to the recording; it may ask you to provide your name and email address.

Previous Webinars

Vegetated Roofing Systems

A broad discussion of Vegetated Roof Systems, including their history, the variety of types, and the various components that comprise these systems, as well as their numerous benefits.

Keeping it Cool- Using Cool Roofs to Combat Heat Islands and Save Energy

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.

About the Cool Roof Rating Council

The CRRC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 1998 to develop fair, accurate, and credible methods for evaluating and labeling the radiative properties of roofing products. In addition to conducting research and education about the impacts of reflective building materials, the CRRC also operates a third-party roof rating program that includes a public directory of rated roofing products.

About the Presenters:

  •  Sarah Schneider is the Deputy Director of the CRRC. She oversees the organization’s policy and standards development, code advocacy, and outreach and education activities.
  • Audrey McGarrell is the Project Coordinator for the CRRC. She manages the CRRC Wall Product Rating Program and the CRRC Technical Committee. She also supports education activities and oversees the CRRC’s social media.

The Importance of Women Supporting Women

Discussion with Sharon Hughes on the importance of women supporting women.

Sharon Hughes is a contributing author of the Amazon #1 new release, The Impact of Influence, Volume 3 and author of the award-winning book The Girl In The Garage: 3 Steps to Letting Go of Your Past. She has helped women from all walks of life gain the confidence to raise their hand in the boardroom, break up with people pleasing, and step into their leadership skills.

She is the founder of Confidence Academy and host of Called to Confidence podcast. When she’s not coaching women, recording her podcast or plotting her next book, you can find her gazing at a California sunset, petting every dog that crosses her path and eating obscene amounts of popcorn.

Monumental Buildings on the National Mall Tour

During this tour, we will explore the exterior of several buildings on the West side of the National Mall including the United States Capitol, the Library of Congress Jefferson Building, The United States Supreme Court building, the Smithsonian Arts and Industries building, the Smithsonian Castle, the National Gallery of Art and others. Learn about their architectural history and materiality including the many types of roofs.

The tour is being conducted by Julie Butler who has dedicated her career to understanding and preserving historic buildings. A graduate from The University of Mary Washington, she is an expert on the History and Historic Preservation of Famous and not so Famous Buildings throughout the world with , a resume of work which includes such places as St. Trophime Cathedral in Arles, France, Eisenhower Executive Office Building (EEOB) in Washington DC., and Annaburg Manor in Manassas, Va.. Her expertise spans many disciplines, such as mortar analysis, plaster casting, detail preservation and material analyses and relationships, especially for structures experiencing extreme weather conditions. Julie has been with Durable Slate and Durable Restoration for the last six years, leading their preservation initiatives in the Mid-Atlantic.

Roof Restorations - What is Often Overlooked Even by the Pros

Roof restoration has been a growing segment for decades and has witnessed a steep growth over the last two years in response to material outages necessary for re-roof projects. Restoration can be an excellent solution to revitalize and extend a roof’s serviceable life, postponing or completely avoiding tear off costs and wastes, but done incorrectly, it can become a short-lived Band-Aid or a complete mess.
• Sound, Clean & Dry (not Clean, Dry & Sound)
• To 3-Course or not to 3-Course
• Acrylic vs. Silicone
• The Benefits of Granulation

Advocacy in the Roofing Industry Panel

We are bringing you stories and experiences from a range of women on how they’ve gotten involved in advocating within and for the roofing industry. This educational webinar will be a compilation of stories from local involvement to Roofing Day 2022. We’re hoping to encourage members to tune in and gain knowledge on how they may be able to advocate within their State Roofing Associations as well as plan for Roofing Day 2023.

Mastering the Art of Your Elevator Speech

An elevator speech is a clear, brief message about you, which is typically 30 seconds or the time it takes an elevator to get to its destination. It should communicate who you are, your interests, and how you can be a resource. This short “speech” has the potential to connect you to future employers, collaborators, or spark interest in customers. Knowing your audience is key and your elevator speech will likely change depending on the circumstance.

Metal Roofing History Material & Application

Metal Roofing Seminar presented by ATAS Aluminum with  NWiR member Minnie Robles

Objectives:

Observe and recognize the history of metal roofing
Explain the manufacturing process
Describe the difference between low slope roofing and steep slope for metal roofing
Understand the environmental benefits, sustainable technology and features of metal roofing

Roofing Is Social Resilience

Join Erica Farver of the NWiR Education Committee and Lisa Thompson of BluWave Wellbeing in an exploration of Social Resilience. BluWave Wellbeing is a women-owned professional development company that makes wellbeing achievable for everyone.  Learn how the Pillars of Play can help to alleviate stress throughout your day at work and at home.  By simply adding “play” in your day you can increase your overall resiliency and change your life.

Webinar Learning Objectives:

  • What are the Pillars of Play and the importance of adding play and wellbeing techniques into their lives.
  • Understand how managing your wellbeing will increase your resiliency.
  • Understand how simple wellbeing techniques can be a gamechanger in cultivating long term habit change.
  • Learn a new wellbeing habit that you can do in 5 minutes or less to be better leaders in your everyday activities.

Technical Inspections for Liquid Resin Roofing & Waterproofing Membranes

Learn about the mainstream usage of the Cold Fluid Applied and Liquid Resin Roofing & Waterproofing Membranes.  It is necessary to obtain the technical knowledge used to provide QC inspections. This seminar will provide attendees basic “what to look for” information, science related to the information, and corrective course of actions that may be possible. As well as discuss using Liquid Resin for Flashings with other types of roofing systems including asphalt shingles, metal roofing, slate, clay tiles, single ply, and many other types of roofing materials.

Resilience in Roof Design

The trend toward greater resilience in roof design has come into sharp focus in recent years.  The forces driving this trend include the decline in skilled labor among roofing contractors and allied trades; changes in the building code that have been influenced by severe weather patterns; and the increasing application of sustainable and “green” technologies.  The urgency of this trend has challenged both design and construction professionals to find both human and technological solutions in a dynamic work environment.  This presentation will explore how the trend toward greater roof resilience has effected the application and performance of roofing systems over time.  It will also discuss ways to meet the changing demands.

Learning objectives:

  • Describe traditional roofing and its evolution to modern, more resilient roofing technology
  • Discuss the realities of labor shortages and their impact on the construction industry
  • Identify changes in the building code that enhance roof performance in high wind and weather-beaten coastal areas
  • Discuss green roofing systems and their impact on the commercial and residential spaces

Roofing Is: Technical Education ~ Wind Uplifting or NOT?

Join us in celebrating the month of June by adding to your continuing education and discover the science of wind uplift. NWiR’s own member, Shelly Higgins – S-5 Architectural & National Accounts Director will be our presenter.  Learn how the changes are impacting codes and roof material choices.  Learn about testing and specification techniques for metal roof options and accessories to improve wind uplift resistance.

The Learning Objectives Include:

  • Describe the effects of wind uplift on roofs and the science behind it
  • Understand the changes in ASCE 07 and how it creates a safer building
  • Explain wind uplift testing and why it is important
  • Identify methods, metal roof accessories and applications to improve metal roof performance in wind uplift solutions
  • Explain specification techniques; how to properly select and specify wind rated metal roofs and accessories to value engineer wind control

Roofing Is: Technical Education ~ Green Roof Sustainable Solutions

Roofing is…Technical Education

Join the NWiR in celebrating the month of May by learning about Green Roof Design.  We are proud to offer insight into the design of Green Roofs with our presenter Angie Durham.

Angie Durham started AD GREENROOF based in Minneapolis in 2012.  For over 18 years she has designed and managed a wide variety of green roofs throughout the USA and researches system performance.  Her team has developed GREENFORMATION® a budget friendly maintenance system working with contractors and owners.

Mental Health Matters: Building your Resilience

Brendan Vigorito will lead us in a discussion about resilience. What is resilience? In this portion of the series, Brendan will discuss the importance of resilience, what it takes to build resilience and the description of a stress-hardy personality. We will figure out how to hone our skills to build resilience and set a plan!

Roofing Is: Connection ~ Women Investing in Women: Building Confidence and Empowerment

n this highly interactive program, you’ll learn tools to increase your leadership and communication skills, a all while having fun in the process. You will:
  • Develop 3 strategies to boost leadership skills, particularly in challenging settings
  • Identify strategies to lift up one another within your company and NWIR
  • Leave feeling less alone, through activities to build connection and learn from one another

Roofing Is: Weathering the Storm ~ 5 Top Financial Disruptions for Women

Weathering the storm – resilience series.  We will be talking with Bonnie Ashby Sewell about 5 Top Financial Disruptions for Women.  Bonnie has been working as a Certified Financial Planner for families since 1992. Previous to that she owned a tax practice. She also earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary, AIF®, designation and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst designation, CDFA™.

Mental Health Matters: Employees in a Heightened Emotional State

We have all had those days where we have a roller coaster of emotions from the time we start work until the time we leave and sometimes past that. We aren’t able to shut our brains down and thoughts are always racing through our heads. It has only gotten more common for people during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Please join National Women in Roofing in our discussion about Employees in a Heightened Emotional State led by Greg Banks. He will give us strategies to help work in altered work environments, prepare for the uncertain and give advice on creating action plans to help regulate emotions.

Mental Health Matters: Talking to Your Children about the Next Phase

Talking to Your Children about the Next Phase
Social distancing has been especially difficult for children and experts are predicting that additional extended school closures could have lasting psychological effects. Regardless of your parenting style, it is important to be able to talk to your children openly about the pandemic and to allow them to express their fears. This program will help parents explore appropriate boundaries with children and to be able to reassure them and prepare them for the future without raising false hopes or expectations.

Annual Report and Association Plans for 2021

Ellen Thorp, Executive Director of NWiR presented the 2020 Annual Report of the association and also touch on the association’s goals and priorities for 2021. This webinar will take place at 1 pm eastern time.

 

Together More Than Ever: Owens Corning and NWiR Mentoring Session

Join OC and NWIR for a Mentoring Session where a panel of experienced women within the industry will talk about navigating their careers. These women will offer advice on career growth, and overcoming obstacles like gender bias and work-life balance. There will also be plenty of time to ask them for any advice you’ve been wanting! More details…

Mental Health Matters: Fundamentals for Managers

Managing people during unprecedented times can be a difficult task. As a manager, you are needed to be an encouragement to your team when things are difficult and still fulfill your daily workload. That can cause strain on your daily life and you may not always recognize when your employees need extra assistance.

Join NWiR to discuss managing employees in a heightened emotional state. NWiR is joining forces again with Optum for part two of our Mental Health Matters Series. Whether you are a manager or not, this will be a great webinar to help your team recognize and support struggling employees and focus on self-care so that you can thrive through these uncharted waters. #UnmaskingNWIR

Together More Than Ever: Ways to Maximize Communication & Collaboration Tools with Beacon

Beacon will have Christina Vlassis, their IT Training Team Lead present.

Christina Vlassis is a training professional with 19+ years of experience in live and virtual training including delivering engaging training sessions, directing learners toward job improvement, and providing a memorable learning experience. She has made a career of taking complicated technology and re-arranging it into manageable learning bites for any level of learner to be successful.  In her 17 years in the building industry, she has provided effective training to truck drivers on tablets, dispatchers on delivery tracking software, and the sales team on point of sale software. More details…

Education Committee Webinar: Mamas at Work: Real Talk about being a Working Parent

Mommas at Work: Real Talk about Being a Working Parent. We’ve gathered a panel of working moms to have an open and honest conversation about what it means to be a working parent in today’s day in age. We’ll be discussing work/home life balance, schedules, self-care, mom-guilt, and anything in between. Come prepared to ask questions and share best working mama practices.

Mental Health Matters Part 1: Strategy and Support

Mental Health Matters. With the COVID-19 pandemic and events of social unrest, many people are feeling emotional distress and distress can impact both our physical and mental health. Fortunately, we can play an important role in supporting our colleagues, our families, and our communities. This webinar will cover signs and symptoms of common mental health conditions along with self-care strategy and resources for support.
Facilitator: Nicki Salcedo joined Optum in 2011 and is responsible for client strategy, education, and innovations that improve the mental health of employee populations. Her career has focused clinical and wellness programs. In addition, she is a certified instructor of adult Mental Health First Aid and lives in Atlanta.

Together More Than Ever: Market Industry Update with Johns Manville

Market Industry Update

Join Johns Manville as they provide an overview of the commercial roofing industry and a manufacturer’s perspective on changes and market trends. Learn about the latest products added to the JM portfolio, including game-changers in the adhesives and cover boards categories. Your presenters are Jennifer Ford-Smith-Director of Product Management and Marketing, and Matt Sayer-Senior Product Manager.  More details…

Normal policy and practice is for NWiR to only promote our own webinar content OR content from sponsors and partners that is open to the public and is also eligible for continuing education credit. However, these are unique times and since our industry has had to cancel several in-person meetings over the past few months, we are allowing our Diamond sponsors an additional opportunity to speak directly to you on any topic they wish.

Together More Than Ever: Branding Yourself for the Future with SRS

Join Cynthia, she will be discussing how to brand yourself for your next position, what to highlight on your resume, interview prep, and salary negotiation skills.

Cynthia Lang is the Director of Talent Acquisition at SRS Distribution, Inc.  She has a solid foundation in everything from Recruiting, Interviewing, Personal Branding, and any other area of Talent Acquisition.

Normal policy and practice is for NWiR to only promote our own webinar content OR content from sponsors and partners that is open to the public and is also eligible for continuing education credit. However, these are unique times and since our industry has had to cancel several in-person meetings over the past few months, we are allowing our Diamond sponsors an additional opportunity to speak directly to you on any topic they wish.

Together More Than Ever Series: Mindful Monday with Debbie Gottlieb

Working with anxiety and anxiety release techniques. Monica Vornbrock Co-Chair of NWiR Events Committee will host Debbie Gottlieb with MindBrandMethod to help us deepen our focus and leverage meditation and breathing techniques to navigate these uncertain times.

She will address:
Working with uncertainty (not knowing what will happen to their business, their jobs)
Creating space where there isn’t any (meaning creating personal breathing room when you are constantly surrounded by family)
Dealing with things you cannot change
Working with anxiety and anxiety release

There will be an opportunity to share what activities and techniques you have been using to stay focused and sane while working remotely and dealing with daily challenges.

Together More Than Ever Series: Empowerment in the Face of Uncertainty Part 3:The Courage to Live an Empowered Life

In times like these, so much falls on a woman’s shoulders. In times like these, we stand up. We rise.

Life is always uncertain. Women are called to rise and to lead now more than ever. We see this in our industry, our businesses, our communities and our homes.

In the face of uncertainty and fear, we must choose to pivot toward hope and possibility. This ultimately requires us to accept what we cannot change, and to see ourselves as the co-creators of our lives. You are the hero of your story. Shine!

Presented by Jill Keuth, this three-week webinar series is designed to ignite the authentic power- empowerment – within each woman so that she can live her life with more enthusiasm, purpose and meaning. Jill is a marketing director turned life & career coach with extensive experience coaching business women.

Part 1 on Friday, 4/24 at 3pm ET: Empowerment Through Belief of Self
Part 2 on Friday, 5/8 at 3pm ET: Fueling Your Empowered Energy Through Radical Self-Care
Part 3 on Thursday, 5/21 at 3pm ET: The Courage to Live an Empowered Life

Living Your Empowered Life Starts with Courageous Empowered Questions

Permission Slips

Together More Than Ever Series: Wine Down Wednesday with Lelia Gowland

You may remember Lelia Gowland from her keynote on negotiations for our 2018 National Conference in New Orleans. We’ve invited her back to share in our Wine Wednesdays programming with an interactive session entitled, Maintain Your Sanity: Powerful Practices to Enjoy Work in Uncertain Times.

Using a strengths-based approach, Lelia provides a fun and interactive opportunity to develop skills for this new work landscape.

Over 13,000 people have benefited from the strategies Lelia provided to increase peace of mind and productivity in her Forbes article at the beginning of the pandemic.

As jobs continue to evolve, this workshop will provide powerful skills to adapt. With a healthy mix of conversation, networking, and content, Lelia offers tangible strategies that clients say “instill courage and optimism.” Participants will:

  • Develop 3 powerful practices to adapt to the changing landscape
  • Laugh and learn from one another
  • Discuss strategies to lift up one another within Women Building Washington

*Unfortunately the webinar was not recorded, please use the attachments below from the webinar.

Ta Da List

Strength-based Leadership

Self-Compassion

Together More Than Ever Series: Empowerment in the Face of Uncertainty Part 2: Fueling Your Empowered Energy Through Radical Self-Care

In times like these, so much falls on a woman’s shoulders. In times like these, we stand up. We rise.

Life is always uncertain. Women are called to rise and to lead now more than ever. We see this in our industry, our businesses, our communities and our homes.

In the face of uncertainty and fear, we must choose to pivot toward hope and possibility. This ultimately requires us to accept what we cannot change, and to see ourselves as the co-creators of our lives. You are the hero of your story. Shine!

Presented by Jill Keuth, this three-week webinar series is designed to ignite the authentic power- empowerment – within each woman so that she can live her life with more enthusiasm, purpose and meaning. Jill is a marketing director turned life & career coach with extensive experience coaching business women.

Fueling Your Energy – Choose Empowered Questions

Fueling Your Energy – Choose Acceptance

Together More Than Ever: Quaren Teens

Spend some time with Jennifer Keegan, NWIR Executive Committee Member and Director Building and Roofing Science at GAF, who will host a support and strategy session on surviving the quarantine with teenagers. We’ll share what is working for us, commiserate a little bit, and figure it out together!

Together More Than Ever Series: Empowerment in the Face of Uncertainty Part 1: Empowerment Through Belief of Self

In times like these, so much falls on a woman’s shoulders. In times like these, we stand up. We rise.

Life is always uncertain. Women are called to rise and to lead now more than ever. We see this in our industry, our businesses, our communities and our homes.

In the face of uncertainty and fear, we must choose to pivot toward hope and possibility. This ultimately requires us to accept what we cannot change, and to see ourselves as the co-creators of our lives. You are the hero of your story. Shine!

Presented by Jill Keuth, this three-week webinar series is designed to ignite the authentic power- empowerment – within each woman so that she can live her life with more enthusiasm, purpose and meaning. Jill is a marketing director turned life & career coach with extensive experience coaching business women.

Part 1 on Friday, 4/24 at 3pm ET: Empowerment Through Belief of Self
NWiR-Who Am I Worksheet v1
NWiR-Validate Your Personal Success Worksheet
Part 2 on Friday, 5/8 at 3pm ET: Fueling Your Empowered Energy Through Radical Self-Care
Part 3 on Thursday, 5/21 at 3pm ET: The Courage to Live an Empowered Life

Download: want-to-improve-your-professional-confidence-these-3-tools-will-help (256 KB html)

Together More Than Ever Series: Financial, Human Resources, and Diversity Impacts of COVID on the Roofing Industry

There has been a lot of information provided over the past three weeks from the roofing industry on the COVID crisis. The NRCA Town Hall Meeting, webinars at Roofing Contractor and RoofersCoffeeShop; as well as an education session hosted by the NRCA and General Counsel, Trent Cotney on how COVID-19 is affecting the roofing industry nationwide and what’s happening from a regulatory, legal and business perspective. These have been excellent presentations and coupled with the NRCA COVID page provide extensive resources for roofing professionals.

Together More Than Ever Series: Kickoff Event with the NWiR Executive Committee

Coping with these challenging times can be made a little bit easier by gaining knowledge and receiving support from each other. To that end, NWiR is creating a series of online-based meetings that focus on both of these aspects of navigating this new normal. Over the next few weeks, we will be hosting 1-2 webinars/virtual meetups every week alternating between substantive educational content and light-hearted chatting around some issues we have in common. All of these webinars and meetups will be publicized on the NWiR calendar, will be sent to members via email, and shared on social media. Many of the local councils will also be holding virtual meetings, so stay tuned to your council communications for details there.

To kick off this national series, the NWiR Executive Committee is going to host some real talk about their efforts to stay sane. The members of the executive committee will present on “We Are Just Like You … Maybe A Little Crazier: Maintaining Your Sanity in These Virtual Times.” Please check out this conversation and strategy sharing session.

Looking Ahead: The Next Ten Years of Roofing

Leading roofing industry experts will share their perspectives on the trends, challenges and solutions for the roofing industry in the next 10 years. Attendees will receive insights on what to prepare for personally and in their companies to see success with a changing landscape of labor issues, technology, diversity and more. Upon completion, you’ll be ready with definable tactics to prepare your business and your career development for the next ten years. Panelists include:

  • Alison LaValley, NRCA;
  • Joanne Rodriguez, Mycocycle;
  • Mardee Billingsley, Tremco;
  • Steve Little, KPost Roofing & Waterproofing;
  • Heidi Ellsworth, HJE Consulting; and
  • Heather Estes, GAF.

Training & Retaining Employees

Are you fed up with the revolving door of employees through your company?

Are you looking for ways to better develop & retain your existing workers?

Learn what your company can do solve one of the biggest problems facing the construction trades. During the session you’ll learn specific tactics in the areas of onboarding, mentorship, increasing efficiencies, and you’ll hear actual case studies from other contractors.

Hosted by Sue Drummond (Harness) of the NWiR Education Committee.

Recruiting Talent to Address the Labor Shortage

Lorna Mendez, Schwickert’s Tecta America (NWiR Education Committee) and Cynthia Lang, SRS Distribution Inc. (NWiR Board member 17-18) discussed how to recruit, train and place women on roofing-oriented career paths. Key outcomes of this webinar included:

  • Recruiting Workers
  • Addressing workforce challenges
  • Equipping leaders to thrive in a culturally complex world

Advantages of a Multi-Generational Workforce

For the first time in history, five generations are working side by side, each with different leadership, communication and career development styles. Whether you’re part of a multi-generational family business, or part of a generationally diverse team, understanding what motivates each generation and how to communicate with each other will help you thrive in this diversity and leverage the competitive advantage.

Understanding the circumstances, attitudes and values that influence each generation and their skill sets can lead to a dynamic team. Our multi-generational panel will discuss these differences and skill sets, highlight the strengths of each generation and their natural roles within your organization, and review the blueprint of successful multi-generational teams.

Networking & Netweaving

This webinar focuses on the basics of networking and how to elevate your networking into netweaving to better benefit professional and business development. NWIR member panelists discuss successful techniques and strategies to help you during your next meeting or conference, as well as how professional development oppotunities can be an avenue to netweaving.

Mentoring 102: Real-World Examples of Successful Mentorships

Kayla Schlicker (Duro-Last) and Heather Estes (IBHS) of the Education Committee presented “Mentoring 102: Real-World Examples of Successful Mentorships” in late March. The webinar highlights different types of working mentorship/mentee relationships and ask panelists questions about how to succeed. We are excited to continue the discussion about mentoring, and we hope you can log in and join us!

Mentoring 101: How to Be Successful Once You Have Your Foot in the Door!

Presented by the NWIR Education Committee, Sponsored by NWIR

Presenters: Jennifer Keegan, Intertek

Kayla Schlicker, Duro-Last Roofing

Jennifer Keegan and Kayla Schlicker of the NWiR Education Committee present “Mentoring: How to be successful once you have your foot in the door!” The webinar reviews how one becomes a mentor/mentee and what it means for the women in these roles. The presenters highlight some real-world examples of mentor/mentee relationships based off of the content that NWIR members submitted.

Access the webinar here (a quick registration is required) – the first couple minutes are cut off, so the slide deck can be downloaded immediately below.

Download: Education Committee webinar on mentoring (2 MB pdf)

Women Changing the Face of Roofing Businesses

Presented by: NRCA

Presenters:
Moderator Heidi Ellsworth – HJE Consulting Group / RoofersCoffeeShop.com / Chair of National Women in Roofing

Panelist Jennifer Stone –  Nations Roof, NW President & NWIR Secretary

Storytellers Lee Lipniskis (Core Contractors Roofing Systems), Michelle Boykin (Rackley Roofing Company, Inc.), Greta Bajrami (Golden Group Construction Corp.)