The 2013 Women In NECA (WIN) Leadership Summit brought together over 60 of the industry’s leading women intent on improving their own professional skills and making new connections with fellow WIN members.
The WIN Summit is time when Women In NECA can come together to talk about the industry as we see it and focus on the issues that matter to this particular group within NECA’s member companies and chapters," said WIN chair Rachel Barber, VEC Inc., Girard, Oh. “This year’s program is both a celebration of what women in NECA have accomplished and a pathway for reaching new achievements. It is an opportunity to share information, experiences, and encouragement in a supportive forum.”
Summit session focused on how and why smart women stay connected. “Industry women who connect through WIN are more invested in their careers and businesses,” Barber said. “They take advantage of career opportunities and professional support, while striving to do their best in all aspects of their lives.”
The 2013 WIN Leadership Summit program is below, with links to presentations and supplemental materials provided by the speakers.
Download WIN Intro Presentation
Download Attendee Roster
Download WIN Summit Program with Speaker Bios
FRIDAY, March 23
Opening Keynote: Change the Way You See Yourself Through Asset-Based Thinking Kathy Cramer, Ph.D. - The Cramer Institute, St. Louis, MO
You personally can be the catalyst for leading others and achieving success – especially when the odds are stacked against you. When times are tough, even the hardiest, most optimistic people need your support and guidance. They will remember you and thank you for giving them the insights they need to foster success and side step the barriers and problems they encounter along the way. Inspire yourself and others to make something new and extraordinary happen!
Download the Asset-Based Thinking Presentation
Panel Discussion: The Different Faces of Mentoring
Moderated by Beverly Propst. Featuring panelists Carrie Johnson, Gina Pastella and Traci Pickus
Mentoring was the most-requested topic for this year’s WIN Summit. Each of the panelists represents a different aspect of the industry, and each will bring her own experience and insight on mentoring to the session. Moderator Beverly Propst will guide the panelists through the mentoring opportunities they have had, support that meant the most to their careers, and encourage WIN members to pursue mentoring at their own organizations.
Panel Discussion:Opportunities in Women-Owned Certification Moderated by Greg Stewart. Featuring panelists Angie Wells and Carolyn Jones
Certification for women-owned companies can be a difficult topic to discuss and a daunting prospect to undertake. WIN is proud to be the only forum within NECA to hold an open discussion on the real impact certification can have for NECA companies. Even if your company don’t plan to pursue certification, certification requirements in contracts are more common now than ever before.
Meet Premier Partners and Upcoming NECA Event Beth Ellis
Whether this is your first WIN event or you are a regular attendee at NECA’s national meetings, Beth Ellis will extend a personal invitation to WIN members to get involved with NECA’s national convention and NECA Now conference.
SATURDAY, March 23
Breakfast With a Side of Business Kelly Burns, Milwaukee Tools Inc.
Kelly Burns gives an informal introduction to the basic skillset that can help anyone get ahead in the electrical construction industry. Kelly will draw on her own background of what it takes to get your employer behind your professional development efforts. She’ll also share stories from women executives at Milwaukee and how she’s planning to take her own skills to the next level, while showing how her professional development activities ultimately benefit her employer.
Personal Finance for Success: How Your Personal Finances Affect You Professionally
Natalie M. Lariccia, CRPC® and Katie Solvesky, CFP®, CRPC®
Women’s roles have changed drastically over the last 100 years. Yet they lag behind their male counterparts in their understanding of—and participation in—investing. While both men and women benefit from a good investment education, it's especially important for women. Women tend to live longer than men and face unique challenges in planning for their future. Our discussion will cover several key topics including: Budgeting, Investing, Retirement Planning, Understanding Investment Risk Tolerance and Setting Realistic Goals to help women achieve their financial dreams. We will also discuss ways women can organize their financial future, which will ultimately help to stay focused personally and professionally.
Download the Finance Presentation
Download Financial Planning Docs
The Benefits of Showing Up: Why Women Matter in Politics and the Economy Representative Ann Wagner (R-2nd District, Missouri)
Congresswoman Wagner spoke about her personal decision to become involved with civic representation, why women benefit from civic involvement, and the importance of working women to the national economy. Visit NECA's Advocacy page.
Wrapping Up, Planning Ahead and Giving Back Stephane McShane
The most important part of any professional event is what you can take back to use in your own life. Stephane will facilitate our wrap-up goal-setting exercise based on all the WIN Leadership Summit session. Be prepared for some thought-provoking questions about how you can implement certain changes, what really matters to you, both personally and professionally, and connect with your fellow WIN members to make commitments to Being the Best You! Download Goal Setting Presentation Download Wrapping Up Goal Setting Handout