The NAHB Professional Women in Building Council (PWB) is the voice of women in the building industry, dedicated to promoting industry professionalism and supporting members at the local, state and national levels.
Industry data show company earnings of PWB members are 22% higher than those of non-members. PWB members attribute much of their success to the support they receive from peer members, in addition to receiving exclusive access to professional development resources and participating in forums that hone leadership skills. Plus, the national recognition they attain through the largest network of residential construction professionals also gives them a competitive edge. Other benefits include:
Publications — Building Women magazine is published annually and includes relevant and timely editorial that promotes, enhances and supports home building and women within the industry. Also, PWB council members get an additional 10% off the member price of every item at BuilderBooks, the publishing arm of NAHB where you can find valuable publications specifically created to help you streamline your business operations
Awards and Recognition — The NAHB Professional Women in Building/National Housing Endowment scholarship fund encourages PWB members and women in the industry to further their education, training and professional development in housing-related programs. Additionally. PWB celebrates local council and individual leadership through their annual awards programs.
Networking — During the annual International Builders’ Show (IBS) the PWB Headquarters facilitates one of the best opportunities for PWB members to network and access a variety of resources that support and promote women in the industry. Throughout IBS, thought leaders, executives and industry experts come together in the PWB Headquarters to focus on women’s leadership abilities and perspectives that help advance the industry.
Promotional Events — PWB Week is an annual Federation-wide occasion that sets aside one week in September to celebrate the contributions of women in the residential construction industry. The PWB Week toolkit is available to members year-round at nahb.org/pwbweek and provides ideas for celebrating and promoting the influence of women in the industry.
Women in Residential+Construction Conference (WIRC+CC) — PWN is an association partner of WIR+CC. The newly united event combines Pro Builder’s and Pro Remodeler’s Women in Residential Construction conference with Building Design+Construction's Women in Design+Construction conference for three days of keynote presentations, roundtables, interactive panel discussions and networking events. PWB members receive discounted registration. Learn more at womensconstructionconference.com.
How to Join
To join PWB, start locally; there may be a PWB council at an HBA near you. If one is available, sign up! By becoming a member at your local PWB, you also become a member of the national PWB Council. If your local HBA does not have a PWB Council, you can join PWB directly as an at-large member for $50 per year. All PWB members receive the same great benefits.