Why Professional Women in Building?

Professional Women in Building Council
Councils and Committees
Contact: Claudia Richards
(202) 266-8211

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.

NAHB PWB Council Benefits, Resources and Services

Building Women Publication
Building Women is published annually and includes relevant and timely editorial that promotes, enhances and supports home building and women within the industry. The publication takes an in-depth look at women in all facets of the residential construction industry and includes features on building trends and products, career and leadership development, new technology, and best practices in business. PWB local council news and at-large members are highlighted and recognized.

Scholarship Awards, Grants and Recognition Programs
The NAHB Professional Women in Building/National Housing Endowment scholarships encourages PWB members and women in the industry to further their education, training and professional development in housing industry related programs. The following scholarships are available to qualified applicants.

  • Strategies for Success Scholarship
  • Building Hope Scholarship
  • Leadership Scholarship

Additionally the NAHB Professional Women in Building host celebrates local council and individual leadership through their annual awards programs. More information on the three main awards can be found on the PWB Awards page.

Face-to-Face Events
The International Builders’ Show (IBS) is hosted by NAHB and is the largest annual light construction show in the world. The event brings thousands of industry professionals together each year. The show hosts the NAHB Professional Women in Building Headquarters which is PWB members best opportunity to network and access resources—in one location—that supports and promotes professional women in the industry in every industry niche and at every career stage. Throughout all three days of IBS, thought leaders, executives and industry experts come together in the PWB Headquarters to focus on women’s leadership abilities and perspectives that transform the way attendees design, build, operate and support the home building industry.

Professional Women in Building Week
PWB Week is an NAHB federation-wide occasion set 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 the week, data about women in the industry, content, resources and free downloadable marketing materials.

Women in Residential Construction Conference (WIRC)
PWB is an association partner of WIRC an annual event put on by the editorial and publishing teams of Professional Builder, Professional Remodeler and Custom Builder. PWB members receive discounted conference pricing. Learn more at pbprwomen.com.

NAHB Membership

  • NAHB has about 700 local home builder associations across the country. Join NAHB to access member benefits, networking and education opportunities at the local, state and national level – it’s a 3-for-1 deal. Contact your local HBA to join today.
  • Already an NAHB member? Read on to find out how to access benefits exclusive to PWB members.
  • Already a PWB member? Access members-only information and resources.

NAHB Professional Women in Building Membership

According to recent studies, company earnings of PWB members are 22% higher than those who are not members.

PWB members agree that they are more successful business professionals because of the support they receive from peer members. Access to professional development resources, forums that hone leadership skills, and national recognition within the largest network of residential construction industry professionals also give them a competitive edge.

Join NAHB Professional Women in Building

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. You’ll still receive the same benefits.

Connect with Professional Women in Building

Building Knowledge. BuilderBooks is the publishing arm of NAHB. It’s primary goal is to help you build your business. The publications produced by BuilderBooks have been specifically created to help you streamline your daily operations, better serve your new and existing customers, develop new strategies to safeguard your jobsites and ultimately build and sell more homes. As a PWB council member you save an additional 10% off the member price on every item every day at BuilderBooks.com.

Workforce Development and Labor Shortage Solutions: Strategies to Attract & Support Women in the Building Industry

Bringing together executives from Skanska USA, one of the largest multinational construction and development companies in the world, this conversation focuses on workforce development, the importance of creating leadership paths for women and the impact it has on the industry 's labor shortage. Panelist also share leadership and professional development programs they are executing to promote women in the trades.
NAHB Ideas App Council members can learn from the best minds in the home building industry from a smartphone or tablet with the mobile app, NAHB Ideas. Dive into best business practices and hot industry trends, and explore a wealth of knowledge, anywhere you go. 
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