Our Guest Speaker for the 5/12/21 Meeting will be Dr. Teresa Robinson formally of the Lansing Fire Department Asst. Fire Chief. Effective January 2021, she is the new Fire Chief for the City of Ferndale and we are thrilled to have her join!
Dr. Robinson earned a Bachelor degree in Management and Organizational Development, a Master Degree in Leadership, and a Doctorate degree in Human Services with a specialization in Disaster, Crisis, and Intervention.
She is a licensed firefighter, paramedic, EMS Instructor Coordinator, Pro-Board Fire Instructor II, and American Heart Association instructor for multiple disciplines. She is the first female Assistant Fire Chief with her appointment in July of 2019. Her role in the community also further developed in January of 2020 when Governor Whitmer appointed her to the State Board of Medicine.
We hope you can join us for this inspirational event! Please contact us to learn more and for the details for the Zoom meeting.
Congratulations to member Rita Brown on her recognition and feature in Construction Business Owner's recent article '20 Female Leaders in Construction You Need to Know.'
Click here to check out the article.
Please join us in nominating women in Michigan's construction industry who have made or are making a significant impact in our industry.
Nomination deadline is August 31st, 2021. Finalists will be recognized at our 50th Anniversary Golf Outing and Awards Event on October 6th, 2021.
Nomination form and more information: bit.ly/3wMVd9Z
When: Wednesday, April 14th at 5:30PM
Where: Zoom Virtual Meeting
Our April 14th speaker is Paul Wrzesinski, the AGC Michigan Safety & Health Director. He will give us Safety & Health Overview of pertinent updates specific to our industry and other useful resources to utilize in our continued “new normal”.
Mr. Wrzesinski started in the Construction industry in 1979. He completed his carpentry apprenticeship training through Local 1004 and Lansing Community College in May of 1989. He continued to work as a carpenter and foreman until 1998 when he went to work for the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA). Paul hired in as an inspector and in 2000 accepted a supervisor position in the Enforcement division for Construction Safety. While at MIOSHA, Paul became the Safety Section Supervisor and finally the Departmental Safety Manager for the Construction Division before leaving state service.
Paul started with the AGC in July of 2014 as the Director of Safety and Health the position formerly held by Mr. Pete Anderson.
We hope you can join us! Please contact us if you are interested in the virtual meeting details.
LANSING, Michigan March 3, 2021 -- The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Lansing Chapter #177 will recognize Women in Construction (WIC) Week March 7-13, 2021. The focus of WIC Week is to highlight women as a visible component of the construction industry.
"Enhancing the success of women in the construction industry is the core purpose of NAWIC," said Lansing NAWIC President Barb Strachan. "WIC Week will recognize the advancements of women in the construction industry and increase awareness of viable career choices for women interested in construction."
Lansing NAWIC also kicks off the chapter’s 50th-anniversary during WIC Week and the chapter will be spotlighting its members and partners throughout 2021.
"Whether you are a woman in construction or in a business that services construction, we encourage you to connect with Lansing NAWIC," said Strachan.
Visit Facebook.com/NAWICLAN to learn more about WIC Week and Lansing NAWIC’s 50th Anniversary events throughout 2021.
Don’t miss this scholarship opportunity for you or your college student! The deadline for scholarship applications is February 28th.
Each year NFSF (NAWIC Founders' Scholarship Foundation) awards over $100,000 to worthy recipients in construction-related programs. Award amounts range from $500 to $2,500.
Applicant must be currently enrolled in a construction-related degree program at a school in the United States and must have a least one term remaining in a course of study leading to a degree or an associate degree in a construction-related field.
Learn more and apply:
march 10th, 2021 nawic lansing member event - speaker julie neph, chief engineer at the mackinac bridge
When: March 10th, 2021 at 5:30PM
Please contact us to join!
Our March meeting takes place during Women In Construction Week! We hope you can join us and our speaker Julie Neph, Chief Engineer at Michigan's Mackinac Bridge.
Julie is the Chief Engineer at the Mackinac Bridge. She has been in this position for a little over a year, but I has worked at the Bridge for many years as the assistant engineer. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI. She is married with 2 boys in college.
NAWIC Lansing #177 Membership Meeting (Speaker-Keesa Smith, JD-"Go Red for Women" Speaker/Heart Health Champion & AHA Grand Rapids Chapter E.D.-Jeanne LasargeBono)
DATE: February 10th, 2021
TIME: 5:30PM EST
Contact us if you would like to join!
Speaker: American Heart Association Grand Rapids Chapter Executive Director Jeanne LaSargeBono. She will give a brief intro of the AHA, February Heart Health Month and the Go Red for Women Initiative
Speaker: Keesa Smith, JD will speak in honor of the American Heart Association -February 2021 "American Heart Month" and the "Go Red for Women" international awareness campaign dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and control of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in women. She will connect Go Red for Women with our RED Theme for our 50th Anniversary RED - Relevant. Engaging. Dynamic.
Keesa will discuss her inspiring story of surviving a quintuple coronary artery bypass surgery and her path to maintaining heart health.
Keesa M. Smith, was born with ischemic heart disease but was unaware of this condition until she turned thirty and began training to run her first half marathon. After waking up with sharp chest pains, she underwent months of testing before being advised that she needed to have a bypass immediately as she was at risk for sudden death due to her heart abnormality.
Keesa underwent a quintuple coronary artery bypass surgery in August 2011. Thanks to the support of her family and friends, she returned to work full time in November 2011 and gained enough strength to participate in the Little Rock Marathon's 10K in March 2012. In March 2013, she completed the goal she was training for and completed her first Half Marathon. A year later, on March 2, 2014, Keesa completed the Full Little Rock Marathon while raising money and running for the American Heart Association.
Ms. Smith is a 2013 Central Arkansas Heart Association Survivor which gave her the opportunity to share her heart story along with nine other ladies. This opportunity has lead to Keesa being featured in various magazines and news stories and obtaining the chance to talk to groups about heart health and the importance of women making their health a priority
She currently serves as the Arkansas Department of Human Services Deputy Director for Youth and Families, overseeing all youth-related divisions. Before joining DHS, Keesa served as the Chairman of the Arkansas Board of Review after being appointed by Governor Mike Beebe in November 2011.
Keesa previously served on Beebe's communication and external affairs teams, as deputy legal counsel, liaison to the Public Service Commission, and State Implementation Director for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for Governor Beebe. In this role, she was responsible for ensuring that the stimulus funds allocated to the State of Arkansas were used in accordance with the federal mandates. Keesa is the first African American woman to hold the position of Deputy Legal Counsel to the Governor of Arkansas.
Prior to joining the Governor's Office, she served as staff attorney for the Center of Arkansas Legal Services. Keesa earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communication with a concentration in public relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002 and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law in 2005. A North Carolina native.
She was also named one of Arkansas Business' 40 under 40 in 2013. She is the mother of Afiya, a sophomore nursing major, and Keesa is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, where she serves as the Risk Management Chair for Beta Pi Omega chapter.