Walsh looks ahead to Tradeswomen Build Nations conference

In her recent appearance on the America’s Work Force Union Podcast, Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust Deputy Director Gina Walsh discussed the upcoming Tradeswomen Build Nations (TWBN) conference.

TWBN will take place from Dec. 1 through Dec. 3 in Washington, D.C. 

Walsh said the annual event has become a beacon of inspiration for tradeswomen. As the number of participants grows each year, the event brings together women from various trades and empowers them to tackle the unique challenges they face. 

Walsh also recapped last year's event, which took place in Las Vegas and drew over 3,300 women. She expects this year’s attendance figure to top last year’s level.

TWBN 2024: Workshops and speakers

One of the most exciting aspects of the conference is the workshops that address issues specific to women in construction. These workshops cover various topics, from safety and workplace violence to securing appropriate safety equipment designed for women. 

The conference also invites influential speakers who inspire and motivate attendees. While Walsh could not reveal the lineup, she said this year's speakers may be the most exciting yet.

Empowering apprentices and journeymen

TWBN is not just for journeymen; it is for apprentices, business agents, general presidents and apprenticeship coordinators. The goal is to unite the entire community to work toward a more inclusive, diverse and empowering workforce.

Parade: Celebrating union pride 

A unique highlight of the TWBN conference is the Saturday parade. Thousands of women representing their respective unions march through the streets in a vibrant display of union pride. It is not a protest but a celebration of their shared journey, progress, and the work they seek to accomplish.

Support and Inclusivity

The conference also features workshops designed for allies, aiming to educate and engage men in supporting women on the job site. The goal is to foster a culture where everyone feels safe, comfortable and respected.

Website and registration

For those interested in attending the TWBN conference, registration and more information can be found online at nabtu.org. Although the main hotel is fully booked, Walsh said alternative accommodations are available to accommodate all attendees.

The Tradeswomen Build Nations conference is more than just a gathering; it is a movement, a testament to women's growing presence and influence in the trades, she said. The event continues to shatter attendance records, which makes it the largest conference organized by the North America’s Building Trades Unions.

Walsh called TWBN a celebration, an educational opportunity and an opportunity for women to build networks and further their careers in the construction industry. With the event less than six weeks away, she added that now is a great time for women to join the trades, especially with union approval on the rise and endless career opportunities for those who choose this path.

Listen to Walsh’s interview to learn more about TWBN: 

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