Your Education. Your Career. Your Future.

milwaukee chapter #105

Board of Directors

President - Dawn Filtz, Duwe Metal Products, Inc.

  • Vice-President - Adrienne Carlson, Faith Technologies
  • Secretary -  Melissa Horvath  Lange Brothers Woodwork Co., Inc.  
  • Treasurer -  POSITION OPEN 
  • Director - Kamilah Bent, Cross Management Services
  • Director -  Andrea Breen, Zignego Ready Mix, Inc.
  • Director - Valerie Johnston,  Husch Blackwell
  • Director -  POSITION OPEN  
  • Director -  POSITION OPEN   
  • Director -  POSITION OPEN  
  • Immediate Past President - Barb Osheim, Johnson Controls, Inc.

Standing Committees & Chair

  • Finance - POSITION OPEN
  • Membership -  POSITION OPEN 
  • Professional Development & Education (PD&E) - Melissa Horvath,  Lange Brothers Woodwork Co., Inc.  POSITION OPEN -  POSITION OPEN                                                         
  • PR & Marketing - Barb Osheim,   Johnson Controls, Inc.  POSITION OPEN - POSITION OPEN - POSITION OPEN 
  • Camp NAWIC Directors - Barb Osheim,  Johnson Controls, Inc., Dawn Filtz, Duwe Metal Products, Inc.

Special Committees & Chair

  •  Block Kids – Melissa Horvath,  Lange Brothers Woodwork Co., Inc.
  • Dinner Planning – Melissa Horvath, Lange Brothers Woodwork Co., Inc.   POSITION OPEN  


Value of Membership


  • For more than 50 years, NAWIC has helped women take advantage of the opportunities in construction. Whether you want to embark on a new career, establish a networking base, be a mentor/mentee, make a difference in your community, continue your education, or invest in great friendships, NAWIC offers a variety of opportunities; large and small.

our leadership



Dawn Filtz, Duwe Metal Products



Adrienne Carlson, Faith Technologies

2019 - 2020 National Strategic Plan

Core Purpose

To strengthen and amplify the success of women in the construction industry

Core Values

• Women-focused

• Courageous leadership

• Commitment to inclusion and growth

• Anticipate change.

Mission Statement

The association committed to championing women to impact the direction of the construction industry. NA WIC provides education, community and advocacy for women. 

Envisioned Future

Women's contributions to the construction industry are recognized and sought after. Women's leadership results in industry growth and success. Women receive compensation equal to all within the industry. NAWIC is identified as THE resource for female leadership, with members recognized for their expertise and commitment.

Goal: Members

NAWIC members have increased opportunity, visibility and influence through the skills and expertise developed through the association.


 1. Increase visibility for NAWIC members

2. Increase opportunity and demand for NAWIC Members

3. Increase Influence of NAWIC members because of the skills and talents developed through NAWIC

Goal: Industry

The industry is a safer and more productive place to work for everyone. It is reflective of the general population, with a more authentic, inclusive and diverse voice. 


1. Improve industry safety

2. Promote diversity in the industry

3. Develop and strengthen partnerships with companies and aligned organizations

Goal: Women in Construction

Are your customers raving about you on social media? Share their great stories to help turn potential customers into loyal ones.


1. Decrease bias and discrimination in the workplace

2. Increase training availability

3. Develop and promote networking opportunities for women in construction


NAWIC is known in the industry as key to professional success, resulting in increased demand for programs, increased membership, increased revenues and increased opportunities 


1. Increase membership

2. Increase available resources (time and money)

3. Increase marketing to elevate awareness of NAWIC


• Develop a national marketing plan using the task force already created

• Identify sources of non-dues revenue and develop action plan to implement 

• Develop national sponsorship program

• Continue and strengthen the OSHA Alliance 

• Collect data available that will demonstrate the business case for diversity 

• Create and spotlight deliverables such as speakers' bureau, diversity presentation and mentoring programs

• Create onboarding plan to engage new members using task force already created

• Partner with other associations and entities for training and certification 

• Create a leadership development program, NAWIC and career focused

• Target cities for chapter expansion

• Develop best practices for hiring and retaining female employees 

• Increase partnerships with other associations

• Create Special Interest Groups (SIG) 

• Develop programs for different generations and different career stages 

• Create additional industry awards/recognition program

• Develop outreach to trades and industry