Registration 2018 is OPEN

$75 Registration "Early Bird Rate"

$100 after January 31, 2018

$25 Students & Apprentices

k-12 Student scholarships available


Thank you 2017 Conference Sponsors!

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Conference Agenda 2017

March 8, 2017 – 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

We've created an agenda that's full of inspiration, education, and motivation for women and men in nontraditional careers. Highlights include:

8:00–9:00 a.m. Keynote Speaker
Dr. Rita Cameron-Wedding, Sacramento State University

10:15–10:30 a.m. Trail Blazers/Rising Stars
Terry Tilton
Christina Riley, Northwest Laborers–Employers Training Trust

1:00–1:15 p.m. “EmPower” Talk: Diversity on the Job Site
Karen Dove, Executive Director, ANEW

2:45–3:45 p.m. Closing Remarks
Debbie Page Whitlock, Business Coach for Women

4:00–6:00 p.m. Closing Reception



Conference Speakers 2017


Dr. Rita Cameron-Wedding, A sought-after, highly engaging presenter, consultant, and trainer whose expertise covers gender, diversity and social justice. Dr. Cameron Wedding is a national and international trainer on implicit bias and will start the day the with a thought provoking and inspiring presentation.



Popular Radio Show Host Tami Michaels will lead us through the day. To most, Tami is known as the home improvement & lifestyle expert, but if you ask her she’s a devoted advocate for animals and veterans, or as she likes to say, “vets and pets”! As the host of the weekly show, on KOMO News Radio, Tami discusses home improvement from an interior designer’s perspective. She can also be seen on KOMO News as a regular contributor for upcoming trends in the home and lifestyle industry.


Debbie Page Whitlock is a business coach and entrepreneur who teaches women how to create sustainable and scalable systems to accelerate business growth and increase cash flow.


Panel Discussions 2017

Engaging panel discussions from leaders in the industry, trades organizations, and government agencies. Don't miss these panels and more:

Champions in the Brotherhood

  • Lee Newgent, Executive Secretary, WA State Building & Construction Trades Council
  • Sean Bagsby, Alternative Energy Director, IBEW Local 46
  • Mark Martinez, President, WA State Building & Construction Trades Council
  • Jody Robbins, Apprenticeship Program Manager, WA State Department of Labor & Industries

Metamorphosis: Women from Traditional to Nontraditional Careers

  • Laura Soma, Senior Project Engineer, GLY
  • Leilanna Barrientes, Apprentice, Laborers Local 440 (featured in the Construction Center of Excellence apprenticeship video)

See the conference agenda for a full list of all panel discussions.