Tradeswomen Build Nations

September 2, 2021

Dear 2021 TWBN Registrants,

We regret to inform you that NABTU’s Governing Board of Presidents met this week and agreed that it was best to cancel the 2021 Tradeswomen Build Nations Conference planned for October 1-3, 2021.

This was indeed a difficult decision as NABTU, our Governing Board, and the Tradeswomen Committee wanted nothing more than for this group of amazing Tradeswomen to be able to assemble in New Orleans this fall. However, the health and safety of attendees and their families are of paramount importance and the spread of the Delta variant along with the hurricane’s devastation in Louisiana is such that the decision was made to cancel.

For those who have already paid a registration fee, please know that the fee will be refunded to you by NABTU shortly. For those registrants who made a reservation at the Hilton Riverside, we ask that you please be patient in the cancellation process as hotel staff are working diligently on restoring power and operating systems to the building after damage caused by the recent Hurricane. For any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Thank you again for your interest in the conference. The meeting may have been canceled but the mission continues. In light of the conference cancellation, and understanding it is not the same, we plan to host online symposiums and webinars to engage tradeswomen until we are able to meet in person again. We will provide more information on those opportunities soon.

We also look forward to seeing each of you in person in 2022 at the TWBN Conference scheduled for October 28-30, 2022 in Las Vegas, NV.

In Solidarity,

Sean McGarvey


Tradeswomen Heroes – September Winners


Lauren Bowles, Apprentice (IBEW)

Melissa Hernandez, Apprentice (UA)

Jessica Bruneau, Journeyworker (Boilermakers)

Erin O’Brien-Hofmann, Journeyworker (IUPAT)









Click Here for List of Previous Tradeswomen Heroes Winners


The Tradeswomen Heroes Award is a joint effort between NABTU’s Tradeswomen’s Committee and Apprenticeship and Training Committee to highlight the tremendous women workers within our affiliate unions. This award recognizes four outstanding tradeswomen per month – two apprentices and two journeyworkers – nominated by local, state, and international leadership.

For instructions on making a nomination, please visit this link.


Tradeswomen Build Nations 2020 Recap


Thank you to everyone who registered and attended Tradeswomen Build Nations 2020. The 3-hour virtual conference featured a formal plenary session with insightful speakers and videos.

Please click here to view the entire event.

TWBN 2020 Speakers

We appreciate the inspiring speeches from thought leaders from government, business and labor including:

This year’s conference was emceed by NABTU Tradeswomen Committee Chairwoman and Ironworker’s International Diversity Director Vicki O’Leary and Boilermakers International Industrial Sector Representative Erica Stewart. We also thank the tradeswomen who provided great introductions to our keynote speakers:

Lean In Workshop

After the plenary, almost 1000 participants took part in a workshop to unveil the virtual Lean In Circles for Union Tradeswomen program, a new mentorship and retention program developed for and by tradeswomen to empower building tradeswomen as they address unique and critical issues of tradeswomen in the workforce. Facilitated by LeanIn’s Archana Gilravi and Stephanie Solove-Chou, panelists from a number of trade unions including Laura Ceja (UA), Tarn Goelling (IBEW), Madison Hull (IUPAT), Erica Stewart (Boilermakers), Gina Walsh (Insulators), Erin, Linda Hamilton (IUOE), Blue Coble (IW), and Kilah Engleke (OPCMIA) shared personal stories and insights into the ups and downs of being a tradeswoman, as well as best practices to help persevere through adversity and create more inclusive workplaces. This new international program will be launched across North America next month.

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