Tradeswomen Build Nations

Thank you for your interest in Tradeswomen Build Nations. In light of the 2021 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. For any questions, concerns, or refund inquiries, please contact us at We 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.


Tradeswomen Heroes – January Winners


Julia Benson, Insulators (Apprentice)

Lamonica Garth, IW (Apprentice)

Vanessa Carman, SMART (Journeyworker)

Alise Martiny, OPCMIA (Journeyworker)









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.


2021 Tradeswomen Recruitment Video



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.

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.

Sign up for the program today at! 



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