Tradeswomen Build Nations


Welcome to the official page of Tradeswomen Build Nations, the largest gathering of tradeswomen in the world.

Thank you for attending TWBN 2023 and making it the largest-ever Tradeswomen Build Nations Conference! Next year, we will be in New Orleans, LA on September 27 – 29. See you there!


Watch the TWBN ​Day One Plenary Session Recording Here

Watch the TWBN Day Two Plenary Session Recording Here

Watch the TWBN Banner Parade Highlight Video Here



Tradeswomen Heroes – May Winners


Ashley Cougill, Insulators (JW)

Vanessa Hekkel, IUBAC (Apprentice)

Jennipher Neduzak, IUPAT (Joureynworker)

Danielle Filion, UA (Apprentice)









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.


TWBN 2022 Highlight Video

Click Here for All TWBN 2022 Speeches


Tradeswomen Recruitment Video


Lean In Workshop Recording

At TBWN 2020, almost 1000 participants took part in a workshop to unveil the virtual Lean In Circles for Union Tradeswomen program, a 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 Engelke (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.

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