Tradeswomen Build Nations: Official Page


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:

  • U.S. Senator and Vice-Presidential nominee, Kamala Harris;
  • Facebook COO and Lean In Founder, Sheryl Sandberg;
  • Southern Company Gas Chairman, President and CEO Kim Greene;
  • American Petroleum Institute Executive Vice President and COO Amanda Eversole;
  • Mayor of New Orleans LaToya Cantrell;
  • NABTU President Sean McGarvey;
  • AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Schuler;
  • CBTU’s Workforce Development Director Lindsey Amundsen;

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:

  • IBEW District Vice President Gina Cooper;
  • Ambra Melendez, IW Local 361
  • Chandra Basil Dugas, IBEW Local 993
  • Melissa Wells, UA Local  486
  • Judaline Cassidy, UA Local 1 NYC

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! 


Tradeswomen Heroes – October Winners


Jenna Wittner, Apprentice

Lorraine Mata, Apprentice

Liliana Calderon, Journeyworker

Kilah Engelke, Journeyworker















Additional Links:

How to Make a Motion Requesting Support for Conference Attendance

How to Write a Letter Requesting Union Support for Conference Attendance

Sample Letter Requesting Help with Conference Attendance

What’s the Value of TWBN?

2019 Plenary Session Videos:

President Sean McGarvey, NABTU

Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, AFL-CIO

General President Mark McManus, UA

General President Joseph Sellers, SMART

President Stephanie Whalen, Ullico

Pathways to Apprenticeship Panel

National Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator Laura Ceja, UA

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