On Thursday, March 20, 2014, the HBAGC Professional Women in Building Chapter was lucky enough to rub elbows with Carole Jones, NAHB’s PWB Vice Chair. She visited Chicago to help inspire the new PWB chapter as we start our journey toward building a successful council.
The Bagels and Bloody Mary’s event was hosted at Banner Plumbing Supply. There was a great turnout and everyone really enjoyed networking before and after the event
Carole told everyone how she got started in the PWB, and it was easy to see what an asset she was to her husband’s success within the NAHB! Her road to her current position was a long one but it demonstrates that perseverance is essential to expanding your horizons and being involved.
There are so many ways to get involved in Professional Women in Building both on the national and local level. One way is to participate in the monthly conference calls that are held by various committees. There are also opportunities to get involved with legislative, membership, awards and communication/education. If you plan on attending Spring and/or Fall Boards this year, plan on participating in the committee meetings, as well as going to some of the events that are sponsored by Professional Women in Building. The events are free and are a terrific way to network. Spring Boards is just around the corner. It is in Washington D.C. June 3 – 6.
Another great way to be informed is to visit www.nahb.org/womeninbuilding. There are toolkits and information available for local chapters. Make sure to “Like” both the Chicago council and the National PWB Facebook pages to get the most up-to-date news. Carole offered our council a wealth of information to get started on the right foot. She states, “Everyone can work their way up, don’t micro-manage the different committees with your group and get involved!”
One of the most important points that I came away with is to BE INVOLVED. The more involved people become the more enthusiasm that is created about the group. I am very excited to participate in all the activities planned and help the Chicago Chapter of Professional Women in Building become a great success.
For more information about joining Greater Chicago PWB, email [email protected]