Deadline for MoWIT scholarships to attend Women Build Nations Conference is Aug. 23


Missouri Women in Trades (MoWIT) is offering scholarships for tradeswomen interested in attending the 2017 Women Build Nations Conference in Chicago. The deadline to apply with an essay request to is Wednesday, Aug. 23.

The seventh annual conference, co-sponsored by the North American Building Trades Unions (NABTU) and Chicago Women in the Trades (CWIT), will be held Oct. 13 to 15 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago.  

MoWIT is providing 12 scholarships, which will include registration fees and shared rooms for the event. Five additional scholarships will cover the cost of registration only thanks to a $500 donation from the St. Louis chapter of the Coalition of Labor Union Women.

The conference is for women of all ages and skill levels who work, or aspire to work, in the construction trades. It brings together women from multiple construction crafts to build leadership skills, learn strategies for overcoming challenges and unite around common issues.

Beth Barton, MoWIT president and a member of Carpenters Local 1596, has attended five of the last six conferences. She said she learns something new at each event and it’s a great way to stay up-to-date on emerging trends.

“I look forward to the conference every year,” Barton said. “It provides an energetic atmosphere of acceptance and support, and women can network and build skills, which will enable them to go back and make their unions stronger.”

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