MoWIT seeking donations to send tradeswomen to Seattle Women Build Nations Conference

MISSOURI STRONG: A diverse group of about 100 Missouri tradeswomen attended last year’s Women Build Nations Conference in Chicago. This year’s conference is set for Oct. 12 – 14 in Seattle, and MoWIT is seeking donations to send local tradeswomen to the event. – Sisters in the Brotherhood of the St. Louis-Kansas City Regional Carpenters Council file photo

Event scheduled Oct. 12-14

Missouri Women in Trades (MoWIT) is seeking donations to help send local tradeswomen to the 2018 Women Build Nations Conference in Seattle.

The event, sponsored by the North American Building Trades Unions, Washington State Building & Construction Trades Council and Apprenticeship & Non-Traditional Employment for Women (ANEW), will be held Oct. 12 – 14 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

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.

More than 1,900 tradeswomen from 45 states and six Canadian provinces attended the 2017 conference, which was held in Chicago. MoWIT provided several scholarships for St. Louis area tradeswomen to attend last year’s event, which included registration fees and shared rooms.


To make a donation to help send local women to the Seattle conference, call MoWIT President Beth Barton at 636-926-6948 or email her at Scholarship application details will be released soon.


The conference begins Friday, Oct. 12 with an evening opening reception. Workshops will be held Saturday and Sunday. The registration fee is $125 per person and includes the conference reception, continental breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and lunch on Saturday.

Travel discounts are being offered by Alaska Airlines, which is offering a seven-percent discount by using the code ECMZ792, and Amtrack, which is providing 10-percent off fares with the code X90H-999.

Hotel accommodations are being offered at the Westin Seattle with rooms ranging from $199 – $259 a night plus taxes via and at the Sheraton Seattle with rates between $179 and $229 a night plus taxes at


For more information or to register for the conference online, visit or call 206-381-1384.


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