Trades Women Build Nations Conference To be Held October 4-6, 2019

Women Build Nations Conference

Members Encouraged to Attend

Construction craftswomen from across the nation will gather from October 4-6 in Minneapolis for the 9th National Trades Women Build Nations Conference. The OPCMIA, led by Local 599 Business Agent and Steel Edge Women Chair Kilah Engelke, will have an active presence in the 2019 Conference, as in years past.

We encourage all women members — apprentices and journeypeople alike — to attend. Registration is now open for this unique opportunity to join together with thousands of other tradeswomen from across the country to strengthen the role and power of women within the building trades unions and throughout the construction industry.

Trades Women Build Nations is the largest conference of its type in North America and growing each year. In 2018, more than 2,300 tradeswomen representing every craft came together for this powerful event. The Conference builds a unique community that fosters a supportive environment, embracing and celebrating diversity, making all of our unions stronger.

Trades Women Build Nations is for women of all ages and skill levels who work — or aspire to work — in the construction trades. The conference provides opportunities for networking, learning, and leadership development for all attendees, whether you are a pre-apprentice or a seasoned journeyperson.

The Conference speaks to every tradeswoman’s needs, offering workshops and plenary sessions facilitated by tradeswomen and featuring union leaders, apprenticeship coordinators, contractors and politicians. This information-packed (and fun-filled) weekend will leave you with a renewed sense of purpose in your career, as well as new friends and memories to carry through life.

In conjunction with the Conference, the Tradeswomen Policy Forum will be held in the afternoon of Sunday, October 6th. Participants will discuss how to increase women’s participation and retention in the skilled trades and find collective strategies to help tradeswomen thrive in a male-dominated industry.

Please visit for more information and to register for the Conference.