Oregon Tradeswomen offered our first virtual TLI event on Saturday, March 13, 2021 and spent the morning with more than 120 registered attendees.

The active, engaging sessions were moderated by tradeswomen and offered information and resources about career advancement, the advantages of women’s committees, and ways to build personal networks to advance your career and leadership skills.

Special thanks to Evelyn Shapiro, Executive Secretary-Treasurer Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters for joining us in the morning to offer a keynote address; to our incredible panelists and moderators; and to Isis Harris, Electician, IBEW Local 48 and member of Oregon Tradeswomen’s Board of Directors for your strong and inspiring remarks to close out the day.

2021 Event Program

9:00 am  |  Welcome & Housekeeping
Kim Neel, Retention Services Coordinator, Oregon Tradeswomen

Kelly Kupcak, Executive Director, Oregon Tradeswomen

Keynote Address
Evelyn Shapiro, Executive Secretary-Treasurer Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters

9:30 am – 10:45 am Panel Discussion

Lifting Tradeswomen Voices: The Power of Women’s Committees
Hear from members and organizers of women’s committees in the trades and learn how you can get involved if you aren’t already, and how to use committees to advance leadership for women. Discuss strategies for strengthening tradeswomen’s voices, as well as BIPOC and LGBTQ+ tradesworkers voices through a committee structure.

10:45 am– 11:00 am  |  Break

11:00 am – 12:15 pm  |  Panel Discussion

Moving Up: Pathways to Power
Far too often tradeswomen face barriers to leadership in our industry, whether in our apprenticeship, union or at work. But tradeswomen across the country and here in Oregon are making a difference in lots of ways to improve conditions for women and the industry overall. Join what promises to be a dynamic conversation and hear from tradeswomen who are leaders in our industry and movement.

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm  |  Networking Activity

Building an Effective Personal Network: Tools for Leadership

Whether you are new to the trades or a journeyworker, understanding the value of a personal network can be helpful in building your own leadership. Join this discussion to learn more about ways you can build your personal professional network – from participating in union meetings and committees, to attending Tradeswomen Build Nations – and why it’s important on your path to leadership.

1:00 pm  |  Closing Remarks

Isis Harris, Electrician, IBEW Local 48 and Oregon Tradeswomen Board Member


Have questions? Want to help plan the next event?

Please contact:
Kim Neel, Retention Services Coordinator
503.335.8200 x 123