National Women in Roofing (NWIR), a national organization focused on the empowerment of women within the roofing industry, formally launched its initial membership drive during special events at the 2016 Western Roofing Expo and the FRSA 94th Annual Convention and Florinda Roofing and Sheet Metal Expo in June. 
During the expo in Las Vegas, NWIR hosted a well-attended speaking event and networking session on the eve of the show.
In Florida, NWIR hosted a table at the welcome reception where visitors could network, mingle and register for membership. For $60 annually, NWIR members will be on the cutting edge of new programs and the development of councils around the country. Membership will also include online training and networking opportunities with an emphasis on programs that will empower women's career paths in roofing regardless of their position.
Organization officials also recently announced funding from The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress. Granted $20,000 over the next two years, NWIR will use the funds as part of start-up costs for the emerging association.
NWIR strives to provide an opportunity for women and men, new and established, to find ongoing success working in the roofing industry.  
Incorporated in February of 2016, NWIR has retained association management and filed for 501c status. The Alliance funds are the first funding obtained by the new association. The sponsorship drive will be branded the Founding Sponsorship as an early opportunity for roofing industry organizations, companies and individuals to donate $10,000 annually to support the recruitment, mentoring, education and networking of women in the roofing profession.
The current list of founding sponsors includes: SRS Corp., Beacon, National Roofing Partners, Johns Manville and Duro-Last.
NWIR has created a strong foundation of bylaws, processes and procedures that are built around the following goals:
• Mentoring – Mentor and empower women in the roofing industry toward excellence in their chosen career.
• Education – Create high-quality learning programs and experiences for men and women to build successful businesses and careers for both genders.
• Networking – Provide opportunities to meet women in the roofing industry, creating strong, long-lasting networks.
• Recruiting – Reach beyond traditional recruitment to enable and promote careers in the roofing industry to current and future workers
Sponsorship funding including Alliance dollars will be used for the development of an association website, overall communications, database development and ongoing education, mentoring, recruiting and networking opportunities. For more information and opportunities available, visit