National Events

2024 - First Annual Women of Asphalt Day

WofA Day

The first annual Women of Asphalt Day, hosted at the World of Asphalt in Nashville, TN, was a resounding triumph, demonstrating the significant impact and growing influence of women in the asphalt industry. The event, held on Wednesday, March 27, 2024, attracted a sold-out crowd of 219 attendees, featuring a comprehensive agenda that spanned from optional group tradeshow explorations to insightful breakout sessions on authentic leadership, negotiations, and the paving process. Highlighted by a keynote session from Victoria Hoyt, Ph.D., on authentic leadership for women in manufacturing and construction, the day was filled with opportunities for learning, networking, and celebrating the achievements of women in this vital sector. The event not only offered a platform for professional development and industry insight but also marked a milestone in promoting diversity and inclusion within the asphalt community.

2024 - World of Asphalt 

WofA returned to the World of Asphalt this year, featuring our booth and the exciting Women of Asphalt mixer. A big thank you to all our amazing volunteers who helped operate the booth and engaged so warmly with the conference attendees. We connected with numerous visitors, spreading awareness about our mission, and handing out WofA shirts, which were a big hit! Your participation and support continue to drive the success of our organization, and we're grateful for every moment shared and connection made at this event!

2022 -- World of Asphalt

 

The next World of Asphalt & AGG1 will take place in Nashville, March 29-31, 2022. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

 

2020 -- CONEXPO-CON/AGG

Despite the threat of COVID-19, WofA had a very successful CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 in Las Vegas. In addition to connecting with a variety of amazing people in the industry, there were many exciting activities and events. The highlights were:

Founding members Amy Miller and Natasha Ozybko participated in the show’s opening ceremonies where the worlds largest 3D printed statue, a FEMALE construction worker, was unveiled. For the first time in CONEXPO-CON/AGG history, a WOMAN greeted attendees at the conference. WofA members affectionately named her "Ruby". We are looking forward to meeting up with Ruby again in 2023 for CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023! The Director of the Nevada DOT, Kristina Swallow, members of NAWIC, and members of the CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 team also participated in the ground-breaking festivities.

 

Sponsored by World of Asphalt 2021, WofA hosted the ever-popular Networking Mixer. The event was well attended and fun was had by all. In addition to networking and mixing with other supporters of WofA, attendees enjoyed free adult beverages and walked away with a WofA stainless steel stemless wine glass and a WofA/WOA 2021 Koozie.

  • Genders on the Jobsite Breakfast : This event, which included a continental breakfast, explored how women experience job site opportunities and challenges. The discussion included how everyone has a role in keeping job sites productive and safe for all workers. The candid interview dialogue was between national diversity advocate Vicki O’Leary and documentary film maker Lorien Barlow.
  • Ask the Influencers — Panel Discussion & Meetup with Instagram’s Most Popular Construction Minds: This panel discussion and networking event featured Missy Scherber of T. Scherber Demolition & Excavating, Aaron Witt of BuildWitt, Keaton Turner of Turner Mining Group, and Stacey Tompkins of Tompkins Excavating, plus numerous other influencers in attendance. The panel answered questions on using social media to recruit new hires, developing your corporate values and culture, taking your marketing to the next level, and the changing face of the construction industry.
  • Widening Your Workforce Executive Lunch Forum: This session featured a female executive panel offering insights on how to open the door to a wider workforce base. The moderator engaged the audience through brief interactive peer to peer discussions, as well as questions for the panelists and idea sharing to explore how we can best make our culture match the needs and wants of our changing workforce.

2019 -- World of Asphalt

For the second year in a row, Women of Asphalt held their annual event in conjunction with World of Asphalt. Activities kicked off on Tuesday afternoon with a panel discussion featuring five exceptional ladies: Jess Hughes (Superior Bowen), Dr. Becky McDaniel (Purdue University), Amy Schumacher (The Heritage Group), Isabell Troxell (Ajax Paving), and Marquisha Williams (Milestone Contractors). The room was filled to capacity as Dr. Rita Leahy moderated a lively conversation highlighting recruiting and retaining women, the benefits of having a mentor, and advice for ladies just starting out in the industry. The floor was then opened to a Q&A session during which many in the audience shared personal stories including working for and with women during their careers.

Immediately following the panel discussion activities moved back to the tradeshow floor for what has quickly  become the “can’t miss” event of the week, the Women of Asphalt Networking Mixer. We had a record attendance at this year’s event (almost 400 attendees!) which once again featured a photo booth and props, an open bar, and WofA swag (cups, trucker hats, and the coveted souvenir t-shirt). The mixer provided a fun and informal atmosphere to engage with other men and women within the industry and educate attendees about the goals of Women of Asphalt.

 

 

A third event was added to the agenda this year. We were honored to have Sarah Fisher as our Keynote Speaker on Wednesday morning. Mrs. Fisher is an accomplished IndyCar driver and business woman. She shared her experiences and keys to success working in a male-dominated industry.

 

 

 

 

 


2018 -- World of Asphalt

THANK YOU!

Thank you to everyone who supported our inaugural event. Women of Asphalt made their debut at World of Asphalt in Houston, Texas, in March 2018. We had a tremendous turnout at the mixer on Tuesday and lively conversation at the round-table discussion on Wednesday. This was the first of what we hope will become a tradition: bringing together and celebrating WOMEN of ASPHALT.