Guidelines - Call For Topics and Speakers

Building on a fully virtual event with record attendance, the industry-leading Groundbreaking Women in Construction conference again seeks your ideas and input on key issues, trends and best practices shaping women's leadership among architecture, engineering and construction employers to create a thought-provoking and career-enhancing program next year!

GWIC’s 2021 theme:

Reboot · Reconnect · Reimagine

GWIC is so much more than just a conference—it serves as a catalyst to help women expand their presence, influence and career success in an ever changing industry—and to share, learn, challenge and inspire in their organizations. It also has grown into the leading talent development and networking event for construction industry professionals!

Proposal Submission Deadline:
EXTENDED: Friday, January 15, 2021

Submit Your Idea

Last year's fully virtual GWIC had over 1,100 attendees! This year, on our new, enhanced virtual platform, we aim to exceed that attendance—with your help!

Who should submit a proposal?

We encourage proposals from every demographic in all construction sectors—architecture, engineering, contracting, public and private owners, construction crafts, suppliers, technology specialists and academia. Our program will address content of value to professionals at all levels from senior executives to project managers, design engineers, tradespersons and early-career assignments.
You can submit as a single presenter or on behalf of a panel. Please provide panel topic and names/email contacts for proposed panelists, who should represent more than a single firm.
We appreciate your input, but due to the limited timeframe of the event, not all proposals or proposed speakers can be accommodated. GWIC organizers reserve the right to select and arrange topics and presenters as needed to fit the program as it develops.

How do I speak at a live online event?

All speakers are required to have a hard-wired ethernet connection to present live. Our events production team will conduct a tech test with each speaker prior to the conference. During teach session’s initial planning call, our production manager will review all technical requirements and set up a date and time for the tech test. Our platform allows for PowerPoint presentations, multi-media, audience polling, chat, and live Q&A. In some cases, we may collectively decide to pre-record a session – that determination will be made during the initial planning call. Our team is here to ensure each presenter is comfortable on the platform and has a successful experience.

What topics are preferred for speakers?

GWIC is looking for fresh ideas that have not been addressed in previous programs. We're open to a new take on basic themes. On the submit form, please select which one of these categories is closest to your topic.

  • Mentorships & partnerships are a two-way street
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion-the critical importance of culture
  • Best practices in diversity & inclusion training
  • How technology-enabled remote work practices are changing women’s careers
  • Gender disparity in compensation and pay equity and incentives
  • How building allies—across demographics—can advance your career
  • Defining success—is it always about the C-suite?
  • Best practices to prevent workplace harassment and gender bias
  • Developing your leadership style for successful teams and businesses
  • Innovation in technology, business and project management
  • How to raise your profile to bosses, co-workers, clients and outside peers
  • Carving new career paths and building skills
  • Innovative work-life balance and integration strategies
  • Personal development workshops
  • Other

What are the guidelines for submissions?

  • GWIC will weigh topics based on innovation, transformative potential, issue importance and Wow! factor.
  • Please do not submit names of speakers who addressed GWIC last year or repeat presentation/panel titles. See the 2020 agenda
  • Proposals can come from multiple submitters in one organization on multiple topics, but to encourage broad industry participation, only one speaker from a particular employer will be chosen for the program. Coordination of multiple proposal topics from one organization into a single submitted proposal is recommended to speed our review.
  • GWIC does not cover the costs for materials or recording for speakers
  • Speakers receive (1) free full conference registration to compensate them for their ideas, effort and time
  • All proposals must be submitted through our web portal. Do not email proposals.
  • Questions? Email GWIC Event Manager Andrea Pinyan at

Important Dates

Submission Deadline:
Friday, January 15, 2021

Review process will take place in January and February.

We will notify you by email of the status of your submission in February

Submit Your Idea



Platinum Sponsors

autodesk Granite Mortenson


Gold Sponsors

DroneDeploy Gray Construction Haskell lehigh hanson procore rosendin

Silver Sponsors

american global Centuri Group, Inc. DPR Construction IMPACT prophix Structuretone U.S. Department of State

Corporate Delegation Sponsors

Clark Construction DPR Construction lehigh hanson mccarthy Mortenson moss rosendin smacna target zachry

Association Sponsors

National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Women in Concrete Alliance (WICA) Women in Operations Women of Asphalt, Inc. (WofA)


Media Partners

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