Guidelines - Call For Topics and Speakers

Building on a very successful event last year, 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 2020 theme:


GWIC aims to be not just a conference but a catalyst to help women expand their presence, influence and career success in a changing industry as a new decade begins—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:
Friday, Nov. 15, 2019

Submit Your Idea

Last year's GWIC was a sell-out with more than 750 attendees! In our new larger setting next year, we aim to exceed that attendance—with your help!

Who should submit a proposal?

We encourage proposals from women and men 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.

What topics are preferred for speakers?

GWIC is looking for fresh ideas that have not been addressed in previous programs. But a new take on these basic themes will be of interest:

  • Management track—or technical path?
  • Gender disparity in compensation and pay equity analysis
  • Exploring the male perspective on womens' leadership and advancement
  • Self-help and personal development
  • Strategies to resolve workplace harassment and hidden gender bias—issues and best practices for prevention
  • Project and business leadership and team building
  • Recruitment, retention and incentives
  • How to succeed at starting a business
  • Intrepreneurship (within an organization)
  • How to raise your profile to bosses, co-workers, clients and outside peers
  • Carving new career paths/skillbuilding
  • Negotiating skills
  • Winning strategies for professionals of color in AEC careers
  • Innovative work-life balance or work-life integration strategies
  • LGBTQ+ workplace strategies
  • Multigenerational motivation

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 2019 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 travel or accommodation of speakers
  • Speakers receive (1) free conference registration ($495 value) to compensate them for their ideas, effort and time
  • All proposals must be submitted through our web portal. Do not email proposals.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline:
Friday, November 15, 2019

Review process will take place in December and January

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

Submit Your Idea



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