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Leadership training designed by women in construction for women in construction.

Uncover and develop your own unique brand of transformational leadership

and take your career to the next level.

Join the NAWIC Leadership Academy to become the leader you are meant to be. After more than 70 years of elevating women in the construction industry, we know what it takes to help women succeed.

Next Cohort: October 7, 2024!

Are you ready to empower yourself, your team and other women in the industry?

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Why NAWIC Leadership Academy?

Decades of experience working with women in the construction industry have shown us that despite more women entering the workforce, women still face barriers that prevent them from advancing at the same rate as men.

Women Face a Double-Bind:

  • You’re told you need to be more assertive and confident. When you’re assertive, you’re told you're too bossy, aggressive, or worse.

Women Receive Mentorship. Men Receive Sponsorship:

  • Mentors provide advice and preparation. Sponsors provide exposure and opportunities. Opportunities lead to advancement.

Women’s Transformational Leadership Style Isn’t Rewarded:

  • The construction industry has always been male-dominated and the dominant leadership style of men–transactional leadership–is rewarded. The impact of the transformational leadership style that most women naturally adopt isn’t appreciated, measured, or considered when evaluating women for promotions.

NAWIC recognizes the barriers you face. The NAWIC Leadership Academy is designed to help you embrace your unique leadership style, get the recognition you deserve, and break past those barriers to take on the leadership roles you are made for.

The next cohort starts on October 7, 2024! Secure your spot today!

Join the mailing list by clicking "I'm Ready" below so you get first access when we go on sale!

You are! We can't wait to see the impact you'll have.

Learn More In An Upcoming Info Session

Your Look Inside the NAWIC Leadership Academy

Investing in your leadership training is a big decision and it can be tough to know if you’re ready or what kind of training you ​need. If you know you’d like to take the next step in your career but aren’t sure if the Leadership Academy is right for you, our ​free info session on September 4th at 12pm EST can help you decide.

Join an info session to learn:

  • Why NAWIC Leadership Academy is different from your company’s traditional leadership training program.
  • Tips on how to get your company to cover the cost of joining NAWIC Leadership Academy.

Plus, you’ll hear directly from past participants in the Leadership Academy. Past participants will share why they joined the ​program, what they got out of the experience, and where they are now. They’re also ready to answer all of your burning ​questions!

If absolutely nothing else, you will leave this session inspired by what our incredible NAWIC Leaders are up to!

Who should attend an Info Session?

  • Any woman in construction: If you’re ready to advance into a leadership role or are currently in a leadership position and ​want to be the best leader you can be, come to the session! If you have any questions or hesitations, it’s the perfect ​opportunity to see if NAWIC Leadership Academy is for you.
  • Supervisors, managers and leadership teams: If you want to learn how the NAWIC Leadership Academy can help ​advance more women within your team and company, come to the session!

NAWIC Leaders Driving Change

Cathy Montgomery,


"Things just started snowballing after I took this course. I started talking to people in my office about how valuable this information is. Now there's a whole team dedicated to women in construction."

Jennifer Sproul,


"Someone helps you discover answers that are already within you, but it takes an outside person to probe more deeply into a challenge to find out what will be most effective for growth. . . . I’ve never been more confident in my life as I am right now. Coaching with Ambition Theory brought the confidence I have within myself to the surface."

Laura Irwin

Southway Builders

"Taking this course helped me to recognize my strengths, lead authentically and influence the culture in my company. Two weeks after the course ended, I was nominated for and won my company's Integrity award. Leadership looks different for women in the construction industry, and this course helped me recognize this in myself and educate others in my company"

Bringing together NAWIC’s 70+ years of experience elevating women in construction

and Ambition Theory’s leadership training designed specifically for women in construction,

the NAWIC Leadership Academy is focused on one thing–advancing more

women in construction into leadership roles.

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NAWIC Leadership Academy

Learn the behaviors you need to be an influential and impactful leader in today's construction industry.

You will leave the Leadership Academy with:

  • Confidence in your unique leadership brand and how to leverage your strengths to advance your career.
  • The leadership skills you need to influence and inspire others to take action.
  • Increased confidence in your ability to manage up and navigate relationships within your organization.
  • The ability to think strategically and understand how to provide value to your company.
  • A network and support system of other women leaders in the industry.

Is the NAWIC Leadership Academy for you?

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If you are a professional woman in construction with five or more years of experience who is ready to move into a leadership role or has recently been promoted, NAWIC Leadership Academy is for you.

The curriculum covers:

  • Clarifying your core values
  • Understanding your strengths
  • The mindset of a strategic leader
  • How others perceive your leadership style
  • Social and emotional intelligence
  • Sponsorship vs. Mentorship
  • Networking and leveraging relationships
  • Celebrating progress and continuing your leadership journey

The coaching difference:

Results don't happen while you’re sitting in front of a computer. Real results happen when you apply what you’re learning. The NAWIC Leadership Academy incorporates coaching and peer learning to create accountability and encourage you to take action. With weekly action, you’ll start seeing results rapidly and achieve tangible outcomes.


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Eight weeks of

on-demand curriculum

Live Group Coaching Every Thursday

12pm CST

Your Leadership

Brand 360 Assessment

Action planning worksheets

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Evidence-based articles


Guest speakers

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Online Community

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Yes!!! The construction industry needs your unique brand of leadership.


$1,999 per person

This cohort is October 7, 2024


With more than 115 chapters across the country, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) offers its members education, support and networking to help advance their careers in construction, build their technical skills, and become leaders.

Our members include some of the most accomplished women in our profession, many of whom credit NAWIC with helping them advance their careers and grow as individuals and as leaders.

About Ambition Theory

Ambition Theory is a professional coaching, and leadership development company focused on teaching the transformational leadership skills needed to advance in today’s construction industry.

We focus on taking immediate action to produce tangible outcomes. Many women have been offered promotions during or very soon after working with Ambition Theory.