Jul 06

Women of NAWIC – Clare Whelan

Clare Whelan is the president of the Miami Chapter of NAWIC.  2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the Miami Chapter and there are plans to celebrate all year long!

During “Women in Construction” week in March, the Miami Chapter kicked off this year long celebration with special events including a Builder’s Boot Camp, a membership party and a jobsite tour of the Florida Marlin’s new stadium.

Clare has been instrumental in bringing media attention to the chapter’s cause and events. The buzz of the WIC Week celebrations reached the ears of both the Miami Herald and Ground Breaker Magazine.  Clare was interviewed by the Miami Herald, which aired on NPR on March 21.

Ground Breaker Magazine also did an article which included the following picture of the 50 women in hard hats that attended the tour.

Miami women were ahead of their time in 1961, establishing one of NAWIC’s very first local chapters,” says Clare Whelan, president of Miami Women in Construction. “Now, 50 years later, most of our board and many of our members are running their own construction businesses. Women are changing the face of Miami’s construction scene with every new project they lead, and more hardhats are being worn by women on jobs than ever before.”

I had the pleasure of meeting Clare at Region 3’s Forum in Palm Beach Gardens back in April.  I was impressed by her energy and passion for her work and NAWIC.  Clare is the president and CEO of Doors, Inc.  The company was founded in 1996 as a woman owned business.  Doors, Inc. provides doors and carpentry for commercial buildings including hotels, high-rise condominiums, public buildings and more.

Clare has worked in construction since 1978 when she was enrolled as a union carpenter apprentice in Seattle, WA.  She attended a construction school in Eureka, California and worked in the trade since that time.  She holds a degree in business administration from the University of Washington.

Clare has held top management and sales positions over the past 25 years in Miami, for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Miami Seaquarium.  She graduated as a CSBE ( Community Small Business Enterprise) from the School of Construction Management presented by Turner Construction.

Clare is truly a woman of distinction in the construction industry and NAWIC is lucky to have her on board.

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