In August 2022, the Indiana Kentucky Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters (IKORCC) sent 50 Sisters in the Brotherhood (SIB) to the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC) International Training Center for the 2022 International Sisters Conference.
The theme of this year’s conference was “Seize The Opportunity” – a call to action for attendees to get involved locally, regionally, and internationally in growing our diversity and union strength. Programming included motivational guest speakers, U.S. and Canadian diversity labor officials, and several workshops to directly touch on the unique challenges for UBC SIBs. The four-day event was full of networking opportunities and training for members ranging from apprentice to seasoned carpenters, millwrights, and industrial members.
IKORCC SIB chair Megan Pugel was on the conference planning committee and said this, “the energy was exhilarating and something I had never experienced. These ladies have shown and will continue to show their strong leadership capabilities.”
Around 525 Sisters in the Brotherhood from across the United States of America and Canada were in attendance. The United Brotherhood of Carpenters holds the Sisters in the Brotherhood Conference once every three years; this was the first conference held at the Las Vegas, Nevada training facility since 2018 due to the ongoing COVID-19 challenges in 2021.
Local 224 Carpenter Cassie Brown spoke of her experience at the event:
Absolutely amazing experience. I enjoyed the conference, but I loved meeting everyone- knowing I’m not by myself. I knew there were other females, but I didn’t realize how much of a force we are, from the United States and Canada. And [what I saw] was just the ones that were invited to the conference, it doesn’t even include those who weren’t in attendance. We’re a force to be reckoned with.
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