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Women in NECA & Future Leaders

Women in NECA (WIN)

Women In NECA was established to provide a collaborative forum for women affiliated with NECA-member companies, chapters and LMCCs.

WIN supports the professional development of women working in the electrical contracting industry through educational and networking events, promotes diversity, and encourages women to explore careers in the industry. WIN works to make NECA and our industry stronger by advancing women’s goals for professional growth.

The goal of WIN is to bring these trends together in a way that supports the professional growth of industry women. When a woman joins WIN, her company, chapter or LMCC is directly supporting her desire to be a successful employee and industry leader.

Women in NECA & Future Leaders

2021 WIN & Future Leaders Reception


Members are industry innovators; company owners and executives; financial and human resource managers; future leaders and administrative professionals who want to help their companies, chapters and organizations succeed.

Why WIN?

Since 2009, many professional women in our industry have rapidly moved into focus. Electrical contracting is evolving with new technology and customer demands; the way contractors think of their business is also shifting.

Future Leaders

In 1990, NECA developed and presented its first Future Leaders Conference. This was a very important milestone in NECA’s history in that this program was developed for the new, emerging leaders of NECA’s electrical contractor members. NECA’s Executive Committee recognized that in order for the association to continue its leadership role in the electrical construction industry, it would have to prepare a cadre of young mid-career executives to assume the future leadership positions in their companies as well as in their local and national association.

The first conference was held at Stone Mountain, Georgia, where 45 participants attended a three-day conference. The conference was designed to take attendees away from their day-to-day pressures and create a unique forum for future-thinking leaders. The forum allowed the participants to come together, to meet, discuss and plan effectively for the major challenges facing the electrical construction industry in the next century. The major purpose of the conference was to identify the future leaders of NECA electrical contractors as well as the future leaders of local chapters and the national organization. The participants discussed issues that affected their companies and their local associations.

*Cited from the book “Empowering an Industry – One Hundred Years of National Electrical Contractors Association”

WINFL at NECA Nashville 2021

WINFL at NECA Nashville 2021

2021 NECA Convention in Nashville, TN


The purpose of the program is to cultivate the next generation of electrical contractors, as well as the next generation of NECA’s leadership. NECA's Future Leaders connects emerging professionals by offering events focused on networking and discussions topics to enhance their leadership skills and increase their involvement within the association, community and the industry.

Developed by NECA, The Future Leaders program is organized by a steering committee of younger NECA member contractors. The program offers up-and-coming professionals an opportunity to network with their peers and a chance for them to consider the challenges their companies, industry and association will face in the future.



Activities are open to all emerging electrical construction industry professionals employed by a NECA member company or chapter. To be placed on the Future Leaders mailing list and receive information on upcoming events and future activities, send Wanessa Alves an email at [email protected].


  • To encourage networking among peers
  • To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas
  • To enhance participants knowledge through programs selected by peers and stay current with industry trends/best practices
  • To generate ideas that encourage innovation to benefit the participant’s business, association and industry
  • To promote member participation in association programs and strengthen NECA's community for generations to come

WINFL Roundtable Open Discussion 

At the Women in NECA/Future Leaders Roundtable, Dannelle Walker Whiteside spoke to attendees. She is a higher education leader, education lawyer, TEDx speaker, authenticity advocate and force multiplier. She currently serves as vice president for Legal Affairs and Organizational Strategy at Austin Peay State University where she is the institution’s chief legal officer and also oversees public relations and marketing and strategic initiatives. Whiteside presented "Harnessing Your Power to Lead Others." She urged attendees to think about their own experiences and how they can better lead, mentor and influence others. A reception followed for more networking opportunities.


WINFL at NECA Austin 2022

2022 NECA Convention in Austin, TX