The Construction Department manager for Eyman Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning said she supports women who make construction their careers.
“There are some special women who want to work in construction, but we have a long way to go,” said Karli Meisinger, who also manages the department’s business development.
Karli serves as vice president of the Greater Omaha Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). She has been a member for several years.
She said Eyman backs her efforts.
“They have always been very supportive of my affiliation with this association,” she said.
Karli said she’s inspired by an Eyman family member.
“Anne Eyman is a strong figure and a wonderful role model. I am lucky that I got to come up and work with her,” she said. “I’m excited to share that excitement with generations coming up behind me.”
She said NAWIC has three main goals for women in the construction industry:
- To ensure their future in construction
To achieve these goals, Karli said they introduce youngsters to the industry.
“Every spring we take some kids in through 6th grade and introduce them to different construction trades,” Karli said. “It’s hosted at the local level. Young boys and girls partner with the entire construction community.”
She said that’s different than many other career programs.
“Traditionally, the focus has been on college, but a lot of children are actually more suited to the trades,” she said.
She said there also are those who end up in the trades late in life, so NAWIC brings this nationally recognized program to children early.
The Omaha construction community welcomes NAWIC’s efforts, Karli said.
They embrace NAWIC “because they know the future of the trades depends on the development of the younger generation.”
“It is really important to support each other and recognize companies that take this effort seriously and are committed to it,” she said.
There’s a golf outing each fall and its proceeds go for apprentice scholarships, which is unique to this program.
“We’re so proud to encourage people coming into the trades.”