The Women in Concrete Alliance (WICA) - a networking organization for women in the concrete industry that debuted earlier this year - has announced the call for entries for their first Woman of Distinction award.

According to Kari Moosmann, co-founder of WICA, the Award was created to celebrate women in the industry.

"We are excited to see a woman in the industry honored by her peers," said Moosmann. "This Award will reinforce that women are a valued resource in the concrete construction industry."

WICA co-founder Kimberly Kayler noted that the recipient of the award will signify the spirit of the Women in Concrete Alliance.

"WICA was formed to supply information, opportunities and mentoring to women working in the concrete construction industry," said Kayler. "There are many women that really make a difference for other women in the industry, as well as make this is a better marketplace for us all. This Award gives us a chance to celebrate those heroes."

To submit a nomination for the Woman of Distinction Award, visit the News/Events page at The deadline for all nominations is October 15, 2010. After the nominations are received, members of the industry will have the opportunity to vote on their choice and the winner will be announced Feb. 1, 2011.

The WICA was started by co-founders Moosmann, former managing editor of Concrete Construction magazine, and Kayler, president of Constructive Communication, Inc. The idea for an ongoing network began with Hanley Wood's Women in Concrete (WIC) event at World of Concrete. The spirit of Women in Concrete was kept alive through the year by profiles of readers that appeared in a regular column in The Concrete Producer and Concrete Construction magazines. Requests for a more continuous connection sparked the idea for the Alliance. WICA strives to go beyond these initial efforts and reach women on a continuous basis to create an industry alliance that serves the needs of all women in concrete.

The Advisory Board that directs the focus of the Women in Concrete Alliance consists of Diana Sanicki, Marketing Manager, Doka USA, Ltd.; Janet Ong, Marketing Director, CTS Cement Manufacturing Corporation; Jenne Imholte-Decker, Paving Sales Manager, Simplex Construction, Supplies, Inc.; Patti Flesher, Media Relations Manager, Portland Cement Association; Kitty Hoyle, President, Wellington Hamrick, Inc.; Anne Ellis, PE, Vice President, AECOM; and Shelby Mitchell, Associate Editor, The Concrete Producer magazine.

For more information on the Women in Concrete Alliance, e-mail [email protected], or go to, Women in Concrete facebook fan page, Women in Concrete group on LinkedIn, or follow Women in Concrete on twitter.