Erica Jean-Baptiste, credit manager for Spectra Contract Flooring’s Atlanta office, was recently inducted as president of the National Association of Women in Construction’s (NAWIC) Atlanta chapter. The ceremony took place at Shaw Contract’s Atlanta showroom.

Former President, Sophia Ruffin (left) inducts Erica Jean-Baptiste (right) as new President of NAWIC’s Atlanta chapter.

An industry veteran, Erica says she has always had a passion for the construction industry. Over the course of the six years, she has spent participating in NAWIC, some of which were spent in a directorship, she mentored young women and volunteered in the name of ensuring the industry’s door is open to like-minded women.

“I am humbled and feel privileged to lead our Atlanta NAWIC Chapter,” said Erica. “Women working in the trenches inspired me. My personal interests are in line with NAWIC’s core purpose; to enhance, educate and inspire women in the construction industry. I thank Spectra for their support in giving me the opportunity to do just that.”

“Erica is a forward thinker, bringing ideas that are definitely out of the box, which our chapter needs to move forward,” said immediate past president Sophia Ruffin, who inducted Erica. “She and her new board will make things happen as the chapter continues to strive for the empowerment of women in the construction industry.”

NAWIC’s core purpose is to enhance the success of women in the construction industry by providing education and a network of like-minded individuals for support. Among other things, the organization provides scholarship programs to women pursuing construction-related certificates and degrees in higher education, job site tours of local and national projects and educational events on a local, regional and national level.

Congratulations, Erica, and thank you for all you’re doing to create a better future!