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The Women's Council was established in 2003 and is celebrating their 15th anniversary throughout 2018.

The Women’s Council fosters the professional development of women in the waste industry while striving to increase their business, financial and leadership skills through education, workshops, mentoring, and networking. In addition, the Women’s Council offers scholarships to students in pursuit of a career in the environmental industry.

NWRA takes great pride in its Women's Council. Women's Council President Carmen Smothers shares how this group is improving the lives of people in the waste and recycling industry. 


To apply to be a member of NWRA's Women's Council please fill out our application and send to Peggy Macenas at

Member Testimonials

“I have been employed in the waste industry for 22 years and a member of the NWRA Women's Council since 2010. The Women’s Council has allowed me to expand my professional network and industry knowledge, forge amazing relationships and establish wonderful friendships along the way. Participating in the Women's Council has allowed me to expand my professional network and industry knowledge, forge amazing relationships and establish wonderful friendships along the way. The ability to work alongside the members of the Women’s Council to bridge those with industry knowledge with those new to the industry has been extremely rewarding. I am very proud of the Women’s Council and what we have accomplished over the years and look forward to continuing to serve the industry!"

- Tammy Holtzman, Waste Connections


Women's Council Carts on Display

The NWRA Women’s Council is pleased to present Carts on Display, a sponsored art competition that will take place at the 2018 WasteExpo in Las Vegas from April 23 - 26, 2018.


Monday, April 23

12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.  
Super Storms, Natural Disasters, and Catastrophic Occurrences –
Education Session presented by the Women’s Council Professional
Development Committee.   

*Conference/Education Registration required.

Among the many educational sessions offered by NWRA at WasteExpo, the Women’s Council’s Professional Development Chairs – Kathy Trent and Katie Evans have been busy developing a program presented by the Women’s Council.

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.       
NWRA Women's Council Board and Membership Meeting; LVCC – Room N206

3:00 p.m.
Judging the Carts On Display Art competition – following the Board and Member Meeting                                    

Tuesday, April 24

7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.        
NWRA Awards Breakfast at WasteExpo; LVCC – Rooms N109-N114

* Separate ticket required.   

 Let Peggy know if you would like to sit with the Women’s Council.

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.      
NWRA Industry Award Winner Reception (sponsored by FILA)   Booth 3127
Come to congratulate the Best of the Best

Wednesday, April 25

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.        
NWRA Women's Council Reception
Split the Pot Raffle pull at 2:00 pm   # Booth 3127

Women's Council Presidents Tour
November 12-15, 2018 - Carmen Smothers, 2018 Women's Council President will host members at ESG Headquarters in Chattanooga.

Academic Scholarships

Meet the 2018 Women's Council scholarship recipients, see scholars here.

The NWRA Women’s Council established an educational scholarship program in 2007 to assist qualified individuals in their pursuit of an education that will lead to productive careers in the environmental industry. Over $155,000 in scholarships have been awarded. All Association member employees and their dependents are eligible to apply.

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors five scholarships in the amount of $7,500 each will be awarded in 2018.


Watch for the 2019 Applications beginning in the Fall of 2018

For more information about the Women’s Council Scholarship, contact Peggy Macenas at


  • NWRA Women’s Council Receives $100,000 Donation For Academic Scholarship, Read Here.
  • NWRA Women’s Council Will Award $30,000 In Scholarships and Host Art Shor at WasteExpo, Read Here.
  • NWRA Women’s Council Past President, Tammy Holtzman interviewed by Waste Today Magazine. Watch Here.
  • NWRA Women’s Council Board and Membership Meeting at WasteExpo 2017 Meeting notes: 2017-WC-WasteExpo-meeting-notes-rev.pdf
  • NWRA Women's Council 2017 Scholars: Watch Here 



Carmen Smothers
(Environmental Solutions Group)


Vice President

Cheryl Waite-Perkins

Dianne Cervantes

Kate Kanabay
(Horwood Marcus & Berk Chartered)
Scholarship Chair

Faith Zydowsky
(Sierra Container Group)
Fundraising Chair

Kathy Trent
(Waste Management)
Professional development Co-Chair

Katie Evans
(Best Way)
Professional development Co-Chair

Sarah Bryant
(Petersen Industries)
Membership/Marketing Chair


Tammy Holtzman
(Waste Connections)
Past President

Peggy Macenas
Staff Liason