Boston – The Boston Chapter of Professional Women in Construction (PWC), a national organization dedicated to promoting women and diversity in the construction industry, recently celebrated four outstanding women at its inaugural Awards Gala.
Over 100 architecture, engineering, and construction professionals joined PWC Boston on Oct. 19 to celebrate the industry and, in particular, the achievements of the four award winners. Long-time WCVB anchor and reporter Susan Wornick led the ceremonies, presenting the following awards:
Rising Star: Erin Popa, Associate Principal, BR+A
Excellence in Mentorship: Keri DiLeo, Vice President, Scalora Consulting Group
Volunteer of the Year: Kaija Peterson, Estimator, Structure Tone
Woman of Achievement: Kelly Bliss, Executive Director, Business Development & Strategy, EYP, a Page company
PWC Boston’s Awards Gala was developed to celebrate the professionals who are leading the way for women and a more diverse workforce in the AEC community in the Greater Boston region and beyond. The gala was held at the Artists for Humanity (AFH) EpiCenter in Boston. AFH provides art and design opportunities for under-resourced teens, and the awards themselves were artwork created by AFH artists. All vendors for the event – from catering and dessert by Gourmet Caterers and Caked Boston to flowers and entertainment by The Centerpiece Flower Shop and Maddi Ryan – were local woman- or minority-owned businesses.
“We are so proud to celebrate our award winners and the progress our industry has made in being more inclusive of hard-working AEC professionals from all backgrounds,” said Caitlyn Angelini, partner at AKF Group and president of PWC Boston. “The gala was a blast, and we’re excited that we have set a precedent to continue this celebration of our community year after year.”