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PWC Boston Celebrates Inaugural Award Winners


October 27, 2022

The Boston Chapter of Professional Women in Construction (PWC), a national organization dedicated to promoting women and diversity in the construction industry, celebrated four outstanding women at its inaugural Awards Gala last week.

Over 100 architecture, engineering, and construction professionals joined PWC Boston Wednesday, October 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, Associate Principal/Executive Director of Business Development & Strategy, EYP/Page


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 EpiCenter. 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,” says 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.”

Sponsors for the inaugural PWC Boston Award Gala included:

  • Gala sponsor: Dellbrook|JKS
  • Cocktail sponsor: Ameresco
  • Partner sponsors: Stantec, AHA Consulting Engineers, Vantage Builders, Inc., Omnilite|Illuminate, TRIA, Inc., Finish Installation of New England, and Lavallee Brensinger Architects
  • Associate sponsor: B+AC Structural Engineers
  • Photobooth sponsor: ELLANA, Inc

Photos from the event can be found on the PWC Boston website.

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