AGC MA announces 2023 BWIC Inspire Awards Winners


Wellesley, MA —The Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts (AGC MA) announced the winners of the 2023 BWIC (Building Women in Construction) Inspire Awards, designed to recognize and celebrate exemplary women in construction who demonstrate leadership, generosity, innovation, and unwavering commitment to their career, colleagues, and industry.

Linda Shaughnessy

“Here in Massachusetts, women play essential roles in all facets of the local construction sector,” says John Ferrante, CEO of AGC MA. “The BWIC Inspire Awards pay tribute to their invaluable, wide-ranging, and growing contributions, and we congratulate this year’s exceptional winners.”

Five BWIC Inspire Awards will be presented on March 9, 2023 at 4 p.m. at the Westin Copley Hotel, Boston. Awards will be presented in the categories of Mentor (for those who have worked to inspire, nurture, and educate the next generation), Emerging Leader (for ‘those to watch’ – innovators and stand-out performers), Rising Star (for those who are already making their mark on the industry as they continue to grow in their profession), Trades Woman (for those who demonstrate exceptional craft and a commitment to developing it further), and Young Achiever (for a noteworthy graduating college senior with a concentration in construction management). The ceremony will be hosted by Catherine Walsh, Associate Vice President in Facilities Management, Northeastern University.

The BWIC Inspire Awards are peer nominated and the final selection process is managed by a team of nine judges with commercial industry experience. The winners of the 2023 BWIC Inspire Awards are:

 Linda Shaughnessy (posthumously) – BWiC Mentor of the Year

Compliance Officer – Walsh Brothers, Incorporated

Jess Baccari

Jess Baccari – BWiC Emerging Leader of the Year

RA, AIA, LEED AP BD+C (formerly Garnitz) Project Manager – Siena Construction Corporation

Stephanie Crepeau

Stephanie Crepeau – BWiC Rising Star of the Year

Superintendent – BOND Building Construction

Chaise Kakuk

Chaise Kakuk – BWiC Young Achiever

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Jenaya Nelson

Jenaya Nelson – BWiC Tradeswoman of the Year

Laborer Local 223