Professional Women in Construction Celebrates Boston’s Industry Leaders at Annual Awards Gala


BOSTON– The Boston Chapter of Professional Women in Construction (PWC), a national organization dedicated to promoting women and diversity in the construction industry, announced the winners of its annual awards program at its Awards Gala last week.

Riane Ragno

In just their second year hosting the event, PWC Boston welcomed over 150 architecture, engineering, and construction professionals on Thursday, October 19 to celebrate the industry and, in particular, the achievements of the five award winners.

Kelsey Rogers

This year’s event included the addition of Chiderah Okoye, Chair of Transform Power Systems (TPS), as emcee and keynote speaker, as well as a new “Community Impact” category to acknowledge the difference that PWC members make in their communities.

Stephanie Crepeau

The 2023 winners are:

Jill Papagni

Rising Star: Stephanie Crepeau, Superintendent, BOND Building

Excellence in Mentorship: Kelsey Rogers, Senior Consultant in Acoustics, Acentech

Volunteer of the Year: Jill Papagni, Business Development, DPR

Community Impact: Riane Ragno, Diversity & Workforce Coordinator, Cranshaw Construction

Woman of Achievement: Lynne Deninger, Office Practice Leader, CannonDesign

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 again this year at Artists for Humanity, which provides art and design opportunities for under-resourced teens, and the awards themselves were artwork created by AFH artists. Most of the vendors for the event—from catering by Gourmet Caterers to flowers by the Centerpiece Flower Shop—were local woman- or minority-owned businesses.

Lynn Deninger

“We were beyond thrilled to have so many PWC Boston members and supporters join us to celebrate the strides our industry is making in becoming a more inclusive and diverse community,” says Kristi Dowd, president of PWC Boston and executive vice president at Redgate. “These women are confidently taking their own seat at the table and bringing one for their colleagues alongside them. We’re proud to spotlight these women who are creating space for all within the AEC industry. They truly represent PWC’s values of Belonging, Impact, Collaboration, Community, and Empowerment.”

The awards gala was held during Construction Inclusion Week, as emphasized by award winner Stephanie Crepeau, who said: “If she can’t see it, she can’t be it.”

Sponsors for the 2023 PWC Boston Award Gala included:

  • Gala sponsor: Lake Contracting, Inc. and Dellbrook|JKS
  • Cocktail sponsor: BOND Building
  • Partner sponsors: Scalora Consulting Group, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, Northstar Project & Real Estate Services, AHA Consulting Engineers, Shepley Bulfinch, Massport, Siena Construction, Specialty Services of New England, and SGA
  • Associate sponsor: Brio Project Management
  • Photobooth sponsor: TG Gallagher Mechanical Contractors
  • Signage sponsor: DGI Communications.