Professional Women in Construction New York Honors Victoria Cerami, Sheela Maini Søgaard and Elizabeth Velez at Salute to Women of Achievement dinner
Professional Women in Construction (PWC) New York hosted its “Salute to Women of Achievement” dinner at The View at Battery Park on September 21, 2022, where three executives were recognized for their outstanding careers and contributions to empowering women in the AEC industry. The evening’s honorees include Victoria Cerami, CEO Emeritus of Cerami & Associates, Sheela Maini Søgaard, partner & CEO of Bjarke Ingels Group, and Elizabeth Velez, president of the Velez Organization.
Collectively, Cerami, Søgaard and Velez have made tremendous contributions to the New York City construction industry through strategic leadership, projects, mentorship, and involvement in civic and professional causes. Each of the honorees received an original piece of artwork by New York-based artists Chelsea Best.
PWC New York is the founding chapter of PWC, a national nonprofit founded in 1980 which supports, advances and connects women, and promotes diversity within the architecture, engineering, construction and related industries. The funds raised at the Salute to Women of Achievement dinner support the organization’s scholarship program and various panel events throughout the year. $15,000 in scholarships were given to six women pursuing studies in real estate and AEC-related fields at New York University and the City College of New York.