Wallis-Lage, the first woman president of an operating business unit at Black & Veatch, is an established STEM leader through her dynamic leadership of more than 100 water projects around the world and longtime advocacy of STEM education, careers and initiatives. In 2012 she served as an executive sponsor for Kansas City’s Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (IGED). IGED’s mission encourages and educates girls who have shown an aptitude in science, engineering, technology and math. “Helping to illuminate the path for all people in the STEM disciplines is an obligation I take very seriously,” said Wallis-Lage. “The Society of Women Engineers is a vital partner in celebrating and advancing the role women play in connecting our world, improving and empowering our communities and safeguarding our most precious resources. I’m humbled and grateful for SWE’s recognition.” Porter is a Transmission Line Project Engineer for Black & Veatch whose duties include design and supervision of overhead transmission line projects. Her work involves managing the engineering design throughout the planning, design, and construction of rebuild and rerates of transmission lines. Porter is currently the chair of the Black & Veatch Women’s Network and has also been actively engaged with supporting IGED. “Looking at SWE’s roster of honorees this year, I’m proud to stand with an impressive group of women making a difference and blazing a trail that will lead to more women in engineering and the STEM field,” Porter said. “Our industry, perhaps more than any other, benefits from diverse backgrounds and perspectives to solve our world’s various infrastructure challenges.” The Society of Women Engineers, founded in 1950, is the world's largest advocate and catalyst for change for women in engineering and technology. Its annual conference will gather more than 14,000 professional and collegiate men and women in engineering and technology for professional development, education and networking. Media Contact Information: CHRISTOPHER CLARK | 913-458-2778 p | 816-674-0572 m | email@example.com-HOUR MEDIA HOTLINE | +1 866 496 9149 0 About Black & Veatch Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building critical human infrastructure in Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Government Services. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management. Our revenues in 2018 were US$3.5 billion. Follow us on www.bv.com and in social media. Related Insights Distribution Planning: More Twists and Turns Ahead Planning for today’s distribution networks is a little like driving down a foggy road at night. Knowing what’s ahead and having more visibility makes a ride like that easier, but the clarity those two conditions provide is lacking for utilities and other players in the power sector as they travel toward a modernized grid. When Water is the Product, How Do We Afford Sustainability? Regardless of industry or product, the effective use of water carries huge weight for plant operators and other decision-makers who must pit emerging social calls for sustainability against the money on hand to make it happen. Executive Summary Rising demand for clean and sustainable energy has made this one of the most dynamic and exciting moments in the history of power supply. It's also one of the most vexing: Across diverse geographies, and even more diverse stakeholders, there are both opportunities and deep challenges to meeting the social and economic goals tied to the reliable, resilient supply of quality power. Global Renewables: From Utah to the United Nations, Renewables Power Up From C-suites and state capitals to international governments and the United Nations, leaders of the world’s most influential economies are codifying the role of renewables in an increasingly sustainable power generation mix. On the government side, leaders in China, Europe and elsewhere are on a growing list of American states in setting ambitious renewable portfolio standards (RPS) targets. Renewables Surge, Changing Policies Expected to Drive Investment in Transmission Surging growth in renewables and efforts to increase resilience will drive millions of dollars in new transmission investment over the next five years, according to Black & Veatch’s 2019 Strategic Directions: Electric Report survey. Survey results found that 37 percent of respondents see renewables as the top driver in new investment, followed by resilience and reliability (28 percent).