As an organization, the Girl Scouts pride themselves on empowering young women and enabling them to follow their dreams through leadership experiences and opportunities. The Girl Scouts are an inclusive group of women that center their focus “around STEM, the outdoors, development of life skills, and entrepreneurship” (Girl Scouts). With approximately 2.6 million members, both adults and children, the Girl Scouts are empowering women to make changes.

The Girl Scouts of Northern Nevada

The Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada have put together their 16th annual TRIUMPHANT: Celebrating Women in Leadership Awards and Dinner. There, they honored six women leaders within the Northern Nevada community; there were approximately 30 nominees. The categories for which they honored these women are: Environmental Leadership, STEM, Community Service, Healthy Living, Financial Literacy, and Entrepreneurship. This event was held at the Nugget Casino on November 15, 2018. All of the proceeds are benefiting the Girl Scouts.

Women in Leadership

Women in Leadership

Karen Purcell, founder and president of PK Electrical, was the honoree for the entrepreneurship category. Karen’s entrepreneurial skills have assisted her in creating a successful business that has seen substantial growth. She opened PK Electrical 1996; initially, there was one office in Reno, Nevada but the business has since expanded to another location in Denver, Colorado. Karen’s dedication towards women in STEM has motivated her to become a mentor to girls to help them discover ways in which they can break into STEM careers, and explore more STEM learning opportunities.

Get Informed About Careers in STEM

Karen’s book, “Unlocking Your Brilliance: Smart Strategies for Women to Thrive in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math,” describes her experiences as an entrepreneur and female engineer, focusing on her challenges, successes, and gives advice to other women looking to pursue this heavily male-dominated field. Karen is also the founder of STEMspire, a non-profit dedicated to empowering women to succeed in the STEM fields.

Karen is honored to have been chosen for this award and wants young women to keep learning in order to grow into the leaders that she knows they can be. She is passionate about inspiring women in STEM and will always be their biggest advocate.

If you would like to learn more about The Girl Scouts, please go to their website: www.girlscouts.org.

As an organization, the Girl Scouts pride themselves on empowering young women and enabling them to follow their dreams through leadership experiences and opportunities. The Girl Scouts are an inclusive group of women that center their focus “around STEM, the outdoors, development of life skills, and entrepreneurship” (Girl Scouts). With approximately 2.6 million members, both… Read More


What is BIM Day? BIM Day is an annual event hosted by the Denver International Airport and was held at the Webb Municipal Building in Denver. This year’s theme was automation. PK Electrical attended the event and we were excited to showcase our work on the baggage handling system for the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEATAC).… Read More


Production Manager, Matt Gelineau, is the first person in Northern Nevada to receive the “Autodesk Certified Professional: Revit® MEP Electrical” certification. Autodesk is a software corporation that specializes in programs for architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, media, and entertainment industries. There are various online trainings and educational resources offered through the website. Autodesk also has certifications… Read More


What is Project NEON? Project NEON is an almost $1 billion project that is extremely important for Las Vegas. It “is the largest public works project in Nevada history” and has been in progress since December 2015 (NDOT). This project affects the “Spaghetti Bowl” and surrounding freeway areas, which are some of the most congested… Read More


PK Electrical takes pride in the culture it has created amongst its employees. It has a fun and engaging work environment that promotes teamwork and increases productivity. Our core values reflect into our daily, personal and work lives – trust and integrity, success, professional reputation, fun, learning and skills, passion for excellence, teamwork, accountability, and… Read More


Our Electrical Engineering Company’s Culture At PK Electrical, we are an electrical engineering company committed to bringing out the best in our employees. Our company’s culture is defined by our core values of passion, commitment, integrity, innovation, and accountability. These values extend beyond the office – they are permeated throughout each client relationship and project… Read More


What Is The Southeast Connector? The Southeast Connector is a two-phase project that connects Eastern Sparks, Nevada to Southern Reno, Nevada. It is a limited access roadway with major intersections at Greg Street in Sparks, Pembroke Drive, Mira Loma Drive and South Meadows Parkway in Reno. The roadway will terminate into Veterans Parkway at South… Read More


After two and a half years of design and coordination, our production team has finally brought one of our favorite projects to life! Brenda Glavin, BIM & Production Manager, Brandon Douglas, Senior Drafter, and Michael Bellender, Drafter, showed off their 3D designs at last week’s BIM Day in downtown Denver. Project Neon The production team… Read More


PK Electrical Amongst Preeminent Electrical Engineering Companies | Zweig Group 2017 Hot Firm Award Winner! For over 20 years, the Zweig Group Hot Firm List has recognized the 100 fastest-growing architecture, engineering, planning and environmental consulting firms in the United States. This year, PK Electrical was named amongst other architectural and engineering companies to its… Read More


Karen Purcell was the keynote speaker at the 2016 annual Microsoft’s DigiGirlz event in Reno, Nevada. Ms. Purcell spoke for 45 minutes on the importance of getting girls into STEM fields and ideas on how to get involved. The crowd of 100 responded with great questions and enthusiasm. DigiGirlz, a one-day event, held at multiple… Read More


At PK Electrical we value creating a fun, positive, team-oriented environment.  At the end of 2014, a FUN committee was created to plan and organize activities for PK as a whole to participate in.  Since its inception, we have had an Ugly Christmas Sweater contest, Email BINGO, Valentine’s breakfast potluck, and a Bowling Night.  Some… Read More


Take a look at one of our latest and greatest completed projects!  It’s such a pleasure to see the end result of all the hard work and commitment that our great design and construction team invested into this CMAR project.  This is a facility that is truly appreciated and cherished by the community of Douglas… Read More


PK Electrical had an Ugly Christmas Sweater contest today in our Reno office….we are still waiting to tally the results.  Who do you think has the Ugliest/ Tackiest sweater? Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from everyone here at PK!… Read More


Today, Thursday, November 6th from 11 AM to 10 PM all 3 Chili’s in Reno/ Carson City are donating 15% of their sales to the Veterans Guest House. So the employees in the PK Reno office headed down the street to Chili’s for lunch! Please click this link for more details!  Give Back Event Flyer You can… Read More


Electrical Engineers Need to Express Themselves Too The Monday Morning Meeting Gathered around our big layout table is where you will find the employees of PK Electrical on a typical Monday morning; even the Denver office joins us via telephone. Our Monday Morning Meeting is a great way for us to stay connected to each… Read More


Lithonia Lighting Quantum® ELM and ELM2 It has come to PK Electrical’s attention that Acuity Brands lighting manufacturer is currently recalling a lighting product specified on many of our valued client’s projects. The Lithonia ELM and ELM2 incandescent emergency lighting units supplied between March 2010 and February 2014 are being recalled due to overheating, melting… Read More


On Wednesday 7/29 I had the honor of attending the Patriot’s Luncheon at the Reno Air National Guard Base, put on by Barracuda Championship (formerly Reno-Tahoe Open), benefitting Veterans Guest House and featuring K9s For Warriors. PK Electrical bought a table, where I sat with Joey Ganser and Dugan Hadler (also with PK), Steve Ainsworth… Read More


PK Electrical, Inc. is happy to congratulate Jason Aviles for passing the professional engineering exam.  He is an asset to the firm with his certified energy manager (C.E.M.®) and LEED Green Associate certifications. He holds an electrical engineering degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. Currently, Jason is working on a variety of projects and… Read More


PK Electrical is expanding its electrical engineering services to the Denver area. The new office will be managed by principal, Alan Wiskus, LEED AP BD+C, vice president of PK Electrical. Mr. Wiskus brings 24 years of experience with him and has been instrumental in PK Electrical’s growth. “He is energetic, very knowledgeable and focused on… Read More


Karen Purcell, P.E. has written an article that appears in PE Magazine. As a society, we learn about the world and advance our well-being through science and engineering. The United States may be known around the world for its higher education but compared to many other leading and steadily emerging countries we lack a strong focus… Read More


In this first of many articles to come, I wanted to welcome you to my blog and thank you for coming. My name is Karen Purcell and I am the author of Unlocking Your Brilliance: Smart Strategies for Women to Thrive in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Welcome to my blog! As the founder, owner, and… Read More


Karen Purcell, P.E. will be a featured speaker at the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Western Regions Joint Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii on March 2nd, 2012. Her presentation is designed to help women better understand and overcome the social and psychological hurdles commonly experienced in male-dominated STEM fields. The presentation is ideal for women who… Read More