Dear Friend,

Between now and September 9th we're profiling the eleven amazing women from Northeastern PA who we're celebrating this year with our Seventh Annual Women in Conservation Awards. Today is our ninth inspiring profile. 

WIC is only 20 days away - buy your tickets now! 


Meet Diana Dakey
Woman of Climate and Renewable Energy

Diana Dakey stepped up to the role of facilitator for Protect Northern PA, a group of concerned citizens that spontaneously came together in 2019 out of necessity and urgency to look into the environmental and safety threats posed by an inland liquified-natural gas-for-export project being built in Bradford County, which would affect communities all along the virtual pipeline’s overland haul route from Pennsylvania to New Jersey.

During the 90s and early 2000s, Dakey and community leaders organized an effort to document harms of a proposed landfill expansion, which ultimately led to a decision by DEP that was favorable to the community. Diana was a participant in DEP’s foundational Environmental Justice Work Group from 1999 to 2001.  

Dakey is active with the League of Women Voters as president of the local Lackawanna County League and as a volunteer for the Pennsylvania League of Women Voters’ advocacy efforts through the Open Primaries PA Coalition and Fair Districts PA.

Dakey has served on the board of PennFuture since 2016. Past volunteer service includes the boards of Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, Countryside Conservancy (LaPlume), Millersburg Area Art Association, and the Pennsylvania Dietetic Association.

Before retiring, Dakey worked in the healthcare industry in a wide variety of roles. 

Dakey enjoys the outdoors, hikes regularly in Lackawanna State Park, tends to her perennial flower garden, and spends time with her granddaughter. She resides in Dalton, Lackawanna County with her husband, Alan.

Congratulations, Diana!

A complete list of all 2021 honorees is available here.


Tickets for the WIC event are on sale now!

PennFuture's 2021 Celebrating Women in Conservation Awards

Thursday, Sept. 9th, 2021  - 6pm

This will be a virtual/live hybrid online event. Your ticket gives you access to the live Zoom broadcast of the award ceremony!


$40 Login Ticket for Zoom Access: 
Includes a PennFuture "Go Out and Explore" Swag Bag with: a PennFuture Cotton Draw String Bag, a PennFuture Cooling Bandana, a PennFuture Cranberry Walnut Trail Mix, and a "Tick Twister" mailed to you. Ticket also includes a $25 donation to PennFuture, which makes you a member of PennFuture!

$65 Login Ticket + Honor Your Favorite Nominee!!
Pick one of the 11 Women to make a special donation in their name. You'll be recognized for this special gift during the event! Includes Login Ticket, PennFuture Swag Bag, and a $50 donation to honor the woman of your choice! This also makes you a member of PennFuture!

NOTE: With either ticket you get one Zoom Login which can not be shared. However, you are welcome to have a gathering with your family and friends to watch the event from your home. Sorry that we can't supply the food or beverages we normally would for an event like this, but you are welcome to bring your own! It is a "Celebration" after all!

Can't make it on the 9th? No problem! A recording of the event will be made available to all ticket holders. You can also purchase a ticket as a "gift" for a friend - just let us know who you want to invite!

Special Opportunity for Small Businesses & Organizations:
Be an Award Sponsor!

Eleven Award Sponsorships are available:
one for each woman - for only $150 each. 

In addition to a Login Ticket and the PennFuture Swag Bag, we'll include your logo in all future promotional materials as well as provide special recognition during the event. 

If you would like information about being an Award Sponsor, please contact Susanne Whitehead at




The Bridgewater - Riding Club - for Kelly Finan


Hotel Fauchere - for Marian Keegan

If you would like information about sponsorship opportunities for this event, please contact Susanne Whitehead at



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