Dear Friend,

During the weeks leading up to our virtual event, on October 8, we'll be profiling the eleven amazing women from Southwest PA we're celebrating this year. Today, we meet our Woman of Environmental Media, Marketing, and Communications, Kirsi Jansa – Documentary Filmmaker and Journalist

Meet Kirsi Jansa
Woman of Environmental Media, Marketing, and Communications

Kirsi Jansa is a messenger, a connector, and a collaborator.

A native Finn, Kirsi worked for the Finnish Broadcasting Company as a reporter, doing her first interview on climate change in the early 1990’s. After moving to the US and Pittsburgh in 2008, she started exploring energy, environmental health, and climate solutions in her short documentary series Gas Rush Stories and Sustainability Pioneers (Patricia DeMarco, a fellow WIC honoree this year, served as a technical advisor for “Sustainability Pioneers").

In 2016, Kirsi and her allies co-founded the Creatives for Climate collective. Kirsi has been practicing compassion-based awareness and openness with Tara Rokpa for over 15 years and is now in training to serve as a Work That Reconnects facilitator. 

Kirsi dreams of a world where we humans pause to connect with our innate wisdom, courage, and care, with each other and with the more-than-human world we all are part of. Learn more about Kirsi at

Congratulations, Kirsi!




Sponsor of Patricia DeMarco, Ph.D

Sponsor of Kirsi Jansa

Special thanks to our sponsors for their continued support during these difficult times. If you would like information about sponsorship opportunities for this event, please contact Susanne Whitehead at


The Event Goes On!
Tickets Now Available!

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2020, 5:30-7pm


$40 Login Ticket for Zoom Access: 
Includes a "PennFuture Swag Bag" with: a PennFuture Mask, Hand Sanitizer, Stylus Pen & Pad made from recycled materials, and a Honey Bee Mix Seed Packet 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!

Bonus: the first 50 tickets sold get a PennFuture
"watchdog doggie bandana"!

NOTE: With either ticket you get one Zoom Login which can not be shared. However, you are welcome to have a socially distant 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!

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

Eleven Nine Award Sponsorships are still 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

Each year, PennFuture honors the accomplishments of exceptional women conservationists in Pennsylvania. The 2020 Celebrating Women in Conservation Awards are designed to encourage continuing excellence in conservation and to forge a stronger network of exceptional women working to protect Pennsylvania’s environment. The event also raises important funds to support PennFuture as a watchdog for clean air, water, and energy.

Since its inception in 2015, this event has traveled around the state to different communities to ensure recognition of local leaders, volunteers, and career professionals. And for 2020 we are celebrating women in Southwest Pennsylvania. 



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