Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay honored Kate Hackett, Executive Director of Delaware Wild Lands, as the 2017 Woman of Distinction at the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington.
Honoree Ms. Hackett has more than 20 years of leadership experience in land and water conservation and management. Her work in the environmental arena includes land acquisition, protection of land and water resources, public policy, government relations, fundraising and constituency building. When Governor Carney was elected, he appointed her to serve in his Transition Team.
Throughout her career, Ms. Hackett has led regional initiatives that improve the quality of natural resources while also protecting the economic vitality of working landscapes. She has collaborated on these issues with a broad range of stakeholders in various regions, including the Mid-Atlantic, the Rocky Mountains, the Great Lakes, and northeastern Africa (Nairobi, Kenya and Eritrea).
The Women of Distinction event also features a panel discussion for 65 teen Girl Scouts, moderated by Ms. Hackett, with four distinguished career women. This year’s panel included Natalia Duchini, Marketing Executive and Chemical Engineer for The Chemours Company; Jennifer Adkins, Executive Director at the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary; Yolanda Williams-Bey, PhD, Education Program Manager for the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) at University of Delaware; and Tracy Surles, Deputy County Administrative Officer for New Castle County.