Women's Leadership Luncheon with Diane Dickerson - April 2019
We continue our successful women’s leadership series with Diane Dickerson, CEO of the Bangor Y
Diane followed her heart to Bangor and ended up falling in love with Bangor and the people of this community. She moved here from Southern California, so her first winter was a little shocking. Diane was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, to as she describes, “the two most wonderful people on the planet.” She has lived in Colorado, Washington, D.C., Virginia, Utah, Nevada, and California, but tells the world that Maine is her favorite place thus far. In her mind, this is home.
Diane comes to the Y with a lifetime of business experience, with her specialty being in growing businesses, strategic planning, fiscal responsibility, marketing, improving programming, branding, public and media relations, staff development and much more. Diane has dedicated her personal and professional life to helping others and giving back to the community. She believes that the Y mission is in her DNA, and truly knows she is the luckiest person in the world to be the CEO of this “magical place.” Diane says that being a part of the Y makes every individual a better, kinder, more accepting person, no matter if they are 2 or 102.
Diane has many years of community involvement including serving as the Chairman of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the University Medical Center Foundation, and Chairman of the Children’s Miracle Network, to name a few.
She joined the Y in 2013 as the Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of Marketing, Development, and Community Engagement. She became CEO in early 2014. Great changes have been made to the Y since that time, and Diane is quick to give the credit to the amazing staff, for which she is truly proud, and to the phenomenal Board of Directors.
Diane holds the Bangor Region YMCA and the Bangor Region Community close to her heart, but what she holds even closer are her three children—Daniel, Michelle, and Jaclyn. She says that her greatest honor in life is being their mom. And, the loves of her life are her parents, George and Doree Dickerson, who moved to Maine to live with her for 7 months ago—and recently passed away at 96 and 91 years old. Diane spends an inordinate amount of time at the Y. When she is not there, she loves to hike, kayak, cross country ski, travel, and spend time at camp. Anytime with family, no matter where they are or what they are doing, is Diane’s favorite time.
Join us and hear what motivates and energizes Diane, what she would each tell her “twenty-something” self and what it’s like to live her dreams. Our host, Deb Neuman, will help us all lean in and learn!