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About Diane

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Diane Broyhill Knutson is a wife, mom and entrepreneur on the mission eliminate light pollution worldwide.  With this purpose she created a Dark Sky Movement which continues to inspire fellow planners, developers and business owners to take action.


Diane serves on the Board of Directors of the International Dark Sky Association (IDA) and founded the IDA Chapter of South Dakota. 


Diane is an experienced business owner, a former franchisee of the Rapid City Koko FitClub, a 2019 Best of the Black Hills Fitness Center and BBB A+ rating recipient.

In 2015 Diane was crowned Mrs. Corporate America Rapid City. Competing at the national pageant provided an opportunity to raise awareness about the Dark Sky Movement and the problems created by light pollution. Competing gained Diane new skills in communicating and connecting with others about her life’s purpose. Pictured bottom right, is the night sky themed midnight-blue dress when she received the Audience Choice award. Pictured bottom left features her wearing her fitness ensemble when she was awarded the Sales Idol award.

In 2016 Diane spoke at the TEDxRapidCity conference “Moments of Impact”. Her TED Talk “Why We Need Darkness To Survive” speaks about the importance of the Dark Sky Movement.


Diane attributes much of her personal and professional growth to her involvement in Business Networking International and Toastmasters International.


As an animal lover, Diane adopted a dog from the Pine Ridge Reservation. She enjoys speaking about professional development, entrepreneurship, health and fitness. She also loves crafting custom homemade gifts for family and friends. 


She and her husband Andrew are proud parents to a little girl. Diane is determined to share her joy of the natural world with her daughter.  Motherhood is now her greatest blessing and responsibility in this season of her life.  She is eternally grateful for her MOPS leaders and mentor moms.

"The night sky is one common thing that connects us all; from people living halfway across the world, to creatures living in ancient times."

View Diane's feature in BHL(Jan '18)

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The heavens declare the glory of God, 

and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. 


Day to day pours out speech, 

and night to night reveals knowledge.

Psalm 19: 1-2

View Diane's feature in Black Hills Parent (Fall '17)

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View clips of Diane's talks

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