2013 Weekend for Women in San Francisco

2013 Weekend for Women in San Francisco

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OCTOBER 4 - 6, 2013

Click here to book your hotel room at the Embassy Suites San Francisco Airport - Waterfront at the deeply discounted rate of $139/night (includes daily breakfast).  *Limited number of rooms available.

Click here to register for the Weekend For Women Conference and/or Partner's Perspective Program. By registering, you agree to the terms and conditions set forth by DiabetesSisters.


Quick Index

The Weekend for Women Conference is the destination for the diabetes community’s greatest voices, hearts and minds. Past speakers include many well-known advocates from the diabetes community and leading experts from Duke University and the Universtiy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill such as Hope Warshaw, MMSc, RD, CDE, BC-ADM, Laura Young, MD, PhD, Janis Roszler, MSFT, RD, CDE, Rhonda Merwin, PhD, Diana McNeill, Riva Greenberg, Kelly Close, Kerri Sparling, Camille Izlar, RD, CDE, Jennifer Perkins, MD, Kathy Pereira, MSN, FNP-BC, Claire Blum, MS-Ed, RN, CDE, Connie Hanham-Cain, RN, CDE.  

Click here for our detailed Conference Agenda and to learn more about the 2013 San Francisco speakers and contributors.

The goal of the Weekend for Women Conference is to educate, inspire, and transform women's view of their diabetes so that they can live full, happy lives with the disease.  Since the first Conference in May 2010, the event has become the premier forum for women with diabetes.

As part of the Weekend for Women tradition, a woman of courage is honored each year with the “DiabetesSisters Inspiration Award” and then delivers the keynote speech.  Past recipients include: 

  • 2010 - Nicole JohnsonMPH: Miss America 1999, has lived with diabetes since 1993 
  • 2011 - Ann Albright, PhD, RD: Director, Division of Diabetes Translation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; has lived with diabetes since 1967
  • 2012 - Natalie Strand, MD, Winner of CBS’ The Amazing Race in 2010, has lived with diabetes since 1991 
  • 2013 - Mother Love, Former co-host of dLife TV and current host of The Mother Love Show on latalkradio.com; has lived with diabetes since 1990

With a variety of educational and social events from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, the Weekend for Women Conference is the largest and most dynamic conference for women with diabetes in the world. Each year, women with diabetes from all walks of life, with all types of diabetes, of all ethnicities/backgrounds, ranging in age from 18-81, from at least 24 different US States and Canadian provinces gather to hear from nation’s leading diabetes researchers, experts, advocates, physicians, and educators.  Attendees are educated and inspired to view their diabetes in a different way and to make positive changes in their own lives, within their communities and around the world.  Needless to say, the Weekend for Women Conference has become a “must attend” event.  

The 2013 Weekend for Women’s Conference in San Francisco, CA will open registration and non-structured socializing on Friday, October 4, 2013 beginning at 5:00pm at the Embassy Suites. We will reconvene on Saturday, October 5th beginning at 9am for a "Day of Health, Wellness & Transformation". The day will feature "once-in-a-lifetime conversations" that combine the nation's most knowledgeable and influential voices with engaging discussions about the issues that matter most to women with diabetes. Breakout sessions will be packed with practical tips, tools, and takeaways for women with diabetes live healthy, feel good about themselves, and make major transformations in their lives. The day concludes with a celebratory dinner that continues DiabetesSisters tradition of honoring a woman of inspiration with the "DiabetesSisters Inspiration Award" and hearing from her in the keynote presentation.  The dinner will also include a celebration that recognizes of each woman in attendance for the number of years she has lived with diabetes and conclude with a monumental celebration of the woman in attendance that has lived the longest with diabetes.  Sunday, October 6th will commence with the community-wide 2013 orange:will Diabetes Awareness Walk to raise funds and awareness of the unique challenges faced by women with diabetes. The Walk provides a meaningful way for women with diabetes to be recognized and supported by their family and friends and to feel the support of th larger community. A minimum of $40 must be raised to earn a commemorative Walk t-shirt. Following the Walk, we will offer our closing Keynote session, as well as opportunities to become more involved with DiabetesSisters through out PODS Meetup program.

The Partner’s Perspective Program will open registration and non-structured socializing on Friday, October 4, 2013 beginning at 5:00pm. Saturday morning will commence at 9am with Partner's Perspective attendees participating in separate education/breakout sessions that are full of information to educate them about diabetes and help them to better understand and suppor their partner with diabetes. There will be lots of "how to" discussions from leading experts who understand the phsical and mental challenges faced by women with diabetes. In the evening, partners are invited to join their loved one and publicly recognize each women for the number of years she has lived with diabetes. On Sunday morning, October 6th, the partners are invited to participate in the orange:will Diabetes Awareness Walk.

The orange:will Diabetes Awareness Walk is an annual event to raise awareness about diabetes and its unique challenges for women with diabetes.  This year's walk will take place on Sunday, October 6 at 11:30am along the bayside trail at the Embassy Suites Hotel. We invite and encourage the entire community to join us for a festive morning of physical activity and fun times with friends and family while celebrating women who are facing the daily challenges of diabetes head-on!  

All proceeds raised from the orange:will Diabetes Awareness Walk, the Weekend for Women Conference, and the Partner’s Perspective Program will support the continuation of DiabetesSisters’ programs and services. Please consider adding a donation amount of $10, $25, or $50 to your order. We greatly appreciate your support!

Everyone is encouraged to register for the walk.

2013 orange:will Walk Offline Fundraising Form


Scholarships are available to those who demonstrate a true financial need and an appreciation of the value of Sisterhood.  Five (5) recipients will receive a scholarship to attend the Conference.  Applications will be accepted from June 1-August 5, 2013. Applications are available here.

To register for the Weekend for Women Conference and/or The Partner's Perspective Program, click here.

To register for the orange:will Diabetes Awareness Walk, click here.

To book your hotel room at the Embassy Suites San Francisco Airport for the discounted rate of $139/night, click here. This rate is offered until September 13, 2013.