2017 Weekend for Women Conference

2017 Weekend for Women Conference


OCTOBER 13-15, 2017

1900 Diagonal Road, Alexandria, VA

The goal of the event is to educate, inspire and transform women's views of diabetes so 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, providing peer support and education with topics including new technology, travel tips, pregnancy, exercise, and many, many more. All women with  diabetes (pre-diabetes, type 1, type 2, LADA, gestational) are invited to attend. DiabetesSisters' 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 such as Riva Greenberg, Kelly Close, Rhonda Merwin, PhD, Kerri Sparling, Claudia Graham, MPH, PhD, and Janis Roszler, MSFT, RD, CDE.

DiabetesSisters also offers a program for partners of women with diabetes: the Partner's Perspective Program. Held in conjunction with the Weekend for Women Conference, partners will have the opportunity to learn from leading experts in the field on how to better support women with diabetes. Topics include information on types of diabetes, glycemic index, and the emotional aspect of diabetes.

This year, the Weekend for Women Conference Series will return to Alexandria, VA, the weekend of October 13-15, 2017. Partnering with The Diabetes Collective, we have developed a conference agenda that meets your needs, offering education, peer support, and networking. 

The rate for the weekend conference is $159, and includes sessions based on the track you choose, most meals, and keynote addresses.

If you are a person living with diabetes - pre-diabetes, type 1, type 2, gestational, LADA - this is the conference for you! And, if you a person who supports a person living with diabetes - a spouse, friend, parent or caregiver - this is also the conference for you!
The year, we are presenting four different tracks, each guaranteed to provide you education, support and friendship. 
  • General Education Track - open to all participants. Sessions include technology, nutrition, mindful eating, glycemic index, exercise, and heart health.
  • Weekend for Women Track - open to women registering for the Weekend for Women conference. Sessions include pregnancy, disordered eating, anxiety and depression, and balancing the many roles of being a woman living with diabetes.
  • Diabetes UnConference Track - open to men and women living with diabetes. This track is led by facilitators living with diabetes and encourages open conversation from all participants. Attendees create the agenda based on topics they wish to discuss.
  • Partner Track - open to all partners of people living with diabetes. This track will combine education about diabetes, along with open conversations based on topics the attendees choose. 
The main goal of our weekend is to provide diabetes education and support in a safe, non-judgmental environment. Our professional speakers and facilitators are highly versed in diabetes and focus on living well with diabetes.
Please note: Agenda is subject to change, please continue to check back for session descriptions, speaker bios, etc. 

The conference hotel is the Embassy Suites Alexandria Hotel, 1900 Diagonal Road, VA. Conveniently located across the street from the King Street metro station, it provides easy access to King Street, Washington, DC, and the National Harbor.

Rooms include a spacious two-room suite with a private bedroom and a separate living room with a sofa bed,  a free cooked-to-order breakfast daily, and evening reception. Call 703-684-5900 or click here to make your online reservation.
*As of April 10, we have filled the hotel block for Thursday night, but have a new guaranteed rate of $199 per night. Friday and Saturday night remain at $159. The Sunday night hotel block with special rates is full as well, so available rooms for Sunday will be at the regular hotel rate. Please reserve your rooms and register today!

This year, we will be offering two types of scholarships: one for women living with diabetes, and another for women and their partner. Please learn more about the scholarships, criteria, details and how to APPLY HERE.
*Application deadline has passed.*

We are grateful to our sponsors and partners, without which this weekend would not be possible.

Presenting Sponsor