2018 DiabetesSisters Leadership Institute

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2018 DiabetesSisters Leadership Institute

2018 DiabetesSisters Leadership Institute
September 28-30, 2018
Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown

We are excited to invite active PODS Leaders to submit applications to attend the 2018 DiabetesSisters Leadership Institute. The Institute will provide PODS Leaders opportunities to develop and enhance skills in facilitating conversations among women living with any type of diabetes and prediabetes; create open, welcoming atmospheres that encourage honest discussions; brainstorm ways to promote, recruit, maintain, and grow PODS Meetups; and listen to and share with PODS Leaders from around the nation.

Leadership Institute participants will be selected based on (1) demonstrated leadership in DiabetesSisters and PODS Meetups; (2) record of dependability and teamwork; (3) demonstrated commitment to and passion for diverse, inclusive, respectful, supportive groups; and (4) locations of PODS Meetups.

What to Expect

  • Training & discussion regarding PODS Leader responsibilities and best practices
  • Presentations, facilitated discussion in large and small groups, and work in pairs
  • Spend time, learn from, and share with sister PODS Leaders from across the country
  • New resources, information, and ideas to bring back to PODS Meetups

Friday, September 28 - Registration starts at 4pm
Saturday, September 29
Sunday, September 30 - Institute concludes after lunch at 12:30pm

Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown, 600 N. State Street.

Included with Registration:

  • Friday night special event on September 28 (heavy appetizers and nonalcoholic beverages)
  • Leadership Institute sessions on September 29 and 30
  • Double room hotel reservation (2 PODS Leaders per room) at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown for September 28 and 29 (reservations made by DiabetesSisters)
  • Complimentary breakfast served at Embassy Suites each day
  • Lunch and snacks on September 29 and 30

Participants are responsible for:

  • Registration fee ($75, nonrefundable)
  • Round-trip transportation (airfare, train/bus, car fare) to Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown
  • Dinner on Saturday night
  • Any additional nights at the hotel or additional room charges (room service, movies, etc.)
  • Single occupancy hotel room - Any PODS Leader who wishes to have a single room must make and pay for their own single room reservation, and must notify sarah@diabetessisters.org that they waive the double occupancy reservation included with registration.

Transportation Notes
The Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown is accessible by subway/rail for about $2.50 each way, but can require multiple ride transfers and/or walking of up to ½ mile en route to the hotel. Shuttle, taxis, or shared ride service such as Lyft also provide service from Midway or O’Hare airports, but at a higher cost (roughly $20-25/shuttle or $40-50/taxi).

Participant Requirements

  • Complete PODS Leader orientation, volunteer agreement, & nondisclose/noncompete forms on or before March 1, 2018
  • Lead at least 3 PODS Meetups and submit monthly reports/sign-in sheets by July 1, 2018
  • Register for the Leadership Institute, including $75 registration fee, by March 16.
  • Attend the entire Leadership Institute

Institute Agenda*

Friday, September 28

  • 4-5:30pm Registration
  • 6-8pm Volunteer Appreciation Social @ Pinstripes Chicago

Saturday, September 29

  • 7:30-8:30am Morning Yoga w/Sarah MacLeod
  • 7:30-9am Breakfast (open, complimentary) in hotel lobby
  • 9-9:30am Welcome & Introductions
  • 9:30-11am Healthy Eating in Real Life w/Lori Zanini, RD, CDE
  • 11-11:15am Break
  • 11:15am - 12:45pm Part 2 w/Lori Zanini, RD, CDE
  • 12:45-1:15pm Lunch
  • 1:15-2:45pm Diabetes Advocacy w/Leyla Mansour-Cole, DPAC
  • 2:45-3pm Break
  • 3-4:30pm Secrets of Successful PODS Meetups & Leaders w/Connie Hanham-Cain, Daphene Kimball, Erika Armani, Andrea Herndon
  • 4:30-5pm Wrap-up
  • 5-6:00pm Hip Hop Fit w/Gene Hicks
  • 6pm... Dinner on your own & free time

Sunday, September 30

  • 7:30-8:30am Morning Yoga w/Sarah MacLeod
  • 7:30-9am Breakfast (open, complimentary) in hotel lobby
  • 9-10:30am Let's Hear it for the Girls: Rockin' the D a Long Time w/Shelby Kinnaird, Diane Berinato, Jane Dyson, Daphene Kimball, Denise Scheffler, Clare Fishman, and Connie Hanham-Cain
  • 10:30-10:45am Break
  • 10:45-11am CEO Remarks w/Anna Norton
  • 11-11:30am PODS Leader Recognition
  • 11:30am-12:30pm Lunch & Departures

*Agenda subject to change(s)


2018 Brandy Barnes Scholarship
The Brandy Barnes Leadership Scholarship for PODS Leaders was created in 2015 in honor of Brandy Barnes, the founder of DiabetesSisters. This year DiabetesSisters will award five $200 scholarships to alleviate some associated costs of registration and/or transportation to the 2018 DiabetesSisters Leadership Institute. Scholarships may not cover all expenses. Recipients will be notified on or before FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018.

In addition to attending the full Institute program (including associated evening events), scholarship recipients will be required to:

  • Contribute a blog post of 500-750 words for diabetessisters.org due on or before October 15, 2018. The blog post should highlight their experiences at the Institute and as a PODS Leader, and the value of the Institute for PODS Leaders.
  • Submit receipts for all allowed expenses within 10 days of attending the conference. Reimbursements of amounts UP TO and not exceeding the $200 scholarship award amount will be mailed at the beginning of November 2018.