2022 Leadership Institute

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2022 Leadership Institute

DS Leadership Institute

October 21, 22, 23, 2022
Chicago, IL


to our 8th annual Leadership Institute!

Join DiabetesSisters PODS Leaders, staff, and expert speakers as we: 

Listen to women living with all types of diabetes and prediabetes
Create open, welcoming atmospheres that encourage honest discussions
Learn more about important diabetes-related topics
Develop and enhance facilitation skills
Share stories of leadership challenges and successes 

PODS Leaders: Volunteers leading DS peer support groups
Honored guests from DiabetesSisters #TruthOverStigma campaign
Honored guests from the College Diabetes Network

Intensive learning & leadership experience

Friday, October 21 - 6-9pm Central
Saturday, October 22 - 8am-5pm Central
Sunday, October 23 – 8am-1pm Central

The Rose Hotel, Chicago, IL


Location - Hotel arrangements made by DiabetesSisters
The Rose Hotel Chicago O’Hare - 5200 Pearl St, Rosemont, IL 60018

The Rose Hotel is within walking distance to most Rosemont attractions, but if available, the local shuttle runs within a 3-mile radius to local businesses and attractions.

  • 5 minutes to O’Hare Airport with complimentary airport shuttle
  • Metra Train station within walking distance
  • CTA Blue Line within 5 driving minutes
  • Complimentary shuttle to local area within 3 miles of the hotel

Included with Registration:

  • Leadership Institute sessions and materials
  • Single room hotel reservation at The Rose Hotel Chicago O’Hare on October 21 and 22 (hotel arrangements made by DiabetesSisters)
  • Up to $400 reimbursed for round-trip transportation (airfare, train/bus, car fare) to The Rose Hotel Chicago O’Hare
  • Meet & Mingle event on Friday, October 21 (heavy appetizers and nonalcoholic beverages)
  • Breakfast, lunch, snacks, and coffee/beverages served at The Rose Hotel on October 22 and 23 

Participants are responsible for:

  • $20 registration fee. If the fee is a financial burden blocking your ability to register, please contact Sarah Mart to discuss.
  • Dinner on Saturday night (October 22)
  • Any hotel nights in addition to Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22
  • Any additional room charges such as room service, movies, etc. 


BY AUGUST 20: Submit form below to receive invitation email with registration link; then use link to register for the Leadership Institute

BY AUGUST 20: (PODS Leaders) Submit volunteer agreement, nondisclose/noncompete and media release forms.

OCTOBER 21, 22, 23: Attend all Leadership Institute sessions and activities

OCTOBER 21-23: (PODS Leaders who have previously attended Leadership Institute) Provide leadership during the Institute with responsibilities assigned by DS staff.

BY NOVEMBER 1: Contribute a video of 2 minutes maximum OR blog post of 400 words maximum, describing attendee highlights and what was valuable about the Institute.

BY NOVEMBER 1: Submit receipts for allowed transportation expenses. Reimbursements of amounts up to, and not exceeding, the $400 travel stipend amount will be mailed during the first week of November 2022.


Friday, October 21
6-9pm Central

  • Check in/registration
  • Meet & Mingle
  • Welcome & Opening Remarks – Anna Norton, DiabetesSisters CEO & Deb Greenwood PhD, DiabetesSisters Board Chair
  • Introductions to DiabetesSisters & Peer Support - Sarah Mart, DiabetesSisters Director of Operations & Participants

Saturday, October 22
8am-5pm Central

  • Cardiac Yoga – WomenHeart
  • Session 1: Bridging Boundaries: Advocating for All Types - Heather Walker, PhD, University of Utah, DiabetesSisters Vice Chair
  • Session 2: dStigmatizing Diabetes - Matthew Garza, diaTribe
  • Session 3: Healthy Cooking and Eating Out - Lorena Drago, MS, RDN, CDN, CDES
  • Session 4: Exercise for Everyone  - Kathryn Gentile, ACSM-CEP, ACSM EIM L2, CPT, DCES, Integrated Diabetes Services, PODS Leader
  • Session 5: Self-Compassion & Diabetes - Harpreet Nagra, PhD, Diabetes Redefined
  • Session 6: Panel: Living My #TruthOverStigma - Panelists include Liz Cambron, PhD (@drlizcambron), Kylene Redmond (@blackdiabeticgirl), & Alejandra Marquez
  • Session 7: Reflections/Connections – DS Staff
  • Affinity Group Mtgs: Automated Insulin Delivery Systems; Moms; Type-Specific; Women of Color

Sunday, October 23
8am-1pm Central

  • Cardiac Yoga – WomenHeart
  • Session 8: Mandalas for Leadership – Susan Paul Johnson, PhD
  • Session 9: Leader Successes & Challenges - Panel, group discussions
  • Session 10: Reflections/Connections – DS Staff

*Agenda subject to change(s)


Please complete part 1 of the registration process below: