Upgraded Living May Issue Highlights Women Business Leaders in Northern Cal
Interview with Beverly Thomassian
“I think what I’m most proud of is supporting women in pursuing their professional and personal goals,” says Beverly Thomassian, the CEO, President and Founder of Diabetes Education Services. A registered nurse with a master’s degree in public health, Thomassian trains healthcare professionals about the ins and outs of diabetes to help them achieve certification.
Thomassian started Diabetes Education Services 20 years ago when she and her husband first moved to Chico. Though she started out teaching live courses based out of a room in her home office while raising her two children, the diabetes coach has since grown her business to include a female-only team of employees (girl power!), a newsletter that goes out to over 20,000 online subscribers and a two-story office space with a webinar recording studio.
Over the course of the thousands of online courses, live seminars and conferences she has given, Thomassian has gained a reputation for her fun and lively presentation style, including her famous diabetes flash mob. “In all of my classes, we stand up and we dance,” she says, smiling. “But I’m not going it just for fun. I’m doing it to teach them moves to share with their patients.” Serving as a professor at both Chico State and UCSF, Thomassian somehow also find time to keep current on what is going on with people living with diabetes by working one day a week at Feather River Hospital’s inpatient and outpatient diabetes education program.
To those just starting out in business, Thomassian urges, “Give yourself permission to be your authentic self. Because I think so much in business, when we start, we’re nervous, and we want to project a certain image. But I think people don’t really care about that. They want to know who you are and your personality. So, let your authentic self shine.”
To learn more, check out our May 2018 Diabetes Ed Newsletter!