Why do we need a Women’s Conference? Co-Chair Theresa Garnero shares her motivation

I asked myself the same question when Beverly contacted me to co-chair the first annual Women Leaders in Diabetes Conference on May 10, 2019 in San Francisco.

That’s because I’m used to the status quo, the usual diabetes conferences, and more of the same year in and year out.Then I started thinking about it more. Imagine the synergy of bringing together an amazing group of women leaders in an intimate venue to network and collaborate. How inspiring to dedicate a day to celebrating accomplishments and sparking creativity to improve care. Very quickly, it became clear to me that we need this conference.
Join us to hear the journey’s of amazing women leaders in diabetes, network, get recharged, and leave inspired to consider how you can impact change. There is something exciting that happens when a group of dynamic leaders come together to share best practice and forge new ground. We are thrilled to provide a platform that showcases women’s accomplishments in a way that everyone can learn from and gain fresh ideas. Many talented individuals have shaped and moved the diabetes profession forward. For example, chances are you know about Drs. Banting and Best, but what about Dr. Yalow? In 1977, Rosalyn Yalow, PhD was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for her work in measuring insulin in the body. I only recently heard about her work. Who knew it was a woman scientist that made this discovery? Why isn’t this common knowledge? And how can you challenge yourself to improve diabetes care no matter where you practice? No Nobel Prize is required to help one person, then the next.This conference brings together an incredible, not-to-be-missed lineup of experts, who are advancing care. The heads of ADA, CDC, JDRF, and many more women who are gifted in their field of diabetes care will come together to collaborate… with you! And you in turn, will leave the conference with a new energy and a realistic plan for change in hand. I hope you can join us and get inspired. Theresa Garnero, APRN, BC-ADM, MSN, CDE,Co-Chair, Women Leaders in Diabetes Conference