Congratulations, 2017 Fellows!

Congratulations, Fellows!

– 2017 MasterLab Leadership Institute –

We’re so proud of the 2017 #MasterLab Leadership Institute cohort of Fellows! We had an amazing weekend filled with collaboration and hard work.

The Fellows were selected because of their passion and drive to improve life with diabetes. Our cohort of Fellows included PhD researchers, startup founders, leaders planning awareness initiatives, small business founders, non-profit leaders, and health educators leading community projects. You can read more about the 2017 Fellows here.

Throughout the weekend, the Fellows learned how to increase their impact, refine their business plan to be sustainable (even as non-profits!) and prepare to grow their programs. MasterLab Leadership Institute is a leadership development and social impact accelerator program for rising leaders in the diabetes space. After completing the program, Fellows gain continued support by Diabetes Hands Foundation, a strong network of Fellows and mentors, and continued opportunities for advanced learning as they work toward 12-month objectives.

Thank you to , and  for supporting our vision through event sponsorships. Thank you to Lilly Diabetes for providing each Fellow with a travel scholarship, to enable us to bring together this group of inspiring minds!


What did everyone do at MasterLab Leadership Institute?

Friday night we settled into the Waterfront Hotel in Oakland, California, then gathered for an evening meet & greet; it was so inspiring to meet the Fellows from around the world and hear about their visions to improve life with diabetes.

Saturday morning kicked off a series of 1.5-hour workshops with expert mentors, aimed at leadership development and project advancement:

  • Ellen Leanse, Tech Advisor & Entrepreneur taught us about neuroscience, thinking “fast & slow”, and ways to understand the brain to be more impactful leaders.
  • Tara Lynn Gray, CEO of YADARI Enterprises talked about the need to incorporate both social impact and financial planning to ensure we have socially-driven organizations that are also sustainable.
  • Greg Makoul, CEO of PatientWisdom discussed his organization’s success at capturing patient wisdom and using emotional connection to improve patient-doctor interactions. 
  • Ryan Prust, Co-Founder of Rhubarb Studios, led us through a lean prototyping workshop to “build, test, refine” ideas — quickly, and at low cost — to make sure they work before building a big program.
  • Yacanex Posadas, a small business development consultant and an instructor at Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business, walked us through a Social Impact Business Canvas to sketch out what our programs need (revenue, partnerships, users) and what we will provide (products, services, and impact to PWDs).
  • Baily Hancock is a collaboration connoisseur and shared her step-by-step wisdom to finding and executing win-win partnerships to grow our programs.
  • Pamela Weiss, a T1D for 44 years and Founder of Appropriate Response, led us through a mindfulness-based leadership session to help us develop as leaders — WHO we are is equally as important as WHAT we do.

Sunday afternoon, we broke into small groups to receive advice and mentoring from 4 accomplished mentors:

Each of the Fellows prepared an “elevator pitch” — a 2-minute synopsis of their project — the problem they were solving for people with diabetes, their business model, and 6-12 month growth plan. Our panel of mentors provided insightful questions, commentary, and feedback to help the Fellows further refine their plan and execution.

My favorite parts of the weekend were seeing the Fellows connect with each other. Outside of the content, and refining ideas to make projects more sustainable and impactful, the chance to connect with others working in this space was paramount. Often, we work in silos in our region, our area of expertise and are trying to solve problems alone, rather than alongside others who are walking the same paths. Connecting with others gives us the opportunity to share ideas, methodologies, advice, and to form partnerships between organizations. Our 2017 Fellows are on to great things, and we couldn’t be more proud to have them steering the future of diabetes, together! – MJ

We’ll be posting more photos, videos, and content snippets in the coming weeks!

Thoughts & Feelings

2 thoughts on “Congratulations, 2017 Fellows!

  1. Tom Hardiman on said:

    I have been a doctor for more than 30 years . I have been to so many meetings in my life I consider myself as a bit of a connoisseur when it comes to this subject. What I experienced in Oakland, CA was very much above and beyond my expectations. Absolutely incredible in terms of organization, communication, attention to detail, quality of material and expert teachers, interactive discussion and support. My only regret is that we did not have more time to learn from each other. Everyone’s ego was left at the curb and the beauty of it all was it was more about how can I help you with your vision and project versus how can you help me with mine. Awesome experience, can’t thank MJ and the DHF team enough as well as the sponsors, #LilyDiabetes, #NovoNordiskUS and #Merck ! Very grateful for this incredible experience ! Thank You ! Hope to Pay It Forward !!!!

  2. Thank you so much for the fantastic weekend of learning and sharing. Wasn’t sure quite what to expect, so was thrilled to be surrounded by such a dynamic and devoted group, and the chance to work with knowledgeable and insightful advisors. After 2 full, but too short days, left feeling motivated to pursue my academic studies, as well as inspired to translate my research into a startup. My only regret was that it all went by so fast, as it would have been a pleasure to have worked together longer. Keep up the good work, and I will recommend applying to next year’s event to all the PwD activists I know. Thanks again to Mandy and the Hands Foundation team for a great weekend and special thanks to Novo, Lilly, and Merck for sponsorship.
    Was an honor to be part of it all!

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