masterlab leadership institute
What is #MasterLab Leadership Institute?

MasterLab Leadership Institute, through expert mentorship and social entrepreneurship workshops, supports rising leaders working on projects to improve life with diabetes. Our 2017 cohort of Fellows included PhD researchers, startup founders, leaders planning awareness initiatives, small business founders, non-profit leaders, and health educators leading community projects.

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


Tell me More!

MasterLab Leadership Institute is a leadership development and social impact accelerator program for rising leaders in the diabetes space. Accepted Fellows:

  • Are given a fully-funded scholarship, and flown to the San Francisco Bay Area for an intensive weekend;
  • Attend a series of hands-on workshops led by innovation experts, entrepreneurs, and non-profit leaders.
  • Learn to refine their social impact business canvas, use the lean startup method to prototype ideas, sharpen their leadership toolkit, find sustainable funding, and execute strategic partnerships.
  • Join a strong alumni network, supported by Diabetes Hands Foundation, with continued opportunities for advanced learning as they work toward 12-month objectives.


What’s the Weekend Schedule Include?

During our 2017 program, Saturday morning kicked off a series of 1.5-hour workshops (download the schedule here!) 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.

2017 Speakers & Mentors

Ellen Leanse

Tech Advisor; Entrepreneur


Tara Lynn GrayTara Lynn Gray

CEO; Crowd Funding & Entrepreneurship Teacher  


9ed6c05b-8976-42dd-ada1-c312a5908324Dr. Greg Makoul

Founder and CEO of PatientWisdom


thumb_portrait-5Ryan Prust

Co-Founder at Rhubarb Studios


Yacanex PosadasYacanex Posadas

Business School Instructor; Small Business Advisor


2016-10-06-16-05-51Baily Hancock

Collaboration & Partnerships Consultant


Pamela Weiss

Executive Coach for Mindful Leadership; Founder 


Manny HernandezManny Hernandez

Non-Profit Founder; Community Advocate; Health Tech VP


fe42219e-c4ac-4be6-8e19-0fcf37814050Veronica Osinski

Founder of Trifecta Capital