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.
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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:
- Ryan Prust, Co-Founder at Rhubarb Studios
- Veronica Osinski, Founder of Trifecta Capital
- Manny Hernandez, Senior Vice President at Livongo
- Gene Kunde, CEO of Diabetes Hands Foundation
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
Tech Advisor; Entrepreneur
Tara Lynn Gray
CEO; Crowd Funding & Entrepreneurship Teacher
Dr. Greg Makoul
Founder and CEO of PatientWisdom
Co-Founder at Rhubarb Studios
Business School Instructor; Small Business Advisor
Collaboration & Partnerships Consultant
Executive Coach for Mindful Leadership; Founder
Non-Profit Founder; Community Advocate; Health Tech VP
Founder of Trifecta Capital