MasterLab 2016

Our annual MasterLab conference focuses on informing, educating, inspiring and empowering diabetes advocates. MasterLab empowers people touched by diabetes to identify the causes that speak to them, develop a powerful skillset, and succeed in implementing positive changes for the community.

MasterLab 2016 took place on July 6th and we had a packed house. There were over 115 advocates from more than 28 states and 8 countries in attendance. We have posted the event resources, videos, and post-event blog entries below. You may download the Personal Advocacy Plan Workbook used during the MasterLab event to follow along while watching the videos.

A big thank you to our sponsors for 2016! Tandem, Dexcom, Novo Nordisk, and Jansenn made hosting this event possible! Thank you to Lilly for providing scholarships to advocates who would not have otherwise been able to travel to this event. The community is so thankful for your support.



8:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am Opening Remarks – Scott Johnson, Diabetes Hands Foundation Board Member and blogger at
9:15 am “Building Collaboration and Sustainability in Programs for Nutrition and Access in Underserved Neighborhoods – Roniece Weaver, Executive Director of Hebni Nutrition Consultants, registered dietitian and author.
10:15 am “Understanding Your Legal Rights to Stop Discrimination in the Workplace – John Griffin & George Huntley, National Diabetes Volunteer Leadership Council (NDVLC).
11:15 am “What Clinical Research Means To You – Educating and Empowering People to Make Informed Decisions Regarding Participation in Clinical Research – Ellyn Getz, Senior Manager of Development, Fundraising, and Events at The Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP)
12:15 pm Lunch
1:15 pm “What Are You Going To Do About It?” – Jay Keese, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD)
2:15 pm “AADE and the Diabetes Advocates – Evolving to Work Synergistically, and an Update on AADE’s Federal and State Legislative Efforts – Hope Warshaw, 2016 President, American Association of Diabetes Educators and Kurt Anderson, AADE’s Director of Federal and State Advocacy
3:15 pm “Don’t Forget About You: Taking Care of Yourself While Advocating for Others” – Dr. Mark Heyman, Center for Diabetes and Mental Health
4:15 pm Closing Remarks – Gene Kunde, CEO Diabetes Hands Foundation