DiabetesSisters Hosts National Weekend for Women Conference Series in San Francisco Oct. 4-6

Weekend Event to Focus on Health, Wellness and Transformation and Allow Women with Diabetes to Network, Share Experiences and Exchange Resources

San Francisco, CA, September 28, 2013 --(PR.com)-- DiabetesSisters, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that focuses exclusively on women and diabetes, has announced it will host the sixth annual Weekend for Women Conference at the Embassy Suites San Francisco Airport – Waterfront from Friday, Oct. 4 through Sunday, Oct. 6. The theme of the conference is “Health, Wellness & Transformation.” This is the only conference in the world focused on bringing together women with diabetes for a weekend that will educate, connect and strengthen them in their journey.

Whether women are newly diagnosed or have lived with diabetes for years, connecting with other women who have diabetes to network, share experiences and exchange resources is an invaluable part of the Weekend for Women Conference. Attendees also hear from leading experts and diabetes advocates during education sessions held throughout the day.

For the first time, DiabetesSisters will be hosting a DiabetesSisters’ Social Media Meetup featuring Diabetes Social Media Advocacy (DMSA) Live as part of the conference on Oct. 4 starting at 5:30 p.m. through a new partnership with the Diabetes Community Advocacy Foundation. DSMA connects and educates people with diabetes through social media. The popular DSMA Live blog radio show brings together diabetes advocates, experts and people with diabetes for a lively conversation on the topic.

Natalie Strand, M.D., part of the first all-female team to win The Amazing Race in 2010, will be the keynote speaker at Saturday evening’s special dinner program. Strand will share her inspiring story of living with Type 1 diabetes since 1991, and her determination not to let that diagnosis stop her from achieving her lofty life goals. Each conference attendee will be recognized in the dinner ceremony for the number of years she has lived with diabetes.

The conference will conclude Oct. 6 with the communitywide orange:will Diabetes Awareness Walk starting at 11:30 a.m. behind the Embassy Suites Hotel, with spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay. This family- and pet-friendly event is designed to raise awareness of the unique issues faced by women with diabetes and collect $15,000 to support DiabetesSisters’ programs and services.

Registration for the Weekend for Women Conference is $200 and includes breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday, dinner on Saturday, attendance to all education sessions and many giveaways. A detailed agenda, including session topics and speakers, and registration information can be found at: https://diabetessisters.org/2013-weekend-women-san-francisco.

“This conference will challenge women’s current view of diabetes and the role it plays in their lives,” said Brandy Barnes, DiabetesSisters’ founder and CEO. “The entire weekend will be a time for women to focus on themselves and start making positive changes to transform their diabetes management. I would like to extend a special thanks to Sanofi for serving as the premier sponsor of the 2013 Weekend for Women Conference Series and the orange:will Diabetes Awareness Walk, as well as Novo Nordisk and Merck, who have provided additional sponsorship support.”

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About DiabetesSisters:
DiabetesSisters is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the health and quality of life of women with diabetes and those at risk of developing diabetes and to advocate on their behalf. It is currently the only organization worldwide focusing exclusively on women with diabetes, with a 10,000-member peer network providing a centralized location that unites women for the purpose of support, education and advocacy. Recognizing the importance of emotional and peer support, PODS (Part of DiabetesSisters) meetups, monthly community meetings held throughout the United States and Canada, provide women the opportunity to form a special bond and ability to freely share information, helpful tips and stories of hope to others in their community. Other signature programs include Weekend for Women Conferences throughout the United States, the orange:will national campaign, Partner’s Perspective Program and online blogs, forums and expert resources. For more information, visit https://diabetessisters.org/.
Robert Buhler