What is Weekend For Women?

DiabetesSisters’ Weekend for Women Conference is the destination for the diabetes community’s greatest voices, hearts and minds. Past speakers include many well-known advocates from the diabetes community and leading experts such as Laura Young, MD, PhD,  Riva Greenberg, Kelly Close, Rhonda Merwin, PhD, Kerri Sparling, Claudia Graham, MPH, PhD, and Janis Roszler, MSFT, RD, CDE.

The goal of the event is to educate, inspire and transform women’s views of diabetes so they can live full, happy lives with the disease. Since the first Conference in May 2010, the event has become the premier forum for women with diabetes, providing peer support and education with topics including new technology, travel tips, pregnancy, exercise, and many, many more. All women with diabetes (pre-diabetes, type 1, type 2, LADA, gestational) are invited to attend.

DiabetesSisters also offers a program for partners of women with diabetes: the Partner’s Perspective Program. Held in conjunction with the Weekend for Women Conference, partners will have the opportunity to learn from leading experts in the field on how to better support women with diabetes. Topics include information on types of diabetes, glycemic index, and the emotional aspect of diabetes.


What’s the schedule?

The Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition offers a DPAC Advocacy Boot Camp on Friday afternoon that is included in the registration. You won’t want to miss this!!
Friday evening is a special Meet and Greet event. While the DiabetesSisters’ Weekend for Women doesn’t officially start until Saturday morning, we hope that you will make plans to attend.
Saturday morning, after breakfast, included in your conference registration, you’ll have a full day of educational and inspirational sessions focused on you as a Diabetes Sister. You’ll also have the opportunity to attend a “general education” track that will surely bring you new ideas from experts.  For our Partners, they’ll have their own sessions focused on themselves and also have access to the general education track.
Saturday night entertainment options will be offered to all attendees so that we can all continue to build friendships and create a network of trusted peers.
Weekend for Women will end in the early afternoon on Sunday, giving all attendees time to return home.


In addition to access to all the sessions (including the Friday pre-conference sessions) and your registration to DiabetesSisters’ Weekend for Women, you get a spiffy T-shirt that you can proudly wear and be the envy of those around you. You also get access to the Friday night “Meet & Greet” event, Saturday’s and Sunday’s breakfast, snacks, and beverages, and our Saturday Night event.Register now

Will there be Wi-Fi?

There is wi-fi in the sleeping rooms.
By staying at the official hotel where the Diabetes Sisters’ Weekend for Women is being held, you’re helping to keep registration fees down! If we don’t meet our minimum guest rooms in our hotel contract, which gave us meeting room space, we still have to pay for the rooms that were reserved for attendees. Please, reserve a room at the Diabetes Sisters’ Weekend for Women chosen hotel.Reserve your room

Cancelation policy?

October 2017: A refund (minus $75 credit card/event processing fees) will be given if requested by September 1, 2017. No refunds will be provided after September 1, 2017.

Full payment is required before a registration will be issued.

Can I bring my kid(s)?

The DiabetesSisters’ Weekend for Women is for adults aged 21 and older. While you are more than welcome to bring your children, they will not be allowed to join you at the conference, the special events, or in the conference area. There will be no babysitting services offered by DiabetesSisters.


Yes. Coffee, tea, and water will be available in the conference room during The Diabetes UnConference sessions (not pre-conference sessions). They’re complimentary for attendees. Alcohol will be available at both Friday and Saturday night events. We encourage everyone to drink responsibly. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available.



Who’s running DiabetesSisters’ Weekend for Women? 

Anna Norton, MS

I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1993 and manage the disease with an insulin pump (since 2000) and CGM (since 2010). I’ve been involved with DiabetesSisters since 2011, serving as a committee member for the Weekend for Women Conference. In 2012, I joined the DiabetesSisters staff as Operations Manager, overseeing the National PODS Meetup Program, the National Weekend for Women Conference Series, website development, and many of the daily functions of the organization. Today, I am honored to serve women with diabetes in the CEO role.

I currently reside outside of Chicago, Illinois and have lived in North Carolina, New Jersey and Florida. I am a proud graduate of the University of Florida (BS 1998) and Florida International University (MS 1999). I’ve spent many years in the non-profit world, raising funds for United Way, medical centers and universities, with over 15 years’ experience in Annual Giving, Major Gifts, and Event Planning. I am also bilingual in English and Spanish.

As a woman with diabetes, I am passionate about the work DiabetesSisters does – when I learned of this organization, I was eager to become involved and help make a difference in the lives of other women like me. Over the last several years, I have forged great friendships through this organization and have established a wonderful support group. My hope is to continue to learn from the experiences of each Sister and hopefully, offer some of my own experiences.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and son. I also love reading, traveling to Disney World, Zumba, water aerobics, and going to the movies.


What’s the weather supposed to be like during The Diabetes UnConference?

Alexandria, VA: Alexandria, VA is like blood sugars… it could be higher or lower in October, depending on all sorts of factors. Please remember that the pool is heated and indoors!

That all being said… no matter where you attend The Diabetes UnConference…

We suggest packing a sweater or light jacket, as conference rooms can be chilly.

Have additional questions? You’re probably not the only one! Please contact us.