W!LD has been created to be YOUR diabetes leadership network for women

Join us to add your voice, your perspective, and your ideas - so W!LD can advance all women leaders in the diabetes ecosystem. W!LD is open to senior and emerging women leaders who want to build their skills, increase their leadership potential, find peer support, and connect in community with each other.

There’s never been a more important time for women leaders in diabetes to connect, learn, and grow.

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W!LD Mission

To educate, connect, support, inspire and advance senior and emerging women leaders in the diabetes ecosystem and to collectively improve outcomes for people with diabetes.

Why do organizations sponsor W!LD?

Leading diabetes organizations are joining the W!LD Network to

  • Drive employee loyalty
  • Improve diversity in management
  • Advance career potential for women leaders
  • Strengthen the skills and emotional well-being of key talent
  • Offer a popular and valued benefit
  • Increase the pipeline of women into executive and board roles in diabetes organizations

That’s because W!LD works across the diabetes ecosystem – in industry, technology, research, government, nonprofits, and direct clinical roles, where it provides new opportunities for professional recognition, connection, support, and learning for our women leaders.

What is W!LD?

W!LD is an initiative of Close Concerns: an invitation-based network of senior and emerging women leaders across the diabetes ecosystem. We deliver best-in-class leadership programming and networking to educate, connect, support, inspire, and advance women and to collectively improve outcomes for people with diabetes.


Leadership Expertise and Best Practices

Access to expertise shared by leaders from all over the diabetes ecosystem, including CEOs, board directors, nonprofit and clinical leaders, academics and chief medical officers

Governance insight and skill-building

Leadership and communications skill-building

Leadership intensives


Networking and Connecting

Peer learning

Social gatherings

Informal networking


Diabetes Expertise and Training

Diabetes ‘deep dives’

Global conference commentary

Skill building from diabetes key opinion leaders


Leadership and Emergent Themes

Leading during the pandemic and working from home

Innovation leadership

Diabetes leadership & public policy

Health equity dialogues

Upcoming Events

Register now for W!LD’s upcoming “Hot Breakfast, Hot Topics” reception during ADCES in New Orleans on August 9, 2024!

Past Events

W!LD #19 @ ATTD in Florence (In Person)

On Wednesday, March 6, 2024, W!LD hosted its 3rd "Hot Breakfast, Hot Topics" reception in Florence before ATTD 2024. Nearly 150 emerging and established women leaders and their committed allies from around the world gathered to connect and learn over a hearty breakfast featuring Tuscan meats and cheeses. As with each of W!LD's breakfast receptions, W!LD provided Close Concerns' ATTD conference preview and created one-pagers and posters to assist attendees in distilling the plethora of learnings ahead at the conference. Dr. Francine Kaufman pointed out the trailblazing women luminaries in attendance during her welcome remarks, and Holly McGarraugh highlighted the incredible impact Dr. Kaufman herself has had on the field. Liz O'Hara then offered additional words of welcome and shared what W!LD means to her before Elaine Young kicked off a round of introductions with Kelly Close listening in from San Francisco. Dr. Robert Gabbay, Chief Scientific and Medical Officer of the ADA, was in attendance and made the exciting announcement that Dr. Kaufman is slated to receive the Lois Jovanovic Transformative Woman in Diabetes Award during the ADA's 84th Scientific Sessions in Orlando.

From Wednesday, March 6 to Saturday, March 9, W!LD organized four guided tours of the Galleria dell'Accademia di Firenze and the Gallerie degli Uffizi. Over 50 attendees came together to learn about and experience Florence's rich art and culture, featuring highlights such as Botticelli's Birth of Venus and Michelangelo's Statue of David.

W!LD @ ADCES in Chicago

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Event Agenda

Wednesday, March 6
8:00 am

Guided tour of the Galleria dell'Accademia di Firenze

9:00 am – 12:00 noon

"Hot Breakfast, Hot Topics - ATTD!" reception

remarks from

Francine Kaufman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Senseonics, Inc. & Distinguished Professor Emerita of Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

Holly McGarraugh, Former CEO, Apieron

Liz O'Hara, Director of Global Insights, Diabetes Care, Abbott

Elaine Young, Senior Associate, W!LD, Close Concerns

11:30 am

Guided tour of the Galleria dell'Accademia di Firenze

Thursday, March 7
3:30 pm

Guided tour of the Gallerie degli Uffizi

Saturday, March 9
5:30 pm

Guided tour of the Galleria dell'Accademia di Firenze

Our Values

Respect for the contributions of all professionals within the diabetes “ecosystem”

Belief that diverse leadership results in better outcomes

Knowledge that positive environments inspire, support and connect us to our work and to each other

Belief that when leaders reach their potential, they maximize contributions to their organizations

Commitment to welcoming anyone supportive of maximizing leadership diversity to improve patient outcomes

W!LD depends on organizational memberships and sponsorship to curate and produce our unique leadership programming. If your company would like to join us then click the button and we’ll be in touch