W!LD is being created to be YOUR own 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.

W!LD Mission

To connect, strengthen, advance, nourish, and inspire women leaders in the diabetes ecosystem; so that collectively we can improve outcomes for people with diabetes.

Why Do Organizations Join 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 that’s designed for senior and emerging women leaders across the diabetes ecosystem. We deliver best-in-class leadership programming and networking, designed to promote diversity and to educate, connect, support, inspire and advance women.


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

Summer 2021 W!LD Gathering

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Real-world evidence offers a powerful look into how therapies and technologies work in everyday life. W!LD is excited to dive into what real-world evidence is, and the major impacts it has had in improving patient life and outcomes! Additionally, W!LD will explore the utility of real-world evidence and the science behind taking effective breaks to process information.(See event agenda here) To ensure our listeners can optimize their upcoming ADA conference experience, these presentations will provide relevant background and tools for the 81st Scientific Sessions.

Speakers include:
portrait of Dr. Stayce Beck
Dr. Stayce BeckVice President of Clinical and Strategic Partnerships, Dexcom
portrait of Laura Brandner
Laura BrandnerDirector of Real World Evidence Programs, Abbott Diabetes Care
portrait of Kelly Close
Kelly ClosePresident, Close Concerns
portrait of Dr. Robert Gabbay
Dr. Robert GabbayChief Scientific and Medical Officer, American Diabetes Association
portrait of Dr. Courtney Lias
Dr. Courtney LiasActing Director, Office of Gastrorenal, ObGyn, General Hospital, and Urology Devices, Food and Drug Administration
portrait of Dr. Eden Miller
Dr. Eden MillerDiabetologist and Diplomate Obesity Medicine, Founder Diabetes and Obesity Care, Bend Oregon
portrait of Dr. Sahar Yousef
Dr. Sahar YousefCognitive Neuroscientist and Faculty Director, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

Past Events

Spring 2021 W!LD Gathering

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Our gathering featured Professor Stephanie Creary, PhD, identity and diversity scholar and field researcher at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, in a keynote on "How to Elevate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Your Organization." Dr. Creary investigates how people effectively navigate identity-related tensions and boundaries at work, particularly around issues of inclusion and exclusion. In addition, Dr. Sahar Yousef, cognitive neuroscientist and faculty member at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, shared her insights on “Creating Effective Cognitive Boundaries Between Work and Home” (see preview here). We also offered optional networking and breakout sessions (see full descriptions here).

Speakers included:
portrait of Kelly Close
Kelly ClosePresident, Close Concerns
portrait of Dr. Stephanie Creary
Dr. Stephanie CrearyAssistant Professor of Management, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
portrait of Dr. Sahar Yousef
Dr. Sahar YousefCognitive Neuroscientist and Faculty Director, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

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