Diabetes Connections presents:

Moms' Night Out

January 20-21, 2023

Canopy by Hilton, Charlotte, NC

Moms' Night Out Charlotte (2023)
Conference Report

 

Moms’ Night Out Charlotte (2023) was our very first conference! I live near Charlotte and I’ve run a local Facebook group for parents of children with type 1 for a very long time. We’ve done local meetups for years, so why not try something new?!

Our location was Canopy Hilton Southpark, a fun boutique hotel in the middle of the best shopping in Charlotte. A full vendor fair was a great chance to see and learn about the newest technology and studies. New for this conference: Dexcom’s G7 had just been approved, Libre 3 was making the rounds, and the folks from RX Sugar gave away tons of their newest items.

Our check-ins were manned by two amazing educators. Attendees sign up in advance to meet with a diabetes expert and get a quick, 15 minutes check-in. On hand were Gary Scheiner MS, CDCES is the owner and founder of Integrated Diabetes Services and the author of Think Like a Pancreas as well as Anna Sabino, MSW, CDCES with Finding Smiles Coaching.

Our signature drink was a Cos-Mom-Politin. Mocktails and cocktails were enjoyed as we started Cocktails and Crafts. We stenciled small makeup/supply pouches as our craft.

During dinner I welcomed everyone with a short talk. We had our raffles for Kendra Scott jewelry, a VIVI cap, several books by local authors (including mine) and tried to call it a night. No one wanted to leave! We moved the party out onto the beautiful outdoor space at Canopy with firepits and our photo backdrop.

Saturday morning, we were back at 9am with coffee and breakfast. Our speaker, Anna Sabino, was amazing. She lives with type 1 and asked her mother to help in the presentation. It kicked off a great discussion about how we talk to our children and what they want from us.

After our photos, we talked about whether this would be a one and done or whether we’d take it on the road. We decided to give it a couple of weeks and decide after feedback from the diabetes community. After hearing from moms all over the country, we knew what we wanted to do.

Next stop: Dallas and Providence!

 

More information on all our upcoming and past events here

 

What To Expect

Exhibitor fair

learn about the latest in insulin pumps, CGM, and meter technology as well as diabetes management options.

Cocktails & Crafts: engage in a fun, hands-on activity while you get to know other moms. Enjoy signature cocktails and/or non-alcoholic drinks.

Dinner is included

Meet new friends and catch up with those you already know around a great meal you don’t have to cook (or carb-count)

Coffee and breakfast Saturday morning

Our speaker Saturday morning will send you home with practical advice to address the unique challenges we moms face.

All attendees will receive a swag bag full of freebies

Guest Speaker

Anna Sabino head shot

Anna Sabino, MSW, CDCES of Finding Smiles Coaching.

Anna is a mental health professional and Certified Diabetes Care and Education specialist who has lived with type 1 for over 30 years. She thrives on helping parents and families navigate the different ages & stages of type 1 diabetes and has two children of her own.

The Venue

Canopy by Hilton is a modern boutique experience that will help you relax and revive. Located in easy to get to South Charlotte and close to shopping, dining and upscale SouthPark Mall.
Photo of Stacey Simms during an interview

About Your Host

Stacey Simms is the host of the long-running and award-winning podcast, Diabetes Connections. She is the author of “The World’s Worst Diabetes Mom, Real-Life Stories of Parenting a Child with Type 1 Diabetes,” and the upcoming “STILL The World’s Worst Diabetes Mom.” 

Stacey’s son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just before he turned two, back in 2006; she’s been sharing her family’s experience with T1D ever since.

Learn more about Stacey here

She has been featured in almost every diabetes publication and outlet including: Diabetes Self-Management and Diabetes Forecast magazines, Beyond Type 1, JDRF, Diabetes Daily, Healthline, DiaTribe, T1D Everyday Magic and more.   

Contact Us

FAQs

This is a conference designed for mothers of children with diabetes, with a focus on type 1. We will not turn any adult in the diabetes community away, but all of our programming is geared to moms. Please, no children in the conference space, this is meant to be a relaxing kid-free respite. 

Friday:

2:30pm Check-In opens, get your swag bag!

3-6pm Vendor Fair

3-6pm Check-Ins with educators Anna Sabino & Gary Schiener (advance signups)

5-7pm Cocktails & Crafts

7pm Dinner

8pm – Socialize and hang out!

Saturday:

9am Coffee & Breakfast

9:30am Speaker

11am Focus Groups (advance signups)

Relax & socialize before you head back home

No, but we urge you to do so! Part of the fun (and learning) at this conference is about being away from your children with diabetes, something we moms rarely get to do. Staying at the hotel is not required, but there will be informal socializing there after dinner and in the morning that you won’t want to miss.

No. The only groups that are allowed to hand out literature and/or demonstrate products are those with an agreement with us. There are lots of lower-cost options. Please let us know if you’re interested.

We will adhere to all local and state laws, rules, and regulations to reduce the risk of spreading COVID. We encourage everyone who is eligible to be fully vaccinated. We strongly encourage everyone to self-test with a rapid antigen test before coming to the conference. 

We’d love to take this show on the road! Reach out at info@diabetes-connections.com and let us know where we should go next!