Diabetes Connections presents:

Moms' Night Out

April 12-13, 2024

Hyatt Rosemont
Chicago, IL

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Moms' Night Out Chicago
Conference Report

Off to Chicago for our fifth Moms’ Night Out event!

We set everything up for our biggest crowd yet at the Hyatt Rosemont, just outside the city.

 

Our welcome toast began the event with a bubbly celebration as we opened the vendor fair. Medtronic, Tandem, and Omnipod were all there to show their latest technology and pump systems. Dexcom had a sparkly G7 display (see the photos!) and lots of moms saw a Gvoke HypoPen for the first time.

 

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. Tavia Vital BSN, BA, RN, CDCES from Integrated Diabetes Services and Barbara Eichorst, MS, RD, CDCES from the ADA joined us to help answer questions.

 

Friday’s speaker Melissa Lee from Insulet. We had to bring her back after hearing her talk for our event in Frisco/Dallas. Melissa lives with type 1 and has been an incredible advocate for years. She also has a keen ear for parady and sang another version of Flowers, all about a bum pancreas.

 

After Melissa we had our raffles for Kendra Scott jewelry, a JDRF themes Loki bracelet, and Stacey’s books and called it a night. Well, we called it a night. When we walked by the bar, our moms had completely taken it over!

 

Saturday morning, we were back at 9am with coffee and breakfast. Stacey led a panel sponsored by Gvoke for discussion about independence and T1D. We talked about sleepovers, making lots of mistakes (and letting our kids make them, too), and steps to balance safety, confidence and responsibility. She was joined by Kimberly, whose son is a student athlete with type 1. He’s a rower at Syracuse University.

 

Our closing keynote speaker was Dr. Jillian Merrick from Lurie Children’s Hospital. She focused on how to have conversations about diabetes with our children, at any age. Dr. Merrick’s talk was more of a conversation, as she asked us to volunteer scenarios and walked us through tips and advice. Very valuable session that got emotional many times!

After our closing photos, as usual, no one wanted to leave! I love the conversations we have at the end of Moms’ Night Out, when everyone is lingering. It’s the best.

Next stops: Denver in September and Philadelphia in October.

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 Speakers

Melissa Lee

Melissa Lee is a kick-ass advocate and innovator who has lived with type 1 for 34 years. She is a long-time writer and advocate and currently leads global instructional design for Insulet, maker of Omnipod. 

Check in with our experts

A check-in at Moms’ Night Out is your chance to sit down with an endocrinologist or diabetes educator and “check-in” with any questions you may have about T1D management. You should always bring any management changes to your child’s healthcare team, but these consultations will be reassuring and helpful. Check-in sign ups will open soon – if you’ve registered, you’ll receive an email when they do!

 

Tavia Vital, BA, RN, CDCES

An educator with Integrated Diabetes Services, Tavia lives with type1 and has a teenage son with T1D. Bilingual in English and Spanish, she is an active listener, a passionate expert, and a true advocate for people with diabetes.

 

Barbara Eichorst, MS, RD, CDCES

Barbara is an international diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES) subject matter expert. Currently, she is a VP of Health Care Programs at American Diabetes Association. She specializes in patient and clinician engagement. She believes that family support is the most important element of managing diabetes. 

 

The Venue

Hyatt Rosemont has convenience and comfort, close to O’Hare International Airport and the Fashion Outlets of Chicago.

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:

3:30pm Check-In opens, get your swag bag!

3:30-6pm Vendor Fair

3:45-6:30pm Check-Ins with educators  (advance signups)

5-6:30pm Cocktails & Crafts

6:30pm Dinner

8pm – Socialize and hang out!

Saturday:

9am Coffee & Breakfast

9:30am Panel

10:30am Speaker

11:45 Group photos

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!