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d20 Lightning Talks


The diaTribe Foundation invites you to the d20 Lightning Talks

October 13, 2020

3:00pm PDT / 6:00pm EDT

Networking begins at 2:00pm PDT / 5:00pm EDT

The diaTribe Foundation is thrilled to invite you to the d20 Lightning Talks! Join us on October 13 when five leaders in the field will explore the impact of Diabetes Stigma and what we can do to end it.

We are thrilled to hear from Anthony Anderson, star of the hit ABC sitcom, Blackish, who will share his experience with Type 2 Diabetes and illuminate why it's important to raise awareness around diabetes to combat stigma. We'll also hear from diabetes physician, researcher, and former President of the American Diabetes Association, Dr. James Gavin III, who will give us the physician's perspective on the stigma and discrimination that people with diabetes face. In addition, Joan Garry, former executive director of GLAAD, will share with us how GLAAD tackled LGBTQ stigma and transformed the lives of Americans. We will also learn from renowned expert on obesity stigma, Rebecca Puhl, who will explore the impacts of disease stigma and what can be done to address it, as well as CEO of the FrameWorks Institute, Nat Kendall-Taylor, who will introduce us to the science of changing public perceptions through narrative creation. 


Three Reasons Why You Should Attend: 
  • Learn from five highly regarded experts about the types and impacts of stigma and how changing narratives can reduce stigma
  • Empower yourself to join the work in changing narratives to reduce stigma
  • Meet members of the diabetes community from around the world in live networking

At the d20 Lightning Talks, we'll learn how creating and spreading new narratives can reduce diabetes stigma in the US. We will explore how stigma has inhibited us from bending the curve on the diabetes epidemic and what we as individuals can do to reduce that stigma. Hearing from experts who’ve devoted themselves to ending stigma, we’ll be able to draw on lessons learned from the LGBTQ rights movement and from obesity and weight stigma. We will also learn about how diabetes stigma intersects with social determinants of health, and how this stigma affects healthcare, treatment, and health outcomes. Then, with the help of experts in communications science, we will understand how shifting the way we talk, act, and speak about diabetes can reshape the diabetes landscape in the US for years to come.

We look forward to seeing you on October 13 for our d20 Lightning Talks event. Please spread the word and share this event with anyone interested in learning more about stigma, healthcare, diabetes outcomes, barriers to care, and the power of narrative-building and story-telling. Register now and join the conversation on Twitter with #d20LightningTalks!

Moderated by David Lee Strasberg of The Lee Strasberg Institute, the program will feature the incredible speakers below and two surprise guests to be later revealed:


Actor | Star of ABC comedy, black-ish

Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actor, Anthony Anderson, is the star and executive producer of ABC’s multi-award nominated sitcom black-ish. He portrays Andre “Dre” Johnson who, like Anthony, has been living with type 2 diabetes since being ‘diagnosed’ on the show in 2017.  Anderson, who was diagnosed in 2002, is an advocate for diabetes awareness and a spokesperson for Novo Nordisk’s “Get Real About Diabetes” campaign. Anderson has become familiar to audiences through roles in prominent films, such as Transformers, and The Departed, and on the small screen, bringing his talent and humor to his own WB sitcom All About the Andersons, which was loosely based on his life, along with a number of other shows, guest appearances, and game shows. Anderson has received six consecutive Emmy nominations for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series”, two Golden Globe nominations and three Critics Choice nominations for his popular role in black-ish. Additionally, in 2020, he won his sixth individual Image Award in the category of “Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series,” adding to his 15 total Image Award nominations in his career. He has been nominated for four Screen Actors Guild awards, BET Awards, and Teen Choice awards as well as one People’s Choice Awards and one Kids’ Choice Awards.  Anderson has also hosted the NAACP Image Awards for the past seven consecutive years. In August, Anderson was awarded a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. Active in his community as an advocate and philanthropist, Anderson will host his fourth annual Anthony Anderson Celebrity Golf Classic next year, benefiting the American Diabetes Association, Los Angeles Mission and Boys & Girls Club of America.  Most recently, Anderson joined Mayor Garcetti at a South L.A. clinic to urge communities of color to seek COVID-19 testing. Born in 1970, Anderson pursued his acting career as he continued his education by attending Hollywood High School for the Performing Arts, where he earned an arts scholarship to Howard University. He currently lives in Los Angeles. 

JOAN GARRY – How Stigma Shapes Impact - Lessons from the LGBTQ Rights Movement
Principal | Joan Garry Consulting
Former Executive Director | GLAAD
Joan Garry began her career in 1981 as part of the management team that launched MTV. She followed this successful eight-year tenure as an executive at Showtime Networks. Then, in 1997 while either having a midlife crisis or avoiding one, Joan left the corporate world and became the Executive Director of GLAAD, one of the largest gay rights organizations in the U.S. Today, Joan Garry is an internationally recognized champion for the nonprofit sector and a highly sought after executive coach for CEOs at some of the nation’s largest organizations. Joan’s firm offers high-end strategic advisory services with a unique combination of coaching and management consulting. She is called upon by large organizations to tackle substantial change management, crisis management and leadership transitions requiring a hands-on strategist, a messaging expert, and a compassionate truth teller. Joan is the go-to resource for hundreds of thousands of nonprofit leaders worldwide. Through her blog, podcast and book, Joan Garry’s Guide to Nonprofit Leadership, she has become the ‘Dear Abby’ of the nonprofit sector, advocating for the success of nonprofits, large and small. As a columnist for the Chronicle of Philanthropy, contributor to Harvard Business Review and Forbes Magazine, among others, Joan is a preeminent media spokesperson and thought leader on the role of the nonprofit sector in our society and is a sought after voice on issues facing the sector today. Joan is also the founder of the Nonprofit Leadership Lab, the online educational and community portal she leads for board and staff leaders of small nonprofits. 
NAT KENDALL-TAYLOR – The Science of Framing for Impact
Chief Executive Officer | FrameWorks Institute

Nat Kendall-Taylor serves as Chief Executive Officer at the FrameWorks Institute. Nat oversees the organization’s pioneering, research-based approach to strategic communications, which uses methods from the social and behavioral sciences to measure how people understand complex socio-political issues and tests ways to reframe them to drive social change. As CEO, he leads a multi-disciplinary team of social scientists and communications practitioners who investigate ways to apply innovative framing research methods to social issues and train nonprofit organizations to put the findings into practice. An expert in psychological anthropology and communications science, Nat also publishes widely in the popular and professional press and lectures frequently in the United States and abroad. He is a senior fellow at the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, a visiting professor at the Child Study Center at Yale School of Medicine, and a fellow at the British-American Project.

REBECCA PUHL – The Harmful Impact of Disease Stigma: Lessons from Obesity Research 
Professor of Human Development & Family Sciences | University of Connecticut 

Dr. Rebecca Puhl is Professor of Human Development & Family Sciences at the University of Connecticut. She is also the Deputy Director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, where she leads research and policy efforts aimed at reducing weight-based stigma and discrimination. Dr. Puhl received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Yale University. She has authored more than 135 peer reviewed articles and 24 chapters on topics including weight-based bullying in youth, the impact of weight stigma on emotional and physical health, weight stigma in health care and the media, and policy strategies to reduce weight-based bullying and discrimination. As a national research expert on weight stigma, Dr. Puhl has testified in legislative hearings on weight discrimination and routinely provides expertise on strategies to reduce weight bias to national and international health organizations. She has also developed evidence-based trainings to reduce weight stigma in health care that have been implemented in medical facilities across the U.S., and her work is routinely cited in the national media. Dr. Puhl has received multiple awards for her research, both at UConn and from national organizations, such as the National Eating Disorders Coalition, the Obesity Action Coalition, and The Obesity Society who selected Dr. Puhl as the 2018 recipient of the national scientific achievement award for excellence in an established research career. In 2019, she was the inaugural recipient of the Faculty Excellence in Research Award in Public Scholarship from UConn’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. You can visit for more information about Dr. Puhl’s work.

Chief Medical Officer | Healing Our Village, Inc.

Dr. James R. Gavin is a clinical professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine and at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He currently serves as Chief Medical Officer of Healing Our Village, Inc. Previously, he was president of the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. He served as senior scientific officer at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and as director of the HHMI–National Institutes of Health Research Scholars Program. Dr. Gavin belongs to a number of organizations, including the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the IOM), the American Diabetes Association, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, the American Society of Clinical Investigation, and the American Association of Physicians. He is a past president of the ADA and has been voted Clinician of the Year in Diabetes by the ADA multiple times. Dr. Gavin was named a “Living Legend in Diabetes” by the American Association of Diabetes Educators in 2009 and was named one of the “175 Emory History Makers” on the celebration of the University’s 175th Anniversary. In 2015, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Diabetes Research from ADA, and the Lifetime Meritorious Achievement Award from the NMA. Dr. Gavin has a MD from the Duke University School of Medicine and a PhD in Biochemistry from Emory University.

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