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diaTribe Musings 2021


Join us for the 6th Annual diaTribe Musings Panel Discussions

NEXT EVENT: Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Personalizing Your Diabetes Toolkit: New Solutions to Persistent Problems

5:30-6:45pm ET / 2:30-3:45pm PT 

For those living with diabetes sometimes it feels like our best efforts are not enough. Some days your glucose goes up, some days it goes down, and many days you're not even sure why. In 2021, innovation and new technology give us hope. Join us to hear from leaders in insulin delivery, glucose monitoring, predictive models and coaching support who offer new answers to old questions. Innovations in insulin pens, pumps, CGM, virtual support and more can make your life easier. Come to this panel and find out which tools might be right for you.

Panel discussion with Q&A from 5:30-6:45pm ET / 2:30-3:45pm PT, with Networking and Expo Booths open beginning 15 minutes prior. Stay on following the panel from 6:45-7:15pm ET / 3:45-4:15pm PDT for an interactive community session led by diaTribe's phenomenal community manager, Cherise Shockley!  Networking and Expo Booths will also remain open following the panel.


Our highly-regarded speakers are Ali Dianaty, Medtronic Diabetes; Michelle Litchman, University of Utah; Rachel Sánchez-Madhur, One Drop; and Marc Taub, Abbott Diabetes. The panel will be moderated by diaTribe's Julie Heverly, Director, Institutional Giving.



Ali Dianaty, Vice President, Product Innovation, Medtronic Diabetes

Ali Dianaty leads Product Innovation for the Diabetes business at Medtronic with end-to-end responsibility for all elements of diabetes technology innovation — from design to generating clinical outcomes through commercial approval. Ali joined the Diabetes business in 2016 to lead the R&D organization. In this role, he was responsible for leading R&D efforts and establishing our technology roadmap in support of our long-term product portfolio strategy. Prior to Medtronic, Ali served in roles of increasing responsibility at St. Jude Medical and the Boeing Company. Ali earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State University, Northridge and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

Michelle Litchman, Nurse Practitioner, Researcher, and Assistant Professor, University of Utah

Michelle Litchman, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, FADCES, FAANP is an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah College of Nursing, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, and Nurse Practitioner at the Utah Diabetes and Endocrinology Center. She serves as the Medical Director of the Intensive Diabetes Education and Support Program at the University of Utah, a multidisciplinary diabetes self-management education and support program that integrates shared medical visits. Her NIH and foundation-funded research is focused on: 1) adapting and testing diabetes self-management interventions for underserved and underrepresented populations (e.g., Deaf, Spanish-speaking, rural), 2) examining the social context of diabetes self-management in family (romantic partners, parents) and online environments, and 3) the impact of technology-augmented clinical interventions (Diabetes Online Communities, continuous glucose monitoring) on diabetes outcomes. Her research has been highlighted across national media outlets, including NPR Science Friday, CNN, and The Doctors. Dr. Litchman has worked closely with legislators and national professional organizations, where her research has influenced policies and practice. Dr. Litchman received her research doctorate and master’s degree from the University of Utah and undergraduate degree from Weber State University. Dr. Litchman is a Jonas Scholar, American Psychological Association LEAP Fellow, and Betty Irene Moore Nurse Leader and Innovation Fellow. She has been inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialist, and American Academy of Nursing.

Rachel Sánchez-Madhur, Senior Vice President of Product and Brand Strategy, One Drop 

Rachel Sánchez-Madhur is Senior Vice President of Product and Brand Strategy at One Drop. She oversees strategy and development for the company's products and services, including joint ventures with One Drop's global partner, Bayer. Before becoming SVP of Product and Brand Strategy, Rachel was responsible for building out One Drop's customer support and marketing departments. She joined One Drop as employee number five in 2015, leaving a successful career in intellectual property law and patent litigation to help transform the future of health. As a person with type 1 diabetes, Rachel intimately understands the challenges and complexities of living with a chronic condition. At One Drop, her mission is to help people transform their health and reimagine what's possible. Rachel holds a JD from Harvard Law School and is a founding member of the Women@Austin Angel Network.

Marc Taub, Divisional Vice President of Technical Operations, Abbott Diabetes
Marc Taub, Ph.D., is divisional vice president of Technical Operations for Abbott's diabetes business, based in Alameda, California. Since joining Abbott in 2004, Dr. Taub has been one of the driving forces behind the development of the FreeStyle Libre system, a sensor-based glucose monitoring solution that’s transforming glucose monitoring for people living with diabetes. Throughout the product’s development, Dr. Taub led a diverse team of engineers and scientists across two global research and development sites, and was responsible for all aspects of the product design. Dr. Taub holds a number of patents for devices and systems for diabetes monitoring. He is a published researcher whose work has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed publications, including the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology. In recognition of his contributions, Abbott inducted Dr. Taub into the Volwiler Society, a group of the most distinguished scientists in the company. Dr. Taub holds a bachelor's degree from Brown University and master's and doctorate degrees from Stanford University.


Julie Heverly, Director of Institutional Giving, The diaTribe Foundation

Julie Heverly has devoted that last decade of her career to the diabetes ecosystem in progressive leadership roles at the American Diabetes Association and currently with the diaTribe Foundation. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes after her junior year at Washington & Jefferson College. After graduation, she provided public affairs and PR counsel to clients like the Eisenhower Presidential Museum, The National Center for Victims of Crime, and Americans for Alaska.  She eventually earned a position at Burson Marsteller, where she consulted a Fortune 500 company on government and community affairs. Compelled by her own experiences navigating a non-traditional diagnosis and journey with type 1 diabetes, Julie has become a patient advocate and champion, adding her voice to local and national social media campaigns and providing patient perspective with the hope of improving the lives of others also living with diabetes.


About diaTribe Musings

Previously known as Musings Under the Moon, when it was a single live event at the ADA Scientific Sessions, diaTribe Musings is now one of The diaTribe Foundation's most treasured ongoing virtual programs, engaging a diverse audience in thought-provoking dialogue and providing an opportunity to connect healthcare providers, business leaders, people living with diabetes, advocates, families, entrepreneurs, and policymakers. Musings tickets are complimentary thanks to the generous support of our sponsors. We welcome anyone interested in learning about the massive shifts and opportunities occurring in the world of diabetes. Please spread the word and share this event with anyone interested in learning more about diabetes. Join the conversation on Twitter with #diaTribeMusings.

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