Marian Rewers, M.D., Ph.D., left, executive director of the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes, was presented with $75,000 from President Christy Alberts, who will remain on the executive board as immediate past president.
The annual meeting and installation of officers hosted by the Guild of the Children’s Diabetes Foundation was held at Denver Country Club. In addition to the busy schedule of events, fundraising and building awareness recapped by President Christy Alberts, $75,000 was presented to Dr. Marian Rewers, executive director of the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes. The same amount will go to Dr. Robert Slover, director of pediatrics at the center.
Of note, the Helping Hands program was extremely powerful. Jewels for Hope raised more than $56,000, and the total raised by the Guild was more than $470,000.
In addition to many positive and reflective reports from officers, the inspirational and humble guest speaker received a standing ovation. Author Tommy Spaulding has written two books. Both have been on the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. He is known as a leadership expert and as a nationally acclaimed speaker, wearing the title “Best Keynote.”
He makes a connection from the head to the heart. His recent book, The Heart Led Leader, was a gift to every person there, and his stories, especially his own, shared from the book were riveting. Spaulding interviewed 300 leaders, but narrowed his presentation for this meeting to three – each distinctive, including Columbine High School’s Principal Frank DeAngelis, who turned around the culture of that learning environment after the tragedy.
“Every day we have a chance to love and serve people,” said Spaulding, who was raised in upstate New York.
His mantra is “leading with love, yields results.”
In the case of CDF, which he praised, it is not only working for a cure, but caring.
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