International Diabetes Camping Conference - 2021

Keynote Speakers & Special Guests

Sunday, February 28 8:15 - 9:30PM

Shawn Shepheard

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Shawn Shepheard is an executive coach, business strategist and keynote speaker. Shawn helps great leaders become exceptional, on their terms. Shawn has a long track record of being the secret weapon for executives and business owners. He has worked with entrepreneurs across North America, and for global companies including LinkedIn, Verizon, Johnson & Johnson, Javelin, Allstate, Kaloutas, Tim Hortons, Kraft Foods, and the YMCA. Many of his clients think of him as their private Sherpa—in their corner and helping them reach new heights.

His unique ability is using his raw honesty combined with his sense of humor and adventure to help people reignite the dream vision they’ve always wanted, and provide clarity that gets them excited and moves them into immediate positive action where they’ll become even bigger stars than they already are.

Monday, March 1 10:30 - 11:45AM

Ian Roberts


Ian Roberts is the Executive Director and President of the Camp Ho Mita Koda Foundation, the world’s oldest summer camp for children with Type 1 Diabetes. He has spent his career in the camping and non-profit world and his expertise lies in focusing on operating efficiency, strategically accelerating change to business processes and system integration, and building a culture of integration, engagement and collaboration.

An active member of the American Camp Association since 2001, Ian currently serves as a Lead Visitor and the Communications Chair with the ACA Ohio Local Council of Leaders. Ian is the co-author of ‘Connection Without Contact: Techniques for Creating Social Connection While Maintaining Physical Distance’ which will be released in the ACA bookstore in Spring 2021.  

Tuesday, March 2 7:00 - 8:15PM

Niambi Jaha-Echols

Niambi Jaha-Echols

Niambi Jaha-Echols is CEO of Cross Cultural Agility, LLC. She is a Certified Cultural Agility Strategist, Inspirational Speaker, Thought Leader, Author, Visionary, Spiritual Activist, Professional Educator and nationally recognized Life Empowerment and Transformation Advocate with over 30 years of experience working with various modalities of creativity. Her expertise includes: executive coaching, cultural audits, facilitation/training, strategic diversity, equity, & inclusion initiatives, and building inclusive leadership teams. Niambi has worked with individual executives, teams, and organizations from around the world. She enjoys traveling, inspiring creativity, innovative thinking in others, and uncovering solutions to challenges that beseech the human spirit.

Special Guests

Monday, March 1 1:00-1:45PM

David Panzirer

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David Panzirer is a grandson of Leona Helmsley. Prior to becoming a trustee, David was vice president of leasing at RFR Realty, LLC, where he worked for over 10 years specializing in commercial real estate. Before RFR Realty, David spent over five years as a project manager and then director of operations at several Helmsley entities.

Monday, March 1 1:00-1:45PM

Ben Stang, MPA

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Ben Stang is an Associate Program Officer for the Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) Program. In this role, he focuses on the healthcare models portfolio of grants, which seeks to improve clinical care delivery and outcomes for people living with T1D. Ben holds a Master of Public Administration from Baruch College, and a bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University.