2018 Annual Research Spotlight

May 17, 2018, Minneapolis, MN
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm




  • Ellen Leake

    Ellen Leake


    Ellen Leake

    Ellen Leake is Vice Chair of the JDRF International Board of Directors and serves on the JDRF Executive Committee. Formerly she chaired the Development Committee (2013-14), the Lay Review Committee (2011-12) and the Information Technology Working Group (2009-2011). Prior to her involvement at a national level, she and her husband joined a group of friends in forming the Mississippi chapter of JDRF in 1999. She has worked in numerous roles in the chapter, including president in 2002-03. She co-founded Mississippi Cures, the state advocacy and public policy group in support of stem cell research. Ellen was awarded the Jim Tyree Chairman's Choice Award in 2015.

    Continuing her type 1 diabetes affiliations, she is an at-large member of the National Institutes of Health’s NIDDK Advisory Council. She received a BA in economics from the University of Mississippi and an MBA from Tulane University.  Her connection to Type 1 diabetes is her daughter, Elizabeth, diagnosed at age 10.

    Ellen currently leads a family timber and land development business in Mississippi. Previously she had a long and successful career with IBM where she was a senior executive in the Financial Services sector. Prior to joining IBM she was an aide to U.S. Senator, Thad Cochran.


Coffman Union, University of Minnesota

300 Washington Avenue Southeast
Minneapolis, MN 55455

More Info

Join us for a type 1 diabetes research update by Ellen Leake, Vice Chair, JDRF International Board of Directors.  Learn about the latest research advancements and JDRF news.  The Research Spotlight will be held at Coffman Union, University of Minnesota on Thursday, May 17.  The vendor fair and reception will open at 5:30 pm, with the program and Q&A at 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

This is a free event, but we do ask that you RSVP at jdrfresearchspotlight.eventbrite.com.  This event is intended for an adult audience, however, interested teens are encouraged to join us.

Event Contact

Kristin Jahnke
952-851-0770 | kjahnke@jdrf.org