My real life meeting with a Champion.

While I was away last week, I made a special side trip to meet a very special person:


Cherise Shockley is Founder and CEO of Diabetes Community Advocacy Foundation, keepers of things like the Diabetes Social Media Advocacy website, the DSMA Blog Carnival, DSMA Live, DSMA en vivo, DSMA Live ‘Rents and the ever-popular Wednesday night DSMA Twitter chat. Our lunch wasn’t the ask-questions-get-answers-write-a-blog-post-about-it kind of thing. I just wanted to meet her, and give her the chance to put a face with a name, so to speak. Let me tell you about our meeting.

The first question you might ask is, “What is she really like?”. In person, Cherise is pretty much like her online self. Polite, funny, passionate about her cause, and always one step ahead of me.

And smart. Cherise is very, very smart. Growing up in a family where service to the community is part of her DNA, she’s inspired by the possibilities and challenges of bringing together people who are affected by diabetes. Best of all, she’s doing something about it. It seems like her mind is constantly thinking about ways to enhance and expand what DCAF can do for everyone touched by this disease.

During our conversation, I likened her to a military general. She may not have everything figured out yet. But as the social media landscape changes, she’s good at maximizing opportunities and figuring out the best way to make the most of her resources when they’re needed. That’s a quality that many people wish for, but so few possess. After just a few minutes, I was ready to go charging up the hill for DCAF too!

I’m not big on first impressions. Often we come across people who are rushed, are having a bad day, fighting with their significant others, or experiencing hypoglycemia. And that can affect how we are with people we meet for the first time, and how they perceive us. But in this case, my first impression was only positive. I have a really good feeling about DCAF and where Cherise will lead the foundation into the future.

I’m really glad I was able to make this connection. Our lunch together really gave me the feeling of being in the presence of greatness. I’m hoping you’ll make the connection with DCAF too.

The weekly DSMA Twitter chat happens every Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time here in the USA. To join the conversation, go to

To listen to DSMA Live, DSMA en Vivo and DSMA Live ‘Rents, and to download previous podcasts, go to the Diabetes Social Media Advocacy station on Blog Talk Radio at

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  • Karen  On April 11, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Oh yay, Cherise is one of my favorite people!!! And definitely worth a side-trip for a meet-up!! 🙂


  • Scott K. Johnson  On April 11, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Oooh! I’m SO glad you were able to meet Cherise! She is truly a gem.


  • Cherise Shockley  On April 11, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Stephen- It was a pleasure meeting in real life and getting learn more about you. I read your post earlier today at work, but I had to wait to reply. THANK YOU for believing in me and the future of DCAF. Thank you for the kind words and writing a beautiful blog post. I don’t think you truly understand how much that means to me and the entire DCAF Team.


  • Mike Hoskins  On April 12, 2013 at 8:50 am

    This makes me very happy. Cherise absolutely rocks! Did you come to Indy?!?! If so, I’m sorry we couldn’t connect! Maybe another time…


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