Executive Summit 2018

Executive Summit

Executive Summit

Hotel Del Coronado | Coronado, California
January 24-26, 2018

Join us at The Vision Council's 2018 Executive Summit – an exclusive event filled with opportunities for executive-level networking, leadership development, economic trends, and business strategies.

This year's theme is Idea to Implementation. Turning an idea to reality is hard work that requires discipline and a planned approach. The remarkable speakers at this year's event will provide insight into this process and create an opportunity for you to take stock of your methods and your ability to create a culture of ingenuity and innovation, communicate effectively to gain buy in, embrace risk, challenge yourself, welcome feedback, and - ultimately - execute, measure and adjust initiatives. As the saying goes, "if it was easy, everybody would be doing it".

Our blockbuster speaker lineup includes - Daymond John, Entrepreneur and star of ABC's Shark Tank; Erik Wahl, globally known artist, TED speaker and author; Frances Cole Jones, highly sought after communications guru, and Brian Beaulieu, CEO and Chief Economist at ITR and one of the highest rated speakers at the Summit for the last five years!

The Executive Summit is a powerful resource and benefit to members of The Vision Council designed to keep you aware of the industry landscape as you chart a course for the future. Leaders in business strategy, research and economics will take the stage along with your peers to engage in important discussions about the future. Don't miss the most valuable conversations of the year.

Registration is now open. Join us to expand your circle of advisors and find out why scores of attendees have identified the Executive Summit as the premier, must-attend event for senior level management and business leaders.

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Download the agenda for Executive Summit here.

Keynote Speakers and Program


Daymond John has been a phenomenally successful business person for over 25 years. Along his entrepreneurial journey, he has witnessed as well as been part of many successes and failures. Through this first-hand experience, he has learned a few things about getting the best out of business and life. He believes the keys to success include establishing the right mindset and following a few fundamental principles, which he calls his five "S.H.A.R.K points." Learn how to out-think, out-hustle, and out-perform the competition with Daymond John!

Read his full bio here.


Brian will share quick forecasts for the next few years and the associated Make Your Move Moments – an all-time crowd favorite! You won't want to miss Brian's recap of an interesting and active 2017, the new administration, and the short and long term impacts. Brian will conclude with his outlook for 2018 and beyond; followed by a Q&A.

Read his full bio here.


It's one thing to understand the importance of creativity to the success of your business, but Erik believes what most people don't understand is to how to put a structure in place so that innovation can find its way. The paradox of creativity is that structure creates freedom. Even the wildest minds require extreme orderliness and attention to detail so that they have the space and discipline to create.

Read his full bio here.


Frances will present key strategies on how to present your ideas in any meeting situation - from the boardroom to the breakfast table. She will demonstrate proven methods for effective communication (both verbal and non-verbal) at stakeholder meetings, interviews, during customer interactions and when managing virtual teams.

Read her full bio here.

Emerging Optical Leaders

The Emerging Optical Leaders (EOL) Committee is tasked with identifying and developing the next generation of optical industry leaders for The Vision Council through mentoring, training and networking. Criteria to participate is as follows:

  • Employment by an organization in good standing as a member of The Vision Council.
  • Currently hold or on track for an executive level role in next 3-5 years
  • Age 35 years or younger to join; may move to Alumni Advisor role at age 40.
  • Nomination from a senior executive within their company.

The EOL Committee launched their mentoring program at the 2017 Summit and will expand and enhance it for 2018.

In addition to the Speed Networking session on Thursday, January 25 from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Emerging Optical Leaders Committee gatherings at the Executive Summit include a Committee meeting featuring a business case study presented by University of Virginia Professor Ira Harris on Wednesday, January 24 from 12 to 4 p.m.

Scholarships to attend the 2018 Executive Summit are now available to those who qualify as emerging optical leaders. To participate as a mentor or inquire about sponsorship eligibility, contact Olivia Krise at okrise@thevisioncouncil.org.


In this dynamic session EOL members will be assigned a business case for a pre-read followed by a lively discussion at the Summit facilitated by Professor Harris, Associate Professor, University of Virginia and Director of the M.S. in Commerce Program. Professor Harris will lead conversations about the importance of critical thinking, decision making, and the mental mistakes business leaders are susceptible to. Everyone will come away from the lesson with new ideas to take back and implement in their day-to-day business decisions.

Read his full bio here.


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  • Members: $699
  • Non-members: $1,399
  • Guests (Spouse/Significant Other): $349


Hotel del Coronado, Coronado, California is an iconic destination at the Pacific's edge just minutes from downtown San Diego. Its Coronado Island setting captures the relaxed beauty and seaside charms of the quintessential Southern California coastal lifestyle.

The Hotel Del is a breathtaking property where a legendary past blends with timeless charm and casual elegance. Majestically situated on America's most beloved beach, The Del's contemporary luxury and classic Southern California style offers something magical for everyone. From a romantic seaside escape to an inspirational gathering place for groups and destination weddings, The Del creates memorable moments that capture the hearts of every generation.

The Hotel Del is a must see, bucket list property! For more details check out the venue website.


We have filled our contracted block and then some at the Hotel Del Coronado. At this time, they are able to continue to offer some rooms at our group rate on January 24, 25 and 26. If you need rooms outside those dates, they can be secured at the hotel's best available rate. Click here to book rooms as available.

If you are unable to complete a reservation at Hotel Del Coronado, there are several alternate hotels, a couple literally across the street, that have rooms available according to their websites at this time. We do not have blocks at these hotels, but the rates are competitive.

Glorietta Bay Inn
1630 Glorietta Blvd - .2 miles from Hotel Del (by walking the driveway, but is directly across Orange Ave from the resort)
Rates from $169 and up

La Avenida Inn
1350 Orange Avenue - .2 miles from Hotel Del (by walking the driveway, but is directly across Orange Ave from the resort)
Rates from $160 and up

Coronado Island Marriott Resort
2000 2nd Street – 1.5 to 2.0 miles from Hotel Del (depending on route taken)
Rates from $246 and up

Golf Tournament

The tournament will be held Wednesday, January 24th at the Steele Canyon Golf course. Grab-and-go breakfast and transportation is included. The bus departs promptly at 7:30 a.m. and the tournament begins at 8:30 a.m. The cost of the tournament is $199 per person. You will be able to register for the tournament during the Summit registration process. Club rental is $60 and is at the player's expense.

Tournament is Wednesday morning, January 24, at 7:30 a.m. Please book your travel accordingly!


For travel information and a comprehensive list of resort activities and amenities, please review the Frequently Asked Questions document (PDF).

For more information on the 2018 Executive Summit, please contact Renae Shepherd, Senior Director Meetings and Education, at rshepherd@thevisioncouncil.org.

*Cancellations and Refund Policy: Registration and/or golf tournament fees are eligible for refund if canceled in writing by December 30th, 2017. To cancel or for further information about cancellation, contact Shannon Zelsnack at szelsnack@thevisioncouncil.org