2021 Executive Summit

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An OPTImistic View of the Future

The Vision Council’s 2021 Executive Summit will take place from January 26-28 (Jan. 26: 4-5:30pm EST; Jan. 27: 11:30 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. EST; Jan. 28: 11:30 a.m.- 4:45 p.m. EST) in an all-new, virtual format designed to accommodate the needs of attendees from around the globe.

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Over the course of three days, The Executive Summit will illuminate the state of the industry, spotlight key business trends and present concrete approaches to confronting the evolving challenges of the marketplace through a robust schedule of engaging presentations from business leaders both within the vision care community and from other industries, interactive panels and personalized networking sessions.

Additionally, The Vision Council will host its Annual Business Meeting and induct its 2021 Board of Directors during The Executive Summit.  View the 2020 Business Meeting notes here. View the proposed 2021 Board of Directors slate here.

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Agenda Highlights

*Schedule subject to change

Date and Time

Session

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

 

4:00-5:30 p.m. EST

Welcome Reception Hosted by Ashley Mills, CEO of The Vision Council

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

 

11:30-1:00 p.m. EST

The Vision Council’s Annual Business Meeting and State of the Industry Updates
View the 2020 Business Meeting notes here. View the proposed 2021 Board of Directors slate here.

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. –  Annual Business Meeting
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. – State of the Industry Updates

  • VisionWatch Research Updates – Steve Kodey, Senior Director of Industry Research at The Vision Council

  • Frame Manufacturing and Supply Chain – Rebecca Giefer, CEO, Americas at MODO Eyewear and Scott Shapiro, Vice President at Europa Eyewear and STATE Optical Co.

  • Retail – James Rosin, Co-President at Rosin Eyecare

  • Lenses and Lens Processing – Kevin Cross, Vice President of Sales at Schneider Optical Machines Inc. and Keith Cross, Co-Leader and Global Director of Strategic Marketing, Optical Monomers and Coatings at PPG Industries

  • Lab – Swen Carlson, Vice President of Operations, Technology, Quality and Systems, VSP Optics Group

  • Sunglass and Reader – Renato Cappuccitti, Vice President of Operations and Rx for BAJIO Sunglasses

1:15-2:00 p.m. EST

Opening Your Eyes to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, with a first Look and analysis of The Vision Council’s 2020 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Survey Results

  • Overview – Tarrence Lackran, Director of Partnerships & Programming at The Vision Council
  • Corporate Eyecare and Retail – Derrick Artis, OD, Owner at Artis Consulting
  • Academia and Optometry – Howard Purcell, OD, President and CEO at New England College of Optometry and Diana Canto-Sims, OD, Co-Owner at Buena Vista Optical
  • Opticianry – Phernell Walker, ABOM, Director of Optometric Relations at VSP Ventures
  • Suppliers and Manufacturers – Millicent Knight, OD, Senior Vice President, Customer Development Group at Essilor of America
  • Q&A – All panelists

2:15-3:00 p.m. EST

Breakout Sessions - The Pivot: Changing Your Mindset During Difficult Times

  • Telehealth: Overview of the Economics of Telehealth in Eyecare in 2021

    • Speaker: Bryan Rogoff, OD, Senior Product Manager, Disease Management at Zeiss Meditec

  • Senior Leadership Tactics: Leading Your Team in a Post Pandemic World

    • Moderators: Marc Ferrara, president, Jobson Optical, and Marge Axelrad, Senior Vice President, Editorial Director of Vision Monday/VMAIL

    • Speakers: David Gilboa, Co-CEO at Warby Parker; Kate Renwick-Espinosa, President of VSP Vision Care; and Marty Bassett, CEO at Walman Optical

  • Marketing Strategies: Adapting Marketing Strategies in the Age of a Pandemic

    • Moderator: Erinn Morgan, Editor-in-Chief, Eyecare Business Magazine

    • Speakers: Jonah Berger, Ph.D and Chase Fisher, Founder and CEO, Blenders Eyewear

3:30-4:00 p.m. EST

Consumer Insights: Part 1

4:15-5:15 p.m. EST

Keynote Session: How to Be Together Apart with Priya Parker, moderated by Reade Fahs, CEO at National Vision, Inc.

5:30-6:30 p.m. EST

Evening Happy Hour: A Celebration of OPTImism

Thursday, January 28, 2021  

11:30-12:00 p.m. EST

Consumer Insights: Part 2

12:15-1:15 p.m. EST

Keynote Session: Uncomfortable Conversations with A Black Man: A Fireside Chat with Emmanuel Acho and Three Industry Leaders including:

  • Rick Gadd, President at Essilor of America

  • Thomas Swinnen, President of North America at Johnson & Johnson Vision

  • Gary Black, President at Black Optical

1:30-2:15 p.m. EST

Breakout Sessions - The Pivot: Changing Your Mindset During Difficult Times

  • Telehealth: Overview of the Economics of Telehealth in Eyecare in 2021

    • Speaker: Bryan Rogoff, OD, Senior Product Manager, Disease Management at Zeiss Meditec

  • Senior Leadership Tactics: Leading Your Team in a Post Pandemic World

    • Moderators: Marc Ferrara, president, Jobson Optical Group, and Marge Axelrad, Senior Vice President, Editorial Director of Vision Monday/VMAIL

    • Speakers: Fabrizio Uguzzoni, President at Luxottica Wholesale N.A.; Karen Roberts, VP Global Business Solutions/Customer Enablement at Carl Zeiss Vision International; and Michael Bender, President & CEO at Eyemart Express

  • Marketing Strategies: Storytelling in 2020: How It Changed and What It Taught Us

    • Moderator: Dee Carroll, Editor-in-Chief of INVISION Magazine

    • Speakers: Michael A. “Mick” Kling, OD, Founder and CEO at Invision Optometry; and John Deluna, Vice President of Marketing at AEG Vision

3:00-4:45 p.m. EST

Afternoon Keynote Session: Economic Trends with Brian Beaulieu

 

Registration Pricing Details

Discounted 2021 Executive Summit registration pricing is available for members of The Vision Council and faculty, staff and students currently working or studying at optometry schools.  Contact Olivia Krise at okrise@thevisioncouncil.org to request the discount codes.

Member Registration Discount = $599 per attendee; $299 per attendee for every subsequent registrant

*After one person from a member company registers, the company is eligible to receive a discount code reducing the registration price to $299 for all additional registrants.  Please contact Olivia Krise at okrise@thevisioncouncil.org for the discount code.

Academia Registration Discount = $299 per attendee

*All faculty, staff and students currently working or studying at optometry schools can register at a discounted rate of $299 per attendee.  Please contact Olivia Krise at okrise@thevisioncouncil.org for the discount code.

Non-Member pricing = $899 per attendee

Please contact Mitch Barkley, Vice President of Trade Shows and Events, at mbarkley@thevisioncouncil.org with any questions or concerns.