Register Now for the 2020 Executive Summit and Exclusive Break-Out Sessions!


The Vision Council's 2020 Executive Summit—to take place Jan. 29–31 at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa in Manalapan, Florida—is less than three weeks away and space is filling up! The Summit promises to be the exclusive event offering opportunities for executive-level networking, leadership development, economic trends, and business strategies, with programming dedicated to refining leadership skills and building the right teams for the dynamic changes ahead for our industry.

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As part of the dynamic programming scheduled for the Summit, this year's speakers include: a joint keynote from former U.S. Trade Representative Ambassadors Ron Kirk and Susan Schwab, providing expert insights into global trade, economics and policy; a panel touching on how apparel manufacturers are undertaking recent changes featuring Richie Woodward, president of the Wolverine Boston Group—comprised of Keds, Saucony and Sperry brands—Marc Lefebvre, CEO of frame designer and manufacturer Killine Group, and Ryan Babenzien, founder of the direct-to-consumer sneaker brand, GREATS; and Frances Frei, professor of technology and operations management at Harvard Business School and author, sharing her expertise on leadership and strategy. Closing out the summit, Brian Beaulieu, economist and CEO of ITR Economics, will share a fiscal perspective for the future regarding how attendees can prepare their business and personal finances.

Additionally, Thursday afternoon offers five unique break-out sessions taking place concurrently from 2–3 p.m. Check out the sessions, below, and be sure to register to secure your spot, here.

Building a Culture of Impact – John Davidoff, consultant to The Vision Council

Learn why a positive culture matters for your business, while analyzing the state of your current values and identifying "culture killers." Leave with key tactics for building a high-performance and mission-driven culture, plus answer how this shift can better your organization's performance.
Biggest Mistakes and Opportunities in C-Suite Social Media – Anthony Less, Gossip Genie's vice president of digital media
Take a deep dive into the social media realm by studying examples of disasters, the interplay between private and public accounts and the risk of not being present on social media platforms. Evaluate who is best to run your business' accounts, while learning best practices for the executive level social media presence.

Cost & Access: Telling the Industry's Story – RP3, PR agency to The Vision Council

Turn risk into opportunity with the expert advice from PR aficionados from RP3, while finding the best message platform for the optical industry.
Risky Business: How Engaging Your Employees in a Risk Management Culture Can Prevent Disaster – Nabil Gharbieh, IT specialist for The Vision Council
Technology is unavoidable in the workplace and with that cyber security is becoming more and more important for employees to keep top of mind. Learn how to engage your employees in a culture of security and risk prevention through case studies on exposure, consequences and how best to protect your organization. Increase your understanding of sophisticated phishing attempts and the latest trends from the risk prevention and data protection field.

Keeping it Real: Hot Legal Topics – Jim Anderson, general counsel to The Vision Council

Hear first-hand accounts of how current tariff implications have affected your industry peers, plus learn from experts the must-knows when it comes to country of origin in the age of tariffs and trade wars. Finish with key information on California law including a Q&A session all about the end of 1099.

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