BUSINESS: Associations The Vision Council Shares Schedule of Exclusive Member Events Planned for Vision Expo West By Staff Wednesday, August 24, 2022 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council, co-organizer of Vision Expo, announced the schedule of member events planned for Vision Expo West 2022, taking place September 14-17 in Las Vegas. From a complimentary hike at Red Rocks State Park—which is open to all interested members of the industry—to a festive welcome reception and a robust schedule of meetings featuring updates from The Vision Council’s team of experts, The Vision Council will host several informative and engaging events for its members on Wednesday, September 14. For the complete list of gatherings and to register, click here. “The success of Vision Expo directly contributes to The Vision Council’s ability to deliver on our mission to promote growth in the industry through education, market research, advocacy, consumer outreach and more. Therefore, the participation of The Vision Council’s members as exhibitors and attendees plays a crucial role in the elevation and growth of the industry overall,” said Ashley Mills, CEO of The Vision Council. “Thank you to our members for their continued support.” “We are pleased to offer our members a variety of educational, fun and interesting events throughout Vision Expo West,” said Maureen Beddis, The Vision council’s executive vice president of Membership and Strategic Initiatives. “As we continue to get back to business, gathering in-person in intentional ways is so impactful and so important, and we look forward to bringing our members together in just a few weeks.” The Vision Council will kick off Vision Expo West with a BusinessOutside Connection Hike at Red Rocks State Park on Wednesday, September 14 from 6:15-11 a.m. The hike is open to all members of the industry and will lead participants through a series of interactive discussions during a four-mile excursion in an inspirational setting. Transportation, water, and healthy snacks will be provided. There is no cost to attend. Reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis to anyone interested in participating. To register for the BusinessOutside Connection Hike, click here. Following the hike, The Vision Council will host a complimentary welcome lunch for members from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., followed by a series of member meetings featuring presentations from The Vision Council’s team of experts. The meetings kick off with an All-Member Meeting from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m., followed by Division meetings from 2:45 - 5:15 p.m. To register for the All-Member Meeting, click here. The schedule of meetings is included below. To register for a Division Meeting and review the meeting agendas, click the appropriate division link. Wednesday, September 14 2:45–3:15 p.m. Eyewear & Accessories Division Meeting 2:45–3:15 p.m. Lens, Lab, and Lens Processing & Technology-Combined Division Meeting 2:45–4:15 p.m. Sunglass and Reader Division Meeting 3:00–4:30 p.m. Optical Retail Division Meeting 3:30–5:00 p.m. Lab Division Program 4:15–5:15 p.m. Emerging Optical Leaders Committee Meeting New this year, the Lab Division Program, which will take place from 3:30-5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, will focus on new equipment and technology advancements and will introduce the Division’s new E-Learning Series, a quarterly webinar series led by expert guest speakers on topics including customer service, hiring and retention, lab redundancy, new equipment and tool advancements, supply chain disruption strategies, and new technology and vendors entering the ophthalmic space. To kick off the series at Vision Expo West, a guest speaker will present “The Latest Lab Technology Advances” and share details on the next E-Learning topic with attendees. The presentation will be available following Vision Expo West and attendees are encouraged to share information provided with their respective companies. The Vision Council will conclude its schedule of events on Wednesday, September 14 with a celebratory welcome reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Sugarcane at The Venetian. Members are invited to connect with old friends and mingle with new connections over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres during this exciting kick-off event. To register for the Member Welcome Reception, click here. For the complete list of gatherings hosted by The Vision Council, and to register, click here. For more information on Vision Expo West, click here. Companies interested in learning more about The Vision Council and the benefits of membership are encouraged to reach out to Maureen Beddis, executive vice president of Membership and Strategic Initiatives at firstname.lastname@example.org.