Last year marked the 20th anniversary of our Most Influential Women in Optical Special Report so we did what everyone else does for an anniversary—we threw a party. Actually, it was a luncheon held at Vision Expo West and it was such a resounding success, we decided to make it an ongoing tradition.

This year, Vision Monday will be hosting a special luncheon event and program to pay tribute to this year’s roster of 2023 Most Influential Women in Optical (See Page 32) on Sept. 29 during Vision Expo West in Las Vegas. These women, along with many prior year MIW honorees and other guests, will be celebrated at the special event in Las Vegas.

The program will also feature a dynamic guest keynote speaker, Dr. Simone Bhan Ahuja, a best-selling author, Harvard Business Review contributor and business school advisor who will speak about innovation and “intrepreneurship” to the audience. More about Ahuja and a special message from her about the appearance at VM’s Sept. 29 event are posted at

“This special and unique luncheon event and program in Las Vegas during Vision Expo West is an unparalleled opportunity to connect, collaborate and build meaningful relationships within a powerful network of industry leaders,” stated Marge Axelrad, SVP and editorial director of Vision Monday.

The event will be held at The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas at Vision Expo West, with arrivals and check-in starting at noon. The program will start at 12:15 p.m., ending at 2:00 p.m. Tickets include program and lunch. Registration information and ticket details are posted at

As of presstime, Visionary Sponsors of the VM 2023 Most Influential Women in Optical luncheon event and program included Alcon, EssilorLuxottica and Johnson & Johnson Vision. Partner Sponsors included The Vision Council, Vision Expo, VSP Vision and Walmart. Supporting Sponsors included Advancing EyeCare, Hoya Vision Care, Modo, the Optical Women’s Association (OWA), Safilo, Vision Source and Zeiss.