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NEW YORK—As all businesses and eyecare professional leaders continue to grapple with the impact of the pandemic, Vision Monday's Leadership Summit will bring forward a series of conversations, virtual sessions and exclusive events in 2021. Registration is open now for the multi-part program titled, "Creative Disruption, The New Now: How to Survive It. Why You Need It." The 2021 VM Leadership Summit will consist of two virtual session events in June and July, leading into one in-person live + virtual event in September, as VM's signature Leadership Summit extends its influential conversations and observations from compelling speakers to help senior executives and eyecare professionals gain valuable insights and ideas to tackle so many emerging challenges.

Noted Marge Axelrad, SVP, editorial director of Vision Monday, "Powerful new forces, accelerated by the pandemic, are turning healthcare and retail upside down. New players and never-before-seen business models are quickly emerging, and legacy companies are scrambling to compete. And consumers are questioning and reassessing everything."

Added Andrew Karp, VM's lens & technology editor, "This is causing a rapid restructuring, fueled by transformative technologies such as AI and 5G networks. The future is taking shape as fast as we can imagine it. Whether you’re a business leader, optical retailer or eyecare professional, you need a creative and effective action plan."

The first two virtual events of the 2021 VM Leadership Summit are:

• VirtualEYZE! How Virtual Health is Expanding Eyecare's Boundaries. It will be held Wednesday, June 9, from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET

• ALL-CONSUMING: A Deep Dive into the New Consumer Mindset. It will be held Wednesday, July 14, from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET

Registration includes both virtual broadcasts, full access to the VM Summit virtual platform, networking, on-demand viewing, door prizes, and exclusive access to attendees-only content after the event. Optometrists, opticians, ophthalmologists and students can register for no charge. All other industry registration is $99. Details and registration are posted here.

On Wednesday, Sept 22, "Retail & Healthcare: UPENDED! Ripping Up The Rulebook" is the title of the live + virtual VM Leadership Summit to be held in Las Vegas. More details about the program and registration details for the Sept. 22 events will be available soon.

Added Axelrad, "We hope that VM and VMAIL readers have been catching our special video series this spring, Micro Chats on Macro Trends, brief conversations which build on the key trends emerging from VM's 2020 Summit and which will also hint at some of the themes so critical to all businesses to be examined at our 2021 Leadership Summit." To catch up on the Micro Chats/Macro Trends short videos, all are posted here.