NEW YORK—Four new speakers will offer fresh perspectives on major business and health care trends at the Vision Monday Leadership Summit, organizers of the event announced. The addition of these speakers to the VM Summit, “Insight, Unseen: How Leaders Uncover, Design and Scale Innovations,” significantly expands its scope. The live in-person event will feature prominent voices and key opinion leaders in communications, business consulting, human resources, retailing and vision care. Their ideas will inform a daylong program designed for senior decision makers and influencers from throughout the optical industry and eyecare professions.

The VM Summit will take place in New York at The Times Center on Wednesday, March 15, 2023. Registration details and full speaker bios are posted here.

Kraig Eaton, principal in Deloitte Consulting LLP's U.S. Human Capital service area, will present topline results from Deloitte’s 2023 Global Human Capital Trends Survey, the largest longitudinal study of HR, talent, and related technology topics ever conducted. He will explain why organizations and workers must learn to navigate a new business landscape together—co-creating new rules, new boundaries and a new relationship. By doing this, organizations can create impact not only for their business, their workers or their shareholders but for the broader society as well.

Eaton has 29 years of experience working with senior business and HR executives to transform their Human Capital strategies and capabilities to better support the business goals of the organization. Specifically supporting some of the world's leading organizations on efforts spanning the full spectrum of HR and workforce transformations; from upfront strategy development through large-scale operating model, organization and technology implementations.

(L to R) Kraig Eaton; Susy Yu, OD; Gary Y. Chu, OD; and Ali Daniels.

Two leading thinkers in the optometric field, Gary Y. Chu, OD, MPH, FAAO and Susy Yu, OD, MBA, FAAO, will join in a fireside chat about powerful new technologies such as PlenOptika’s QuickSee handheld autorefractor that are transforming access to vision care, particularly for populations with health disparities, and accelerating market growth.

Dr. Chu is the vice president of professional affairs at the New England College of Optometry. He has been in practice and optometric education for over 25 years and is involved in the changing landscape of eyecare, health care and public health. Dr. Chu has been in the forefront of eyecare innovations through the development of collaborative partnerships with health systems, federally qualified health centers, social service agencies, local and state government, school systems, health payors, optometry employer groups, ophthalmic industry and start-ups.

Dr. Yu is the director of business strategy and operations support for Vision Essentials by Kaiser Permanente in Southern California. Dr. Yu’s main role is to develop and implement strategy for this division comprising more than 300 doctors of optometry. One of the more interesting aspects of Dr. Yu’s role is to identify and pilot new technologies and help determine the ideal practice model for optometry in our complex and rapidly evolving health care environment.

Another new Summit speaker, Ali Daniels, chief marketing officer and senior vice president for Visit Seattle, will talk about how the city is partnering with a lens company, EnChroma, to offer new opportunities for colorblind visitors to fully experience art. The Seattle program is one of dozens of cultural and educational institutions that are offering these types of interactive experiences, which also raise awareness of the importance of good vision for consumers and patients.

Top row (l to r): Dwight Ackerman, OD; Dr. Solange Charas; Reade Fahs; and Jacqueline Grove. Bottom row (l to r): Jennifer Hauser; Stela Lupushor; Jennifer Sagalyn; and John Whyte, MD.

Click here to learn about other VM Summit speakers. Additional Summit speakers will be announced soon.

For the 2023 VM Leadership Summit, Platinum Sponsors include VSP Premier Program. Gold sponsors include The Vision Council.