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2020 Women’s Leadership Conference Agenda


October 13 — 7:00-9:00PM EST
Welcome: Barbara Caffery, OD, PhD, FAAO, AAO president

Fostering the Energy for Leadership:  Keynote speaker Shemeka Brathwaite will kick off the program with a high energy discussion on a passionate, inspired workforce, it begins with you: the leader.  Learn to ‘Go from from worried, overwhelmed and worn out to a “W.O.W. Factor” that exceeds service expectations.’  Shemeka specializes in training professional women on how to achieve peak performance, so they can have an energized executive presence and deliver impact. Learn more about Shemeka here

Workforce & Demographic Update
The demographic makeup of the industry is changing with more women then men graduating from optometry schools. Still, as women are moving toward parity in numbers in terms of the workforce, academia, industry and positions of leadership, survey after survey shows that an income gap persists. This panel explores the data and how optometry can move toward an equitable future. Marjolijn Bijlefeld will moderate discussing the demographics and updates with Stacy Lyons, OD; Ray Corbin-Simon, OD; and  Diane Russo, OD, MPH, FAAO.

October 14 — 7:00-9:00PM EST
What are you worth? (Self-Advocacy & Negotiating)
A session on self-advocacy & negotiating. Panelists include Hardeep Kataria, OD, FAAO; Leslie O’Dell, OD, FAAO; Dori Carlson, OD, FAAO; and Maria Sampalis, OD. 

Making the Undiscussable Discussable (Communication)
In this session, panelists will examine what stops us from sharing our truth and how to become more constructively explicit.   Laurie Sorrenson, OD, FAAO; Selina McGee, OD, FAAO; Jenn Chinn, OD; and Ann Hoscheit, OD, FAARM, FAAO, share their insights.

Taking Care of You
WO asked several optometrists to share their work/life balance strategies. Hear as your colleagues discuss how they set and meet their goals for eating well, exercising, taking care of family needs and making sure that chores and duties are distributed. Elise Brisco, OD, FAAO, FCOVD, CCH; Neda Gioia, OD, Samantha Hornberger, OD; Danielle Roth, OD; Louise Sclafani, OD, FAAO; and Bridgitte Shen Lee, OD, FAAO, FBCLA, FEAOO,
share their strategies.  

October 15 — 7:00-9:00PM EST
Secrets of Our Success:
 Women Leaders Divulge the Most Powerful Skills for Advancement (Business Leadership)
Panelists will reveal what they found to be the most important skills when it came to advancing their careers. Sharing their secrets of Success will be Janelle Davison, OD; Kelly Nichols; OD, MPH, PhD, FAAO;Bridgitte Shen Lee, OD, FAAO, FBCLA, FEAOO; and Nikki Iravani, OD.

Workplace Well-Being: Creating a Productive and Positive Culture (Practice Culture/Staffing)
Leaders and managers play a key role in creating a supportive and health- promoting work environment. Panelists share how they created an organizational culture that supports their well-being as well as that of their staff. Joining the discussion are Tania Sobchuk, OD; Susan Lake, OD; Paula Newsome, OD; and Brittani Carver-Schemper, OD.  

2020 Theia Awards
Join us in the presentation  of the 2020 Theia Awards of Excellence and celebration of the 2020 winners.  


If you are attending the 2020 Academy at Home simply choose the 2020 Women’s Leadership Conference as one of your events when you register at AAO (7-9:00PM EST October 13, 14 and 15). Click here to register.
Not attending the 2020 Academy at Home?  You can still register for the Women’s Leadership Conference at NO Charge!  Click here to register for the Women’s Leadership Conference only if you are not attending the Academy.

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