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2020 Women’s Leadership Conference: Conference Conversations

Women In Optometry is so appreciative to the many doctors who took the time to join a panel for our 2020 Women’s Leadership Conference. They represent many practice modalities around the country, and they showcase the expansive variety of professional opportunities that optometry offers. Watch these engaging sessions for valuable strategies and ideas to use at work and at home.

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Workforce and Demographic Update

Join Stacy Lyons, OD, New England College of Optometry; Diane Russo, OD, MPH, FAAO, New England College of Optometry; Ray Corbin-Simon, OD, consultant with The Power Practice; and WO editor-in-chief Marjolijn Bijlefeld, as they review the trends and the data that show opportunities and challenges for the profession. The panel discusses ways that employees, employers, educators and businesses can address income disparities.

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What Are You Worth?

Whether you’re an owner or employee, negotiation is part of everyday conversation with team members, vendors, patients and even family members. Hear from Hardeep Kataria, OD, FAAO, of Oxnard, California; Maria Sampalis, OD, of Cranston, Rhode Island; Dori Carlson, OD, FAAO, of Park River, North Dakota; and Leslie O’Dell, OD, FAAO, of Hanover, Pennsylvania, in this important conversation on negotiation and self-advocacy.

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Making the Undiscussable Discussable

Saying something often just isn’t enough. Learning how people hear and understand what is being communicated takes practice and attention. Watch the discussion with Jennifer Chinn, OD, of San Diego, California; Laurie Sorrenson, OD, FAAO, of Cedar Park, Texas; Ann Hoscheit, OD, FAARM, FAAO, of Gastonia, North Carolina; and Selina McGee, OD, FAAO, of Edmond, Oklahoma.

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Workplace Well-Being: Creating a Productive and Positive Culture

What’s the environment like in the office where you work? Culture can make all the difference, as explained by Brittani Carver-Schemper, OD, of Fayetteville, North Carolina; Tonia Sobchuk, OD, of Lake Havasu, Arizona; Paula Newsome, OD, of Charlotte, North Carolina; and Suzy Lake, OD, of Kansas City, Missouri.

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Secrets of Our Success: Women Leaders Divulge the Most Powerful Skills for Advancement 

In this conversation focused on leadership, panelists reveal what they found to be the most important skills when it came to advancing their careers. Thanks to Bridgitte Shen Lee, OD, FBCLA, FAAO, of Houston, Texas; Janelle Davison, OD, of Smyrna, Georgia; Nikki Iravani, OD, of Santa Clara, California; and Kelly Nichols, OD, MPH, PhD, FAAO, Dean, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry, for joining in this discussion.

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