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GLOW Meeting Sets Robust and Relaxing Agenda for Meeting in Spain

The inaugural meeting for GLOW – Global Optometric Women – promises to go beyond a typical scientific program, says Melissa Barnett, FAAO, FSLS, FBCLA, one of the organizers. First is the audience and presenters – women well-recognized in the profession globally. Second, she says, is the setting – in beautiful Tenerife, Spain.

“There will be excellent education, such as a myopia management program and a session on aesthetics, dry eye and contact lenses, both led by thought leaders in these fields. It’s going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” she says.

But the program dives deeply into sessions that are of particular interest to women eye care professionals: nutrition, women’s health, hormonal influences, mental health and a leadership program. The program is packed from nearly sunup to late nights with programs focused on education, relaxation and self-care.

The Scientific Program

Myopia Awareness

Moderator Karen Carrasquello, OD, PhD, FAAO, FSLS, FBCLA



Panel Speakers:

Kate Gifford, PhD

Joserine Samson-Brogan

Global Ambassador of British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) in the Middle East and Africa.

Melanie Frogozo, OD


Aesthetics-Dry Eye Syndrome-Contact Lens

Moderator Christine Sindt,OD, FAAO, FSLS


Panel Speakers:

Melissa Barnett, FAAO, FSLS, FBCLA

Melissa Barnett, OD, FAAO, FSLS
Selina McGee, OD, FAAO selina mcgee
Posterior Segment and Nutrition 

Moderator Louise Sclafani,OD, FAAO, FSLS


Panel Speakers:

Dorothy Hitchmoth, OD, FAAO, ABO, ABCMO Dipl.

Pamela Lowe, OD, FAAO, Dipl. ABO pam lowe


The Leadership Program

Opening Session

Moderators Daddi Fadel, DOptom, FSLS, FBCLA, FAAO; and Christine Sindt,OD, FAAO, FSLS




Panel Speakers:

Sherrie Frank, program director for The Learning Well, a teaching division of LaClinica Healthcare Services. She is a certified master practitioner of neuro-linguistic programming and coach, with an in-depth and innovative communication approach.

and Michela Murgia

Gender Equity

Moderator Daddi Fadel, DOptom, FSLS, FBCLA, FAAO


Panel Speakers:

Sandra Block, OD, MEd

Louisa Syrett, senior non-profit management positions and is currently engaged as The Fred Hollows Foundation’s Global Advocacy Advisor


and Patricia Flores Rodríguez, OD, MSc, PhD, IACLE, FSLS


Leadership Program Part #2

Industry Leadership Part #3

Sherrie Frank

Panel Speakers:

Millicent Knight, OD, FAAO, FAARM, FNAP, and Marie Christine Blanchard  

millicent knight

The Wellness Program

Hormonal Influencers

Moderator Louise Sclafani, OD, FAAO, FSLS



Sandra Valaitis, MD, Professor of OB/GYN at the University of Chicago where she also serves as Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs

Mental Health Issues

Moderator Karen DeLoss, OD, FAAO, FSLS



Panel Speakers:

Muriel Schornack, OD, FAAO, FSLS

Emma Walshe, LPC, mental health counselor specializing in coaching, counseling and the integration of life balance with demanding professions and work cultures

Beth Kieley

In addition, Sherrie Frank will be leading a meditation session on Saturday and will be joined on Sunday by Elizabeth Range Kiely, E-RYT 500, who brings decades of experience as a yoga and mindfulness teacher to Tenerife and will serve as GLOW’s guide in morning yoga sessions. She co-directs Om on the Range Yoga in her hometown of Chicago.

Learn more and register to attend here.

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