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From Eye Care to Empowerment: A Woman’s Journey in Bahrain

Guest editorial by Pushpita Sengupta Patel, Bachelor of Optometry & Vision Science, MBA, Head of Corporate Strategy & Professional Affairs at Optica

My fascination with the world of vision began in 2002 when I embarked on my journey as an optometry and vision science student in Kolkata, India. My career as an eye care professional at GKB Optical in India was a great learning experience, and the foundation of which proved invaluable when I transitioned to a leadership role in the next few years. Destiny soon brought me to the vibrant Kingdom of Bahrain in the GCC region. Here, I joined a leading international optical retail chain, Optica W.L.L., eager to contribute my skills and knowledge in a dynamic environment.

The past 16 years with Optica W.L.L. have been an incredible journey of growth and achievement. I embraced various opportunities within the company, constantly seeking to expand my expertise and leadership abilities. My dedication was recognized in 2014 when I was promoted to the position of General Manager — Retail Functions. I’ve not only honed my own proficiency but also thrived in a truly meritocratic environment. This company, a champion of equal opportunity, recognized talent and performance above everything else. This fostered a space where I could truly flourish, leading and mentoring a retail force of more than 120 individuals. My team included more than 40 optometrists and 60 optical advisors, all working together to ensure exceptional patient care.

This accomplishment holds immense significance for me not just as a professional milestone but also as a testament to the opportunities available for women in the Bahraini workforce. The journey as an immigrant woman wasn’t always smooth, but with perseverance and a supportive environment, I was able to thrive.

Throughout my career, a thirst for knowledge has been my constant companion. Being an agile learner has always helped me stay ahead and make informed decisions. I’m an avid reader and am curious to learn about the latest advancements in the field and adjoining areas. This passion for learning translates into my leadership style. I strive to be a compassionate leader, empowering my team to grow and excel alongside me.

Looking ahead, I am excited to continue fostering a supportive environment where women in optometry can blossom to their fullest potential.

 

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