In The Spotlight

40 women with vision for the future


NEW YORK—Women have undoubtedly made tremendous strides in many professional fields. At Vision Monday, we recognize the progress made by women in the optical field is nothing short of astounding even within the nearly 10 years since we’ve been producing this Special Report.

Nonetheless, each year we are still amazed by the number of women who are singled out for recognition by their peers, colleagues and staffs through the huge response we get from VM readers’ nominations. Though the number of women who have made an impact on the industry is undeniable, the 40 women selected for this year’s Special Report are deserving of the spotlight for being truly exceptional.

In the 8th year of VM’s anxiously awaited Annual “Most Influential Women” report we once again segmented our nominees into four distinct categories that highlight the individual strengths of each of the women selected.

• Executive Suite: Candidates are women who hold positions such as president, VP, CEO, CFO, CMO, CIO or COO that guide their companies forward, inspire leadership among their teams and peers and achieve high performance.

• Mentors: Candidates are women who are team builders, developers of talent, who via example or education and training successfully influence others to learn and to grow in their business or professional acumen.

• Rising Stars: Candidates are women who are “up-and-comers” in their careers and within their companies or arenas within the industry; sharp talents who are on their way toward higher levels of responsibility and influence.

• Innovators: Candidates are women who have initiated new product developments or special programs in the arena of marketing, technology or retail, who have spearheaded innovative business ideas or enterprises.

We hope you enjoy reading their profiles of accomplishment as VM shines the spotlight on women who make a difference in this ever-changing world of optical.

Please visit to review an alphabetical listing of past years’ honorees and to read prior years’ Special Reports.

—The Editors