Google Glass, Urban Outfitters Among Speakers for VM’s Global Summit

NEW YORK—A member of the Google Glass team will provide an exclusive briefing to VM Global Leadership Summit attendees about the latest developments of this exciting new wearable technology. A session on the emerging arena of Wearables is a featured part of the daylong Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit 2014 program, titled FUTURE/NOW, which will explore other topics facing today’s executive leaders including: Extreme Data, Millennials, Omni-Channel (Brick & Click) Retailing and Making Innovation Actionable.

Featured in the session about Millennials will be Steve Hartman, managing director of Urban Outfitters Direct and Marketing, holding responsibilities for the ecommerce business as well as Urban Outfitters’ creative and marketing activities in North America. URBN’s brands—Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, Terrain and BHLDN—are leaders in reaching and creating unique selling environments for this target audience.

Also addressing strategies to better understand today’s millennial consumers will be Jeff Fromm, co-author of “Marketing to Millennials: Reach The Largest & Most Influential Generation of Consumers Ever” and an executive vice president at the ad agency, Barkley. Fromm is also founder of ShareLikeBuy, a Millennial Insights & Consumer Trends Conference, co-author of four trends reports and the lead editor of a popular blog,

Additional speakers and the program for the daylong Vision Monday Summit will be announced soon.

The 8th annual, day-long event and exclusive forum, is geared to senior-level executives in the retail, professional, lab and supplier sectors of the optical industry. The VM Global Leadership Summit, which will be held at The Times Center, brings together compelling speakers from within and outside the industry offering fresh thinking and provocative perspectives.

Premier sponsor of the 2014 Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit is Essilor. Signature sponsors include VSP Global and Luxottica. Supporting sponsors include Adlens, Alcon, Care- Credit, DAC Vision and

This exclusive environment and one-of-a-kind networking event will stimulate new strategies, provoke ideas and suggest new ways to look at challenges and opportunities. The 2014 VM Global Leadership Summit program will underscore that the advent of digital technologies, new consumer trends and disruptive innovation is making it essential for leaders to embrace reinvention.

Seating is limited at the event for which registration is open now. Early bird registration expires Feb. 7, at which time the regular price takes effect. Registration includes full-day conference, continental breakfast and lunch.

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