Fast Company’s Editor, Robert Safian, to Keynote VM Global Leadership Summit Session


NEW YORK – Providing insight about today’s innovations in technology, leadership and design, Robert Safian, editor and managing director of the award-winning monthly business magazine, Fast Company will be a featured keynote speaker at the upcoming 6th annual Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit, to be held here on March 21st at The Times Center.

Safian, who oversees all editorial operations in print and digital for Fast Company’s progressive business coverage, will be part of VM’s exclusive day-long event targeting vision care and optical retail company executive decisionmakers, themed “Innovation Everywhere: Embracing Creativity, Rethinking Competition.” Safian will discuss “Lessons of Innovation,” which are inspiring leaders to think beyond traditional business boundaries.

The 2012 Vision Monday Summit’s sessions will look at new ideas transforming communications, business, products and company cultures, including new disruptive technologies that are changing long-term business models and will feature speakers from outside and within the vision care field. Addressing the new Innovation Mandate in business will be:
Mickey McManus, president, CEO, and principal of MAYA Design, a technology design and innovation lab “focused on designing for people in a trillion-node world.” He spearheaded the launch of MAYA’s Pervasive Computing practice to help companies kick-start innovation around business challenges in a vastly connected world. Also speaking will be John Shagoury, president, Eliza Corporation, an experienced health care executive who will talk about Eliza Corp’s unique take on the radical changes impacting health care delivery. Showcasing emerging trends in self-service health care, consumer empowerment and social media will be Bart Foster, founder and CEO of SoloHealth, a leading health care technology company that specializes in interactive health screening kiosks, as well as other platforms, to empower consumers about their health.

Among those speaking at a special session examining “Innovation and the Eye” will be: Dr. Ramesh Raskar, PhD., an associate professor at MIT Media Lab and the head of the Lab’s Camera Culture research group who will talk about new technologies including and; Barbara Barclay, general manager, Tobii North America, who will shed light on new eye-tracking technologies; Innovega’s co-founders Steve Willey, CEO and director, will discuss the company’s range of new eyewear-based displays and mobile accessories products leveraging rich, HD, 3D smartphone content; and Jim Little, VP of R&D for Second Sight , a leading developer of retinal prostheses who will discuss the company’s Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System which restores vision for people blinded by outer retinal degenerations, such as retinitis pigmentosa. A digital commerce innovations session will feature John Graham, general manager,, and Dave Geipel, founder of mobile e-commerce firm, QWASI.

“Maintaining an Innovative Edge in Vision Care,” will include Alan Ulsifer, OD, CEO, president, and chair of FYidoctors one of the largest and fastest-growing providers of eyecare services and products in Canada, and William “Buzz” Hollis, president and CEO of Doctors Vision Center, N.C. Also speaking about keeping an edge will be Don Bye, vice president of Optical Services for Shopko, who oversees all aspects of Shopko’s optical centers for the Green Bay, Wis.-based, $2 billion retailer with operations throughout the Midwest, Mountain and Pacific Northwest regions.

Registration for the Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit is still open for the exclusive forum. Go to to register for the conference, which will be held at The Times Center, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on March 21, the Wednesday prior to the start of International Vision Expo East.

The 2012 Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit’s lead sponsor is Essilor. Supporting sponsors include: Alcon, CareCredit, DAC Vision, Luxottica, Shamir and International Vision Expo. ■