New Speakers and Special Telehealth Session Round Out VM Summit Program


(L to R) Daniel Cody, Reade Fahs, Wally Lovejoy, Anh Phillips and Euphia Smith.

NEW YORK—The CEO of one of the nation’s largest optical retail chains, a leading digital business strategy consultant and experts from across the telehealth spectrum have joined the program at Vision Monday’s Global Leadership Summit, to be held at the Times Center here on March 14. They and other top thinkers and influencers will discuss new ways to “workSMART.” A morning Summit session will feature Reade Fahs, the CEO of National Vision. He will address the importance of social responsibility and the need for organizational agility in today’s business world.

Fahs has served as the CEO of National Vision since January 2003. He joined the company in April 2002 as its president and chief operating officer. Under his leadership, National Vision has become one of the largest and fastest growing optical retailers in the U.S., serving customers through a diverse portfolio of 1,000 retail stores across five brand banners and 19 consumer websites, with over 10,000 employees and more than $1 billion in sales.

Fahs devotes himself to an ecosystem of charities that help to make eyeglasses available and affordable to underserved populations around the world. He is the chairman of the board of VisionSpring, a social enterprise that works to ensure affordable access to eyewear, everywhere; and he is also an active board member of, a nonprofit that provides millions of readers and sunglasses via mission trips to those who would otherwise not have access to eyewear. Fahs also co-founded Frames for the World, a nonprofit that provides new eyeglass frames to clinics in Latin America to use in their work with underserved communities.

Anh Phillips, a researcher and author at Deloitte Services LP, spearheads strategic thought leadership initiatives for Deloitte US firms. She dedicates her time to understanding the impact of emerging digital technologies on an organization’s leadership, talent and culture. Her research has been cited in leading publications such as The Wall Street Journal, MIT Sloan Management Review and Fortune. Prior to her research role, Anh spent over a decade at Deloitte Consulting LLP, where she led business and technology teams in implementing Customer Relationship Management and order management solutions for large telecommunications and retail clients.

Telehealth and its growing impact on vision care will be the focus of a special afternoon Summit session. “Telehealth is reshaping the way health care is delivered today, and it’s a potential game changer for optical,” said Andrew Karp, lens and technology editor for Vision Monday. “This session will help ECPs and optical retailers increase their understanding of it and examine the decision making processes surrounding it.”

The session will feature three experts in the telehealth field:

Attorney Daniel Cody is a partner in Jones Day’s Health Care & Life Sciences Group. Cody regularly advises health care industry clients on a wide array of complex regulatory compliance and reimbursement issues. He provides guidance to digital health and medical technology companies with respect to state regulatory and reimbursement issues, corporate practice of medicine prohibitions, and federal and state fraud and abuse considerations, among others.

Euphia Smith is chief marketing officer for the American Telemedicine Association, the oldest and largest association for telemedicine, telehealth, digital and virtual care. In that role, Smith works closely with ATA members on growth strategies amid rapidly changing forces in the health care market, including consolidation, consumerism and new payment models. Smith began her career as a health policy advisor in the U.S. Senate, and later joined the Advisory Board Company, a health care consultancy, where she studied and worked with several dozen of the largest U.S. health systems and integrated delivery networks.

Wallace Lovejoy is an independent health care consultant, specializing in eyecare and optical retailing. He is the founder of Lovejoy Eyecare Consulting, whose clients include the National Association of Optometrists and Opticians, top U.S. optical retailers, private equity and venture capital organizations and health and wellness companies affected by state and federal regulation of health care services and prescription products. He is a member of the board of directors of Smart Vision Labs, a telehealth company that uses proprietary smartphone technology to provide eyewear prescriptions.

Lovejoy was previously senior vice president, eyecare development at Luxottica Retail North America

These speakers will join previously announced ‘workSMART’ speakers:

Robert Safian, founder of The Flux Group, and Fast Company’s award-winning editor, author and business observer, will share his observations about leadership, innovation and agility in the closing keynote presentation.

Maggie Burns, who oversees the real estate portfolio at Industrious, one of the leading firms in the dynamic coworking space industry, will address new workplace trends, employee engagement and the agile company.

Erin Byrne, CEO of GreyHealth Group, who will address the intersecting dynamics of technology and health care and the flexibility required by industry leaders.

Jason Dorsey, a leading Millennials and Gen Z researcher and speaker, will be the 2018 VM Summit keynote speaker, talking about solving tough generational challenges for organizations and leaders

Retail futurist Melissa Gonzalez, who founded the The Lion'esque Group in 2009. Her firm includes retail strategists and pop-up architects and she is the author of ‘The Pop-Up Paradigm.’

Michael Dorf, founder and CEO of City Winery. A fast-growing and unique operation, City Winery combines culinary and cultural in venues in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston and, soon, Washington D.C.

The VM Summit attracts senior industry executives, optical retailers, leading eyecare professionals, suppliers and key opinion leaders from the worldwide optical industry. It has become the place for face-to-face networking, a dynamic exchange of ideas and thought-provoking discussion.

Seating is limited at the event; registration information is posted here.

The 2018 VM Summit Premier Sponsors are Essilor, Europa Eyewear and Luxottica. Signature Sponsors include ABS Smart Mirror, Alcon and VisionWeb. Supporting Sponsors are VSP Global and CareCredit.