In our eighth annual special report, we tell the success stories of women in optical as they continue to take on leadership roles in companies via R&D, design, marketing, sales and educational institutions. This year, we asked readers to nominate honorees in four key categories: Executive Suite, Mentors, Innovators and Rising Stars.

VM also marks its fifth annual salute to the Next Generation of Leadership with profiles on the best and the brightest from top optometry and opticianry schools in the U.S. This special section is underwritten by a grant from the Luxottica Group. We hope you enjoy their education "stories".

View Optical's Most Influential Women 2010