The Vision Council, co-owners of Vison Expo with Rx, has been advancing its efforts to foster a more diverse and inclusive community for industry growth. It established The Vision Council’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force in 2020; the fielding of a comprehensive industry survey on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Survey in 2020; and the creation of an online certificate program with Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations in 2021.

It shared the results of the first Vision Council Industry Market Survey. The report is posted here ( on The Vision Council site.

At the most recent Vision Expo West, The Vision Council and Vision Expo, with the support of the National Optometric Association (NOA), also kept the topic in the spotlight on the show’s Innovation Stage.

For over 50 years, the National Optometric Association (NOA) has been doing work for its mission to advance the visual health of minority populations as well as to support the development of optometrists and students of optometry in their optometric career pathways. Sherrol Reynolds, OD, FAAO, who has served two terms as president of NOA, discussed today’s diversity challenges and opportunities at VEW. Her talk, “Innovation in Eyecare: Addressing Racial Disparities,” addressed both access and vision health challenges faced by patients of color.

A video of her talk is posted here: