NEW YORK—The 2021 Vision Monday Leadership Summit will culminate next month in two new dynamic virtual sessions in October, "Retail and Healthcare: Upended! Ripping Up the Rulebook." To be broadcast Oct. 20 and Oct. 27, the virtual sessions extend the 2021 VM Summit series of conversations and presentations under the theme "Creative Disruption," in exclusive two-hour programs designed to help business and professional leaders as they continue to manage through with the impact of the pandemic and the changes it has escalated in both retail and health care.

On October 20, Part One of “Retail and Healthcare: Upended!” will feature speakers who will illuminate new patterns and possibilities for the patient journey, what healthcare is learning from retail and how new remote monitoring systems and wearables are directly involving the patient in managing care with their doctors. And, with misinformation proliferating, speakers will examine how the pandemic has put patients’ trust to the test and how providers can help counter this challenge.

Discussing Rebuilding Patient Trust and examining the latest Edelman Trust Barometer will be Jennifer Hauser, general manager of Health and director of Edelman’s Wellness 360 and John Whyte, MD, MPH, chief medical officer, of WebMD.


Jennifer Hauser,  general manager of Health and director, Edelman’s Wellness 360.
 John Whyte, MD, MPH, chief medical officer, WebMD.

Ankit Vahia, PhD, executive strategy director, health and wellness, Grey Group.
 Mohamed Shousha, MD, founder, Heru.

Amir Khoshnevis, OD, chief medical officer, Vision Source.
 John Serri, founder and CEO, EyeQue.
Sharing the latest in Remote Possibilities will be Ankit Vahia, PhD, executive strategy director, health and wellness, Grey Group. Vahia will also be moderating a discussion among Mohamed Shousha, MD, founder of Heru; Amir Khoshnevis, OD, chief medical officer, Vision Source; and John Serri, founder/CEO of EyeQue.

Attendees will learn What Healthcare Is Learning from Retail from Mukesh Pitroda, senior director, Nerdery.

On Oct. 27, Part Two of "Retail and Healthcare: UPENDED!" will continue the VM Leadership Summit with a two-hour program concentrating on on the way retailing and brands have been upended since the advent of the pandemic, which has redefined the relationship of consumers to stores and brands. The program will examine "What's the Store For?" with a special outside-optical expert. We will give attendees "An Exclusive Look Into the Metaverse," a fascinating session about the future of a new dimension of culture, branding, healthcare and retail.
And a panel of leading ECPs and optical retailers will share how they are prioritizing investment decisions in this new business environment. They will include Mick Hall, VP of Bard Optical, Brian Chou, OD of Revision Optometry, Aaron Schubach, CEO of Standard Optical and Michael Bender, CEO of Eyemart Express.

The October sessions follow two additional Virtual VM Leadership Summit events held earlier this year. "VirtualEYZE!," first held in June, which was a focused look at the opportunities for telehealth to expand eyecare's boundaries, and "ALL CONSUMED," first held in August, a deep and fascinating dive into the new consumer mindset in a lot of areas. Each brought great and different speakers plus enlightening conversation from ECP/retailer panels. Registered users can access these On-Demand, in full or in part, through the end of the year.

Registration is open for the Oct. 20 and Oct. 27 VM Leadership Summit virtual events. All details for registration are posted here.

Registration includes attendance to the virtual broadcasts, full access to the VM Summit virtual platform, networking, on-demand viewing, door prizes, and exclusive access to attendees-only content after the event. 

All those attendees previously registered for what was to have been a live Sept. 22 event in Las Vegas Live event have been automatically registered for the 2-part virtual event in October. Those ECPs who previously registered for the June and August event will be automatically registered for the October 2-part virtual events. 

New Registrations are available at no charge for optometrists, opticians, ophthalmologists and students. New registrations are available for $198 to non-ECPs.

The Platinum Sponsors of the 2021 VM Leadership Summit are EssilorLuxottica, Healthy Eyes Advantage-PECAA and VSP Global Premier Program. The Gold Sponsor is The Vision Council's Vision Health Alliance and the Silver Sponsors are Alcon and Ocuco.