Latest News Nominations Now Open for VM’s 2020 Most Influential Women in Optical; VM Adds New 'Above & Beyond' Category By Staff Tuesday, May 19, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Women’s influence in optical is undeniable and today, more women than ever before are playing vital roles at all levels of our industry. In retailing, wholesaling, product design, manufacturing, distribution and vision care and managed care, talented women are shaping the direction of the companies and organizations they work for, and, in many cases, lead. This is why Vision Monday will once again be highlighting The Most Influential Women in Optical in our July issue, marking the 18th anniversary of our signature Special Report saluting women in the eyewear/eyecare industry.We are currently seeking nominations via an electronic survey form. The deadline for submitting nominations is June 10.In addition to the four categories traditionally used in this annual report, Vision Monday is adding a new category this year, Above & Beyond, aimed at candidates who have led the way in giving back to the industry, their patients and their communities. For this year’s Annual Report, please consider women who are making a difference in the following five categories:Executive Suite: Candidates are women who hold the positions of president, CEO, CFO, CMO, CIO or COO that guide their companies forward, inspire leadership among their teams and peers and achieve high performance.Mentors: Candidates are women who are team builders, developers of talent, who via example or education and training successfully influence others to learn and to grow in their business, professions, or within their organizations.Rising Stars: Candidates are women who are “up-and-comers” in their careers and within their companies or arenas within the industry.Innovators: Candidates are women who have initiated new product developments or special programs in the arena of marketing, technology, retail or patient service/philanthropy, who have spearheaded innovative business enterprises.Above & Beyond: Candidates are women who have led the way in giving back to the industry, their patients and their communities. To nominate your choices, go to the survey where you may select up to a total of two nominees for each category on the electronic nomination form.