LAS VEGAS—The Optical Women’s Association’s Connection Series: Connecting Members to Leadership Ideas will offer an in-depth panel discussion of core EQ skills that enable attendees to fulfill their highest potential on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 12:00 to 1:30 pm in the Sands Expo Las Vegas, Room 303.

Based on the OWA book selection Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves, moderator Erinn Morgan, editorial director of Eyecare Business magazine, along with five specially chosen panelists, will expand on the four EQ skills—self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management—that will help attendees manage, adapt, and come out ahead in both private life and the competitive workplace.

As quoted by Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, (Emotional Intelligence 2.0) "gives abundant, practical findings and insights with emphasis on how to develop EQ. Research shows convincingly that EQ is more important than IQ."

The panelists include Johanna Loeffler, an associate consultant and facilitator with Cleinman Performance Partners, a team of business specialists who offer results-oriented doctor and staff training workshops and consulting services tailored to the needs of health care businesses and their owners.

Nan Meehan, VP of eyewear at ABB Optical Group has more than 25 years of sales, marketing and management experience. She has helped build several businesses from the ground up, delivering rapid revenue growth and increased market share through highly effective results-oriented sales practices.

Megan Molony, VP of merchandising at National Vision, is an experienced and innovative executive-level leader. Adept at leading high-performing teams to identify and deliver game-changing initiatives across organizations, she has worked in the optical industry for 22 years with such companies as Luxottica Retail and Essilor.

Deborah Shute is an experienced Global Human Resources executive who has been with Essilor of America since 2011. She is an Executive Team member of Essilor Labs Group, EOA Operations and Strategic Initiatives and leads the Strategic Business Partnering arm of HR for all lab channels and strategic alliances. She is highly skilled in all areas of HR with particular emphasis on strategic business partnering, talent management, change management and executive coaching.

Benjamin Young is the manager of Talent Development for Luxottica Wholesale North America. He has over 10 years’ experience building and delivering leadership development programs.

This ABB Optical Group sponsored event is a must for anyone interested in self-improvement and meaningful career relationships. Pre-registration and a nominal fee are required, and lunch is included. Register now at