Dr. Simone Ahuja

NEW YORK—This year, Vision Monday will be hosting a special luncheon event and program to pay tribute to this year's roster of 2023 Most Influential Women (MIW) in Optical on Sept. 29 during Vision Expo West in Las Vegas. These women, along with many prior year MIW honorees and other guests, will be celebrated at the special event in Las Vegas. Tickets to the luncheon are still available. "This special and unique luncheon event and program in Las Vegas during Vision Expo West is an unparalleled opportunity to connect, collaborate and build meaningful relationships within a powerful network of industry leaders," stated Marge Axelrad, SVP and editorial director of Vision Monday.

The program will also feature a dynamic guest keynote speaker, Dr. Simone Ahuja, a best-selling author, Harvard Business Review contributor and business school advisor who will speak about innovation and "intrepreneurship" to the audience. She is the founder of Blood Orange, a Minneapolis-based global innovation and strategy firm, and a best-selling author (Jugaad Innovation, and Disrupt-It-Yourself).

Dr. Ahuja told VMAIL Weekend, “This event honors women from across sectors at different stages of their careers who are shaping the optical industry… and that’s not easy. I’ll share how entrepreneurs just like you can crack the code on problem solving by really trusting themselves and charting their own path forward.”

Dr. Ahuja is an innovation advisor and consultant to organizations including 3M, UnitedHealth Group, Procter & Gamble, Target Corp, Stanley Black & Decker, and the World Economic Forum and a practitioner of improvisational comedy who loves to bring the energy and fun of improv to her live and virtual sessions. To learn more about Dr. Ahuja click here.

Click on the video below to watch a special message from Dr. Simone Ahuja about her appearance at VM's MIW luncheon event.

The event will be held at The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas at Vision Expo West, with arrivals and check-in starting at noon. The program will start at 12:15 p.m., ending at 2:00 p.m. Tickets include program and lunch. Registration information and ticket details are posted here.

As of presstime, Visionary Sponsors of the VM 2023 Most Influential Women in Optical luncheon event and program included Alcon, EssilorLuxottica and Johnson & Johnson Vision. Partner Sponsors included The Vision Council, Vision Expo, VSP Vision and Walmart. Supporting Sponsors included Advancing EyeCare, Hoya Vision Care, Marcolin, Modo, the Optical Women's Association (OWA), Safilo, Vision Source and Zeiss.

For sponsorship information for the luncheon event, contact Dennis Murphy at dmurphy@jobson.com.