Personal and Professional Video Stories from Members of Transitions Optical’s Diversity Advisory Board Honor the Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022 8:20 AM NEW YORK—In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan 17th, four members of Transitions Optical’s Diversity Advisory Board share actionable ways eyecare professionals can foster diversity, equity and inclusion in their lives and careers in a new video to honor the leader. Viewers can understand the impact Dr. King and personal insights in conversations with Dr. Darryl Glover, Defocus Media and MyEyeDr., Dr. Essence Johnson, Black Eyecare Perspective, Dr. Janette Dumas Pepper, Southern College of Optometry and Dr. Devin Sasser, Eye Clarity. The Transitions Diversity Advisory Board members also share their dreams for the optical industry and world and how eyecare professionals can honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s principle of equality.

ASCO Adds Two New Doctors of Optometry to its 'Optometry Gives Me Life' Campaign

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Friday, January 21, 2022 12:30 AM ROCKVILLE, Md.—The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) is updating it national awareness campaign, Optometry Gives Me Life (OGML), by adding two new doctors of optometry to the program, refreshing its related FutureEyeDoc.org website and extensive social media and video resources, and sharing the successful metrics of the initiative, which launched in March 2019. The goal of the OGML campaign is to increase the number of highly qualified applicants to optometry schools and colleges from a wider variety of demographic backgrounds, specifically Black/African-American and Hispanic/Latino students, so that doctors of optometry are better prepared to serve all communities. illustrating more about what optometrists can do and who they can be.

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the Optical Industry: Transitions Optical’s Diversity Advisory Board Creates Inspirational New Video

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Monday, January 17, 2022 9:30 AM NEW YORK—In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, four members of Transitions Optical’s Diversity Advisory Board  are sharing actionable ways eyecare professionals can foster diversity, equity and inclusion in their lives and careers in a new video, being shared for the first time today, on the national holiday honoring the leader. Viewers can understand the impact of the most visible spokesman and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement from conversations with Dr. Darryl Glover, Defocus Media and MyEyeDr., Dr. Essence Johnson, Black Eyecare Perspective, Dr. Janette Dumas Pepper, Southern College of Optometry and Dr. Devin Sasser, Eye Clarity. The Transitions Diversity Advisory Board members also share their dreams for the optical industry and world and how eyecare professionals can honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s principle of equality.

Transitions Optical Announces 2021-2022 Transitions Diversity Advisory Board

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Thursday, December 2, 2021 12:27 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Transitions Optical has announced the members of its Diversity Advisory Board for 2021-2022.

VSP Global Partners With Black EyeCare Perspective, Signs Its 13% Promise Pledge

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Monday, November 22, 2021 12:24 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—With a commitment to further increase awareness about the optometric profession to minority communities, VSP Global has announced a multi-year partnership with Black EyeCare Perspective, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to redefining the color of the eyecare industry 1% at a time. As a part of the partnership, VSP Global has signed the 13% Promise, an initiative to increase equity and representation of Black students in the eyecare industry to better mirror the 13% of Black people in the current U.S. population.

The Vision Council Launches Advancing Diversity & Inclusion: A Cornell Certificate for Optical Professionals

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Monday, November 15, 2021 12:18 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council has announced the launch of Advancing Diversity & Inclusion: A Cornell Certificate for Optical Professionals, an online four-course and capstone certificate program customized specifically for members of the vision community by Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR).

VSP Global’s Kristi Cappelletti-Matthews Receives 2021 Top CHRO Award from N2Growth

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Tuesday, November 9, 2021 12:15 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Global announced that its chief human resources officer, Kristi Cappelletti-Matthews, was named one of the world’s top CHROs (chief human resources officer) by N2Growth, in partnership with Stanford Graduate School of Business. Cappelletti-Matthews was awarded the designation for her dedication and commitment during a year where macro events, like the lingering health and economic aspects of the pandemic, hung over every personnel decision made, according to the VSP announcement. “On behalf of our organization, I’m proud to congratulate Kristi on being named one of the top CHROs of 2021,” said Michael Guyette, president and CEO of VSP Global.

Bausch Health Releases Annual Environmental, Social and Governance Report

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Friday, October 1, 2021 12:24 AM LAVAL, Quebec—Bausch Health Companies Inc. (NYSE/TSX: BHC) has released its annual Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report (previously referred to as the Corporate Social Responsibility or CSR report), highlighting the company's ongoing commitment to drive a sustainable and equitable impact for its various stakeholders.

J&J Vision Announces New Collaboration to Eliminate Inequities and Increase Representation of People of Color in Eyecare

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Thursday, September 16, 2021 12:27 AM JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Johnson & Johnson Vision, part of the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies, is announcing a collaboration with Black Eye Care Perspective, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to redefining the color of the eyecare industry.

Vision Expo West to Explore Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Through a Series of Interactive Panels

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Friday, September 3, 2021 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council and RX, co-organizers of Vision Expo, today shared details on the panels and discussions dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion planned for Vision Expo West 2021, taking place September 22-25 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas.

2nd IMPACT-HBCU Community Awareness Virtual Event, to Help Students and Families Learn About the Optometry Profession, Is Planned for Oct. 12

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Thursday, September 2, 2021 12:21 AM PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. and RALEIGH, N.C.—On Tuesday, October 12, Black Eyecare Perspective will host its second annual “IMPACT HBCU- If you see it, you can be it.” The community awareness and targeted recruitment initiative is an event for families, students and educators at HBCUs (and all schools) to meet Black optometrists, learn about the diversity of the profession and how one can become a Doctor of Optometry. This event will be held virtually and is free to the public.

National Vision Wins Two Awards Celebrating Gender Diversity

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Wednesday, August 11, 2021 12:18 AM Duluth, Ga.—National Vision Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: EYE), one of the nation’s largest optical retailers, has received two recent awards for gender diversity, according to an announcement this week.

Tarrence Lackran to Join Luxury Optical Holdings as VP, Community Relations—Diversity & Inclusion

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Tuesday, August 3, 2021 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Luxury Optical Holdings (LOH) has hired Tarrence Lackran for a newly created position, vice president, community relations—diversity & inclusion.

The Vision Council Announces First Seven Opening Your Eyes: The Vision Council Scholarship Fund Recipients, Extends Application Deadline

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Monday, July 26, 2021 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council has announced that the selection committee for the Opening Your Eyes: The Vision Council Scholarship Fund has chosen the first round of scholarship recipients.