VM EVENTS: VM Summit Three New Speakers Join VM's Leadership Summit March 13 Program, "What's Your AI Acuity?" By Staff Monday, January 22, 2024 12:27 AM NEW YORK—A leading futurist who will provide informed insights and data about the advent of Generative AI technology to business leaders, a noted expert's views about the fast-moving adoption of AI technology in the retail space, and a top global influencer discussing AI's role in branding and the consumer experience are three new speakers rounding out the program for the upcoming 2024 VM Leadership Summit, "What's Your AI Acuity? Sharpening a Vision for the Future," to be held March 13 here just prior to Vision Expo East. Special flash sale pricing is active now and expires on Jan. 24 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Use Promo Code FLASH. Registration includes the full program, networking breakfast and lunch. Details for registration are posted at www.visionmonday.com/summit. Samantha Jordan is a consultant to the Future Today Institute (FTI), a leading foresight and strategy firm founded by world-renowned futurist Amy Webb. Jordan, who will open the 2024 VM Leadership Summit, will bring a unique take on how technology is unfolding to create new opportunities and approaches for business leaders. She helps organizations dissect the complexities of upcoming opportunities, while also factoring in the inherent risks. Her analysis of the data and trends in the ever-changing tech landscape helps organizations get unstuck and ready to develop and implement their own customized future-focused strategies for evolving their businesses. Deborah Weinswig, one of the world's leading retail observers and analysts, is the founder and CEO of Coresight Research. She returns to the VM Leadership Summit this year to share how AI is super-charging the customer experience and also how retailers in the U.S. and around the world are tackling generative AI investments to help supply chain, marketing and merchandising approaches. Liza Amlani, principal and co-founder of Retail Strategy Group, works with brands and retail clients across several categories to help them improve profitability and organization effectiveness. She will be the VM Summit's special luncheon speaker, sharing examples of how AI is transforming brand experiences for customers. Platinum Sponsors of the 2024 VM Leadership Summit include Advancing Eyecare, EssilorLuxottica and VSP Vision. The Gold Sponsors are Alcon and Ocuco. (L to R) Samantha Jordan, Deborah Weinswig and Liza Amlani. At FTI, Jordan maintains a database of thousands of different trends, leveraging her expertise with the firm's unique foresight methodology to advise her clients, some of whom rank in the Fortune Top 20. Together, she works with these organizations to adapt their strategies based on future scenarios that she helps craft. Jordan was also the founder and CEO of TrovBase, a secure data discovery and analysis sharing platform. Previously, she was an IBM client leader helping enterprise clients modernize their IT environments. In addition to serving as a mentor for NYU Stern MBA students in strategic foresight, Jordan headed the Carnegie New Leaders program at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, during which time, she created programming for the next generation of leaders across sectors to engage deeply with ethics. Weinswig is one of the world's most sought-after and influential retail experts. She serves on the board of directors for the International Council of Shopping Centers, Goodwill Industries New York/New Jersey, GUESS?, Inc., Kiabi, Street Soccer USA and Xcel Brands, Inc. She is on the advisory board of the World Retail Congress as well as several accelerators. Between 2014 to early 2018, Weinswig served as managing director of Fung Global Retail and Technology (FGRT), the think tank of Fung Group. Previously, she was managing director and head of the Global Staples & Consumer Discretionary team at Citi Research. Amlani's clients span apparel, footwear, luxury, retail tech and more. She is a respected voice and is cited in Forbes, Bloomberg, Chain Store Age,The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Sourcing Journal and Footwear News. Amlani has been recognized by Rethink Retail as a “Top Retail Expert of 2024.” This honor is given to a select group of experts chosen from a group of 400 nominees. Before founding Retail Strategy Group, Amlani' was the merchandising expert in Accenture's retail strategy practice. Before that, she spent 20+ years in retail with companies including Ralph Lauren, Club Monaco, SportingLife and more. The three new speakers join an exclusive VM Leadership Summit program that will offer attendees perspectives on AI in health care as well as AI's role in eyecare diagnostics and treatments. As reported, VM Summit speakers include Dr. John Whyte, chief medical officer of WebMD, who'll be joining Deloitte's Dr. Bill Fera, Dr. Pearse Keane of Moorefield's Hospital U.K., a pioneer in the AI eyecare space, and Dr. James Tsai who heads the new Center for Ophthalmic Artificial Intelligence at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. They will be joined by Dr. Paul Karpecki, OD, FAAO, of the Kentucky Eye Institute and Review of Optometry's chief medical editor. Dr. Karpecki will also lead a discussion about AI's impact on managing patient care. More details on these sessions are posted here and are also found on the VM Summit registration site here. The Vision Monday Leadership Summit is a special gathering of senior executives from throughout vision care and optical retail, including influential eyecare professionals and key opinion leaders who gather to learn about significant trends impacting the future of health care, eyecare and retail and for exclusive networking as well.