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NEW YORK—There’s nothing special about the number 43. It just happens to be the total number of honorees in this year’s group of Influential Women.

It’s the women themselves who are special.

You see, each of the 43 honorees who comprise The Class of 2016 has been selected based upon their accomplishments and their impact on colleagues, customers and, in some instances, the entire optical industry. They come from the worlds of vision care, retailing, manufacturing, distribution, dispensing and designing.

We’ve been impressed by their success stories, as we expect you will be, too. We hope some of them will even inspire you to put in that extra effort in your job—and outside the workplace, too—that it takes to move the needle from “good” to “outstanding.”

As in previous years, VM’s Influential Women were chosen from a large pool of nominees named by VM readers and in the following pages we profile their accomplishments in these roles:

Executive Suite: Candidates are women who hold positions such as president, VP, CEO, CFO, CMO, CIO or COO that guide their companies forward, inspire leadership among their teams and peers and achieve high performance. Rising Stars: Candidates are women who are “up-and-comers” in their careers and within their companies or arenas within the industry; sharp talents who are on their way toward higher levels of responsibility and influence. 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 or professional acumen.
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.

The Class of 2016 joins a distinguished group of more than 500 Influential Women whom we’ve profiled since 2003.

Join the conversation about these Influential Women and other industry standouts you may know using the hashtag #WomenWhoWow. Please visit to review an alphabetical listing of past years’ honorees and to read prior years’ Special Reports.

–The Editors