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Award-Winning Artist Common to Speak at Vision Expo’s Inaugural EYE2EYE Series

Alexandria, VA – Feb. 18, 2019 – Vision Expo East is proud to announce award-winning artist Common will headline Vision Expo’s inaugural EYE2EYE series. Common will take part in an inspirational and empowering conversation with attendees at the new Exhibit Hall destination the BRIDGE on Friday, March 22, 5 p.m.–5:45 p.m. with a 15-minute Q&A to follow. Prior to the conversation, Common will be available for a private meet and greet at 4:30 p.m.
Only one Tony Award away from becoming an EGOT– Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony – winner, Common is an American hip-hop recording artist, actor, film producer and poet who has accepted three Grammy Awards and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor. Additionally, he received a 2015 Golden Globe Award and 2015 Academy Award for Best Original Song, Glory. Common is renowned for his roles in many films and is an executive producer and actor for the Showtime series, The Chi.

During his engaging interview at Vision Expo East, the multi-hyphenate Common will share his experiences of storytelling, messaging and his passion for creativity. In advance of the show, Vision Expo will crowdsource additional questions and topics from attendees.

“Vision Expo is thrilled to have accomplished creative visionary Common kick-off Vision Expo’s EYE2EYE series,” said Mitch Barkley, The Vision Council’s vice president of trade shows and meetings. “This event will expand Vision Expo's environment of learning with exciting content to empower and challenge ideas.”

Common is the creator of the Common Ground Foundation, a nonprofit organization that seeks to empower underprivileged youth to be strong citizens of the world. Additionally, Common is part of the Recording Academy’s newly formed Diversity Task Force led by former First Lady Michelle Obama’s chief of staff, Tina Tchen, to address the complaints about the lack of female award winners at the 2018 Grammys.

To RSVP for the event, click here.

To register for Vision Expo East 2019, visit and be sure to follow along on all of Vision Expo’s social media channels, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

For professional headshots and biography of Common, please contact Julia Moore at For the EYE2EYE logo, please contact Julia Moore at
Arrangements for the appearance of Common made through Greater Talent Network, Inc., New York, NY.

About Vision Expo
Vision Expo East (Education: March 21-24, 2019; Exhibition: March 22-24, 2019) in New York City and West (Education: September 18-21, 2019; Exhibition: September 19-21, 2019) in Las Vegas are trade-only conferences and exhibitions for eyecare and eyewear presented by co-owners Reed Exhibitions and The Vision Council. Vision Expo is the complete event for ophthalmic professionals, where eyecare meets eyewear, and education, fashion and innovation mingle. In the Vision Expo Exhibit Hall, eyecare providers can discover trends, interact with new technologies and access innovative products and services. The Vision Expo education program is driven by the profession, offering content of the highest quality and relevance to enhance overall patient care. For more information, visit and follow Vision Expo on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

About The Vision Council
Championing better vision for better lives, The Vision Council positions its members for success by promoting growth in the vision care industry through education, advocacy, research, consumer outreach, strategic relationship building and industry forums. By sharing the latest in eyewear trends, advances in technology and advice from eyewear experts, The Vision Council serves as a resource to the public looking to learn more about options in eyeglasses and sunglasses.