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New Career Zone to Host Pathways to Leadership in Corporate Optometry Panel

Alexandria, VA – March 13, 2019 – Launching at Vision Expo East 2019, the new Career Zone will connect top optical retailers with eyecare providers and host some of the industry’s top thought leaders in this year’s Pathways to Leadership in Corporate Optometry Panel. The Career Zone will offer vast opportunities for networking through panel discussions, receptions and the new Passport Program for students and young professionals.
On Saturday, March 23, the Pathways to Leadership in Corporate Optometry Panel will be held in the Career Zone starting at 4 p.m. with a cocktail reception to follow at 4:45 p.m.–5:30 p.m. This year’s panel, sponsored by the American Association of Corporate Optometry and Walmart, will bring together top industry thought leaders and discuss the range of business models’ optometrists can practice today.
Moderator Erinn Morgan, editor-in-chief of Eyecare Business Magazine, will help guide the discussion as each panelist shares his or her perspectives and experiences.
Panelists include:

  • Matt Geller, OD, CEO and co-founder, CovalentCarreers, Inc. and
  • Tracey Glendenning, OD, director of recruiting at MyEyeDr
  • Pratil Lal, OD, director of vision services Warby Parker
  • Bill Noble, owner of Pearle Vision 50
  • Maria Sampalis, OD, founder of, @CorporateOptometry on Facebook, and contributing editor for Corporate Optometry Today
  • Alex Smith, OD, vice president of professional services for National Vision
  • Carl Spear, OD, Luxottica senior vice president eyecare North America

“One of the top reasons attendees come to Vision Expo is to network,” said Joanne Mohr, event director at Reed Exhibitions. “The Career Zone provides a new destination for attendees to meet face-to-face with some of the country’s leading retailers to learn about career and leadership opportunities.”
Exhibitors in the Career Zone include National Vision, MyEyeDr., Luxottica, Vision Source, For Eyes, Walmart, Cohen’s Fashion Optical, Corporate Optometry Today and VuePoint.
Additionally, the NewGradOptometry + CovalentCareers booth (Booth #C4067) will provide a comfortable environment for students and young professionals to network and learn through panel discussions on hot topics and access to career resources.
Also launching this year, the new Passport Program will provide students and young professionals the opportunity to explore and get acquainted with exhibitors. Individuals under the age of 34 will receive a passport, included with each badge, to take to vendors for a stamp to be entered to win participating vendor prizes, including an apple watch, eyewear, gift cards and more.
For more information on the Pathways to Leadership in Corporate Optometry Panel, click here. To learn more about the Career Zone, visit

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.

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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.