Vision Expo West 2015 Grows Opportunities for Young Professionals, Students Immersive education, job fair, expanded benefits equip millennials to lead next generation of eyecare professionals

August 06, 2015

Norwalk, CT (August 6, 2015) — International Vision Expo & Conference welcomes increasing numbers of young eyecare professionals and students to Vision Expo West 2015. This next generation of visionaries will benefit from an expanded, immersive and interactive experience to be held in September at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada (Education: Sept. 16-19, 2015; Exhibition: Sept. 17-19, 2015).

Vision Expo West offers a range of benefits for Young ODs and New Dispensers through its Young Professionals Club. Members receive free exhibit hall registration, discounted education and special networking events including a YPC Lunch on Friday – an opportunity for young professionals to interact with fellow members and show management in a casual setting – and an evening Young Professionals Club Member Reception from 6-7:30pm at the Double Helix Bar in the Palazzo Hotel. The YPC is expanding to include optical industry professionals 30 and under.

A new event on Saturday night – a Las Vegas Club Crawl – will combine YPC members, prospective members, and students. There is a $20 deposit for the event; Vision Expo will cover the rest. Attendees with questions about YPC and student events should contact Kristen Reynolds for more information.

Student Saturday now offers combined education among optometry and optician students to promote side-by-side learning. An interactive, two-part “Choose Your Own Adventure” course will encourage students to choose their topic of education and apply the lessons learned to real-time situations.

According to Mark Dunbar, OD, FAAO, co-chairman of the International Vision Expo Conference Advisory Board, the new education format will promote collaboration amongst students and arm them with knowledge to foster creative thinking and jumpstart their professional careers.

“The fresh approaches, exciting ideas and vision of the recent and incoming classes of professionals are helping to reinvigorate the world of eyecare,” says Dunbar. “Our young professionals and students are sparking new debates on industry trends, thinking outside the box about business growth opportunities, and driving conversations online about the future of the profession. As a platform for these discussions, Vision Expo is proactively embracing new ways to support this new generation.”

Student Saturday will include an interactive lunch program led by Dave Kading, OD – “ARE YOU DREAMING? How to make the practice of your dreams a reality – FAST." The day will conclude with theOptometry and Optician Student Party, held Saturday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Rockhouse in The Venetian Hotel, located at the 2nd level of the Grand Canal Shoppes overlooking the Strip. Students must participate in the student sessions on Saturday to attend the party.

Attendees can take advantage of a new onsite job program during exhibit hall hoursJob Link, powered by Local Eye Site, is a career program promoting job search coaching resources. Participants can meet with job coaches in Booth 25130 to learn about job search methods, interviewing techniques, resume building and more. Speed meeting sessions, like speed dating, will be available for Optometrists and Optician positions.

For more information, or to register online, visit www.VisionExpoWest.com.

About the International Vision Expo & Conference
International Vision Expos, the worldwide conference and exhibition for eyecare and eyewear, are trade-only events that draw more than 30,000 eyecare professionals each year. Co-owned by Reed Exhibitions and The Vision Council, International Vision Expo gives back to the entire ophthalmic community. Proceeds from International Vision Expo are used by The Vision Council to educate consumers about the importance of vision care and the options in eyewear and other related products. In 2014, The Vision Council reached millions of consumers with its messages through marketing materials, public relations outreach and strategic partnerships. International Vision Expo & Conference is a proud supporter of Think About Your Eyes, a national public awareness campaign, presented by The Vision Council and the American Optometric Association, designed to educate the public on the benefits of vision health and promote the importance of getting an annual comprehensive eye exam. Keep this vital campaign going! Sign up at ThinkAboutYourEyes.com/Enroll


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