Young Professionals Club

The deadline to receive YPC benefits for Vision Expo West 2017 is September 1, 2017


YPC

Are you a young OD, Optician/Dispenser, or Industry Professional? If so, this club’s for you! The Young Professionals Club (YPC) offers members access to resources that will give you an advantage to excel in your career.

Not a member?  ODs register here, Opticians/Dispensers/Staff register here, and Industry professionals register here.

If you need to update your contact information, please email Olivia Krise.

Learn more about benefits

Who's Eligible?

Who's Eligible?

If you are an

  • Optician, dispenser, office manager or staff who work in a practice under 35 years old;
  • Optometrists who graduated within the last 5 years; or
  • Industry professional under 35 years old who works for manufacturers, distributors, or other vendor companies in the optical industry.

Members win with these benefits:

  • FREE Exhibit Hall Entry to International Vision Expo East and West ($300 value)
  • Six FREE hours of Education at International Vision Expo East and West ($618 value)
  • Exclusive member events at Vision Expo East and West and around the country
  • Young Professionals Club member discount for Think About Your Eyes Doctor Locator listing.
  • Resource lists including over buying groups, consultants, blogs and more
  • Discounts with Think About Your Eyes
  • Partnership with First Financial Group – Guardian Life to help you realize your vision and objectives to successfully grow and maintain your business.
  • Eyecessorize Spring and Fall fashion kits sharing the latest in eyewear trends, advances in technology and advice from eyewear experts.
  • Subscriptions to Allergan OPTOMETRY JUMPSTART®, New Dispenser, NewGradOptometry.com, New OD magazine, and Vision Voice
  • Social networking

“The YPC is a must for the young professional. I've used my membership to have free access to continuing education at the Vision Expos, to stay updated with new technologies in the field, and to network with other professionals and industry just to name a few." 
Quy Nguyen, OD,Director of Career Development and Minority Enrichment, SUNY College of Optometry

"I find the major benefit of being in the Young Professionals Club is the free CE. I love coming to Vision Expo, I think it is the best tradeshow for optometry. You get to see all of the new products and latest frame lines; it is just a great opportunity all around. I look forward to it every time it comes around."
Courtney Dryer, OD, 4 Eyes Optometry

Benefits at Vision Expo

Benefits at Vision Expo

Save over $618 a year with free exhibit hall registration and six free hours of education at both Vision Expo East and West. In fact, when it comes to education, you can save $2,730 over five years, which is a 47% discount for continuing education.  Plus, options to attend fun YPC events!

During registration, use the same name used to register for the club to receive your YPC benefits. For ODs, the graduation year and school must also match. If you have any questions, please contact okrise@thevisioncouncil.org before you finalize your registration since refunds will not be provided.

New members: Membership takes up to 7 business days to be added and loaded into the Vision Expo registration system.

Need to get approval to attend Vision Expo West? Our new justification toolkit makes it easy for your supervisor to appreciate the investment made into your training and development as well as to your company’s success by attending.

Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events

YPC Events

You’re invited!

Bad Habits “Eye Docs of Rock” & Vision Expo Opening Night Party at the Hard Rock Café
Thursday, September 14 from 9:00 PM –  12:00 AM

Young Professionals Happy Hour at LAVO
Sponsored by Transitions®
Friday, September 15th from 4:30 PM- 6:00 PM
Enjoy free drinks, network with Transitions Optical Change Agents and get to know fellow young professionals and emerging optical leaders.

ODs on Facebook at TAO
Friday, September 15th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Plus, in the NewGradOptometry&CovalentCareers LIVE booth (LP6115), stay tuned for the schedule of Pop Up Talks with career tips just for you.

See the full schedule of events.

Financial Discounts

Financial Discounts

Think About Your Eyes

Think About Your Eyes is 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.

YPC members receive a discount on the Think About Your Eyes Doctor Locator Listing.

First Financial Group – Guardian

Guardian will help you realize your vision and objectives to successfully grow and maintain your business; and protect you and your family’s current lifestyle, wealth and financial security.

Products & Services

Insurance

  • Disability Income Insurance
  • Up to $354,000 of Student Loan Protection 
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Care Insurance

Business Planning

  • Exit Planning
  • Succession Planning
  • Executive Compensation Planning

Financial Services

  • Retirement Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • Tax Strategies
  • Money Purchasing Plans
  • 401(k) Planning
  • Profit Sharing Plans
  • 403(b) Planning
  • Cash Flow and Budgeting
  • College Planning

Guardian, its subsidiaries, agents, and employees do not provide tax, legal, or accounting advice. Consult your tax, legal, or accounting professional regarding your individual situation.

Contact:  Keith L. La France, Financial Representative, (757) 373-4002 or keith.lafrance@ffgadvisors.com


JumpStart

Allergan OPTOMETRY JUMPSTART® is a program specifically designed for newly graduated optometrists practicing in the United States and Canada. Members gain access to many exciting resources through a dedicated Allergan sales representative. We invite current optometry students and recent graduates to register for the program. For more information about Allergan OPTOMETRY JUMPSTART®, please call 1-866-837-5633.

Residents/graduates:

  • Monthly support calls from a dedicated Allergan sales representative
  • Immediate access to samples of REFRESH® Brand Tears
  • Allergan Eye Care prescription product samples for patients who need them
  • Educational videos for you, your staff, and your patients
  • Up-to-date information about Allergan Eye Care products
  • Savings programs to help manage costs for eligible patients
  • Patient education and counseling materials
  • Invitations to speaker programs delivered by industry leaders
  • An optometry-dedicated newsletter

Social Networking

Social Networking

Join the exclusive members-only Facebook group to interact with other club members and receive YPC updates on benefits and events.

Connect with other YPC members here

Plus, join Vision Expo on all of its sites listed at the bottom of this page.

Other suggestions for great blogs and social networks can be found on our resource lists section.

Resource Lists

Resource Lists

Alliances and Buying Groups

Group Phone Address
ABB Optical Group (800) 852-8089 12301 NW 39th Street
Coral Springs, FL 33065
ADO Practice Solutions (800) 328-9433 200 South Street
Tracy, MN 56175
Block Business Group (800) 524-1480 6111 Broken Sound Parkway
Suite 370
Boca Raton, FL 33487
C&E Vision (800) 346-2626 PO Box 72001
San Clemente, CA 92674
HMI Buying Group (800) 569-0681 P.O. Box 820411
Vicksburg, MS 39182-0411
IDOC (203) 853-3333 383 Main Ave. Suite 602
Norwalk, Ct. 06851
Infinity Vision Alliance (855) 902-2020 1700 W Cameron Ave, Ste 200
West Covina, CA 91790
OD Excellence (707) 433-5542 1207 Vine Street, Suite G
Healdsburg, CA 95448
OOGP (800) 654-3829 Headquarters Address
PO Box 724
Grants Pass, OR 97528

557 NE Westbrook Way
Grants Pass, OR 97526
PECCA (503) 670-9200 12909 SW 68th Pkwy, Suite 190
Portland, OR 97223
Primary Eyecare Network (800) 444-9230

1750 No. Loop Rd Ste 150
Alameda, CA 94502

PERC (626) 502-1882 1700 W Cameron Ave, Ste 200
West Covina, CA 91790
Prima Eye Group (800) 668-0599 2625 Cumberland Parkway, Suite 250
Atlanta, GA 30339
Red Tray Network (800) 416-7676 P. O. Box 820411
Vicksburg, MS 39182
Villavecchia (201) 573-0830 P.O. Box 129
Montvale, NJ 07645
Vision Source (888) 558-2020 23824 Highway 59 North
Kingwood, TX 77339
Vision Trends
Vision West (800) 640-9485 15970 Bernardo Center Dr.
San Diego, CA 92127

Know of other consulting groups? Contact okrise@thevisioncouncil.org.

Consultants

Group Phone Location
20/20 Consulting (770) 548-6667​ Charlotte, NC
Bain & Company (617) 572-2000 Boston, MA
Cleinman Performance Partners (607) 431-1001 Oneonta, NY
Corcoran Consulting Group (800) 399-6565 San Bernardino, CA
Gailmard Consulting
GPN Gateway Professional Network (631) 626-9783 Huntington, NY
Indieeye Consulting Fort Mill, SC
Kattouf Consulting Services, Inc. (330) 219-6320 Bonita Springs, FL
MECA Morris Education & Consulting Services (303) 250-0376 Conifer, CO
MedPro Consulting & Marketing Services (602) 274-1668 Scottsdale, AZ
Optometric Insights
PMI, LLC
Practice Concepts (877) 778-2020 Newport Beach, CA
Practice Consultants (925) 820-6758 Danville, CA
Practice CoPilot 904-701-3084 Jacksonville, FL
Scibal Consulting (800) 588-9636
The Practice Resource Management Group (614) 322-7300 Columbus, OH
Williams Group

(800) 676-9076

Lincoln, NE

Know of other consulting groups? Contact okrise@thevisioncouncil.org.

Blogs, Facebook, Instagram & more – there's no lack of sites out there for eyewear and eyecare lovers

Fashion/Optical


Medical

General

Career Center

Career Center

Covalent Careers

Check out CovalentCareers LIVE if you’re currently looking for a new optometrist job or if you’re interested in networking with hiring employers. This is the easiest way to locate and meet with hiring employers while at Vision Expo West 2017.

CovalentCareers LIVE is a tool that gives eyecare job seekers the ability to chat with optometry practices who are currently looking to hire and who will be attending Vision Expo West 2017.

The goal is to make first impressions and interviews much easier between employer and job seeker. Job seekers can start a conversation on covalentcareers.com and then meet in person at Vision Expo.

Students and new graduates can easily create a profile for free and instantly input the days you will be at Vision Expo. 


Local Eye Site

International Vision Expo is dedicated to supporting the eyecare industry year-round. Our jobs site, powered by Local Eye Site, helps connect qualified talent with eyecare professionals and industry recruiters.

Eyewear Fashion Updates

Eyewear Fashion Updates

Eyecessorize

Eyecessorize is The Vision Council’s campaign to increase awareness of the fashion and lifestyle aspects of eyewear. Through seasonal trend materials, exclusive events, media placements, social media channels and the Eyecessorize blog, The Vision Council shares the latest tips and trends, advances in technology and advice from eyewear experts to educate millions of Americans about eyewear and sunwear options. Join in on the conversation via Eyecessorize’s Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages, and check out the current trends at Eyecessorize.com.

Customized content for young professionals

Customized content for young professionals

During YPC registration, opt-in for subscriptions to Allergan OPTOMETRY JUMPSTART®, NewGradOptometry.com, New OD magazine, and Vision Voice, a monthly e-newsletter for eyecare professionals.

Read current and past articles at http://visionvoice.visionexpo.com

Partners

Partners

JumpStart

Allergan OPTOMETRY JUMPSTART® is a program specifically designed for newly graduated optometrists practicing in the United States and Canada. Members gain access to many exciting resources through a dedicated Allergan sales representative. We invite current optometry students and recent graduates to register for the program. For more information about Allergan OPTOMETRY JUMPSTART®, please call 1-866-837-5633.

Residents/graduates:

  • Monthly support calls from a dedicated Allergan sales representative
  • Immediate access to samples of REFRESH® Brand Tears
  • Allergan Eye Care prescription product samples for patients who need them
  • 3D patient counseling app for the iPad®
  • Up-to-date information about Allergan Eye Care products
  • Savings programs to help manage costs for eligible patients
  • Patient education and counseling materials
  • Invitations to speaker programs delivered by industry leaders
  • An optometry-dedicated newsletter

Covalent Careers

Check out CovalentCareers LIVE if you’re currently looking for a new optometrist job or if you’re interested in networking with hiring employers. This is the easiest way to locate and meet with hiring employers while at Vision Expo West 2017.

CovalentCareers LIVE is a tool that gives eyecare job seekers the ability to chat with optometry practices who are currently looking to hire and who will be attending Vision Expo West 2017.

The goal is to make first impressions and interviews much easier between employer and job seeker. Job seekers can start a conversation on covalentcareers.com and then meet in person at Vision Expo.

Students and new graduates can easily create a profile for free and instantly input the days you will be at Vision Expo. 


First Financial Group – Guardian

Guardian will help you realize your vision and objectives to successfully grow and maintain your business; and protect you and your family’s current lifestyle, wealth and financial security.

Products & Services

Insurance

  • Disability Income Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Care Insurance

Business Planning

  • Exit Planning
  • Succession Planning
  • Executive Compensation Planning

Financial Services

  • Retirement Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • Tax Strategies
  • Money Purchasing Plans
  • 401(k) Planning
  • Profit Sharing Plans
  • 403(b) Planning
  • Cash Flow and Budgeting
  • College Planning

Guardian, its subsidiaries, agents, and employees do not provide tax, legal, or accounting advice. Consult your tax, legal, or accounting professional regarding your individual situation.

Website: www.EyeDocResource.com 
90 second student loan video: http://www.eyedocresource.com/p/student-loan

Contact:  Keith L. La France, Financial Representative, (757) 373-4002 or klafrance@firstfinancialgroup.com

Local Eye Site

International Vision Expo is dedicated to supporting the eyecare industry year-round. Our jobs site, powered by Local Eye Site, helps connect qualified talent with eyecare professionals and industry recruiters.

Published up to six times yearly as a special feature in Eyecare Business, New Dispenser focuses on educating and motivating young eyecare professionals who are new to eyewear dispensing in the optical industry. This unique feature focuses on delivering real, usable information in a highly engaging, how-to format, with a wealth of tips and advice from expert opticians.


NewGradOptometry.com

NewGradOptometry.com provides newly graduated optometrists with the resources they need to be successful in practice and in life.

NewGradOptometry.com believes that new graduate optometrists hold the key to the future of our profession. By equipping new ODs with the proper tools and resources we can ensure that optometry continues to be an amazing profession.


New OD

Bridging the Gap Between Optometry's Classroom and Exam Room
New OD, produced by Optometric Management, is the career and practice-planning resource that offers students and recent optometry school grads the valuable information they need to make the right career moves; run a successful practice by mastering the business of eyecare; tap into optometry's hottest opportunities; and more. Visit them online at www.optometric.com/newod or www.facebook.com/newod.


Think About Your Eyes

Think About Your Eyes is 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.

YPC members receive a discount on the Think About Your Eyes Doctor Locator Listing.

Advisory Group Listing

Advisory Group

The Young Professionals Advisory Group provides feedback on a variety of topics to improve the attendee experience, including providing CE recommendations and leading pop-up talks for students and young professionals.

Members include:

  • Kristin O’Brien, OD, Owner, Vision Source of GVR, Optometric Insights
  • Jordan Edwards, District Manager, ABOC, The EyeDoctors
  • Margot Lanham, Sales Manager, ABOC, Ulla Eyewear
  • Quy Nguyen, OD, Director of Career Development and Minority Enrichment, SUNY College of Optometry
  • Dr. Bimal Patel, Therapeutic Optometrist, Ocular Glaucoma Specialist
  • William To, OD, ABOC, Optical Illusions, Director of Digital Media, Optometric Insights, Founder, At Will Consulting
  • Brianna Branch, Illinois College of Optometry, Class of 2019

“Being a member of the Young Professionals Club is a must - it has provided me with opportunities to connect with colleagues who are going through the same struggles and successes I am in my career. The YPC members are always looking to better themselves and help others along the way. I would encourage you to join - you won't be disappointed!
Kristin O’Brien, OD, Owner, Vision Source of GVR, co-founder of Student Optometric Leadership Network (SOLutioN)

Education Recommendations

Education Recommendations

Recommendations from Kristin O’Brien, OD, Owner, Vision Source of GVR, Optometric Insights

The Shifting Sands of Dry Eye and MGD (33C4)
Dry eye is the number one growing patient complaint in my office and there are multiple new dry eye technologies out in the market. Learning what's best for what patient is important to successful treatment. Plus, these two speakers - Kading and Epstein - are fun as hell and don't hold back!

The Harsh Reality of Posterior Segment Disease in a Health Patient Practice (34C1)
I know this is late in the day on Friday but I know it'll be worth your time. Most of us end up in a primary care practice and may have a specialty we dabble in. Our overall 'healthy' patient population will inevitably have disease. Learning how to handle this in your practice is crucial to patient management and building lasting relationships.

Recommendations from Dr. Bimal Patel, Therapeutic Optometrist Ocular Glaucoma Specialist

Managing Millennials (31B4)
A lot of us young professionals are millennials. As a practice owner you may have to manage this generation and it's important to know how to interact and treat these individuals. What motivates them? What are their working habits?

Personalities in the Workplace (32B2)
Addendum to the above class. This is important in how to communicate best with staff. Everyone is different in how they accept certain communication styles. 

Greatest Social Media Class Ever (33B3)
Many young professionals are pretty social media savvy when it comes to their own profiles. Managing business pages are a whole different ball game and require more tactical posting habits.

Answering the Challenge of Online Eyewear (43B2)
Our world is becoming more and more digital. I think this class will hopefully put young professional's mind at ease when it comes to managing their dispensary. How do we compete with online eyewear stores that are now opening up brick and mortar locations (Warby Parker)?

Recommendations from William To, OD, ABOC, Optical Illusions, Director of Digital Media, Optometric Insights, Founder, At Will Consulting

“I Wish This Was Taught In School!” –Essential Career Development Tips for Young Professionals (43B3)
No one should ever feel like they need to follow a template of what they're "supposed" to do. I can't wait to hear these success stories outside of the exam room from Dr. Quy Nguyen.

How to Build a Great Staff (25B5)
Building your team is the most essential part of any successful practice. With a group of top tier doctors leading the discussion, this is sure to provide mind opening ideas that will elevate all practices at any level.

Practical Approach to Advanced Anterior Segment Disease (44C1)
The dynamic duo of Dr. Mile Brujic and Dr. Dave Kading are sure to entertain as they showcase their specialty and love of anterior segment disease. 

Pain, Pain Go Away Oral Pharmaceuticals for Pain Management (43C2)
Pain is so subjective, it's hard for any healthcare provider to know what's appropriate to prescribe. With his clinical expertise, Dr. Mile Brujic is sure to boost your confidence and provide strategies for you to help your patients manage it.

 


The Student Expo Experience

Students can enjoy the following benefits at Vision Expo:

  • Free Exhibit Hall Registration ($150 value)
  • Unlimited Free Education
  • Events and networking opportunities

Start your career off right. Contact us now and you’ll be automatically enrolled as a YPC member when you graduate!

Education Courses

Education Courses

Students can attend any education course for FREE. Simply show up to the class prior to the course’s start time and, if it’s not sold out, you will be allowed to sit in the course at no charge.

Pop Up Talks and Panels

Pop Up Talks and Panels

In the NewGradOptometry&CovalentCareers LIVE booth, see pop up talks on the topics that keep students and young professionals up at night. Stay tuned for the full schedule.

You’re Invited!

You’re invited!

Bad Habits “Eye Docs of Rock” & Vision Expo Opening Night Party at the Hard Rock Café
Thursday, September 14 from 9:00 PM –  12:00 AM

Young Professionals Happy Hour at LAVO
Sponsored by Transitions® and Hoya
Friday, September 15th from 4:30 PM- 6:00 PM
Enjoy free drinks, network with Transitions Optical Change Agents and get to know fellow young professionals and emerging optical leaders.

ODs on Facebook at TAO
Friday, September 15th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Need Approval to Attend?

Need Approval to Attend

Our new justification toolkit just made it easier for your dean or professor to appreciate the investment made in your training and development.

Education Recommendations

Education Recommendations

Students can attend any education course for FREE. Simply show up to the class prior to the course’s start time and - if it’s not sold out - you will be permitted to attend the course at no charge. 

Intrepid Talks (19 Hours) NEW
Course recommendations from Young Professionals Club Advisory Group member Brianna Branch, Illinois College of Optometry, Class of 2019:

Creating Memorable Patient Experiences (12B3)
We hear about practicing Optometry from the doctor’s side all the time, but how do your patients actually feel while sitting in your chair?  It’s important to ensure that your future patients have the best experience when coming to see you, and this lecture can help.

Best of OD's on Facebook: Clinical Tales from the Trenches (12C5)
Don't you just love following the interesting cases that appear 24/7 on the infamous "OD's on Facebook"? This fascinating session digs deep into the most interesting cases presented on Facebook. 

Corneal Cross-Linking in the US: What You Need to Know (23C2)  
Corneal Cross-Linking has just become FDA approved to treat keratoconus and corneal ectasia, and here you can learn how to add it into your future practice.

Not so Fast Some Cases Might Fool You (31C3)
This course follows how cases can go straight from presenting seemingly innocuous to complicated entities in a matter of minutes.  It’s essential to learn the potential pitfalls of improper diagnosis and therapy. 

Emerging Technologies to Improve Your Success with Hybrids and Sclerals (11L1)  
Want more exposure to the newest and most innovating contact lenses?  Learn not only how to fit advanced lenses, but how to do it the properly. 

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