Executive Summit

Executive Summit

Executive Summit

2020 Executive Summit

2020 Executive Summit

Jan. 29-31, 2020
Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa
100 South Ocean Blvd
Manalapan, Florida

Join your industry peers at The Vision Council's 2020 Executive Summit – to take place Jan. 29–31 at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa in Manalapan, Florida. Located at a new select site for the Summit, this exclusive event will offer opportunities for executive-level networking, leadership development, economic trends, and business strategies, with programming dedicated to refining leadership skills and building the right teams for the dynamic changes in our industry.

The Vision Council will supply attendees with an extensive look into big picture concepts of the ever-changing business landscape, with in-depth and tangible approaches to tackling these challenges from balanced global perspectives. Attendees will also be provided valuable insight into The Vision Council's five-year strategic plan, with a strong takeaway and directive for the year ahead. Furthermore, all will have ample opportunity for cultivating relationships with crucial industry peers via dedicated networking time, guided discussions and optional activities on location.

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This year's speakers include: a joint keynote from former U.S. Trade Representative Ambassadors Ron Kirk and Susan Schwab, providing expert insights into global trade, economics and policy; a panel touching on how apparel manufacturers are undertaking recent changes featuring Richie Woodworth, president of the Wolverine Boston Group – comprised of Keds, Saucony and Sperry brands – Marc Lefebvre, CEO of frame designer and manufacturer Killine Group, and Ryan Babenzien, founder of the direct-to-consumer sneaker brand, GREATS; and Frances Frei, professor of technology and operations management at Harvard Business School and author, sharing her expertise on leadership and strategy. Closing out the summit, Brian Beaulieu, economist and CEO of ITR Economics, will share a fiscal perspective for the future regarding how attendees can prepare their business and personal finances. 

Thursday afternoon offers five unique break-out sessions taking place concurrently from 2–3 p.m. Check out the sessions, below, and be sure to register for your top choice to secure your spot, here.

Building a Culture of Impact – John Davidoff, chief mission-driver, Davidoff Strategy
Learn why a positive culture matters for your business, while analyzing the state of your current values and identifying “culture killers.” Leave with key tactics for building a high-performance and mission-driven culture, plus answer how this shift can better your organization’s performance.

Biggest Mistakes and Opportunities in C-Suite Social Media – Anthony Less, Gossip Genie’s vice president of digital media
Take a deep dive into the social media realm by studying examples of disasters, the interplay between private and public accounts and the risk of not being present on social media platforms. Evaluate who is best to run your business’ accounts, while learning best practices for the executive level social media presence.

Cost & Access: Telling the Industry’s Story – RP3, PR agency to The Vision Council
Turn risk into opportunity with the expert advice from PR aficionados from RP3, while finding the best message platform for the optical industry.

Risky Business: How Engaging Your Employees in a Risk Management Culture Can Prevent Disaster – Nabil Gharbieh, IT specialist for The Vision Council
Technology is unavoidable in the workplace and with that cyber security is becoming more and more important for employees to keep top of mind. Learn how to engage your employees in a culture of security and risk prevention through case studies on exposure, consequences and how best to protect your organization. Increase your understanding of sophisticated phishing attempts and the latest trends from the risk prevention and data protection field.

Keeping it Real: Hot Legal Topics – Jim Anderson, general counsel to The Vision Council
Hear first-hand accounts of how current tariff implications have affected your industry peers, plus learn from experts the must-knows when it comes to country of origin in the age of tariffs and trade wars. Finish with key information on California law including a Q&A session all about the end of 1099.

Registration Information

Registration for the 2020 Executive Summit is now open!

  • Members: $849 (full meeting, sessions, social and meal events)
  • Non-members: $1,399 (full meeting, sessions, social and meal events)
  • Spouse/Significant Other: $349 (social/meal functions only)
  • View list of current regisrants here



The event hotel is the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa in Manalapan, Florida. Rooms are available starting at $389 plus taxes and fees. Please call 1-855-388-0537 or click here to make reservations.

If you need dates outside the event range of Jan. 28 - Feb. 1, please call the hotel at 1-855-388-0537.

The room block expires on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. After that, rooms are available on a space/rate available basis. The block often sells out so please, book your room now. 

This year’s Executive Summit will not include a golf tournament. For your convenience, please click here for information about nearby golf courses


Please note - If your plans have changed after you have submitted your registration and you need to cancel, please click here. All cancellation requests must be made through this process and received by Jan. 8, 2020 to be eligible for refund.