Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force

Mission Statement

As the industry that gives the world sight, we cannot be blind to the prejudices that minorities regularly confront. The Vision Council’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion task force is committed to working with all segments of the vision industry to amplify and embrace everyone’s voices. In order to push forward a more equitable agenda for the eyewear and eyecare industry and to build a more diverse and inclusive community, The Vision Council is focused on creating opportunities for more courageous and impactful engagements within the communities we serve.

2020 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Survey

In November 2020, The Vision Council launched the 2020 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Survey.

Developed in partnership Nonprofit HR, one of the leading full-service human resources firms focused exclusively on the nonprofit sector with expertise in DEI consulting, the custom survey is intended to benchmark the vision care leadership landscape in order to help organizations within the industry identify opportunities they have to promote diversity, cultivate talent and improve their performance.

An analysis of the 2020 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion survey will be presented by The Vision Council’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force following their review of the survey results at The Vision Council’s 2021 Virtual Executive Summit, taking place January 26-28, 2021. To register for the Virtual Executive Summit, click here.

The 2020 survey is the second diversity study conducted by The Vision Council, following a study that was conducted in 2019. The 2019 survey results can be found here.

For additional information regarding The Vision Council’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Industry Task Force, please contact Tarrence Lackran, The Vision Council's director of partnerships and programming at tlackran@thevisioncouncil.org.

Open Your Eyes Scholarship Program

In January 2021, The Vision Council, through the Better Vision Institute, launched the Open Your Eyes Scholarship Program, a 501(c)(3) charity designed to support high school students in marginalized communities throughout the United States who have an interest in pursuing a career in the optical industry.  The program will support selected students through monetary scholarships to opticianry school, paid internships and mentorships.  The intent of the program is to launch a far-reaching effort that can expand to other segments of the industry.

The Better Vision Institute is an Educational Foundation connected to The Vision Council.  While largely inactive for the last several years, The Vision Council has continued to maintain the Foundation until it was needed.  The Foundation will now be activated to make educational grants. 

To Donate

To contribute to the scholarship program directly, contact Tarrence Lackran, director of partnerships and programming at The Vision Council, at tlackran@thevisioncouncil.org.

Virtual Auction

Another way to contribute is through a virtual auction, all proceeds of which will be donated to the program.  Featuring exceptional items donated by The Vision Council’s members, the auction runs from January 20 at 9 a.m. EST until Wednesday, January 27 at 6:30 p.m. EST, following a virtual happy hour hosted by Ashley Mills, The Vision Council’s CEO, during the 2021 Executive Summit.  Presented under the banner of “A Celebration of OPTImism,” the virtual happy hour will take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. EST on Wednesday, January 27 and will feature a surprise special guest appearance by a multi-Grammy-award winning artist.

To register for The Vision Council’s Executive Summit, click here

To view the auction items and make a bid, visit 32auctions.com/O-YES.