Young Optometric Leadership Conference

Turn your Young Professionals into Optometric Association Leaders!  The Colorado Optometric Association is inviting all affiliates to participate in a Leadership conference this fall, September 22-23rd in Denver, CO. This conference is for any state affiliate that would like to start, build or grow their young professionals group and leadership programs. Build comradery among affiliates as well as gain knowledge on how to groom future leaders within your association and a plan on how to implement a Young Professionals program in your state.  

Conference Goals:
An idea exchange to share experiences of Young Professional programs that are designed to engage young optometrists with state organizations. All participants will leave with ideas to implement and learn from the successes and failures of others.

Hotel Information:

Our event will be held at the Renaissance Denver Downtown, 918 17th Street, Denver, CO 80202


Friday, September 22nd

5:30-7:30pm           Welcome Reception at the Renaissance Denver Downtown

When you arrive, please get checked in to your room and ready for a mixer with the Colorado Board of Trustees! We will all meet in the lobby for happy hour and heavy appetizers at 5:30pm

Saturday, September 23rd

8am                Breakfast (Sponsored by VSP)

8:45am            Tom Cruse, OD, Past-President COA Young Professionals 

History of the Young Professionals - An in depth look at structure, program, and success of Colorado Young Professionals Q & A with a Colorado Young Professional's Experience Attending the Programs

10:05 am         Steve Loomis, OD, Past-President American Optometric Association Leadership Within The Profession - But my school didn't offer that class!

10:45am         Coffee break

11:00am          Jacquie Bowen, OD, Past-President of the COA, AOA Board of Trustees LeadON - Cultivating young leaders

12:00pm         Lunch (Sponsored by Bausch & Lomb)

1:00pm            Kristin O'Brien, OD, President of the COA Young Professionals Getting Your Young Professional Program Sponsored - Insights into securing funding from the    ever-so-complex network we call 'industry'. 

2:00pm            Tom Cruse, OD, Kristin O'Brien, OD, and Tara Weghorst Think Tank: An open discussion and brainstorming session on how to start a Young Professionals Club in your state

4:30pm            Program Wrap-Up            

                       Young Professional Club Final Thoughts

5:00pm            Allergan's Partnership With Optometry with Mark Risher

7pm                Dinner Sponsored by Allergan at Henry's Tavern