If you are interested in joining the 2021 Leadership Optometry class, or would like to nominate someone to participate, applications are now open! We’re working on some exciting updates to the Leadership Optometry class and will be sharing those over the next couple of weeks.
Leadership Optometry covers a year of learning more about our association and how it operates, the efforts that go into our legislative and congressional advocacy, and the issues that affect optometry as a profession. They will meet throughout the year to learn about the MOA, the PAC, the MVF, and how they are all integral to the profession of optometry.
As part of the course this class will select and complete a project that helps support optometry in Mississippi. Previous classes have fully endowed the Helen St. Clair Scholarship, created The ABC’s of Vision handout for educators and parents, held a children’s vision workshop for teachers, school nurses, and parents, and focused on increasing MOA membership and PAC contributions.
The 2021 class year will run June 2021 through May 2022.
If you would like to talk to someone who has participated in the MOA’s Leadership Optometry course – talk to a previous class member! Many members of the MOA have graduated from previous classes and have since taken on leadership roles within the MOA, OFP PAC, and MVF.
D. Monique Carr
Courtney Robinson Thompson
Eric Johnson, II
Robert Slater Smith
Projected 2021-22 Schedule
JUNE 2021 (At Summer Convention in Sandestin, FL): Session 1— Orientation, Leadership Skills & Behavioral Profiles, Optometric Issues, Historical Perspective and Project Options and Selection
AUGUST 2021 (Not affiliated with any conference, date TBD): Session 2—Public Relations, Public Perceptions, Relationship with Other Health Care Providers, Media Training, Capitol Resources, (possible) Tour of Capitol (date TBD)
OCT 2021 (At Fall Conference in Jackson, MS): Session 3— MOA Meetings, State Board Meeting
JAN 2022 (At Legislative Day in Jackson, MS): Session 4—Legislative, MOA Governance and Administration, Vision Foundation, OFP
MARCH 2022 (Independent meeting, can be virtual): Session 5—Project Meeting
JUNE 2022 (At Summer Convention in SanDestin, FL): Session 6– Presentation of Project and Leadership Graduation