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Over 70 female optometry students (and several male ones, too) enjoyed a girl’s night out filled with food, fun, and practical advice concerning the challenges faced by women in the optometric profession during the “Women in Eyecare” presentation and subsequent panel discussion held on Monday, October 11th at SCO.
Karen Fallon, Eye Care Business Advisor at Allergan, began the seminar by addressing the current state of the optometric profession, how recent legislation has impacted optometric practice, and industry trends with a focus on how the increase in the number of women in the optometric profession are shifting the dynamics of traditional optometric practice.
A panel discussion allowed students to ask questions of SCO alumna Martha Rosemore Greenberg, OD ’74, Whitney Hauser, OD ’01, Melissa McCulley, OD ’01; along with SCO Faculty member Patricia Estes-Walker, OD, and Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Kristin Anderson, OD. The women gave their perspectives and advice to students on topics facing female optometrists in today’s changing environment.
Following the presentation, Liz Dow, ’11, Vice President of Gamma Omicron, presented Dr. Greenberg with an award acknowledging her role as founder of the first women’s sorority on campus, Gamma Omicron. Greenberg said she founded the fraternity because at the time, “there were no fraternities on campus in which women could participate.”
The event was sponsored by the OPP, the Hayes Center for Practice Excellence, and Allergan.