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The Vision Council Announces 2 More Keynote Speakers for 2023 Executive Summit

The summit is set for Jan. 9-11 in Austin, TX.




(PRESS RELEASE) ALEXANDRIA, VA — The Vision Council announces two additional keynote speakers—Johnny Taylor Jr., President & CEO of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Jade Simmons, rockstar concert pianist —for the upcoming 2023 Executive Summit, taking place January 9–11, 2023 at a new host site, the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, an iconic Texas Hill Country luxury resort just outside of downtown Austin, Texas.

The Executive Summit is open to both members of The Vision Council and non-members, with members eligible for special members-only pricing. To register, click here.

Johnny Taylor, Jr. is a global leader on the future of employment, culture and leadership, and the author of the national bestseller, RESET: A Leader’s Guide to Work in an Age of Upheaval, which delivers a candid and forward-thinking vision for leaders to reimagine their company cultures in a time of global upheaval and presents data-driven strategies to make the necessary foundational reset of all things work. During the Executive Summit, Taylor will share insights on how to “reset” internal structure and procedures in the aftermath of the pandemic. He will explore topics ranging from employee retention and recruitment to strategies for motivating employees and managing remote work.

Jade Simmons is a creator of transformational experiences designed to activate audiences into becoming the biggest, boldest version of themselves possible. Nicknamed “Classical Music’s #1 Maverick,” her electrifying, genre-bending concert adventures span Rachmaninoff all the way to rap and include virtuoso storytelling, uncommon insights, and boundless inspiration. Jade’s experiences not only delight concert audiences, but her dazzling, high-impact presentations are fast becoming the go-to fuel for the world’s superlative brands and organizations from financial services to biotech, to entertainment, education, energy and beyond. Simmons’ keynote at The Executive Summit—“Purpose…The Remix: Unleashing the Rhythm of Impact”—will offer a unique musical experience as she helps attendees reimagine, reconnect with, and reignite their own purpose.

“We are thrilled to welcome such an inspiring group of speakers to the Executive Summit this January,” said Ashley Mills, CEO of The Vision Council. “These visionary leaders and trailblazers will help set the tone for our event, which is all about bringing the leaders of the vision care industry together to determine the agenda for 2023, while reconnecting with longtime peers and forging new, impactful connections.”

In addition to Taylor and Simmons, additional keynote speakers planned for The Vision Council’s Executive Summit include:

  • Colin Bryar and Bill Carr, Former Amazon Executives, Authors, and Co-Founders, Working Backwards, LLC, will illuminate Amazon’s leadership principles that inform decision-making and reveal characteristics that define the company’s culture.
  • Buchanan, New York Times Bestselling Author, Humanitarian and Survivor, will share her incredible story of her rescue by SEAL Team Six after being held hostage by Somali Pirates.
  • Industry favorite 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.

To learn more about the keynote speakers, click here.

Over the course of three days, The Executive Summit will illuminate the state of the industry, spotlight key business trends and present concrete approaches to confronting the evolving challenges of the marketplace through a robust schedule of engaging presentations, interactive panels and personalized networking sessions. Furthermore, there will be ample opportunities for cultivating relationships with industry peers via dedicated networking time and activities on-site, including the return of the golf tournament and a new pickleball tournament.

A preliminary agenda is available here. A final agenda with additional information on breakout session topics will be released in the coming weeks.

Accommodations and More Information

The Vision Council has negotiated a special room rate of $369 for single and double occupancy per night at the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa. To reserve your room, click here. Reservations must be made on or before Wednesday, December 7, 2022, in order to be eligible for the group rate. Reservations made after the cutoff will be based on availability at then current rates.

For more information on the 2023 Executive Summit, click here. Direct any questions to



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