The fifth batch of the IVI Young Leaders Program (YLP 2017-18) concluded with the workshop conducted on 5 and 6 May 2018. The participants of the fifth young leaders program were Salai Dhavamathi, Unnati Vaish, Paras Desai, Mosaib Omaer, Pawan Kumar, Gaurav Dubey, Rahul Roy, Shaik Faheemuddin and Harish Kumar. In addition Venkatesh, Riswan Rasheed and Ramesh Kumar Shukla (from YLP IV batch) also completed the program with the bridging opportunity provided.
The third workshop dealt with a range of subjects including being an entrepreneur, strategic leadership, effective leadership & problem solving, accessible eye care in rural India and a glimpse into the optical market; updates on OCI and ASCO; and strategic elements involved in an event management were discussed. Prominent entrepreneurs like Steve Borgia and Sanjay Umashankar; eminent optometry facilitators like Lakshmi Shinde, Aditya Goyal, Elizabeth Kurian and Dr Santosh Moses interacted with the group.
The batch undertook two group projects in the areas of leadership, communication skills and personality development training program among optometry students in India. Additionally, individual projects were also undertaken by the participants.
The IVI leadership initiative has created a pool of 44 young leaders in Optometry and eye care since its launch in 2013. The program provided the participants an unmatched opportunity of building networks among the Indian Optometry community along with giving them a deeper understanding of their role in bringing up eye care in India.
Funding for the program was kindly provided by ‘Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation’ in association with ‘Optometry Giving Sight