Under the leadership of Mert Flom, OD, PhD, twenty-eight optometrists, representing different segments of the profession, met from 1991 to 1994 to consider the rapid changes taking place in optometry. The focus of their discussions was to identify ways to deal with these changes proactively and effectively. Subsequently, the group recommended forming a leadership program. Dr. Flom was not only an outstanding vision scientist, clinician and educator; he was also a visionary with a passion for leadership. With his passing in February 2010, the profession and the Academy lost a giant in optometry. In memory of him and his inspiration to us all, the Academy was proud to name the program in his honor.

Note: Additional fees apply for each session.
Fundamentals Part I
Fundamentals Part II

Wednesday, October 23, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
COPE ID: 63604-PM

Presented by Carmen Barnhardt, Julie Schornack, Darin Paulson, and Muriel Schornack

Regardless of position, everyone can benefit from learning about leadership and how to bring about change through leadership. Part I of this course will focus on the topics such as definitions of leadership, the differences between leadership and management, traits and characteristics of leadership, individual strengths, different leadership styles and using leadership to influence organizational culture.

$50 Fee ($10 for Students)

FUNDAMENTALS OF LEADERSHIP – PART II: Putting Leadership into Action
Thursday, October 24, 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
COPE ID: 63614-PM

Presented by Imran Khan, Linda Casser, Sally Dillehay, and Elizabeth Wyles

Building upon the foundation of Part I of this course, Part II will examine the real world aspects of leadership and how to put leadership into action. This course will focus on Kotter’s model of leadership and how to use it to establish a vision, align people to that vision, and motivate them to stay with the vision. The course will also include a discussion of how communication can be used to support leadership efforts.

$50 Fee ($10 for Students)

Intermediate Leadership Course: Elevating Leadership & Employee Engagement
Thursday, October 24, 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM


The Merton Flom Leadership Workshop committee is pleased to announce that we are working with the Disney Institute to develop an intermediate leadership workshop that will apply Disney’s world-class principles of employee engagement, quality service and leadership excellence to a wide range of optometric careers.  The course will be taught by facilitators from the Disney Institute, and will feature a field experience at a Disney property.  Registration will be limited to 75 attendees, so plan to register early if you’d like to reserve your place for this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

At Disney, we believe leadership is not defined by your title—it is defined by your actions. Disney Institute offers leadership development through a time-tested approach that demonstrates the values and behaviors of exemplary leaders. Leaders who intentionally nurture an environment of mutual trust and respect find that they create stronger employee performance, customer service, and ultimately, greater business results. 

Price: $100
Registration for this session closes on September 23, 2019. The last day to cancel this session is October 11, 2019. 

“Attending the Merton C. Flom Leadership program helped me to understand my existing leadership strengths and weaknesses both professionally and personally.  I was able to build on the foundation that I had with a new cohort of skill sets to lead with confidence and purpose.  I highly recommend this program to all my fellow colleagues and students as well.”

— Roya Attar, OD, FAAO