The American Academy of Optometry portends a leadership culture. At the Academy annual meeting, we highlight and encourage attendance at our introductory as well as advanced leadership training courses. The Merton C. Flom Leadership Insight© Program at the Academy annual meeting is often regarded as the leading courses in the profession to further our knowledge of leadership fundamentals and principles. This student travel fellowship includes paid attendance to the Fundamentals of Leadership - Part 1: Defining Leadership course.
This travel fellowship is supported by the Bence family in honor of our parents for teaching us the importance of leadership and integrity. Our father, Jackson J. Bence, MD, FASC, an orthopedic surgeon and dedicated professional, led by example, devoted his life to the care of others, and encouraged the pursuit of educational goals. Our mother, Pearl Myers-Bence, past leader of several social organizations, also embodied a strong work ethic and organizational talent.
Brett G. Bence OD, FAAO: partner and Director of Optometry at Northwest Eye Surgeons and the 46th President of the American Academy of Optometry, Seattle, WA. Kathie M. (Bence) Uhrmacher BA: Educator and World Language Department Chair, President of the Women’s Foundation of Lincoln & Lancaster Co, NE. Craig A. Bence, MBA: Chief Information Officer and Vice President Information Technology at Owen Industries, trustee and Foundation Board of Directors at St. Andrews UMC, Omaha, NE. Brenda S. Bence MBA, President of Brenda Bence International, author of 10 books on leadership and branding, executive leadership coach and international branding expert, Singapore.
The fellowship is available to third or fourth year students and residents enrolled in an accredited optometry school. They must be in good academic standing and see themselves as leaders in their future careers in private practice. These fellowships are designed to encourage optometry students to attend key national meetings and contribute to the body of knowledge within the field.