President's Column

An Inspiration to All

by Dr. Nhung Brandenburg  

President’s Column – November 2017

A couple of weeks ago, I had the exciting opportunity to take part in the GOA's 2017 Fall Conference in Athens. As I looked out across the conference center full of more than 350 optometrists, I realized the great potential for our paths to come together and for us to unite behind our common goal, which is to ensure the successful future of our profession.

Optometry has evolved throughout the years and I am proud of the place we are now.

However, I know there is more opportunity. After four years, the GOA conducted a strategic planning session in August. Working together, we identified challenges to the profession and determined new goals to establish a vision for our organization. This year's legislative experience highlighted for me our many areas of strength as well as areas in need of improvement.

At this year's conference, we introduced our first-ever job fair to connect employers with skilled optometrists seeking work. In addition, we hosted a dinner honoring the GOA’s corporate-affiliated doctors in an effort to further unite the profession. Lastly, the GOA invited optometric students from neighboring schools to attend the conference and provided them with a stipend to make them feel wanted and welcomed.

I would like to thank the many volunteers who helped make the conference a successful one. Your dedication and hard work are invaluable to the success of the organization and help inspire and motivate others to become involved.

Thinking back to seeing all those gathered optometrists, I saw our potential personified. It is not too late for you to get involved and give back to the profession that has given us so much.

The future is never clear, but I am confident in our ability to overcome obstacles and continue to flourish because of the talented, motivated individuals I saw both in person and in spirit. And I look forward to all that is to come.