AOA Leadership Institute 2.0

The Leadership Institute 2.0 was developed by the AOA Leadership Development Committee to continue fostering growth for our emerging leaders in optometry.

AOA Leadership Institute 2.0

About the Leadership Institute 2.0

The AOA Leadership Institute 2.0 program was developed by the AOA Leadership Development Committee to continue the education of and engagement with our next generation of leaders within the AOA and its affiliates. The AOA Leadership Institute 2.0 will be an in-person event, held in St. Louis from October 27 - 29, 2023.

This program will give you the skills to shine as brightly as possible! The AOA Leadership Institute 2.0 program is designed to provide growth and development that will empower our leaders to pursue additional leadership opportunities, both personally and professionally. The goal is to have a diverse leadership class each year that accurately represents the demographics of our rising generation of doctors of optometry.

2023 Leadership Institute  2.0 Program:

What does the 2023 program entail?

  • Virtual kickoff event: Wednesday, October 4
  • In-person education session in St. Louis, MO: October 27 - 29, 2023
  • Virtual graduation & induction ceremony: Wednesday, December 6

2023 Application Process

Who would be an ideal participant?

We are looking for applicants who have demonstrated dedication and leadership in our profession and have been in practice for 10+ years.

Review process

Applications are reviewed by a committee comprised of experienced doctors, champions and leaders of optometry.

We will be accepting applications for the 2023 Leadership Institute 2.0 through August 2023.

Apply Here

2023 Leadership Institute 2.0 Application

Program Graduates

Congratulations to our AOA Leadership Institute 2.0 graduates! These participants are now energized and equipped to step in and lead at all levels – local, state and beyond.

2023 Leadership Institute 2.0 Graduates


The AOA Leadership Institute 2.0 Program is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision and HOYA.

Johnson and Johnson Essilor

If you would like to nominate someone or apply for the first AOA Leadership Institute program, please contact .

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2024 Leadership Institute Application

2024 Nomination Form for Schools

2024 Nomination Form for Affiliates

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