Annual Career Symposium Focuses on Communication


SUNY Optometry’s Career Development Center presented its sixth annual career symposium, Communication: A 20/20 Approach, on Sunday, April 9.

This year’s theme was conceived to provide participants with a better understanding of communication styles following last year’s focus on intentional career design, according to Dr. Quy Nguyen, the College’s director of career development and minority enrichment.

“It is not a coincidence that those with the most successful careers and influence all have excellent communication skills,” says Dr. Nguyen. “We hope attendees will practically apply this new knowledge, both in the real world and in the digital space.”

Dr. Evonne Kaplan-Liss, a clinical associate professor of public health, preventive medicine, and pediatrics at Stony Brook Medicine and affiliated faculty at Stony Brook’s School of Journalism, presented the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science plenary on crafting more conversational statements about one’s work.

Colleen Jones, director of The Vision Care Institute, a Johnson & Johnson company, focused on understanding behavioral styles through DISC, a personality assessment tool. Participants also explored how to create lifelong relationships with patients and establish a pleasant, mutually respectful work environment with low employee turnover in a private practice with Dr. Mark Feder. Dr. Alan Glazier addressed using the digital landscape to position oneself as a thought leader in vision care.

Check out this year’s digital program.

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