In this much-anticipated issue, EB presents 10 independent female eyecare professionals who are shaking things up in vision care and eyewear, making incredible strides in their areas of expertise, and ushering in positive change in the industry for good.
They are agents of change in the optical world in critical areas that matter now—leadership, innovation, technology, service + charity, and education.
The 2019 #GameChangers awardees were nominated and confirmed by the EB editorial team, the EB Editorial Advisory Board of experts, and the 2018 EB #GameChangers, who were excited to help pay it forward. We are incredibly honored to build upon the positive vibes of the 2019 #GameChangers by featuring them here.
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Optician and owner at Elegant Eyes in East Orange, NJ, Utenzi Miller also offers virtual, personalized one-on-one styling sessions—making it her mission to help people “discover their eyedentity” with fashionable frames. The third-generation eyecare/eyewear specialist has been immersed in the optical field all of her life, and shares her expertise with more than 13,000 followers on Instagram.
#What is your ultimate passion in vision care + eyewear?
#What are you most proud of as a #GameChanger in the optical industry?
I am most proud of shifting people’s mindset and approach about eyewear—the importance of having multiple pairs for different needs/moods. More importantly, how eye health should be your top priority.
#As a woman in the optical industry, I feel _____.
#Your best advice for women looking to shake things up in our industry?
Know the industry inside and out. Dedicate yourself to the business with extreme passion. I believe passion is crucial to succeed in any business—passion and authenticity.
#Biggest passion outside of work/optical?
I believe in collecting experiences and moments over objects and materials. That being said, traveling and thrifting are top of the list. Also, moments with family and friends around a great meal and great conversation.