IDOC Announces Strategic Consulting Partnership With Diversity Perspective ODs to Increase Adoption of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Principles

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NORWALK, Conn.—IDOC, has announced a new strategic partnership with two of the eyecare industry’s noteworthy diversity leaders, Dr. Darryl Glover of Durham, N.C. and Dr. Adam Ramsey of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The two independent ODs and founding members of Diversity Perspective will create and share strategic recommendations with the IDOC management team designed to increase the adoption of diversity, equity, and inclusion principles. Results of the partnership include holding two training sessions with IDOC employees on Unconscious Bias at Work and Courageous Conversations: Race in the Workplace, with more planned through 2021.

“One of our Core Values at IDOC is 'Better Together'—and a strong example of acting within our values is the partnership with thought leaders Drs. Glover and Ramsey, who will bring to IDOC needed perspectives and valuable insights. I believe that IDOC will continue to be an organization known for diversity, equity, and inclusion, and therefore will consistently outperform the market,” said IDOC president and CEO Dave Brown.

“Diverse and inclusive cultures are providing companies with a competitive edge over their peers.” This quote summarizes conclusions from The Wall Street Journal’s first corporate ranking that examined diversity and inclusion among S&P 500 companies.

The Journal’s researchers’ work joins an ever-growing list of studies by economists, demographers, and research firms confirming that socially diverse groups are more innovative and productive than homogeneous groups, said IDOC's announcement, citing Forbes.

Dr. Ramsey is confident that the relationship will yield positive and far-reaching benefits. "Recently, IDOC added three diverse OD leaders to its board of dDirectors and offered extensive training on implicit bias and cultural competency for the entire IDOC employee team,” he said. “It has been a pleasure to work with IDOC as they do the hard work this mission requires. I look forward to working alongside their leadership team to further increase diversity, inclusion, and equity at IDOC and the eyecare industry."

Dr. Glover cited IDOC’s diversity efforts as an important benchmark for IDOC members and the optometry profession. “There is a dire need for diversity in the eyecare space,” he said. “Today’s patients seek providers who look like them and have access to products that accommodate their cultural needs. Over the last six months, the IDOC executive team has worked tirelessly to incorporate more diversity into their company’s culture. Since then, there has been more diversity incorporated into their board and extensive training on implicit bias and cultural competency within the team.”

In addition to this new partnership, IDOC also noted that CEO Dave Brown signed on to the CEO Action Pledge in 2020. More than 1,600 CEOs and over 85 industries are represented in this group, which advances business commitments to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

In January, IDOC added three doctors to its board of directors, welcoming Dr. Janelle Davison, Dr. Katie Greiner and Dr. Ansel Johnson to the eight-member board. Dr. Janelle Davison is the founder and CEO of Brilliant Eyes Vision Center in Smyrna, Ga., Dr. Katie Greiner is an optometrist and chief executive officer at Northeast Ohio Eye Surgeons, and Dr. Ansel Johnson is the clinical director for Vision Salon Eyecare Associates in Blue Island, Illinois.