2024 Leadership Program


The purpose of the program is to create more avenues for young ODs to engage and experience the significant role NCOS plays in our profession through active participation. The program identifies future leaders and provides valuable learning experiences through group sessions, individual activities, and a group project.

To be considered for the Leadership Program you must:

  • Be in your second through tenth year of licensure (in 2024)
  • Have had limited involvement in the society
  • Complete the leadership program application by Wednesday, February 28th

To participate in, and graduate the leadership program, you must:

  • Attend ALL scheduled sessions
  • Complete several activities
  • Complete a group project

Additional details are provided below.

After the February 28th application deadline, the Membership committee will review applications and select participants by March 6th.

Graduation Reward
Free registration to the 2024 Fall Congress and 2 nights stay at the hotel (if you meet all necessary requirements)

If you have any questions about the program or are not able to participate in the 2024 class but would like to be considered for a future class, email Paul Kranze, NCOS Associate Executive Director, at [email protected].



* Virtual sessions will be scheduled at a date/time that works for all participants.

Session 1 – Society Overview
 NCOS Office - Raleigh, NC
Date: Saturday, March 16, 2024
Time: 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
 Meet with the NCOS's President, Membership Trustee, Executive Director, and Associate Executive Director for a behind the scenes overview of what the Society does for optometry in our state. Lunch will be provided.

Session 2 – Advocacy and Grassroots 
Location: Virtual
Date: April (exact date TBD)
Time: evening (exact time TBD)
Description: Meet with the NCOS's State Affairs Trustee, NCOS PAC Chair, and Executive Director to learn about our legislative history, current efforts, NCOS PAC, how legislation is passed at the capitol, and how you can best advocate for your profession. 

Session 3 – How to be a Great Volunteer
Date: May/June (exact date TBD)
Time: evening (exact time TBD)
Description: Hear from an NCOS Past President about what it takes to be a great volunteer and how to develop/improve your leadership and communication skills.  

Session 4 – Executive Council Meeting
 NCOS Office – Raleigh, NC
Date: Saturday, September 7, 2024
Time: 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
 Sit in on an Executive Council Meeting and present your group project.

Session 5 - Fall Congress / Graduation
 Renaissance Hotel, Downtown Asheville, NC
Date: Saturday, November 16, 2024
Time: TBD (typically 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
 Meet with an AOA Trustee who will discuss all aspects of the AOA. Visit partner booths and attend any partner meal functions. Attend the NCOS business meeting, NC Board of Optometry election, and evening reception. Participants will be recognized for completing the program at the evening reception.


Write an article
Pick a topic related to your knowledge and experience as a young OD and write an article for the NCOS e-news or NCOS News magazine. 

Become a Legislative Keyperson
After the second session, you will have the necessary tools to be a legislative keyperson. As a keyperson, you will serve as an advocate of optometry to your legislators. This will involve meeting and developing a relationship with your legislator, supporting their campaigns, and keeping an open line of communication with them via email/phone/text.

Group Project

As a group you will come up with a project idea that aligns with the NCOS's strategic plan and is focused on addressing an issue that faces today’s North Carolina optometrists. 

Previous group projects:

  • Established OD to OD specialty referral network
  • Developed PAC fundraising program
  • Created a mentorship program

This project is meant to be fun for the group and inspire you to look at optometry in North Carolina as a whole and focus on the direction you would like the profession to go and how you can help make it happen. You’ll present your project at the September Executive Council meeting. If approved, you will be expected to carry out the project beyond the completion of the program to help ensure it is successful.

If you have any questions about the program please contact Paul Kranze, NCOS Associate Executive Director, at [email protected].