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IDOC Opens Registration for National Conference: The Connection 2023
IDOC Heads to SeaWorld® Orlando for Highly Anticipated Annual Event


October 26, 2022, Norwalk CT – Registration for IDOC's annual national conference, The Connection, to be held in Orlando, FL on February 16-19, 2023, is now open!

Guided by the conference theme Explore the Possibilities, IDOC is pleased to return to Orlando for three intensive days of business management curriculum, COPE-approved clinical education, staff training, and high-profile guest speakers. "It’s a thrill for us to host The Connection again this year," said Dave Brown, President and CEO at IDOC. "After our record-breaking attendance of more than 800 at last year’s event, we anticipate a big crowd again this year and can’t wait to gather in person."

Keynote Speakers Announced

Supporting the Explore the Possibilities theme with keynote sessions are leading speakers Alison Levine, Chris Goede, & Sharon Carter. Levine, a history-making adventurer who served as Team Captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, will kick off the opening general session. Alison will draw on her experience surviving life’s extremes to motivate attendees with unconventional advice for unpredictable times. She takes audiences to the most remote, extreme places on the planet and demonstrates how leaders can help people succeed in unpredictable environments.

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Chris Goede, Executive Vice President of John Maxwell Leadership, brings a deep passion for leadership development and over 17 years of experience starting, growing, and leading companies. On Saturday, Geode will get the day started with his keynote, The 5 Levels of Leadership, built on the foundational principles from John C. Maxwell’s best-seller, The 5 Levels of Leadership. This high-level session will help attendees understand the importance of having a common language around leadership for themselves, their team, and their practice.

Sharon Carter has over 30 years of optometric experience. She will be closing out the conference with a keynote workshop that will guide our attendees on the importance of change. This workshop will incorporate learnings from the conference, and Carter will walk attendees through an implementation process customized for your office to create the changes you desire.

Education for Everyone

The Connection 2023 will be rich with opportunities for learning and team building. Back by popular demand, roundtables are making a return in 2023, providing attendees with an opportunity to interact with peers and gain new insights for practice growth. Event attendees are encouraged to bring their whole practice and attend The Connection as a team, as the event will include a full agenda of educational courses available for office managers, opticians, optometric techs, front desk, and billers. There will also be a multitude of opportunities for team bonding, including sunrise yoga, happy hours, and a Universal CityWalk Block Party.

Family-Friendly Venue

The Connection 2023 is designed to be a family-friendly event. As a part of our ongoing commitment to our members, we're offering complimentary daily childcare while you're attending The Connection 2023. Headquartered at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld®, many world-famous attractions are just minutes away including Walt Disney World® Resort, Discovery Cove® Orlando, Universal Studios Florida®, Epcot, Kennedy Space Center, Legoland, and more.

For more information about The Connection 2023 and to register, visit

About IDOC
For the past twenty years, IDOC has remained committed to building a powerful community of independent optometrists, providing advanced practice management tools, advice and support systems that drive business growth. Membership plans include expert consulting, metrics-based business solutions, negotiated vendor discounts and peer-to-peer networking. IDOC works collaboratively with 3,000+ independent ODs to help them stay ahead of industry change and achieve their business vision, their way. For more information about IDOC, call (203) 853-3333 or visit

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