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Lions Eye Institute CEO Speaks to Emerge Tampa Bay

June 1, 2016

On May 16, the Emerge Tampa Bay Professional Development Committee was graced by the presence of Lions Eye Institute President and CEO Jason Woody.  Jason took time out of his busy schedule to come and share with the group of young professionals some of the advice and leadership skills he has learned over the years.

The Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research advocates for over 45 million people worldwide.  They combine the world’s largest Eye Bank, their Ocular Research Center and the Foundation together to assist those suffering from blindness or eye disease.

Jason Woody has been with the Institute for over 25 years.  He truly believes in the work that the organization does and is passionate about improving #EyeHealth for all.  Jason believes that finding a career path that you are passionate about is essential.  Without that passion, you will not be able to give that organization your full potential.

The average length of time one of Mr. Woody’s employees remains at the Institute is close to ten years.  Jason believes in his employees and empowers them to be the best that they can be.  He arrives at the office very early in the morning so he can walk around and greet them every morning.  He firmly believes in positive company culture and values the relationships that he has built at the Institute.

Jason encouraged the millennials in the room to seek out mentors and never be afraid to ask questions.  He stressed the importance of speaking up and expressing your goals and wishes.  When looking to change a position or to get promoted, Jason likes his employees to be open and honest about their wishes and goals.  Jason focuses on mentoring those individuals to help them achieve those goals.

The Lions Eye Institute has undergone rapid growth under the leadership of Jason Woody.  Find out more about the Institute and learn how to get involved by visiting their website.

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