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What is the Optical Women's Association's Pleiades Award?

Each year, our Pleiades Award honors an individual who has shown exceptional support in advancing the leadership role of women in the optical industry. This award is named after the star cluster "The Pleiades" in the constellation of Taurus. "The Pleiades" is also known as the "Seven Sisters" - referring to the seven brightest stars in the cluster.

According to Greek mythology, each star was named after the seven daughters of Atlas who were turned into stars by Zeus. Together these stars create one of the brightest clusters visible in the northern hemisphere, just as by working together, the women of the OWA have created an organization that is bigger and brighter than the sum of their individual efforts.

Past Honorees

Kate Renwick-Espinosa

2017 Pleiades Award Recipient, Kate Renwick-Espinosa

Kate Renwick-Espinosa, President of VSP Vision Care, leads efforts to provide high quality eye care and eyewear services to 83 million members worldwide, supporting VSP's mission to help people see. She has worked for VSP for more than 23 years and previously served as VSP Global's first chief marketing officer.

Renwick-Espinosa has been instrumental in the development of a broad corporate social responsibility and charity program which has provided millions of dollars in free eye care and eyewear to hundreds of thousands of people in need around the world. She was named one of Vision Monday's "Most Influential Women in Optical" in 2005 and was a 2013 recipient of the "Most Powerful and Influential Women Award" from the California Diversity Council.

"The positive response to Kate's nomination for the Pleiades Award was as expected – overwhelming! This award honors an individual for showing exceptional support in advancing the leadership role of women, and we are honored to present this prestigious award to such an inspiring leader," said Maureen Cavanagh, OWA President. "She has earned the respect of so many people in our industry, and that is exactly what we look for in our annual honoree."

Platinum Sponsors
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Gold Sponsors
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