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Optical Women's Association
Committed to supporting and promoting the professional development of women involved in all facets of the optical industry.


March 2021 Podcast — Kate Hamm, OD

Exploring the Wage Gap — Every March, we celebrate Women's History Month to honor women's contributions in American history. This month's episode with Kate Hamm, OD, celebrates women while also focusing on their need for a more equal and inclusive workplace. She explains why negotiating and mentoring are two valuable methods you can use to reach that goal.

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One-Minute Inspiration

Pull Up a Chair
Thursday, April 15, 2021

Pull up a chair. It's one of those phrases you grow up with. When you're a kid, it means sitting with the adults on Thanksgiving. You get a little older and it means that Mom tells you a secret or Dad asks for your weigh-in on something.

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Member Spotlight - Phaedra Chernoff

Member Spotlight


Want to learn more about OWA's fascinating membership? Our members are amazing, and we want you to get the inside scoop on what makes them so great. Meet OWA's most recent featured member — Phaedra Chernoff. After learning about Phaedra Chernoff, you can view past Member Spotlights here.

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Congratulations to the OWA's Leadership Scholarship Winners

The purpose of the OWA's Leadership Scholarship Program is to provide a professional mentoring opportunity, reward those who have volunteered their time and efforts to help the OWA reach its goals, and to promote the founding principles of the organization: to connect, inspire, and lead future leaders.

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Food for Thought


"Food for Thought . . . where food breaks down barriers and brings us all to the table!"

Food for Thought was created to facilitate dialogue with our neighbors and to embrace and highlight the diversity of our OWA members. Gathering together at the table promotes fellowship and provides a place of love and peace. If you have a recipe to feature in Food for Thought, send your submission to .

Wear the green and celebrate St. Patrick's Day! Debbie Myres presents an easy-to-assemble delicious charcuterie board with the perfect accompaniment — a Jameson Manhattan cocktail.

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March Newsletter


The latest OWA newsletter includes a letter from the OWA President and the following great articles:

  • OWA Honors International Women's Day Through Connection
  • Honoring the 2021 Pleiades Award Honoree — Gai Gherardi
  • Honoring the 2021 OWA Pyxis Award Winner — Deborah Myres
  • Congratulations to the 2020 OWA Leadership Scholarship Winners
  • Building Your Network During a Pandemic
  • Join the OWA's Quarterly Advisory Group Meetings

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