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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.


August 2022 Podcast — Ashley Mills

The Importance of Connection and Community in Our New Normal — As The Vision Council busily prepares for September’s Vision Expo West, CEO Ashley Mills talks about their continuing efforts to foster a sense of strong community within the industry, curate opportunities for members to connect and forge new relationships and ultimately, promote industry growth.

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One-Minute Inspiration

Find Your Voice
Thursday, September 15, 2022

A few months ago, I went through an exercise that had me reflect on the best pieces of advice I've received in my career. For me, one of the these came from a senior leader as I was starting my leadership journey: "Find your voice.

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Member Spotlight - Kelly Barreiro

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 — Kelly Barreiro. After learning about Kelly Barreiro, you can view past Member Spotlights here.

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Show Your Support of the OWA as an Individual Contributor

There are many reasons to become an individual contributor of the OWA. As one of our contributors states, "It truly makes me feel good knowing that I am doing a small part to support all of the incredible women of our industry, so many who have faced past adversity in a male-dominated business and who are now leaders in their own right. Knowing I am personally supporting these women is a true benefit unto itself."

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OWA Reads


You're invited to the next meeting of OWA Reads, another of your great membership benefits! Open to all OWA members, this virtual group "meets" quarterly on the last Thursday of the month for a fun discussion around a current book. Join author Trudi Charest and fellow OWA members virtually as we discuss Trudi's book, The Digital Sales Rep on Thursday, October 20, 2022, at 7:30 PM CST. If you are in outside sales, inside sales, or managing a team of salespeople, you'll want to read this book!

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See the OWA's Champagne Breakfast and the Cocktail & Networking Event


The OWA was so excited to be back in-person at Vision Expo East for the signature Champagne Breakfast event celebrating our 2022 Award Honorees and the OWA Cocktail & Networking Event. Whether you were at the events or couldn't attend take a look at all the photos capturing moments from both events held by the OWA at Vision Expo.

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Food for Thought


"Where food breaks down barriers and brings us all to the table!"

Food for Thought facilitates dialogue with neighbors so we can embrace and highlight the diversity of our members. Gathering at the table promotes fellowship and provides a place of love and peace. If you have a recipe to feature, .

This month we taste the delicious cuisine of northern India when Bidisha Rudra of EssilorLuxottica prepares the popular Rajma Curry dish. Made with kidney beans, onions, tomatoes, and a good variety of spices, you'll find yourself going back for more!

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New Job Opportunities


Dust off your résumé and check out the latest industry job opportunities on the OWA Job Board. Or if you have a role to fill, post your job opening to find the best talent in optical.

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