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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.


April 2021 Podcast — Ashley Mills

Get a Sneak Preview of VEE 2021 — The Vision Council has been busy planning for Vision Expo East 2021, scheduled to take place for the first time ever in Orlando, Florida, from June 2-5, 2021. Join Ashley Mills, CEO of The Vision Council, for an engaging conversation on what to expect at the first major in-person trade show since 2019.

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One-Minute Inspiration

Food for Thought
Saturday, May 1, 2021

The world was in the midst of a pandemic. Our nation was facing cultural and social divides. 2020 was a year when many of us lived in fear of the unknown. Those events and uncertainties were the inspiration for OWA's new Food for Thought program — "where food breaks down barriers and brings us all to the table".

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Member Spotlight - Nancy Gries

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 — Nancy Gries. After learning about Nancy Gries, 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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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 in Thursday, June 24, at 7 pm CT, to talk about Amy Dix's book Seven More Days: Live a Life That's Bursting with Positivity and Happiness ... Before It's Too Late. BONUS: OWA members can receive a specially priced paperback copy of the book here.

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Book Selection


All members receive their choice of a best-selling business book. The 2021 book selections are The White House Doctor by Dr. Connie Mariano, The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker, and Unleashed: The Unapologetic Leader's Guide to Empowering Everyone Around You by Frances Frei and Anne Morriss.

Take advantage of this free member benefit by selecting one of these titles. Book orders will be accepted through Sunday, August 22, 2021.

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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 .

This month we "travel" to Greece, where Easter will be celebrated on May 2. You'll want to add this sweet treat to your own holiday feasts once you taste OWA President Robyn Crimmins' traditional family recipe for Koulourakia, aka Greek Easter cookies!

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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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