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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.


November 2020 Podcast — David Friedfeld

Wait, You Mean to Tell Me You Can't Do It All? — Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the choices working women are having to make, America is at a turning point, where companies now risk losing not just women in general, but women in leadership positions and future female leaders, reversing years of progress towards gender diversity in our workforces. Join David Friedfeld to hear how we got here and what we can do about it.

Miss a previous podcast? Join our hosts, Sandra Mohr and Stephanie Espinosa, for one of their previous chats featuring influential optical leaders sharing their insights and stories on trending topics that matter. Be sure to subscribe to stay updated on the newest episodes streaming the last Tuesday of each month.

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One-Minute Inspiration

The Gift of a "Thank You"
Sunday, November 15, 2020

Almost from the time we learned to write, my mother made sure all of us kids acknowledged our birthday and Christmas presents with a handwritten "thank you" note. I have to admit that this task went on my "put off as long as possible" list for many years, right up there with eating the spinach on my plate .

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Pleiades Award Nomination

Nominations Now Open for the 2021 OWA Pleiades Award!


Each year the OWA presents the Pleiades Award to an individual who exemplifies a passion for promoting the leadership role of women in our industry. The recipient will be honored in New Yok City during Vision Expo East at the annual Champagne Breakfast and Star Awards Ceremony. Nominations are due by Friday, December 4, 2020.

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Announcing: OWA Advisory Groups

The OWA's Advisory Groups are designed to connect OWA members through the different business disciplines of Finance, Sales & Marketing, and Professional Development. Meeting on a quarterly basis, join your peers to discuss relevant topics and receive monthly communication from the Advisory Group Leads.

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OWA Reads


You're invited to the next meeting of the new OWA Reads book club! The book club is open to all OWA members and "meets" the last Thursday, every other month, for a fun discussion around a current book. Join us Thursday, January 28, at 7 PM Central, as we talk about Lois Frankel's Nice Girls (Still) Don't Get the Corner Office: Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers.

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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 .

In the latest episode, Barbara Schroer shares her family's famous Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe, just in time for Thanksgiving.

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September Newsletter


The latest OWA newsletter includes the following great articles:

  • OWA Virtual ELEVATE Event
  • Check Out the OWA's Annual Online Auction
  • Truly Inspiring: The OWA Award Honorees Q+A Session
  • Connecting the OWA One Sip at a Time!
  • The OWA's Delicious New Video Series
  • Explore the 2020 OWA Committees

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