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June 2021 Podcast — Dr. Howard Purcell

Innovation Adaptation in Optometric Colleges — While everyone experienced major adjustments to their routines with the onset of the pandemic, how were the optometric schools and colleges able to carry on with "business as usual" during these times of extraordinary restrictions? Dr. Purcell talks about the many innovative adaptations educators were forced to make in order to prepare their students for a professional future in our industry.

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One-Minute Inspiration

The One in the Arena
Thursday, July 15, 2021

During the past year, almost all of us have experienced some uncertainty or anxiety resulting from the global health crisis. Many of us have been affected by having to switch to a mostly remote work environment, and many of us have physically moved families while changing roles or companies.

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Member Spotlight - Liz Friedfeld

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 — Liz Friedfeld. After learning about Liz Friedfeld, you can view past Member Spotlights here.

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Check Out the Recipes from the Food for Thought May 6 LIVE Event!

If you missed the May 6 LIVE event featuring four incredible "optical chefs", take a minute to check out their recipes. Many thanks to these OWA members for sharing some of their favorite dishes!

Mimi Friedfeld (ClearVision Optical) — Brisket to Nurture the Soul
Millicent Knight, OD (Essilor) — Ollie's (mom's) Food for the Soul
Alessandro Baronti (DeRigo Rem) — Savory Cioppino
Kathy Cruz (Ocular Innovations) — Tres Leches Cake

May 6 Recipes Here

OWA Charities of Choice


Each year, the annual OWA award honorees receive $1000 each to put toward a charity of their choosing. The Charities of Choice selected for 2021 are A New Way of Life Reentry Project, selected by Pleiades recipient Gai Gherardi, and the Dallas International Street Church, selected by Pyxis recipient Debbie Myres. If you would like to make an additional contribution to either of these charities please visit their respective donation pages.

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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 .

July brings us Independence Day, hot summer weather, and fun times with family and friends. OWA past president Tiara Claxton shares the perfect dish to enhance all of these special get-togethers: the Claxton Family Watermelon Summer Salad!

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June Newsletter


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

  • How OWA Members are Focusing on Health & Wellness in June
  • Your New Favorite T-shirt is Here!
  • Did You Feel the Pandemic Pressures? Share Your Feedback!
  • Sponsor Spotlight: Zyloware Announces Promotions of Gilda Mehraban and Jackie Janiec
  • Survival Tips for Work Life Balance and Motherhood
  • Recap: OWA Reads with Author Corinne McCormack

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