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May 2021 Podcast — Katie Lauver

Creating Your Own Work / Life Balance — With today's more common "work from home" environment, we've all had to make some major adjustments when it comes to our personal and work lives. Katie describes how her own "pauses for self-reflection" enable her to stay organized and connected at work while at the same time allowing her to prioritize time with her family.

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One-Minute Inspiration

Balancing It All: Creating Work / Life Symmetry
Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Katie Lauver, Vice President of Business Relations at GPN Technologies, was the guest speaker for the May OWA Talks podcast. A busy mom and full-time employee, Katie speaks from experience as she offers advice and wisdom for maintaining a balanced personal life while also working from home.

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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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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 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 .

Easy to make but soooo satisfying, Janna Neal from Zyloware shares this special recipe in honor of Juneteenth, "Freedom Day", celebrated on June 19. You'll definitely enjoy this ultimate soul comfort food - mac & cheese!

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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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