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Celebrating International Women's Day
The OWA presents #ChoosetoChallenge Through Connection

In honor of this special day, the OWA will be hosting a virtual event on March 10, #ChoosetoChallenge Through Connection, featuring keynote speaker Erin O'Malley.


February 2021 Podcast — Karen Giberson

What's Happening in the Accessories Market in 2021 — Meet Karen Giberson — President and CEO of the Accessories Council, Editor-in-Chief of AC Magazine, and EMMY Award winner! She can tell us what's selling in the hot categories and current trends, what the greatest opportunities are, and where to "hold" for 2021. Learn about the Accessories Council — what they do, how they support their members, and what they are learning about their readers with their new magazine, which relaunched in January 2021.

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One-Minute Inspiration

Accessorizing You!
Monday, March 1, 2021

The February OWA Talks Podcast guest was Karen Giberson, CEO of the Accessories Council. The Accessories Council is a not-for-profit trade organization that works to stimulate global consumer awareness and demand for fashion accessory products.

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Member Spotlight - Bidisha Rudra

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 — Bidisha Rudra. After learning about Bidisha Rudra, 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, March 25, at 7 pm CT, to talk about Corinne McCormack's From Living Room to Board Room: How I Launched and Sold a Multi-million Dollar Business.

Special Offer: email to have a paperback copy sent to you — $10 total (includes shipping).

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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 .

Make your Valentine's Day extra sweet this year with Sandra Mohr's recipes for delicious Nut Butter Cookies plus an ultra-smooth Nuts and Berries Cocktail!

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December Newsletter


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

  • Join The OWA's New Advisory Groups for Deeper Connections
  • End 2020 with an Individual Investment in OWA Members
  • The Art of Hello™ — YOUR Professional Branding
  • A Day in the Life of a Highly Productive Woman in Optical: Mollie Tavel
  • A Day in the Life of a Highly Productive Woman in Optical: Laura Dorris
  • Goal Setting Success for 2021
  • Food for Thought: Jamaican Oxtails with Alysia Gradney

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