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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.


October 2021 Podcast — Cathy Firman and Kylie Matya

Leadership Insights and Strategies — As we accept nominations through October 31 for the OWA 2021 Leadership Scholarship awards, now's a perfect time to hear from two of our 2020 scholarship winners, sharing the experiences that impacted them most in their leadership growth.

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One-Minute Inspiration

Keeping Your Remote Team Engaged!
Monday, November 15, 2021

Who didn't struggle to find the perfect formula for keeping their people engaged and connected during these past 18 months? Who wasn't constantly trying to establish meaningful connections, both physical and emotional, with team members in several different locations?

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Member Spotlight - Leahann Vaughn

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 — Leahann Vaughn. After learning about Leahann Vaughn, you can view past Member Spotlights here.

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Show Your Support of the OWA as an Individual Contributor

There are many reasons to become an individual contributor of the OWA. As one of our contributors states, "It truly makes me feel good knowing that I am doing a small part to support all of the incredible women of our industry, so many who have faced past adversity in a male-dominated business and who are now leaders in their own right. Knowing I am personally supporting these women is a true benefit unto itself."

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New Job Opportunities


Dust off your résumé and check out the latest industry job opportunities on the OWA Job Board. Or if you have a role to fill, post your job opening to find the best talent in optical.

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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 .

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, consider adding a Canadian twist to one of your special meals. Suzanne Sendel's use of cranberry sauce in her sweet and sour meatballs and Canadian maple syrup to sweeten the glaze of her Brussels sprouts delivers just the right amount of holiday sugar and spice!

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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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