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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.


September 2021 Podcast — Carissa Dunphy

Using Influence and Opportunity for Professional Growth — Most people won't be doing the same thing at the beginning of their career as they will be at the end. Carissa Dunphy explains how you can best utilize opportunities with contacts as well as your influence to professionally evolve throughout your career.

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One-Minute Inspiration

Unlocking the Power of Your Connections
Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Dr. Jennifer Stewart, optometrist and Chief Vision Officer at Performance 20/20, is the featured guest of the August OWA Talks podcast. With a successful career that also includes speaking engagements, written publications, consulting, and entrepreneurship, Dr.

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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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OWA Auction Items Ready to View!

It's time once again for the OWA annual online auction! Bidding is open to everyone, OWA member or not, and available from anywhere simply by using your mobile device. Don't miss the chance to bid on a variety of exciting items!

To register, simply click on "Register" at the top of the auction homepage and fill in all required information, including a cell phone number. Once submitted, you will immediately receive a text assigning you a bidder number. A text message will be sent to you to confirm and finalize the bidding procedure. You must be registered in order to bid!

Online bidding begins at 12 p.m. (PST) Sunday, September 19, 2021, and ends at 6 p.m. (PST) Friday, September 24, 2021.

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September Newsletter


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

  • OWA Connection Series: The White House Doctor
  • The OWA's Annual Online Auction Is Now Live
  • Next Generation Leaders: Schools of Optometry Initiative
  • The Future of Refraction Technology with Essilor Instruments — Sponsor Spotlight
  • OWA 2021 Leadership Scholarship Nominations — Coming in October
  • Seeing Our Way Through the Staffing Challenge — What We've Learned

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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 us Thursday, September 30, at 7 PM CST, to talk about Adam Grant's #1 bestselling book, Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World.

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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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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 .

For September, Janine Engel shows us how to make mild (or not so mild!) guacamole, a year-round favorite. This traditional Mexican dish is the perfect accompaniment to any meal and any occasion!

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