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OWA Mission

To enhance and promote the leadership role of women in the optical industry through networking, education, and peer support.

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About the OWA

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Founded in 1997 as a non-profit, the Optical Women's Association is committed to supporting and promoting the professional development of women involved in all facets of the optical industry. As the vision of the OWA evolves and expands, we maintain the focus of the OWA's founding principles and core mission.

What I Love About OWA


"There are many resources OWA makes available for women- no matter the size of the company you work for, or where you are in your career path."
— Laura Dorris

Our Work

We work diligently to create visibility throughout the eye care community in an effort to raise the level of awareness of the multi-faceted roles and contributions made by women in our industry. These efforts are supported by the programs offered by our organization, which include networking events, the annual award programs, our membership directory, professional optical women's workshops, webinars, and mentoring tools.