About the OWA
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
I love being a part of the OWA, as it allows me the opportunity to connect and learn from some of the most powerful women in our industry. The OWA has had a huge impact in my life, providing me with opportunities I would have never imagined were possible. As the strongest women's association in optometry, we promote the leadership roles of women in our industry and strive to show women that with hard work, dedication and the right community, anything is possible! I feel blessed beyond measure to be part of this collective of influential women and hope to carry out our mission of empowering and inspiring others to reach for the stars and soar past them in their journey.
— Katie Lauver
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.
OWA: Celebrating All Women in Optical
Since 1997, the OWA has set the standard in the optical industry by intentionally connecting, inspiring, and leading women in their professional and personal development. With a mindset of inclusion and acceptance, the OWA actively welcomes all women in optical to become members and to take part in the creation of, and participation in, our resources, events, and programs. We invite members to openly share their thoughts, opinions, and experiences. We encourage members to excel in their chosen way, and by actively welcoming and celebrating diversity and inclusion, we create space for growth and a richer experience for all.