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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


The OWA has been one of my biggest supporters during these pivotal years in my career and I love that I am able to surround myself with so many incredible women who have become my mentors, role models and friends. It's inspiring to see the remarkable community that the OWA has built and the deep level of commitment to establishing important programs to foster the professional development of women in the eyecare industry. These tools have helped me tremendously both professionally and personally and I look forward to the opportunity to give back and empower the next generation of optical leaders!
— Jessica Goebert

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.