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OWA Advisory Groups

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The great benefits of OWA membership include making new connections and the opportunity to grow professionally from these connections. The OWA's Advisory Groups are designed to connect OWA members through different business disciplines: Finance, Sales & Marketing, and Professional Development.

All OWA members are invited to join the Advisory Group(s) of their particular interest(s). Each group will meet on a quarterly basis to discuss relevant topics within each discipline and receive monthly communications from the Advisory Group Leads.

Meet the Advisory Group Leads

Finance Advisory Group
Lead: Emilia Flamini (CFO, Luxottica North America)

The Finance Advisory Group will help members improve their understanding of the main drivers of profitability. Quarterly meetings will be targeted at learning more about awareness of P&L statements and cashflow. Think back to that one Finance class you took in college — here's your chance to get a modern-day approach with real-life examples!

Advisory Group Members: Beverly Bianes (Pack & Bianes Vision Care part of Total Vision), Debra Bulken (Luxottica), Deirdre Carroll (INVISION Magazine at SmartWork Media), Katherine Cruz (Katherine Cruz), Cha-Ling Delgado (Luxottica North America), JILL FINE (Liberty Sport), Linda Laube (Consultant), Catherine Leo (Eyemart Express), Heather Lopez (Keplr Vision), Benitha Mintz (Zyloware Corporation), Deborah Myres (Visual Inspirations, LLC), Cindy Noble-Funderburgh (Eyemart Express), Elizabeth Peters (Keplr Vision), Maria Petruccelli (Hoya), Randi Rubin (-), Alejandra Ruiz (Eyemart Express), Lisette Sacks (Eyemart Express), Tamara Sanders (Essilor of America), LaReina Valdez (Eyemart Express)

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Sales & Marketing Advisory Group
Lead: Paula Blomquist (Chief Marketing and Merchandising Officer, Eyemart Express)

The Sales and Marketing Advisory Group is aimed at learning more about best practices in relationship development, branding, and the customer journey that leads to long-term, loyal customers. We'll bridge the gap between sales and marketing professionals and learn from each other the inner workings of the sales and marketing funnels.

Advisory Group Members: Jane Balek (Think About Your Eyes), Beverly Bianes (Pack & Bianes Vision Care part of Total Vision), Darcy Blessing (ABB Optical Group), Alicia Brossart (Essilor Sun Solution), Debra Bulken (Luxottica), Katherine Cruz (Katherine Cruz), Cha-Ling Delgado (Luxottica North America), Constantina Feick (EyeMed Vision Care), JILL FINE (Liberty Sport), Jennifer Fry (Luxottica), Rachel Hettler (Essilor of America), Linda Laube (Consultant), Catherine Leo (Eyemart Express), Lynn Lim (Luxottica), Heather Lopez (Keplr Vision), Tria Metzler (Walman Instruments), Deborah Myres (Visual Inspirations, LLC), Cindy Noble-Funderburgh (Eyemart Express), Janelle Pauli (VisionWeb), Katherina Pedercini (Mondottica), Maria Petruccelli (Hoya), Joyce Pokoy-Kurtulus (Visionary Insights), Randi Rubin (-), Alejandra Ruiz (Eyemart Express), Lisette Sacks (Eyemart Express), Dianne Samuel (VSP), Tamara Sanders (Essilor of America), Debra Seigel (VSP Optics), LaReina Valdez (Eyemart Express)

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Professional Development Advisory Group
Lead: Pamela Capaldi (Myopia Management Specialist, CooperVision)

The Professional Development Advisory Group will discuss key elements of personal and professional growth. From interview skill to public speaking to building your network and leveraging influencers – there is something for everyone in this group! You'll learn to elevate your current network and leverage it for continuous mentoring or your next career move.

Advisory Group Members: Beverly Bianes (Pack & Bianes Vision Care part of Total Vision), Debra Bulken (Luxottica), Deirdre Carroll (INVISION Magazine at SmartWork Media), Katherine Cruz (Katherine Cruz), Cha-Ling Delgado (Luxottica North America), JILL FINE (Liberty Sport), Jennifer Fry (Luxottica), Linda Laube (Consultant), Catherine Leo (Eyemart Express), Lynn Lim (Luxottica), Sandra Mohr (NECO), Deborah Myres (Visual Inspirations, LLC), Elizabeth Peters (Keplr Vision), Maria Petruccelli (Hoya), Joyce Pokoy-Kurtulus (Visionary Insights), Kristen Reynolds Hopper (VSP), Niasha Roberts (Hillsborough Community College), Randi Rubin (-), Alejandra Ruiz (Eyemart Express), Lisette Sacks (Eyemart Express), Tamara Sanders (Essilor of America), Amy Schneider (Eyes of Faith Optical), Debra Seigel (VSP Optics), LaReina Valdez (Eyemart Express)

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