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About the Optical Women's Association

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

The Optical Women's Association, a nonprofit organization, was founded in September 1997 with the mission of supporting and promoting the professional development of women in 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

What I Love About OWA

I am dedicated to this organization purely for what we support; "To enhance and promote the leadership role of women in the optical industry through networking, education and peer support." I love working along side, connecting and networking with like-minded individuals!

— Tiara Claxton

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Influential Women

Vision Monday's Most Influential Women

Vision Monday's Most Influential Women — 2017 marks the 15th year of Vision Monday's special signature report on Most Influential Women in Optical. Take a look at OWA's own Influential Women as well as the full list of our industry's stars.

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Connection Series

Connection Series

In today's fast-paced world of competitive workplaces, each of us is searching for effective tools that can help us to manage, adapt, and strike out ahead of the pack. Emotional Intelligence (EQ) could be the key to both personal and professional success. Join us Thursday, September 14, 2017 for this Connection Series event at Vision Expo West.

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Networking Reception and Raffle

Networking Reception and Raffle

The Annual Networking and Raffle Event will take place on the Red Carpet on Friday, September 15. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and cocktails while networking with friends. Place bids during our silent auction and enter our raffle for designer items, travel, gift certificates, and much more. All proceeds will benefit the Professional Development Programs.


Featured Member

Featured Member - Dr. Ginamarie Wells

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 — Dr. Ginamarie Wells. After learning about Dr. Ginamarie Wells, you can read about past Featured Members here.

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Tuesday Talks

Tuesday Talks

Tuesday Talks is a fresh and provocative webinar series for OWA members from the Mentoring Committee featuring savvy female leaders dishing on trending topics that matter to you. Mark your calendars for our next Tuesday Talk with Kate McIntyre: Who's on Deck: Engaging Millennials and Gen Z as Employees and Consumers on Tuesday, August 8.

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One-Minute Mentor

One Minute Mentor

Summertime, Summertime! — Tuesday, August 15, 2017

If you are like me, you enjoy summer in all its glory — be it humid or dry, hot or smoldering (sorry western states!). Students of all ages enjoy the concept of summer break, and many parents dread the pending uncertainty about not having a set schedule without school to plan around.

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