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Our Mission

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

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Member Benefit: Book

Annual Book Selection

All members receive their choice of a best-selling business book. The 2019 book selections are Brave Leadership: Unleash Your Most Confident, Powerful, and Authentic Self to Get the Results You Need by Kimberly Davis; From Living Room to Boardroom: How I Launched and Sold a Multi-million Dollar Business by Corinne McCormack; How to Raise Successful People: Simple Lessons for Radical Results by Esther Wojcicki; and How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job by Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith.

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Vision Expo East Photos

OWA Vision Expo East 2019

Check out photos from this year's Champaign Breakfast and the OWA Star Birthday Celebration. On March 21, OWA celebrated three remarkable women and their impact on the optical industry during Vision Expo East at the OWA Champagne Breakfast. Then OWA members and guests gathered to celebrate the Optical Women's Association's "Star Birthday" — 22 years on the 22nd — of supporting and promoting the professional development of women involved in all facets of the optical industry!

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OWA Mentoring Library

OWA Mentoring Library

Whether you're looking for information about the OWA itself or you'd like to learn more about the optical industry from an experienced professional, this is a member benefit we can all take advantage of. Our mentors are willing to share their experiences and hard-earned lessons as career women in the industry, and more than eager to help you take full advantage of membership in this tremendously supportive organization.

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Tuesday Talks

Jackie Janiec

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. Click here to listen to previous Tuesday Talks, such as the most recent talk with Jackie Janiec: Activate Your Personal Brand with 2020 Eyewear Trends on Tuesday, June 18, 2019.

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New Job Opportunities

OWA Job Board

Dust off your résumé and check out the latest industry job opportunities on the OWA Job Board. Or if you have a role to fill, post your job opening to find the best talent in optical.

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Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight - Angela Gerber

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 — Angela Gerber. After learning about Angela Gerber, you can read about past Member Spotlights here.

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One-Minute Mentor

One Minute Mentor

Trip Tips OWA-Style — Monday, June 17, 2019

Many of the women of the OWA are savvy business travelers. I learn a tip or trick from my fellow female colleagues every time I'm on the road with one of them! I recently asked some of these road warriors to share their best travel tips and here's what they had to say: Pack Smart Choose a color theme for the week to maximize space by carrying shoes, accessories, and handbags that go with multiple outfits.

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