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Optical Women's Association
Committed to supporting and promoting the professional development of women involved in all facets of the optical industry.


July 2020 Podcast — Trudi Charest

Digital Networking & Social Selling — If you are like every business owner, executive or sales person, when the lockdown happened you understood how important it was to be able to connect virtually to your patients and customers. Now virtual and digital communications are the norm. Connecting, networking and selling online will be the way of the future. What do you need to do to build a personal and business profile and where should you start?

Miss a previous podcast? Join our hosts, Sandra Mohr and Stephanie Espinosa, for one of their previous chats featuring influential optical leaders sharing their insights and stories on trending topics that matter. Be sure to subscribe to stay updated on the newest episodes streaming the last Tuesday of each month.

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One-Minute Inspiration

Venturing Off the Beaten Path
Friday, July 31, 2020

"It seems unlikely that the waterfall is off of this path", I suggest endearingly to my husband, as we explore a new hiking trail with our children. Revisiting the map, he ushers us with assurance that indeed it is through the unpathed forest.

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Member Spotlight - Beverly Bianes

Member Spotlight


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 — Beverly Bianes. After learning about Beverly Bianes, you can view past Member Spotlights here.

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You're Invited to ELEVATE: An Evening to Celebrate the 2020 OWA Award Recipients and "Master the Art of Hello"!

Please join us on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 7:30pm ET for an OWA virtual event sponsored by Luxottica, celebrating 2020 Pleiades Award honoree Millicent Knight, OD (Essilor of America), Pyxis Award honoree Jean Sabre (Uptown Vision), and Visionary Award honoree Sheena Taff (OpticianAboutTown). Our featured keynote speaker will be Paula Calise, 2020 Founder and Principal at Linked Executive Search. Ms. Calise is on the Forbes "Top 10 Best Recruiters in the U.S." list and is a professional branding expert. Her experience and enthusiasm for The Art of Hello will help all of us create the perfect professional introduction!

RSVP below by email, and a Zoom link will be sent to you before the event. Hope to see you there!

OWA Reads


The OWA is launching its first-ever virtual book club! The book club is open to all OWA members and will "meet" the last Thursday of every other month for a fun discussion around a current book. Join us Thursday, August 27, at 7 PM CT, as we kick off the first meeting with Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis, one of the two books offered this summer as a free member benefit.

If you haven't already selected your book, time is running out! Click here to order.

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Book Selection


All members receive their choice of a best-selling business book. The 2020 book selections are Dare to Lead by Brené Brown and Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals by Rachel Hollis.

Take advantage of this free member benefit by selecting one of these titles. Book orders will be accepted through Sunday, August 16, 2020.

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