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Who We Are

The OWA 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.

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Connection Series at VEW

OWA Connection Series

The OWA is excited to announce this year's Connection Series event — Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World, featuring author and speaker Joann Lublin, at Vision Expo West on Thursday, September 27th.

OWA Members can register for Vision Expo West for free using this code: OWA18.

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Announcing: OWA Job Board

OWA Job Board

Professional Development Fund Sponsors and OWA members can submit jobs to the OWA Job Board for free. Non-members and non-sponsor companies will also have the opportunity to utilize the job board features by working with the OWA office and submitting a fee. All OWA members can access the job listings as a member benefit.

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Networking + Auction at VEW

OWA Networking and Raffle Event

Join the OWA at Vision Expo West for our annual Networking and Raffle Auction. New this year, we will have an online auction so you can join in on the fun from home. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and cocktails while networking with friends! Free Admission. Advanced registration is required. Everyone welcome, including non-members.

OWA Members can register for Vision Expo West for free using this code: OWA18.

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OWA Connects

OWA Connects

Join our new, member-only Facebook Group, OWA Connects, designed as a forum to create dialogue between our members across the country! OWA Connects can be used in many different capacities: Tuesday Talks post-discussions, One Minute Mentor ideas, sharing helpful articles, and asking general questions as they arise. Let's get the conversation rolling!!

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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 Holly Rush: Ditch the Ladder and Carve Your Path! on the 4th Tuesday of July — August 28.

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One-Minute Mentor

One Minute Mentor

It's More Than Just a Hashtag . . . — Wednesday, August 1, 2018

This past week, several of our OWA Members were reflecting on the inspiring speech given by Holly Rush (CEO of Costa Del Mar) at the 2018 Champagne Breakfast at Vision Expo East.

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