Before thumbing through our virtual photo albums and watching videos of past events, make sure that you're taking advantage of all the opportunities to engage with OWA, network with other members, and develop professionally. Take a look at the OWA Calendar to find an upcoming event tailored just for you, such as OWA Reads, regional events, one of our Advisory Group meetings, Vision Expo, etc.!
Join Advisory Group Leads Pamela Capaldi and Kathy Cruz as they lead us through a new and exciting discussion.
Join Advisory Group Leads Emilia Flamini and Kathy Rismiller as they lead us through a new and exciting discussion.
Join Advisory Group Leads Paula Blomquist and Cha-Ling Delgado as they lead us through a new and exciting discussion.
OWA Reads meets quarterly to discuss the latest book selected by the group. Each meeting features a different member host.
Hosted by: OWA Membership Committee
Join the Professional and Personal Development Advisory Group for our April Zoom Meeting. This session will start to shine a light on YOU! Are you an introvert, extrovert or ambivert? In order to network out in the world — beyond yourself — you need to know yourself. The articles this month provide some intriguing thoughts on the subject which I hope you enjoy in preparation for our discussions.
Join the Finance Advisory Group for our April Zoom Meeting.
Join the Sales & Marketing Advisory Group for our April Zoom Meeting.
Revisit the OWA's 2021 International Women's Day Celebration with an inspiring presentation from Erin O'Malley.
Connect, Inspire, Lead — these are the core values of OWA. In recognition of International Women's Day, Power Hour sits down with OWA President Robyn Crimmins and members Janna Neal (Vice President of Operations for Zyloware), and Trudi Charest (Co-Founder of Marketing 4ECPS), about how OWA inspires and supports its members.
The OWA hosted yet another regional in Canada, this time is Mississauga, Ontario, on March 5, 2020. The event was held at ROI Corporation and was hosted by Trudi Charest and Shelley Logan. Optical professionals across the area were treated to a fun evening . . . .
The OWA hosted its first regional in Ontario, Canada on Nov. 14, 2019. Trudi Charest, co-founder of Marketing4ECPs and member of the OWA Membership Committee, along with Shelley Logan, Westgroupe Sales Manager for Ontario and Western Canada, were the hosts for the event . . . .
IDOC hosted an OWA regional in conjunction with their 2019 National Conference on October 11. They boasted a record attendance of 117, including optical leadership from The Vision Council, manufacturers, and local businesses. Guests were treated to an evening of . . . .
OWA boasts record attendance at both Las Vegas events: the Thursday Connection Series luncheon, featuring Brave Leadership author Kimberly Davis, and the Friday evening networking, raffle, and auction event.
Brave Leadership draws from years of working with leaders across all industries and the latest research in psychology, sociology, business, and the arts. In this provocative and inspiring session, Kimberly Davis will bridge traditional how-to with a personal development approach to demystify what it takes to be the brave leader you were born to be.
The OWA held its second San Diego regional event on August 8th at SportRx. Hosted by regional lead, Alana Whitaker of Luxottica, the happy hour event enabled over 55 local optical industry professionals to connect, network and learn more about the OWA . . . .
The OWA held their first-ever Canadian regional event in Calgary, Alberta, on June 6, 2019. Trudi Charest, RO, co-founder of Marketing4ECPs, and member of the OWA Membership Committee, hosted the evening, which boasted 50 attendees!
Dallas, Texas, was the site of another OWA regional event, this time on June 4, 2019. Hosted by regional lead Sunny Yarrish of Essilor of America, the evening centered around the theme of "The Power of Community". Special guest speaker Britt . . . .
The first-ever Optical Women's Association (OWA) Regional Event in Denver, held June 4, 2019, featured an exciting VIP networking event at Von Miller's Celebrity Bowling Bash, a fundraising event for Von's Vision — which provides vision screenings . . . .
The OWA held a regional networking Thursday night in New York City (at the Safilo showroom). Great attendance, great networking, and a panel discussion on retail.
OWA members and guests gathered to celebrate the OWA'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!
The OWA celebrated three remarkable women and their impact on the optical industry on March 21 during Vision Expo East at the OWA Champagne Breakfast.
The last OWA regional event of 2018 was held in Philadelphia, PA on December 20. Hosted by Eye Designs, the attending women embrace the holiday spirit by wrapping donated gifts for a very special local family who had just lost their . . . .
The OWA hosted its first San Diego Regional Event on November 30, 2018 and featured an evening focused on leadership, a discussion of the OWA business book selection "Earning It", networking, and creating handmade ornaments . . . .
The OWA held a regional event in Rancho Cordova, California, on October 4, 2018, hosted by VSP. A strong leadership panel consisting of Robyn Crimmins (VSP Optics), Tiffanie Burkhalter (VSP Global), Heidi Pham-Murphy, O.D. (Eye Designs . . . .
Enjoy these photos from the Networking Reception and Raffle.
Author Joann Lublin was the featured speaker at the 2018 Connection Series event — Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World at Vision Expo West on Thursday, September 27th.
Philadelphia was the site of the July 26, 2018 OWA Regional Event hosted by Luxottica and held at Eye Designs. The evening featured a networking program as well as a tour of the Eye Design facility. All current and potential . . . .
Sunny Orlando was the site of the first OWA regional event in Florida, held June 12, 2018. Hosted by Angela McCoy of MyEyeDr, breakfast at the Orlando Marriott Lakeside was the center of this "Meet, Greet, & Eat" networking morning.
The OWA held its third Dallas, TX, regional networking event on June 6th, 2018, hosted by Nouveau Eyewear. All current OWA members, and potential new members from the surrounding area, were invited to meet other seasoned professionals . . . .
The annual OWA Star Award Cocktail Party & Networking Event welcomed members and supporters to the fantastic second floor at the Eventi Hotel during Vision Expo East to enjoy great food, a slick jazz combo, and introduce the new honorees' "Charity of Choice" program.
The OWA celebrated three remarkable women and their impact on the optical industry on March 16 during Vision Expo East at the OWA Champagne Breakfast.
The Idea Foundry in Columbus, OH was the place to be for the state's first ever OWA event on November 30, 2017. Stacey Curcio, VSP, hosted the "Connection & Inspiration"-themed evening which featured speakers Dr. Lorie Lippiatt . . . .
The Optical Women's Association (OWA) held a regional meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota on November 28, 2017. All current OWA members and potential new members from the surrounding area were invited to meet other seasoned . . . .
The Optical Women's Association (OWA) held its second regional networking event in Dallas Texas, on November 16, 2017. All current OWA members and potential new members from the surrounding area were invited to meet other seasoned . . . .
OWA Regional Event + Accessories Council hosted an evening of connection, inspiration, and leadership at the Thale Blanc on October 5, 2017.
Throughout the OWA's 20th Anniversary year, our events have shared the common theme of celebrating the OWA's founding in 1997 and have certainly had their fair share of celebratory moments.
Based on the OWA book selection Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves, moderator Erinn Morgan, editorial director of Eyecare Business magazine, along with five specially chosen panelists, will expand on the four EQ skills . . . .
The first OWA New York regional was held June 22, 2017, in New York City. Hosted by Silhouette at the Silhouette Gallery, attendees were treated to a panel discussion on Social Media, moderated by Marge Axelrad . . . .
A wonderful OWA networking event was held at the Vision Council May 20, 2017, and was hosted by several OWA members who work for MyEyeDr. Many attended from The Vision Council, Marchon, Luxottica, MyEyeDr. and AOA.
On March 9, 2017, Dallas/Fort Worth-area members of the Optical Women's Association joined together for a social networking event. Maureen Cavanagh, President of the OWA and Jean Scott, a founding member of the OWA shared their . . . .