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OWA Fireside Chats

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Some of the great benefits of OWA membership include making new connections, exploring fresh opportunities, and expanding your interests. For 2022, we have evolved what originally were the OWA Advisory Groups into the OWA Fireside Chats. These bi-monthly events will allow members to gather, network, and grow, both personally and professionally, while also having some fun! We're implementing feedback from our members in making these events a combination of the advisory groups, offering various topics in an open discussion format to allow for greater connection on a personal level. Fireside Chats provide an opportunity for new and experienced members to join a networking group that encompasses many interests.

All OWA members are invited to join these ongoing Fireside Chats. Click here for information about our next event on Tuesday, October 11, 2022.

Please note that the buttons to join these groups or view content from past meetings will require you to join OWA or login first.

Meet the Fireside Chat Leads

Kathy Cruz

Kathy Cruz

OWA Member Since: 2019
Company: Cruz Consulting

What I Love About OWA

This group of amazing women has given me the opportunity to collaborate, share, and network in an industry we all love. It has also given me the opportunity to enhance relationships, meet women from different facets of the industry, and meet some great women who I now call friends. I have also enjoyed being part of the Communications and Enrichment Committee, contributing to personal and professional growth of the organization.

Liz Friedfeld

Liz Friedfeld

OWA Member Since: 2012
Company: ClearVision Optical

What I Love About OWA

I love meeting, connecting with, and learning from super passionate and bright women with varied perspectives. My personal and professional networks have grown tremendously because of my involvement, and the benefit I receive grows exponentially with what I contribute. I'm thrilled to be a part of the Connections and Enrichment committee which allows me to share my passion for creating new experiences with others.

Mary Lanning

Mary Lanning

OWA Member Since: 2018
Company: Zyloware Eyewear

What I Love About OWA

The OWA has changed the narrative among women in our industry. It continues to promote friendship and community between a diverse group of optical professionals of all levels. I have incredible mentors and the pleasure of mentoring others thanks to the OWA. The events, education, and networking opportunities are unique in promoting support, connecting new friendships, and inspiring new ideas. I am so grateful for the Optical Women's Association.

Karen Michaelson

Karen Michaelson

OWA Member Since: 2009
Company: KARE Consulting, LLC

What I Love About OWA

This platform has brought me so many amazing industry relationships and some very special friends I never would have met. My passion to share my eye care background, love for mentoring, and teaching those joining our industry is so much easier with the OWA networking opportunities.

Advisory Groups Archive

Check out some of the resources previously shared in the Fireside Chat's predecessor, Advisory Groups.