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Individual Contributors

ANY individual can support the OWA and its mission of enhancing and promoting the leadership role of women through networking, education, and peer support.

Support the OWA

The Individual Contributor program provides the opportunity for ANY individual to support the OWA and its mission of enhancing and promoting the leadership role of women in the optical industry through networking, education, and peer support.

Your support will directly fund the OWA Leadership Scholarship, an award granted to a board- nominated OWA member who has shown exemplary volunteer service in helping the OWA reach its goals. The recipient of this award will be granted an esteemed leadership experience (seminar, conference, workshop, etc.), including airfare, hotel, and registration.

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Four OWA members

Contributor Benefits:

  • A listing at your chosen level of contribution on a separate tab on the OWA website. (The company you are associated with may be listed if you wish.)

  • Annual recognition in the OWA newsletter.

  • First invitations to OWA "limited seating" events.

Individual Contributors

$1,000+

Alessandro Baronti

Alessandro Baronti

CEO & President / De Rigo Rem

Why I Support the OWA:

I am honored to sponsor the OWA's Leadership Scholarship. I contribute to this cause because I share in the mission of the OWA to empower and promote women in leadership within the optical industry. The entire industry is more successful when it is diverse and inclusive.

Jamie Shyer

Jamie Shyer

Co-CEO, COO / Zyloware Eyewear

Why I Support the OWA:

I believe as industry leaders it is our responsibility to make both professional and personal investments to the growth of our industry. I know my annual contribution as an OWA Individual Contributor goes directly to programs to support our current and future leaders, which includes many of my team members as well. Without a doubt this is money well spent!

$500 to $749

Bart Foster

Bart Foster

Founder & CEO / BusinessOutside; Founder / Sanitas Advisors

Why I Support the OWA:

OWA shares our passion to bring humanity back into the workplace. There is no such thing as a "personal you" and a "business you", there is just you. Together we help women lead from the front through authenticity, building trust, and focusing on what's important — our people. We are excited to collaborate with the OWA to take the organization to new heights. Let's Make it Happen!

Jay Binkowitz

Jay Binkowitz

Founder / GPN Technologies

Why I Support the OWA:

The OWA supports not only the future of optometry but sets the example for the respect and admiration all women deserve while empowering and mentoring the next generation to succeed. Nothing is more important than creating opportunities by paying it forward and honoring the past. The OWA family is a wealth of resources and caring individuals that want to make a difference in everyone's lives. The question for me is not why should you join the OWA but rather why wouldn't you?

Jay Binkowitz

Jay Binkowitz

President / AskJayB

Why I Support the OWA:

The OWA supports not only the future of optometry but sets the example for the respect and admiration all women deserve while empowering and mentoring the next generation to succeed. Nothing is more important than creating opportunities by paying it forward and honoring the past. The OWA family is a wealth of resources and caring individuals that want to make a difference in everyone's lives. The question for me is not why should you join the OWA but rather why wouldn't you?

$250 to $499

Deb Bulken

Deb Bulken

VP of Sales, Eastern Region / EssilorLuxottica

Why I Support the OWA:

I am committed to doing my part to create as many opportunities as possible for woman to excel and live their best lives. Being an Individual Contributor is one way of investing in the future of our industry by supporting our deserving members leadership journey.

Howard Purcell

Howard Purcell

President & CEO / New England College of Optometry

Why I Support the OWA:

I have had the honor and privilege of working with some incredible leaders and innovators, many of whom are women. I have also observed the unique difficulties and challenges many women face in the workplace. It is clear to me the OWA is doing important and much-needed work to celebrate the current and future contributions of women in the optical industry while focusing on its mission of supporting and promoting the professional development of women involved in all facets of the optical industry.

Katie Lauver

Katie Lauver

Chief Revenue Officer / GPN Technologies

Why I Support the OWA:

As a female in the optometry industry, there is no organization I would rather support than the OWA. The OWA promotes the growth of women through their mission: to connect, inspire and lead. With luncheons, networking events, workshops, inspirational articles, podcasts and awards produced each year, the OWA shows women in this industry that with hard work and mentorship, anything is possible. I'm proud to be an individual contributor of the OWA, as I know my contribution will go to support the females in this industry to reach their goals. An organization filled with powerhouse women and amazing resources, there is an opportunity for everyone to rise up and become the leader they want to be. The OWA has a huge place in my heart, and I'm happy to support their efforts with my contribution.

Liz Friedfeld

Liz Friedfeld

Head of Business Development / ClearVision Optical

Why I Support the OWA:

The OWA is an amazing organization filled with passionate individuals dedicated to helping women succeed through personal development, networking, and mentorship. By donating to the individual contributors' fund, I am choosing to directly influence the advancement of women through scholarship and help provide the skills they deem most valuable. This program benefits the individual and our landscape: establishing more opportunities, more thought leaders, more role models, and more movement towards true gender equity. I'm thrilled to contribute.

Lorie L. Lippiatt, OD

Lorie L. Lippiatt, OD

OWA President

Why I Support the OWA:

I contribute to the Individual Contributor program as I choose to support the OWA with an additional level of support. This support directly aligns with the mission statement of supporting the leadership role of women in the Optical Industry by providing Leadership Scholarship Awards to deserving women in the Industry.

Matthew MacDonald

Matthew MacDonald

President / EyeMed

Why I Support the OWA:

The OWA's commitment to supporting, developing, and celebrating women continues to be such a positive beacon in the optical industry. What truly captivated me is how the OWA balances celebrating the incredible women leaders in the optical industry while also challenging the status quo to create an even brighter future. Through their members, they provide networking, education, and peer support to thousands of women each year. As an individual contributor, I am proud to support the OWA and honor the talents, passion, and diversity of the women empowering amazing eyecare.

Megan Molony

Megan Molony

Sr. VP Merchandising / National Vision

Why I Support the OWA:

The OWA does so much to honor, develop, empower and promote the women of our industry. The IC program allows me to support these efforts individually, above and beyond the support that my company provides.

Talia Bruno

Talia Bruno

Senior Director of Key Accounts / De Rigo REM

Why I Support the OWA:

When women become leaders, they bring talents, new views, alongside structural and cultural diversity to the companies they work for, resulting in more successful solutions. My contribution to the IC program allows me to empower our future leaders by investing in seminars, conferences, mentoring, and workshops. When supporting this program, we are directly ensuring women's long term career growth and providing companies with the next generation of rising talent.

$150 to $249

Ric Peralta

Ric Peralta

Optician, Sole Creator / OpticalJedi

Why I Support the OWA:

The optical industry is driven by amazing women, often behind the scenes. My hope is to draw more of these women to join this amazing, empowering group to connect them to a community of like-minded individuals.

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Thank You

The Optical Women's Association Board of Directors and members would like to take this opportunity to recognize our individual contributors.

Thank you for your belief in and support of OWA and its mission to enhance and promote the leadership role of women in the optical industry through networking, education, and peer support.

You enable us to continue to achieve our goal to deliver meaningful services to Women of the Optical Industry and Profession and allow us to provide more events and programs and additional resources for our members to help them reach their full career potential and keep this industry strong and growing.

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