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Individual Contributor Program


We Are Listening!

In response to many requests, the OWA is happy to announce the Individual Contributor program. This 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 new 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.

Duration of Recognition

Contributions are made for one year. OWA is a 501(c)(6) membership organization. Contributions in this category are not tax deductible as a donation but may be considered a business expense. Consult your accountant.

As an INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTOR you will receive these 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.

Contribution of: Over $1,000

Alessandro Baronti — President/CEO, DeRigo REM
Scott Jens — Chief "Why" Officer, Sandbox Spaces LLC
Jamie Shyer — Co-CEO, COO, Zyloware Eyewear

Contribution of: $250 to $499

Debra Bulken — Regional Vice President, Luxottica Group
Lorie L. Lippiatt, OD — Optometrist/Past President, Salem Eyecare, now MyEyeDr
Megan Molony — Sr. Vice President, Merchandising, National Vision

Featured First Individual Contributor!

Just ask Ed Buffington why he supports the OWA. Ed has shown longtime support of the OWA through many fund and friend-raising events through the years. Ed is the inaugural Individual Contributor. Thank you, Ed, for your longstanding support and participation in the OWA. Your loyalty and enthusiasm have not gone unnoticed! Follow Ed's lead and become an Individual Contributor today!

"I have been a big advocate for the OWA for many, many years! I have the utmost respect for the OWA leadership, their mission and the results they continually produce. Having attended many luncheons, meetings and other OWA events, the OWA empowers not only the active women members but all individuals associated with the OWA. I highly encourage everyone in the optical industry to attend, engage and join the OWA, it's worth your time and money!"
— Ed Buffington

Thank you for your confidence in the OWA and your belief in supporting
the advancement of women in the optical profession.