First awarded in 2019, the OWA offers at least two Leadership Scholarships every year to OWA members for an amount of up to $2,000 each. These grants are to be used for the professional and personal development of each recipient and are funded through the Individual Contributor Program donations. The purpose of the Leadership Scholarship is to provide a professional mentoring opportunity, reward those who have volunteered their time and efforts to help the OWA reach its goals, and to promote the founding principles of the organization: to connect, inspire, and lead future leaders.
In 2020, as an added benefit created exclusively for OWA's Platinum Sponsors, each of these sponsor companies were asked to select an exceptional female employee who shows promise, dedication, and drive to also receive a Leadership Scholarship.
Janna Neal, VP of Operations at Zyloware, and Alana Whitaker, Ray-Ban Sales Consultant with Luxottica, are the 2019 Leadership Scholarship recipients, allowing them the opportunity to attend the "Brave Leadership Program" hosted by Kimberly Davis. Davis, author of the book Brave Leadership, was the featured speaker at the OWA's Connection Series luncheon at Vision Expo West in September 2019.
"I was able to get a sneak peek of what is to come at this conference from Kimberly at the OWA luncheon at Vision Expo West where she literally pulled something out of me! We don't realize how brave we are in life every day — we all have our own superpowers. Leaders should try to bring our the superpower in their teams. I plan to spread the word and bring out the superpower within each woman in my circle."
"I'm incredibly honored to be one of the inaugural Leadership Scholarship recipients with Janna Neal. Kimberly Davis's presentation at the Connection Series at VEW was impactful and has made me even more excited to have the opportunity to attend her seminar in Dallas next year."