We are so excited that you are here! We want to take this moment to officially welcome you to the site and invite you to join us in our mission of promoting the leadership role of women by becoming an OWA member. The OWA is a diverse group and is proud to be made up of women that occupy a wide variety roles and responsibilities in the industry.
We support our membership by providing mentoring and outreach opportunities, professional and social networking, a forum for the exchange of ideas and information among all levels of the industry, and by raising awareness of women's roles in the optical industry. But, those aren't the only perks! We also host annual events in New York and Las Vegas that coincide with the Vision Expo shows that have become must-attend destinations for anyone going to the shows. On top of that, our members also receive an annual magazine subscription and book selection that support our overall mission.
The benefits of an OWA membership include but are not limited to the following:
All members receive their choice of tablet or hard copy of a best-selling business book for women. 2017 book choices included Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy, Emotional Intelligence 2.0, and Settle for More.
These events are hosted throughout the year, both in-person and via Webinars, on a variety of educational topics relevant for our members. Occasionally, there may be a nominal fee to participate.
The OWA hosts a variety of networking events with leading women in the optical industry that provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information among all levels of the industry. Some events are regional, while the largest events take place in New York and Las Vegas at each Vision Expo. Take advantage of getting to know your peers in the industry!
All members have the opportunity to be recognized and honored for making a significant impact for women in the optical industry through the Pleiades, Pyxis, Pinnacle, and Lifetime Achievement Awards. The annual event in New York is put on to honor the recipients of these awards each year.
One way that we accomplish on-demand mentoring is through our One-Minute Mentor emails. These emails are delivered to OWA members and provide quick tips for professional growth and development.
Inspirational Webinars offered the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 1:00 pm ET, presented by our Mentoring Committee. Open to all OWA members, this fresh and provocative webinar series will feature savvy female leaders to dish on trending topics that matter to you.
All members will receive a quarterly e-newsletter straight to their inbox with the latest information from the OWA. These newsletters include links to the recently published articles, mentoring tips, photos from the most recent events, and more.
This annual directory of all of our members is available online, exclusively to our members. It's an important resource that helps our membership stay connected, and offers a tool for networking with others in the organization.
Below are additional ways that you can contribute to the programs and direction of the OWA:
The OWA is growing every year and we hope you will join us as a member! Thank you again for your interest and support.
If you are interested in more information about the Optical Women's Association, please email us at . Or if you're ready to join now, you may fill out the online membership application.