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.
One way that we accomplish on-demand mentoring is through our One-Minute Inspiration emails. These emails are delivered to OWA members and provide quick tips for professional growth and development.
Listen to OWA's Podcast — monthly chats featuring influential optical leaders sharing their insights and stories on trending topics that matter. Join hosts Sandra Mohr, Dean of Academic Resources and Administration at the New England College of Optometry, and Stephanie Espinosa, an Account Executive with Shamir.
Whether you're looking for information about the OWA itself or you'd like to learn more about the optical industry from an experienced professional, this is a member benefit we can all take advantage of. Our mentors are willing to share their experiences and hard-earned lessons as career women in the industry, and more than eager to help you take full advantage of membership in this tremendously supportive organization.
The OWA provides a job board for members. Members and sponsors may list open positions for free. Non-members may list open positions for $150.
All members receive their choice of a best-selling business book. The 2020 book selections are Dare to Lead by Brene Brown and Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals by Rachel Hollis. Take advantage of this free member benefit by selecting one of these titles!
Join us Thursday, September 19 from Noon - 1:30. An expert on authentic leadership, Kimberly Davis shares her inspirational message of personal power, responsibility, and impact with organizations across the country and teaches leadership programs world-wide, most notably her program "OnStage Leadership", which runs in NYC and Dallas, TX.
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.
Inspirational Webinars offered the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. ET, presented by our Connection & Enrichment 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.
Learning is a lifelong process, and devoting time to continuing education can help you achieve both personal and career development goals. Whether you're seeking continuing education credits to keep up your certification or state license or want to research a topic . . . .
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.