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August 2017 Newsletter

OWA 20th Anniversary

In case you haven't heard — the OWA is 20 years old!
Yvette Carranza
The initial meeting of the OWA took place September 13, 1997 at Vision Expo West. So it's only fitting that we have a chance to celebrate 20 years in Las Vegas, where it all began.
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Skills of Emotional Intelligence (based on the book Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry)
Maureen Cavanagh, OWA President
Today's competitive landscape and cultural changes with millennials entering the workforce are forcing leaders to adapt and manage differently. We see on a day-to-day basis with upper echelon talent that using emotional intelligence techniques can separate good companies from great ones and can change professional careers and personal relationships forever.
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"Emotional Intelligence (EQ)" Connection Series Event, Vision Expo West
Courtney Myers
We see upper echelon leaders using emotional intelligence techniques on a day-to-day basis that separate great companies from good ones. These techniques can even change professional careers and personal relationships forever. If you want to step ahead of the pack and bring your social skills to new heights, you will want to incorporate these four very important characteristics into your day-to-day activities. It will change your life!
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You're Invited to our annual Red Carpet Networking and Raffle Event! #OWA20YEARS
Susan Tarrant, OWA Communications Committee
We're excited for you to join us for a fun night at the OWA's one and only annual fundraising event, with complimentary hosted cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. It's our annual Red Carpet Networking and Raffle Event at International Vision Expo West on Friday, September 15. There are giveaways for new members, a new silent auction area paired with the always popular and fun raffle, and nearly $20,000 in donations from the OWA's generous corporate sponsors and other friends of our organization.
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OWA's Lorinda Fraboni Inducted into the Lab Hall of Fame
Susan Tarrant, OWA Communications Committee
The annual awards ceremony celebrates those who have influenced or contributed to the advancement of the optical laboratory industry. Lorinda joins a list of some of the most prominent members of the lab industry (and is one of just a few women to do so).
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Regional Networking Events
Brandie Shaw & Ashley Mills
Not all of us get to attend Expo, and attend the networking events held during the shows so, this spring the Program committee out did themselves by offering three regional events to give our local members an opportunity to get together.
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Welcome New OWA Members!
Carol Wilbur, OWA Associate Executive Director
The OWA membership continues to grow! We are happy to welcome these 83 new members since the May 2017 newsletter.
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