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January 2018 Newsletter

Happy New Year OWA and optical professionals!

It is my privilege to announce our 2018 OWA Award Honorees:

Ashley Mills
Pleiades Honoree: Ashley Mills
(CEO, The Vision Council)
Deb Bulken
Pyxis Award: Deb Bulken
(Sales Director, Luxottica)
Janelle Pauli
Emerging Leader Honoree: Janelle Pauli
(Marketing Manager, Vision Web)

Please join me in congratulating these exceptional women in Optical.

Tiara Claxton
Tiara Claxton, OWA President

The OWA embodies our core values of enhancing the leadership role of women. These women exemplify true vision leadership and passion for the optical industry. They will be honored at International Vision Expo East at our Champagne Breakfast and Keynote speaker event held Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Espace in Manhattan. The OWA and Luxottica will present this very special event.

The OWA's dynamic group of women leaders will propel OWA to greater heights in 2018! Thank you to our members, individual contributors, and our sponsor companies for supporting and sharing our vision.

May 2018 bring you much success, I look forward to seeing you at Vision Expo East in New York!

Warm regards,

Tiara Claxton

Tiara Claxton
OWA President

OWA Member, Sue Downes, Honored as Person of Vision
Carrie Chambers, Communications Committee Member
One of our own — esteemed OWA member Sue Downes, who was the 2016 winner of the OWA Pleiades Award — is now being honored by Prevent Blindness as their 2018 Person of Vision. For Sue, preventing blindness is personal. She experienced a loss of vision in her left eye for six weeks while battling optic neuritis. Congratulations, Sue!
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OWA shines its light with regional networking events!
Yvette Carranza, Lorie Lippiatt, Dawn Acorn, and Lorinda Fraboni
In 2017, the OWA launched the series of regional networking events in five locations: Dallas, New York, Minneapolis, Alexandria and San Diego. Since the launch of the program, the OWA continues to add new regions. The latest locations are LA, hosted by Tiara Claxton, Minneapolis, MN, hosted by Lorinda Fraboni and Columbus, OH, hosted by Stacey Curcio. Keep an eye on the OWA calendar for the next regional event close to you, and invite your friends to get connected and inspired!
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Amy Dixon — "You don't need to have sight to have vision."
Sabine Rentschar, Communications Committee Member
Amy Dixon is an expert patient advocate, elite paratriathlete, and motivational speaker. Originally from Connecticut, she now resides in Encinitas, California, and is currently training and racing to make the U.S. Team for the Paralympics 2020 in Tokyo. Amy lost 98% of her sight due to a rare type of Uveitis after a successful, 20-year career as a certified Wine Specialist, wine expert, and educator.
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Why Our Sponsors Deserve Thanks!
Susan Tarrant, Communications Committee Member
If you've ever enjoyed one of the OWA's networking breakfasts or Connection Series panel discussions, read a One-Minute-Mentor post, or listened in live / watched a Tuesday Talks webinar (and we hope you have!), please join us in thanking our corporate sponsors.
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One-Minute Mentor Articles Needed
Debbie Myres and Jean Sabre, OWA Mentoring Committee Co-Chairs
The One-Minute Mentor (OMM) is one of the most popular benefits of your OWA membership that comes to you twice a month! We would love to continue this for the future, and are in need of articles to publish. We have a great team here at the OWA Communications Committee that can help you get started writing OMMs. Here is our OMM for January written by OWA President Tiara Claxton.
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Welcome 70 New OWA Members!
Carol Wilbur, OWA Associate Executive Director
The OWA membership continues to grow! We are happy to welcome these 70 new members since the October 2017 newsletter.
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