Dear OWA Members,
I have always loved this time of year. It's a unique moment in our calendars when we get the opportunity to consider new year resolutions while simultaneously embracing the unknown, and all that is to come in the new year. It's a time of new beginnings, renewed goals, and the ever-present potential to reach new heights as the OWA.
As we sit on the cusp of 2020, I wonder — has there ever been a more highly anticipated year in the optical industry?
I recently came across an article that outlined how the most important first step to effective goal setting is to begin by taking time to reflect on your recent accomplishments first. This makes sense to me. How can we know where we're going, if we don't take stock of where we've been?
Reflect with me. This year, the OWA celebrated its 22nd anniversary. Our membership now totals more than 1,000 women, including 50 new members from Canada!
With more than 60 sponsors and Individual Contributors, we've been able to produce and deliver more quality programs to our members. Our events have attracted nearly 2,000 attendees. Hundreds of women have participated in our Tuesday Talks, which will soon change formats from webinar to podcast. We've granted our first leadership scholarships to two amazingly talented and deserving future leaders of our industry. Our social media platforms, delivering quality content, have grown 400%, and visits to our newly designed website have increased by 36%.
As your president, I'm incredibly proud of these achievements and our continued growth as the premier women's organization in the optical industry. We will always hold these tenets dear — to fulfill our promise to connect, and to inspire and lead female talent in this ever-changing market. All of this has been made possible by the incredible dedication, enthusiasm, and love for our industry that shines bright among our membership, board, and committees and sponsors. I am grateful to each and every one of you.
A final thought. During this past year, a handful of our colleagues were faced with health-related challenges. Their strength and resolve to recover has been nothing short of inspiring, but I also noticed something else. In their own way, each seemed to experience a renewed sense of the importance of nurturing personal connections, spending quality time with friends and family, and expressing gratitude for the tiny moments that make up our daily lives.
As we head into a new year filled with the joy of possibility, please join me in a moment of thankfulness, both for the successes of 2019, and for the incredible road ahead.
With warm regards,
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