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March 2021 Newsletter

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Robyn Crimmins
Robyn Crimmins, OWA President

Dear OWA Members,

If you are like me, you cheered on New Year's Eve to toast the end of 2020 and welcomed with open arms the beginning of 2021 -- only to find that not much changed in the new year. One thing is clear, however, and that is that hope abounds everywhere I look. Hope that with masking, social distancing, and vaccinations, COVID should move to our rearview soon and with spring around the corner, I'm feeling uplifted and optimistic.

With International Women's Day upon us, I am reminded why I love the OWA and how inspired I am by the women in our industry and how we come together to celebrate one another's accomplishments. This year's theme of International Women's Day (IWD) is "Choose to Challenge", recognizing and honoring women's achievements. In honor of this special day, the OWA will be hosting a virtual event on March 10 at 4:30 PM PT / 7:30 PM ET, #ChoosetoChallenge Through Connection, featuring keynote speaker Erin O'Malley. Using her "Connection Framework," Erin will highlight what happens to our authority when we, as women, overuse the word "sorry." She teaches how to practice and embrace receiving praise from others, and emphasizes why OWA's core values of connect, lead, and inspire are just what we need to take on the #choosetochallenge theme! I hope you'll join me on March 10. Visit opticalwomen.com to register.

Whether you can join us on March 10 or not, please visit the website and take advantage of all the OWA has to offer. These programs are tailor-made for you at the thoughtful hands of our committee members who share passion and commitment in supporting other women. Please check us out on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn and join me on International Women's Day and in an outlook of optimism and hope for a brighter 2021!

Best,

Robyn Crimmins

Robyn Crimmins
OWA President


OWA Honors International Women's Day Through Connection

OWA Honors International Women's Day Through Connection

Join the OWA on Wednesday, March 10th for a virtual event, #ChoosetoChallenge Through Connection, with keynote speaker Erin O'Malley at 4:30 PM PT / 7:30 PM ET.

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Honoring the 2021 Pleiades Award Honoree — Gai Gherardi

Honoring the 2021 Pleiades Award Honoree — Gai Gherardi

The OWA is thrilled to announce the 2021 Pleiades Honoree, Gai Gherardi. In this candid interview you'll learn about the passionate leader behind l.a.Eyeworks.

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Honoring the 2021 OWA Pyxis Award Honoree — Deborah Myres

Honoring the 2021 OWA Pyxis Award Honoree — Deborah Myres

The OWA is excited to announce the 2021 Pyxis Honoree, Debbie Myres. Hear more about what makes Myres a dedicated, passionate, and shining leader of the OWA.

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Congratulations to the 2020 OWA Leadership Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the 2020 OWA Leadership Scholarship Winners

The OWA was able to expand the annual Leadership Scholarship Program in 2020 by offering 9 total scholarships. Join us in celebrating these deserving women!

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Building Your Network During a Pandemic

Building Your Network During a Pandemic

This pandemic surely has left people feeling more disconnected without as many in-person interactions. How are you adapting your networking habits?

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Join the OWA's Quarterly Advisory Group Meetings

Join the OWA's Quarterly Advisory Group Meetings

The OWA's Advisory Groups have taken off with a bang. Each group boasts over 40 members sharing their experiences, opinions, and career expertise. Join today!

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