Dear OWA Members,
Serving as President of the Optical Women's Association over the past two years has been one of the greatest privileges and honors of my career. During a time in history that we will never forget that has impacted our families, our careers, our industry, and every aspect of our day to day lives, I could not be more proud and inspired by our members and sponsors that continued to lead and inspire during these unprecedented times.
While I've truly missed the opportunities of connecting with you all in person, the OWA has been able to adapt in the virtual world, creating more ways for women to connect, inspire, and lead. I'm excited for the upcoming Vision Expo West show this week and the chance to see many of you at the OWA's Connection Series Luncheon.
As Immediate Past President I will remain active on the Board of Directors and have committed to furthering our work in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion of all women in optical. I am looking forward to being led by our new President, Deb Bulken, and working alongside 3 new Board members — Trudi Charest, Courtney Myers, and Janna Neal, who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the OWA. We've never been in better hands.
To all of our members — thank you for all of your contributions to the OWA. I encourage you to continue to stay involved and take advantage of all the great benefits this organization has to offer. The OWA is stronger than ever, and I can confidently say there is so much more to come. We're just getting started!
Thank you all,
Join the OWA at Vision Expo on Thursday, September 23rd for the Connection Series Lunch featuring Dr. Connie Mariano, author of The White House Doctor.
Bidding is live for the OWA's annual online auction with proceeds benefiting OWA programs. Bid on electronics, handbags, sunglasses, and more.
The OWA Membership Committee is excited to share a new initiative focused on building lasting relationships with the Schools of Optometry.
Millicent Knight, OD, Senior VP of Essilor of America chats with Anne-Marie Lahr, OD, Director of Education, Essilor Instruments USA about developments in refraction technology.
The OWA Leadership Scholarship awards recipients with a $2,000 grant to be used for professional and personal development. Nominations opening in October.
The nation-wide struggle for recruiting quality staff members has become a topic of conversation in the optical industry. Here are examples of what ECPs are saying.
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