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September 2021 : Next Generation Leaders: Schools of Optometry Initiative

By Angela Gerber, OWA Communications and Website Committee Vice Chair
Next Generation Leaders - Schools of Optometry Initiative

Like most post-graduate students, those in optometry school have a full schedule. Coursework is focused on patient care, diagnosis, and treatment. As you prepare to enter the workforce or start your own practice, you may realize you don't know as much as you'd like to know about how to run a business, buy frames, manage staff, or have a professional support network.

It's safe to say many of us have experienced this as we started our own careers, and we now feel fortunate to be a part of the Optical Women's Association (OWA). Whether you are interested in networking, education and training, or leadership development, the OWA has a member benefit to match across all time zones — making it easy and convenient to participate.

The OWA Membership Committee is excited to share a new initiative focused on building a relationship with the Schools of Optometry. Not only does it help expand membership, but it connects to first- and second-year optometry students before they finish school. By supporting the 'Next Generation Leaders', the OWA can offer them the opportunity to:

Invitations have just been sent out to five beta test schools of the twenty-two total. The committee has connected with all five schools and is in the process of holding meetings to find "OWA ambassadors" on each campus to help spread the word about the OWA and hosting an event at the school. Stay tuned as this initiative grows!

For more information or to get involved, please contact:

Jill Fine
OWA Student Initiative Lead
National Sales Director — Liberty Sport

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