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2015 Vision Expo East

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The Optical Women's Association Hosts Events at Vision Expo East

OWA members were very busy during the past Vision Expo East event in New York City with their semi-annual board meeting, the new Champagne Breakfast event, and the annual Star Award Ceremony & Networking event. Look for more in-depth coverage of the two events in the newsletter article links below. And enjoy these more complete photo albums that capture the fun and excitement of the OWA Vision Expo East events.

You may click on any photograph to download a high-resolution version. There are two albums below: one for OWA Champagne Breakfast Celebrating Women in Leadership, and a second album for the Annual Star Award Ceremony & Networking Event.

Also below is a video from the Champagne Breakfast featuring keynote speaker Holly Rush, president of Luxottica Wholesale North America.

OWA Champagne Breakfast Celebrating Women in Leadership

OWA Champagne Breakfast Celebrating Women in Leadership
March 19, 2015

Click here for the April Newsletter recap of the event.

Click here for the Champagne Breakfast Program Booklet (Adobe PDF).

Click here to view the video, An intimate Conversation with Holly Rush.

OWA Award honorees, members and guests celebrate women in leadership at the 2015 OWA Champagne Breakfast Event. The sold-out event honored women leaders including Pleiades honoree, Maureen Cavanagh, president of the Vision Impact Institute; and 2015 Pyxis honoree Amy Spiezio, executive editor of Eyecare Business. Both honorees offered short presentations on mentoring and giving back followed by a champagne toast in their honor.

A highlight of the event was An Intimate Conversation with Holly Rush, president, Luxottica Wholesale North America (l) facilitated by Lois Romano (r), editor, Washington Post Live.

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OWA members and guests from Luxottica joined Holly Rush and Lois Romano for the Champagne Breakfast.

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Kathy Rismiller and Kristan Gross from Essilor enjoy the breakfast event.

Two special guests of 2015 Pleiades Award honoree, Maureen Cavanagh were fiancé, Tim Cutter and niece, Kelly Gorman.

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Lenor Fowler (Jobson) and Debbie Myers (Pacific Northern, Inc.) network after the breakfast presentations.



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Former OWA board members, Laurie Badone (20/20 Now) and Sherrie Rogerson (REM Eyewear), reconnect at the OWA Champagne Breakfast.

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Heather Smith (VisionWeb), Dave Beebe (OWA Executive Director), Barbara Wagner (Santinelli International), and Marge Axelrad (Jobson) attend the breakfast event.



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Lois Romano (Washington Post Live), OWA President Christie Walker (Jobson), and Holly Rush (Luxottica) at the breakfast event.






Annual Star Award Ceremony & Networking Event

Annual Star Award Ceremony & Networking Event
March 20, 2015

Click here for the April Newsletter recap of the event.

OWA members and guests celebrate the 2015 OWA award honorees (and enjoy networking and some shopping, too) at the OWA Star Award Ceremony & Networking Event at Calvin Klein Collection's flagship store on Madison Avenue. 2015 Pleiades honoree, Maureen Cavanagh, president of the Vision Impact Institute; and 2015 Pyxis honoree Amy Spiezio, executive editor of Eyecare Business were presented to the celebrants, and were given their Swarovski crystal star awards.

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Mark Ginsberg, Robert Scheinberg, and Donna Rollins of Marchon were our gracious hosts for the event.

2015 OWA Pleiades Award honoree, Maureen Cavanagh (r), celebrates with her special family guests, sister Lois Cavanagh Gorman and niece Kelly Gorman.



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2015 OWA Pyxis Award honoree Amy Spiezio (Eyecare Business) is congratulated by Ken Williams (OWA guest) and OWA President Christie Walker (Jobson).



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OWA Star Award event guests enjoy elegant cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at the Calvin Klein Collection.



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Tiara Claxton (Safilo) and Kristin McLaughlin (Silhouette)

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Event guests enjoy a bit of shopping while celebrating; these two are checking out pairs of Calvin Klein Collection sunglasses.



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Amy Spiezio (Eyecare Business) accepts the 2015 Pyxis Award and addresses the event guests.

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Maureen Cavanagh (Vision Impact Institute) accepts the 2015 Pleiades Award and addresses the event guests.

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OWA President Christie Walker (Jobson, center) congratulates award honorees Maureen Cavanagh (Vision Impact Institute, left) - 2015 Pleiades Award honoree, and Amy Spiezio (right) - 2015 Pyxis Award honoree.

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David Friedfeld (ClearVision Optical), Pat Bonda (Gilbert Display), Audrey Pavia (Tura), and Julie Allen (Tura)

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Deb Malakoff Castor (The Vision Council), OWA guests Anthony Malakoff and Jack McGrath, Deb Lochli McGrath (Marchon), and Sean Cooley (Altair)

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OWA 2015 Board Members: Lorie L. Lippiatt, OD (The Salem Eyecare Center), Debbie Myres (Pacific Northern), Tiara Claxton (Safilo), Debbie Forstenzer (Debra Forstenzer Consulting), Jean Sabre (Uptown Vision), Liz Segre (Access Media Group), Heather Smith (VisionWeb), Ann E. Englert (Englert Solutions), Jennifer Jackson (Opti-Port), Christie Walker (Jobson). Not pictured: Kate Renwick-Espinosa (VSP Global), and Barbara Wagner (Santinelli International).



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Deb Lochli (Marchon) and Ann E. Englert (Englert Solutions) help distribute beautifully decorated (and delicious!) OWA logo cookies, contributed by OWA member Vickie Sullinger (Optical Resources).

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Jen Jackson (Opti-Port), Dave Beebe (OWA Executive Director), 2015 OWA Pleiades Award honoree Maureen Cavanagh (Vision Impact Institute), and Tiara Claxton (Safilo)

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