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OWA At Vision Expo East 2024 [Photos]

OWA At Vision Expo East 2024

Vision Expo East 2024 was held in New York for the last time, and it will be hard to top! The sold-out Champagne Breakfast at Gotham Hall has been a staple event during VEE. While we anticipate a new chapter for the next Vision Expo East, take a look at many memories captured in New York.

Collage of OWA at Vision Expo

OWA Champagne Breakfast Celebrating Women in Leadership

The OWA Champagne Breakfast honored four amazing women for their hard work and contributions to the optical industry.

Conference Hall

You could feel the energy across the room as we celebrated these women and future women to join the leadership force. During this breakfast, Rebecca Giefer accepted the Pleiades Award, Trudi Charest received the Pyxis Award, Reagan Colpitts was presented the Emerging Leader Award, and for only the second time in OWA history, the Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to OWA founding member, Marge Axelrad.

OWA Award Recipients

There is something to be said about the optical industry’s love running thick during Expo — it’s a feeling attendees say is like seeing friends that you can pick up with where you last left off. Attending this event allows for opening networking doors across the optical industry. If you plan to attend Vision Expo East in the future, this should be on your bucket list of must-do’s.

Collage of OWA at Vision Expo

Watch The Recorded Champagne Breakfast:

OWA Stars, Sips & Scholarships Networking Event

The OWA hosted the Annual Cocktail Reception & Networking Event. This gathering is another worth attending for the joy of connecting off the show floor — the event is full of fun and encouragement.

OWA at Stars, Sips & Scholarships
Collage of OWA at Vision Expo


Whether you go to catch up with optical friends, learn what is new from a former colleague, or discuss business needs you can partner together on, this is a great place to make it happen. It’s an event to celebrate both members and future OWA members to join a network of like-minded women with a similar goal.

Collage of OWA at Vision Expo

All in all, OWA had great attendance at these exciting events and so much positive feedback for how energy-packed each activity was. Well, that’s a wrap, and we hope to see you at the next OWA event!

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