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OWA Programs


The OWA offers a wide variety of programs to our members. Through these programs, we create an environment where members can build relationships, stay connected, and share experiences and professional advice about the industry. We invite you to participate in any of the programs that interest you and we hope to get to know you better!

The 2020 Champagne Breakfast at Vision Expo East has been Canceled

Hello, OWA Members, Guests, and Sponsors,

As most of you have heard by now, The Vision Council announced Friday that the 2020 Vision Expo East conference will be postponed and consolidated into Vision Expo West, to be held in Las Vegas September 23-26, 2020. The OWA events planned for New York this month — the annual Champagne Breakfast and the Friday evening Javits reception — will be cancelled as a result of this announcement.

While we are disappointed that our award recipients' celebration will be delayed, we are already turning our attention to our OWA Vision Expo West events, where we will recognize and honor these special women — Millicent Knight, OD, Jean Sabre, and Sheena Taff.

Refunds will be issued to all preregistered, paid attendees for the Champagne Breakfast beginning today. Please watch for your refund through your bank or credit card company; if you have not seen a confirmation from either of those by Friday, March 13, please notify .

More information will be forthcoming about our events at Vision Expo West. We hope to see you there!

Thank you for your understanding and continued support,

Your OWA 2020 Board of Directors



Providing networking opportunities is critical to the fulfillment of our overall mission. We are proud to host several events throughout the year that provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information among all levels of the industry. Some events are regional, while our signature events take place each spring in New York alongside Vision Expo East and each fall in Las Vegas alongside Vision Expo West.

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Annual Award Programs


Each year, we recognize and honor individuals who have made significant differences for women in the optical industry through our Pleiades Award, Pyxis Award, Emerging Leader Award, Pinnacle Award, and Lifetime Achievement Award. The recipients of these awards are visionaries in our industry and are committed to fostering development of the leadership roles of women.

View 2019 Awards Recipients

Connection Series Workshops


Our Connection Series Workshops provide forums for OWA members to gather and network while gaining access to information geared toward moving them along their career path. Launched in 2005 — originally as the OWA Professional Optical Women's Workshops, or POWW — this popular event has become an OWA "signature series" overseen by the OWA Events Committee.

Save the Date for VEW 2019

Tuesday Talks


Are you in need of some inspiration? Do you want to hear from some of the most interesting women in business? OWA invites you to Tuesday Talks, presented by our Connection & Enrichment Committee. Open to all OWA members, this fresh and provocative webinar series will feature savvy female leaders to dish on trending topics that matter to you.

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Mentorship is a keystone in what we believe in. While the organization provides many opportunities for one-on-one mentoring relationships to develop, we also recognize the value in offering overall mentoring to our entire membership.

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