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What is the Optical Women's Association's Pyxis Award?


PYXIS is a constellation in the southern sky known as "The Compass". The PYXIS Award is presented to a member of the OWA who actively participates in the organization and promotes the OWA throughout the optical industry, contributing to OWA's continuing growth.

The recipient of the PYXIS Award is exceptional in her commitment to support and develop the OWA. She helps set direction of the organization by her actions and inspires by her leadership.

Jean Sabre

2020 Pyxis Award Recipient, Jean Sabre

Jean Sabre, along with her husband Dr. Mark Sabre, founded Uptown Vision in Minneapolis, MN in 1991. In her role with the clinic, she is the practice administrator, buyer and lead optician. Before entering the optical profession, she held management and sales positions throughout the US with major retailers including Marshall Field's, Nordstrom, and Barneys New York.

Sabre has been a member of the OWA since 2004 and currently serves on the Membership Committee, where she heads up the Student Ambassador program. She is excited to be facilitating the outreach to future members of the optometric and optical professions via the OWA. Formerly, she served on the Board of Directors of the OWA as co-chair of the Mentorship Committee.

Additionally, Sabre has served on Transitions Optical's Pro Forum advisory panel for the past 10 years and on the Board of Governors of Interlachen Country Club in Edina, MN. Her optical interests include mentoring others, emerging eyewear and lens technology, and practice management. She enjoys spending time with her husband, traveling, running, bike riding and golf.

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