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OWA Tuesday Talks — 2018

20-Minute Chats to Invigorate Your Day

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 Mentoring 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.

Grab your lunch, join in, and prepare to be inspired and motivated!

When? Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. ET
Where? Your office, home, coffee shop . . . wherever you are, we'll come to you
What? Speakers from inside and outside the optical industry will deliver hot topics for today's fast-paced world: 20 minutes of talk, 10 minutes of Q&A
Why? Becoming a strong leader is a journey that requires ongoing education and development

Prior Tuesday Talks

Couldn't make the live webinars? Recordings are available to view at your leisure.

Be sure to check out Tuesday Talk predecessor, our POWW webinars.

Laura Lewis

Laura Lewis
Vice President of Human Resources
Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 1:00 p.m. ET

Recently nominated in Vision Monday as one 2018's Most Influential Women in Optical, Laura currently serves as the Vice President of Human Resources with MyEyeDr. With a background that spans several industries including banking, insurance, and optical, Laura Lewis has conducted countless interviews, and also sat in the chair of the interviewee on many occasions.

Some of her current areas of focus include Talent Acquisition and Retention, Strategic Growth, HR Business Operations, Compliance, Contracting, and Human Resources Information Systems.

Laura is also an active member of the Optical Women's Association, Subcommittee Chair for OWA's Sponsor Ambassadors, and a is a current member of the Mentoring Committee.

In addition to her time spent with the OWA, Laura enjoys spending free time with her two teenage sons, traveling, and volunteering. Some of her proudest moments have been playing a role in the career growth opportunities of personal friends, close colleagues, and acquaintances.

Simply stated, she has a passion for seeing careers of all types "take flight." A graduate of James Madison University's School of Business, Laura believes in building self-marketing strategies for women of all ages and professional experience levels.

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Mary Lanning, ABOC

Mary Lanning, ABOC
Optician and Manager of Professional Business Development
Zyloware Eyewear
Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 1:00 p.m. ET

Mary Lanning is an optician and ABO speaker with a passion for all things optical. With almost 20 years in the optical industry, she currently oversees business development for Zyloware Eyewear in the Texas market.

She began her career in the optometric field as a technician and a dispensing optician. As her career path and knowledge expanded, Mary moved into leadership roles including staff development, coaching, driving sales, and overseeing daily operations for a group of optometrists in the DFW area.

Mary's strength in building relationships and inspiring others has helped drive success in her current role at Zyloware Eyewear. Mary contributes her accomplishments to hard work, dedication, and many incredible mentors who helped motivate and inspire her to #DOMORE.

Outside of her career in the optical field, Mary is a group fitness instructor and singer. She enjoys travel, entertaining, and spending time with her family, especially her three sons, as much as possible.

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Holly Rush

Holly Rush
Costa Del Mar
Tuesday, August 28, 2018, 1:00 p.m. ET

Give yourself permission to step off the ladder and learn to embrace each stage of your career. Are you in need of some inspiration? Do you want to hear from some of the most interesting women in business? Grab your lunch, join Holly Rush, and prepare to be inspired and motivated!

Holly's career spans more than 20 years in the consumer products industry leading the growth and development of large teams and well-known brands. Before joining the Optical industry, she held key roles at L'Oreal, Duracell, a division of the Gillette Company and the White Rain Company.

In 2011, Holly became the SVP of Sales for Luxottica Wholesale and led the turnaround of the US business, ultimately restoring the company's leadership position in the US market. In 2012 she was voted one of the "Most Influential Women of the Year" by Vision Monday, received the company's Founder's Award for "Entrepreneurship" and was subsequently promoted to President, Wholesale North America in 2014.

At the end of 2015, after 2 successful years leading the North American Wholesale business along with the integration of Oakley, Holly made a personal decision to take time off with her family. She subsequently joined the ESSILOR team in April, 2016 as CEO of Costa Del Mar.

Holly is passionate about building teams, developing brands and creating lasting impact, including developing the next generation of leaders. She dedicates time to speaking engagements such as the "Women Rule" series hosted by POLITICO, Google and the Tory Burch Foundation along with the Optical Women's Association (OWA) and the Essilor Women's Network. In 2015, Holly was awarded the Fashion Industry's "Visionary" award by the Foundation Fighting Blindness and was subsequently named as a Trustee of the organization.

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Sherrie Rogerson

Sherrie Rogerson
President and Founder
Optical Excellence Consulting
Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 1:00 p.m. ET

Grab your lunch, join Sherrie Rogerson, and prepare to be inspired and motivated!

Sherrie is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a degree in Biology/Science Education. She began working for a small optical company in Colorado Springs as a dispensing optician and manager. She continued her career in optical with a then small group, Doctors Vision Center.

With over 29 years in the optical industry, Sherrie has made impacts in practice operations, optical retail design, product management, strategic marketing, franchising, retail and wholesale sales, sales development, managed care and education.

Most recently, she worked with Eyewear Designs as the VP of Sales where she was responsible for driving company growth and continued market leadership by delivering and supporting the full range of frames and services.

Within the pasts few years, Sherrie launched Optical Excellence Consulting designed to offer education and mentoring to independent and group optometry.

Sherrie has been on the Optical Women's Association board until 2014 and served as President in 2007. In 2003, she was awarded recognition by Jobson Publishing as one of the Most Influential Woman in Optical. In 2014, Sherrie was awarded the Pleiades Award from the Optical Women's Association.

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Gilda Mehraban

Gilda Mehraban
Director of Business Development
De Rigo Rem
Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 1:00 p.m. ET

Grab your lunch, join Gilda Mehraban, and prepare to be inspired and motivated!

Gilda Mehraban is the Director of Business Development for De Rigo Rem, managing and developing the company's key accounts channel across the U.S. and Canada, as well as growing revenue by identifying new business opportunities.

She's been with De Rigo REM for six years as head of brand marketing. Prior to working with the company, she was the director of business affairs and legal counsel for CMG Worldwide, where she oversaw marketing and legal. In that role, she was involved in both the marketing and creating licensing opportunities for approximately 200 entertainment, music, sports and historical properties.

Gilda's blend of marketing, sales, and brand development have been instrumental in her career in the optical industry.

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Frances Cole Jones

Frances Cole Jones
Author, How to Wow: Proven Strategies for Selling Your (Brilliant) Self in Any Situation
10 Things You Can Do Today to Wow Tomorrow
Tuesday, May 08, 2018, 1:00 p.m. ET

Grab your lunch, join Frances Cole Jones — featured speaker at this year's OWA Champagne Breakfast during VEE, and prepare to be inspired and motivated!

Join Frances, the author of How to Wow: Proven Strategies for Selling Your (Brilliant) Self in any Situation to learn proven ways to inspire yourself—and everyone around you. Among the topics Frances will cover:

Frances Cole Jones is the author of How to Wow: Proven Strategies for Selling Your (Brilliant) Self in any Situation, The Wow Factor: 33 Things Your Must (and Must Not) Do to Guarantee Your Edge in Today's Business World, and Wow Your Way into the Job of Your Dreams. She is also the creator of Interview Wow, an app for the iPhone and iPad. voted Frances' blog,, one of the top 100 websites for women. In 2014, voted Frances one of the top 5 speakers in Communication. She is an etiquette expert for e-How, a job interview expert for, and a body language expert for The Insider.

Frances founded her company, Cole Media Management, in 1997. The company's focus is on helping clients catch their customer's attention and keep their trust.

CMM clients have appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, C-SPAN, CNN, The Charlie Rose Show, E Entertainment, Oprah, Project Runway, Top Chef and others. Clients' print interviews have appeared in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, Newsweek, etc.

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Coco and Breezy Dotson

Coco and Breezy Dotson
Co-Founders, Coco and Breezy Eyewear
How Social Media is Evolving the Mindset of Our Business Models and Consumers
Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 1:00 p.m. ET

Coco and Breezy Dotson are co-founders of Coco and Breezy Eyewear, which offers a full line of optical frames and sunglasses. Their eyewear has been a favorite of clients and collaborators like Prince, Diddy, and Beyonce. The company has partnered for exclusive lines with Hershey's and Foot Locker, and has received numerous optical industry accolades.

Coco and Breezy have a background in entertainment and music, having hosted national television shows, appeared in international fashion campaigns and editorials, and DJ'ed alongside top musicians, like Gucci Mane. They have directed for Disney in Europe and provided creative direction for dozens of major brands like Adobe and more.

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Erinn Morgan

Erinn Morgan
Optometrist and Editor-in-Chief & Editorial Director, Eyecare Business Magazine
The 5 Biggest Fashion + Eyewear Trends for Spring / Summer 2018
Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 1:00 p.m. ET

Can staying on top of current fashion + eyewear trends help you in your work in the eyewear industry? Absolutely! Join Erinn Morgan, Eyecare Business Magazine's editor-in-chief + editorial director, to get the quick lowdown on the season's most on-trend, stunning, and saleable eyewear trends — plus the key fashion trends they align with.

Erinn Morgan has been covering the business and fashion trends of the optical industry for over 20 years.

With a B.A. in Fashion Merchandising from Philadelphia University and a Master's Degree in Journalism from Temple University, she got her start as the Managing Editor of Accessories magazine and quickly moved on to become the Founding Editor-in-Chief of FrameBuyer magazine, published by Eyecare Business and recipient of several FOLIO magazine awards. She was then brought on to 20/20 magazine as Editor-in-Chief to redesign and oversee the publication and the launch of

After several years at Jobson, Erinn set her sights on the consumer magazine segment and moved over to work as a Special Projects Editor at Playboy Enterprises, Inc. overseeing a new magazine launch and, subsequently, as Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning SoHo Style, a cutting-edge magazine that focused on the culture and style of downtown New York City. At the same time, she took a position as freelance Fashion and Retail Editor with Eyecare Business.

Erinn is also the author of the book Picture Yourself Going Green, the founder of the fitness- and health-focused blog, and her written work has appeared in The New York Times, National Geographic Adventure, Outside magazine, Skiing, and Bike.

Erinn has also directed the Special Projects Team at Eyecare Business to conceive and develop custom content projects for numerous optical companies, including both trade-focused and consumer-facing sponsored content and supplements that have appeared in Eyecare Business, as well as in Vogue, Elle, GQ, and InStyle.

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Koi Rivers

Koi Rivers
Founder + Principal Strategist, The Koi Rivers Experience
Let's Get TIPsy™: Tools to Inspire Purpose in Your Life
Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 1:00 p.m. ET

Already kicked that New Year resolution to the curb? Caught up on that never-ending teeter of work/life balance? Maybe you're struggling to muster the courage to change career paths? No worries. We're only a few weeks in; you can still discover and enjoy a new high in life. Join Koi Rivers for an interactive and introspective webinar where you'll design your best life, develop a plan to make it real, and dash away with the tools to make it happen.

Wildly passionate about civic leadership, grammar lessons, Urban Cowboy, and all things salsa (food and dance), Koi Rivers is quite the anomaly.

For nearly 20 years, Koi has engaged, influenced, and evoked action in people through powerful brand building, charismatic leadership, and authentic intentions.

A market and communications manager with Eyefinity for eight years, Koi drove the go-to-market strategy for two cloud software products and managed the brand and production of tradeshows and events.

Now through her consultancy, The Koi Rivers Experience, she challenges organizations to burst the bubble of doing things "the same old way," and reimagine how they want to impact their communities, their customers, and this world.

Recently honored on the Sacramento Business Journal's 40 Under 40 list for business and community leadership, Koi serves on the Board of Directors of two non-profits: TLCS, Inc., which provides housing and resources to folks struggling with mental illness; and Sacramento Theatre Company.

Koi motivates and inspires through her speaking series, TIPsyTime™, and produces workshops and retreats on healthy lifestyles, purpose-driven living, and diversity and cultural competency. Koi was responsible for the launch of Tuesday Talks for the OWA and we are so excited for her to participate as a speaker.

When she's not checking off items from her "40 by 40" list, Koi immerses herself in the two most beautiful people in the world, her two teenage children.

A Special Offer from Koi

Current OWA members can login here to see Koi's generous offer for a complimentary 30-minute session.

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Christine Dellecave

Christine Dellecave
Chief People Officer, MyEyeDr.
Making a Transition Successfully
Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 1:00 p.m. ET

Christine Dellecave, Chief People Officer of MyEyeDr., is a seasoned executive who has spent time leading people strategy in a variety of organizations and industries. Christine thrives in situations that require transformation, and brings vision, planning, and execution to bear. Her 20-year career spans many Fortune 500 companies, as well as midsize companies going through various phases of growth. Christine is passionate about using talent strategies to solve business problems, and helping individuals, teams and organizations grow in parallel.

In addition to her work at MyEyeDr., Christine invests time in the development of others, with a particular focus on women and girls through her work with various local non-profit leadership organizations.

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