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Austin, Texas Regional Event

Meet the Minis in Austin, Texas — Regional Event
Thursday, May 30, 2024

OWA members and guests gathered for a very special "welcome to spring" event — an exclusive ranch tour of Little America Miniature Horses to see newborn minis in real life.

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Vision Expo East, March 14 – 16, 2024

Vision Expo East
March 14 – 16, 2024

Farewell to NYC! This year's Champagne Breakfast, the final one to be held in New York City, again broke all previous attendance records with 500 registrations. Gotham Hall was once more the beautiful backdrop for the annual event honoring the 2024 award recipients.

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OWA Unplugged Retreat, October 20-22, 2023

OWA Unplugged Retreat
San Diego, California
October 20-22

The OWA's first-ever retreat, OWA Unplugged, was an overwhelming success! This pilot event was held October 20-22 in San Diego, CA, at the Paradise Point Resort, and sponsored by ClearVision Optical.

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2023 Vision Expo West, September 28-29, 2023

2023 Vision Expo West
September 28-29, 2023

Another great crowd at the OWA events during Vision Expo West made for lots of fun and excitement! See what we're talking about with this year's photos of the Thursday Connection Series luncheon and Friday's networking, auction, and raffle event.

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Vision Expo East, March 16 – 17, 2023

Vision Expo East
March 16 – 17, 2023

This year's Champagne Breakfast was once again a spectacular, record-setting event! The OWA recognized three incredible and inspirational women from the optical industry, and paid special tribute to the journey of the OWA itself.

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2022 Vision Expo West, September 15-16, 2022

2022 Vision Expo West
September 15-16, 2022

The OWA enjoyed a great turnout as they returned to live events at Vision Expo West. Check out the photos from Thursday's Connection Series luncheon and the Friday evening networking, raffle, and auction event.

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Vision Expo East, March 31 – April 1, 2022

Vision Expo East
March 31 – April 1, 2022

The Champagne Breakfast was back in-person and better than ever! We honored four remarkable women and their impact on the optical industry. Then we gathered on April 1 to celebrate OWA's 25 years of supporting . . . .

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Connection Series:  <em>The White House Doctor, Connie Mariano</em>

Connection Series: The White House Doctor, Connie Mariano
Thursday, September 23, 2021

The Optical Women's Association Hosts One Event at Vision Expo West! The annual Thursday Connection Series luncheon was back in-person with special guest, Dr. Connie Mariano, author of The White House Doctor. In spite of continuing pandemic restrictions, attendees were excited to see each other face to face once more!

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Mississauga, Ontario Regional Event

Mississauga, Ontario Regional Event
Thursday, March 5, 2020

The OWA hosted yet another regional in Canada, this time is Mississauga, Ontario, on March 5, 2020. The event was held at ROI Corporation and was hosted by Trudi Charest and Shelley Logan. Optical professionals across the area were treated to a fun evening . . . .

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Toronto, Ontario Regional Event

Toronto, Ontario Regional Event
Thursday, November 14, 2019

The OWA hosted its first regional in Ontario, Canada on Nov. 14, 2019. Trudi Charest, co-founder of Marketing4ECPs and member of the OWA Membership Committee, along with Shelley Logan, Westgroupe Sales Manager for Ontario and Western Canada, were the hosts for the event . . . .

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Arlington, Virginia Regional Event

Arlington, Virginia Regional Event
Friday, October 11, 2019

IDOC hosted an OWA regional in conjunction with their 2019 National Conference on October 11. They boasted a record attendance of 117, including optical leadership from The Vision Council, manufacturers, and local businesses. Guests were treated to an evening of . . . .

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2019 Vision Expo West, September 19-20, 2019

2019 Vision Expo West
September 19-20, 2019

OWA boasts record attendance at both Las Vegas events: the Thursday Connection Series luncheon, featuring Brave Leadership author Kimberly Davis, and the Friday evening networking, raffle, and auction event.

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San Diego, California Regional Event

San Diego, California Regional Event
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The OWA held its second San Diego regional event on August 8th at SportRx. Hosted by regional lead, Alana Whitaker of Luxottica, the happy hour event enabled over 55 local optical industry professionals to connect, network and learn more about the OWA . . . .

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Calgary, Alberta Regional Event

Calgary, Alberta Regional Event
Thursday, June 6, 2019

The OWA held their first-ever Canadian regional event in Calgary, Alberta, on June 6, 2019. Trudi Charest, RO, co-founder of Marketing4ECPs, and member of the OWA Membership Committee, hosted the evening, which boasted 50 attendees!

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Dallas, Texas Regional Event

Dallas, Texas Regional Event
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Dallas, Texas, was the site of another OWA regional event, this time on June 4, 2019. Hosted by regional lead Sunny Yarrish of Essilor of America, the evening centered around the theme of "The Power of Community". Special guest speaker Britt . . . .

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Denver, Colorado Regional Event

Denver, Colorado Regional Event
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The first-ever Optical Women's Association (OWA) Regional Event in Denver, held June 4, 2019, featured an exciting VIP networking event at Von Miller's Celebrity Bowling Bash, a fundraising event for Von's Vision — which provides vision screenings . . . .

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New York City, New York Regional Event

New York City, New York Regional Event
Thursday, May 9, 2019

The OWA held a regional networking Thursday night in New York City (at the Safilo showroom). Great attendance, great networking, and a panel discussion on retail.

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Vision Expo East, March 21-22, 2019

Vision Expo East
March 21-22, 2019

OWA celebrated three remarkable women and their impact on the optical industry on March 21 at the OWA Champagne Breakfast. Then we gathered on March 22 to celebrate the OWA's "Star Birthday" . . . .

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Regional Event

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Regional Event
Thursday, December 20, 2018

The last OWA regional event of 2018 was held in Philadelphia, PA on December 20. Hosted by Eye Designs, the attending women embrace the holiday spirit by wrapping donated gifts for a very special local family who had just lost their . . . .

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San Diego, California Regional Event

San Diego, California Regional Event
Friday, November 30, 2018

The OWA hosted its first San Diego Regional Event on November 30, 2018 and featured an evening focused on leadership, a discussion of the OWA business book selection "Earning It", networking, and creating handmade ornaments . . . .

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Rancho Cordova, California Regional Event

Rancho Cordova, California Regional Event
Thursday, October 4, 2018

The OWA held a regional event in Rancho Cordova, California, on October 4, 2018, hosted by VSP. A strong leadership panel consisting of Robyn Crimmins (VSP Optics), Tiffanie Burkhalter (VSP Global), Heidi Pham-Murphy, O.D. (Eye Designs . . . .

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2018 Vision Expo West, September 27-28, 2018

2018 Vision Expo West
September 27-28, 2018

Enjoy these photos from "Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World", our Connection Series Event featuring author and speaker Joann Lublin, and the Networking Reception and Raffle.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Regional Event

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Regional Event
Thursday, July 26, 2018

Philadelphia was the site of the July 26, 2018 OWA Regional Event hosted by Luxottica and held at Eye Designs. The evening featured a networking program as well as a tour of the Eye Design facility. All current and potential . . . .

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Orlando, Florida Regional Event

Orlando, Florida Regional Event
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Sunny Orlando was the site of the first OWA regional event in Florida, held June 12, 2018. Hosted by Angela McCoy of MyEyeDr, breakfast at the Orlando Marriott Lakeside was the center of this "Meet, Greet, & Eat" networking morning.

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Dallas, Texas Regional Event

Dallas, Texas Regional Event
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The OWA held its third Dallas, TX, regional networking event on June 6th, 2018, hosted by Nouveau Eyewear. All current OWA members, and potential new members from the surrounding area, were invited to meet other seasoned professionals . . . .

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Vision Expo East, March 15-16, 2018

Vision Expo East
March 15-16, 2018

The OWA Champagne Breakfast Celebrating Women in Leadership and the OWA Star Award Ceremony honored the OWA's three award winners — Ashley Mills, Deb Bulken, and Janelle Pauli.

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Columbus, Ohio Regional Event

Columbus, Ohio Regional Event
Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Idea Foundry in Columbus, OH was the place to be for the state's first ever OWA event on November 30, 2017. Stacey Curcio, VSP, hosted the "Connection & Inspiration"-themed evening which featured speakers Dr. Lorie Lippiatt . . . .

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Minneapolis, Minnesota Regional Event

Minneapolis, Minnesota Regional Event
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Optical Women's Association (OWA) held a regional meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota on November 28, 2017. All current OWA members and potential new members from the surrounding area were invited to meet other seasoned . . . .

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Dallas, Texas Regional Event

Dallas, Texas Regional Event
Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Optical Women's Association (OWA) held its second regional networking event in Dallas Texas, on November 16, 2017. All current OWA members and potential new members from the surrounding area were invited to meet other seasoned . . . .

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Los Angeles, California Regional Event

Los Angeles, California Regional Event
Thursday, October 5, 2017

OWA Regional Event + Accessories Council hosted an evening of connection, inspiration, and leadership at the Thale Blanc on October 5, 2017.

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2017 Vision Expo West, September 14-15, 2017

2017 Vision Expo West
September 14-15, 2017

Throughout the OWA's 20th Anniversary year, our events have shared the common theme of celebrating the OWA's founding in 1997 and have certainly had their fair share of celebratory moments.

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New York Regional Event

New York Regional Event
Thursday, June 22, 2017

The first OWA New York regional was held June 22, 2017, in New York City. Hosted by Silhouette at the Silhouette Gallery, attendees were treated to a panel discussion on Social Media, moderated by Marge Axelrad . . . .

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Alexandria, Virginia Regional Event

Alexandria, Virginia Regional Event
Saturday, May 20, 2017

A wonderful OWA networking event was held at the Vision Council May 20, 2017, and was hosted by several OWA members who work for MyEyeDr. Many attended from The Vision Council, Marchon, Luxottica, MyEyeDr. and AOA.

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Vision Expo East, March 30-April 1, 2017

Vision Expo East
March 30-April 1, 2017

The 3rd annual OWA Champagne Breakfast honoring women in leadership, coinciding with the OWA's 20th Anniversary, was held on March 30. The OWA Star Award Ceremony celebrated three amazing women . . . .

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2016 Vision Expo West, September 15-16, 2016

2016 Vision Expo West
September 15-16, 2016

The OWA's Connection Series event "Girl Bosses: Optical Industry Entrepreneurs" featured a diverse panel of optical girl bosses. The photo booth was a popular stop during the Friday Night Networking Reception and Raffle.

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2016 Vision Expo East, April 14-16, 2016

2016 Vision Expo East
April 14-16, 2016

The 2nd annual Champagne Breakfast was another sold out event and a huge success. At the top of One World Trade Center, the sweeping views set the stage for an unforgettable evening . . . .

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2015 Vision Expo West, September 17-18, 2015

2015 Vision Expo West
September 17-18, 2015

During Vision Expo West in Las Vegas, the odds of the annual OWA Networking & Raffle Reception and Connection Series events being wildly successful were stacked in our favor. With more attendees . . . .

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2015 Vision Expo East, March 19-20, 2015

2015 Vision Expo East
March 19-20, 2015

OWA members were very busy in New York City with the new Champagne Breakfast event and the annual Star Award Ceremony & Networking event. Enjoy these photo albums that capture the fun and excitement . . . .

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2014 Vision Expo West, September 18-19, 2014

2014 Vision Expo West
September 18-19, 2014

Dice and roulette wheels were not the only things rocking and rolling in Las Vegas during International Vision Expo West! The annual OWA Networking & Raffle Reception and Connection Series events were both . . . .

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2014 Pleiades Award Reception, March 28, 2014

2014 Pleiades Award Reception
March 28, 2014

The Optical Women's Association hosted their annual Pleiades Award reception and networking event honoring Sherrie Rogerson, Senior Executive of Corporate Accounts at REM Eyewear, and an OWA past president.

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2013 Vision Expo West, October 2-4, 2013

2013 Vision Expo West
October 2-4, 2013

Keynote speaker Manjula Nadarajah of the Chopra Center for Workplace Wellbeing presented "Mindfulness in the Workplace" for the Connection Series event. There were plenty of items available for the Networking Reception . . . .

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15th Anniversary Celebration and Award Event, March 15, 2013

15th Anniversary Celebration and Award Event
March 15, 2013

The OWA's Annual Networking event and Pleiades Award ceremony was held at the Milk Gallery. The event was a star studded celebration of the association's 15 year anniversary and honored three OWA women . . . .

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2012 Vision Expo West, September 5-7, 2012

2012 Vision Expo West
September 5-7, 2012

Wednesday's Professional Optical Women's Workshop (POWW) featured speaker, Rebecca Johnson, focused OWA members and guests on the advantages of Eating Healthy, which the OWA followed up by hosting its . . . .

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2012 Pleiades Award Reception, March 23, 2012

2012 Pleiades Award Reception
March 23, 2012

OWA members, guests and industry leaders gathered at the Top of the Standard Hotel to celebrate the awarding of the 13th annual Pleiades Award to Shirley Platzer-Stocks. The location of the event was amazing, with views . . . .

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2011 Vision Expo West, September 21-23, 2011

2011 Vision Expo West
September 21-23, 2011

This year's OWA Professional Optical Women's Workshop (POWW) presented Pathways to Success, featuring insight and advice from a panel of four optical professionals. Friday's cocktail reception, which included . . . .

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2010 Vision Expo East, March 19, 2010

2010 Vision Expo East
March 19, 2010

For the first time, the annual OWA Friday awards cocktail reception was held at the Diane Von Furstenberg Studio, where attendees congratulated the 2010 Pleiades and Pyxis honorees, Danne Ventura and Lorinda Fabroni.

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