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2006 OWA Pleiades Honoree

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Janet Callif, Luxottica Retail North America
Senior Vice President of Merchandising/Lenses

Janet Callif has built her 19- year optical career with Luxottica Retail North America, starting as a buyer and merchandiser in the founding years of LensCrafters. Janet now oversees the entire lens buying team for all Luxottica Retail optical bands as well as all store merchandising for LensCrafters, Pearle Vision and Sunglass Hut.

Her position enables Janet to do what she likes best, frequently visiting stores and talking with associates about what customers like and what they want. Most recently she enjoyed seeing the positive response of associates and customers to LensCrafters' newly launched FeatherWates┬« Complete lenses Made with Scotchgard™ Protector, a lens product that Janet helped bring to market.

Janet also believes community involvement is important to balance success in the workplace. She is a board member for Give the Gift of Sight Foundation, and recently finished a three-year term on the board of the Cincinnati Hamilton County Community Action Agency, which included projects like Headstart. Janet is a graduate of the Leadership Cincinnati program (Class 25) and is a graduate of The Ohio State University, where she earned her BSBA in marketing.

The Pleiades Award spotlights an individual who has shown a commitment to the mission of the OWA by fostering the growth of women in the industry. The Pleiades Award is named for the star cluster Pleiades in the Taurus constellation. The Pleiades is also known as the "Seven Sisters" referring to the seven brightest stars in the cluster.

The invitation to attend this event is extended to both OWA members and non-members. Guests are asked to RSVP by Feb 28 via email to .

The OWA's Mission is to enhance and promote the leadership role of women in the optical industry through networking, education, and peer support. The Optical Women's Association is a non-profit organization, founded in 1997. Our projects and programs include:

Pleiades Award — Past Honorees

Click on the award winners' names from 2003 forward to see more information about the Pleiades Award recipient.

2024 OWA Pleiades Honoree — Rebecca Giefer

2023 OWA Pleiades Honoree — Karen Roberts

2022 OWA Pleiades Honoree — Erinn Morgan

2021 OWA Pleiades Honoree — Gai Gherardi

2020 OWA Pleiades Honoree — Millicent Knight, OD

2019 OWA Pleiades Honoree — Holly Rush

2018 OWA Pleiades Honoree — Ashley Mills

2017 OWA Pleiades Honoree — Kate Renwick-Espinosa

2016 OWA Pleiades Honoree — Sue Downes

2015 OWA Pleiades Honoree — Maureen Cavanagh

2014 OWA Pleiades Honoree — Sherrie Rogerson

2013 OWA Pleiades Honoree — Marge Axelrad
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2012 OWA Pleiades Honoree — Shirley Platzer-Stocks
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2011 OWA Pleiades Honoree — Christie Walker
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2010 OWA Pleiades Honoree — Danne Ventura
2010 Awards Cocktail Reception and Presentation

2009 OWA Pleiades Honoree — Rene Soltis

2008 OWA Pleiades Honoree — Stephanie K. De Long

2007 OWA Pleiades Honoree — Deborah Malakoff

2006 OWA Pleiades Honoree — Janet Callif

2005 OWA Pleiades Honoree — Mimi Friedfeld

2004 OWA Pleiades Honoree — Dana Weeks

2003 OWA Pleiades Honoree — Carene S. Kunkler — Sight Resource Corporation

2002 OWA Pleiades Honoree — Andrea Gluck — Eyewear Designs

2001 OWA Pleiades Honoree — Tom Styers — Southern Optical

2000 OWA Pleiades Honoree — Pat Patterson — Walman Optical


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