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2008 OWA Pleiades Honoree


De Long of Eyecare Business honored at Ninth Annual Pleiades Award Event

Stephanie K. De Long

Stephanie K. De Long, a 22-year veteran of the optical industry, was honored as this year's recipient of the ninth annual Pleiades Award. This award will be presented by the Optical Women's Association (OWA) on Friday April 11th at the Marchon showroom. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. and the award was presented at 6:45 p.m.

Stephanie has been editor-in-chief of Eyecare Business, a Pennsylvania-based Wolters Kluwer publication, since 1990. She is a founding Board member of the OWA, a member of Vision Council of America's Strategic Communications Committee, a recipient of the OLA's Directors' Choice Award and Folio's Editorial Excellence Award (EB took first place honors in the retail trade magazine category). She is also a frequent speaker at International Vision Expos.

Before entering optical, De Long was a business writer, editor, and contributor to a variety of consumer and business publications, including Madison Avenue, Manhattan Inc., Management Technology, and the New Jersey Star Ledger. She was also co-owner and operator of an award-winning restaurant in Rye, New York. De Long is a graduate of Wells College in Aurora, New York, and began her career as a public relations writer for IBM. She lives in Lincoln, NE, with husband Ron, whom she met in the optical industry, and has one daughter, Heather, and a granddaughter, Ella, who live in CT.

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

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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