Welcome to the Optical Women's Association Talks Podcast! This is a monthly podcast where we help women connect, inspire and lead in the optical industry. Each month we will interview a new optical leader with questions from our two hosts, Stephanie and Sandra!
Finding Balance: Creating Work/Life Symmetry Pre & Post Pandemic with Katie Lauver
It's been said that women have the capability of multi-tasking far better than men; but when you're working full time, raising a child, and a pandemic strikes, is it possible to juggle it all? In this podcast, we hear from Katie Lauver, a busy mom to a high-energy toddler and VP of Business Relations at GPN Technologies. Katie has been working from home while raising her son both pre and post-pandemic. Learn how she creates work/life balance and knows when to "close the office," in a time when so many of us feel the pull to keep working from our home desk, no matter what the hour.
The Vision Council Shares a Look-Ahead at Vision Expo East 2021
The Vision Council, the trade organization representing more than 700 companies in the vision care industry and co-owner of Vision Expo, has been busy planning for Vision Expo East 2021, scheduled to take place for the first time ever in Orlando, Florida from June 2-5, 2021. Join Ashley Mills, CEO of The Vision Council for an engaging conversation on what to expect at the first major in-person trade show since 2019. Mills breaks down the different neighborhoods that will be featured at the Show, speaks to health and safety guidelines that will be in place, highlights some of the exciting CE to look forward to, and also shares what she is most excited about. During the interview, Mills also shares her own personal story, how she got started in the industry and at The Vision Council, and her advice for those just launching their careers.
Exploring The Wage Gap with Dr. Kate Hamm
Every March, we celebrate Women’s History Month to honor women’s contributions in American history and this episode with Dr. Kate Hamm celebrates women while focusing on supporting women to help create a more equal and inclusive workplace.
Dr, Hamm began analyzing various components contributing to the wage gap during optometry school and works to help women become better negotiators with the goal of shrinking the wage gap. Becoming a better negotiator can help salary and promotion discussions become less awkward and sticky while allowing you to understand your worth and advocating for your worth during future discussions. Reframing how you think about negotiation can create creative solutions and ways of preparing yourself for successful negotiations. Additionally, mentoring can be a great way for women to support each other to understand blind spots and biases to assist you in gathering information so that you are prepared when these opportunities arise while helping to continue building your own network.
Dr. Kate Hamm OD serves as the Senior Manger of OD Engagement at Luxottica. She is a Kansas native and graduated from Kansas State University with a degree if Physical Sciences with minors in Physics and Biology. After graduation, Kate attended the University of Missouri- St. Louis College of Optometry where she found leadership roles, researched visual perception in dyslexia and advocated for optometrists on a national scale. At graduation in 2019, Kate was awarded the Raymond Meyers Leadership Award, COVD pediatric care award, and Optometry Scholars award. After optometry school, Kate spent time in Dallas working with Essilor of America as an intern with the Professional Development team. Then Kate joined a private practice in Wichita, KS where she saw patients for 2 years before joining Luxottica in her current role. Kate lives in Wichita, KS with her husband where she is usually watching football, connecting with her community, or finding new food to try.
You can connect with Dr. Hamm via Instagram @DrInstaHamm or listening to her Podcast Lunch Date with Rachel and Kate
Karen Giberson- What's Happening in the Accessories Market in 2021
Meet Karen Giberson — President and CEO of the Accessories Council, Editor-in-Chief of AC Magazine, and EMMY Award winner! A genuine "retail insider", Karen has years of experience in communications, merchandising, marketing and public relations. As President & CEO of the Accessories Council, a non-profit advocacy group, she represents a $50B+ industry of over 350 dynamic member companies in the fashion footwear, accessory, and jewelry markets. Beyond current members, Karen works with hundreds of brands, retailers, licensees, talent, and industry support executives.
She is charged with being a voice for the industry and leads efforts to assist with legislative issues, sales, and awareness. Her position gives her a unique perspective and, as a business partner vs client, she gets a realistic view of the opportunities and challenges these companies face. She is action-oriented and works to maximize and resolve opportunities and challenges.
At the Accessories Council, Karen creates and oversees production of educational events, mentoring programs, the industry newsletter, charitable efforts, and fundraising galas. She advocates for policy, has testified in front of Congress and local governments, and has retained lobby groups to positively impact the accessories industry. She is a prolific author and has been published in many trade papers.
Most notoriously, she runs the esteemed ACE Awards, one of the fashion industries' leading events. She established many other foundation events at the Council as well, including the Hall of Fame awards, The Elaine Gold Launchpad, the Accessories Innovation Committee, the Design Excellence Awards, B.A.B.E. (a women's networking event), and Retail/Wholesale "meet days", to name a few.
In January 2021, Karen relaunched Accessories Magazine, a quarterly publication that features the accessories, jewelry, and footwear industries. Karen is a prolific author and major contributor to the publication.
Karen started her career in the executive training program at Macy's and there held a number of positions, including a two-year post in their jewelry-buying department. She then joined QVC where her career blossomed, culminating in a beloved position as director of event marketing. She was also the director of accessories, footwear and intimate apparel and senior buyer of accessories, footwear, and intimate apparel. She created and launched the company's event marketing division, which created events such as "Shoes on Sale", "Extreme Shopping", and "Red Carpet Weekends".
She is an EMMY award-winning executive producer of "Avec Eric," a PBS broadcasted television show featuring star chef Eric Ripert that was named Outstanding Culinary Program in 2010. She was named one of Philadelphia's Most Fashionable Women 2012, Main Line Today's Power Women List in 2013, 2016 Accessories Council ACE Award Winner, and 2017 Mann Foundation Leading Lady Honoree.
Despite her fashion background, Karen is a grounded and down-to-earth individual! She can be found running Spartan Races, is a fitness enthusiast, and loves spending time with her family and friends.
Go Red for Women with Liz Klunk and Caroline Hickam
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the No. 1 killer of women. It claims more women’s lives than all forms of cancer combined! Learn how Go Red for Women, from the American Heart Association, educates, promotes awareness, and is positively impacting the health of women related to CVD.
Caroline Hickam, Director of Go Red for Women with the American Heart Association
Caroline is the Director of Go Red for Women with the American Heart Association (AHA) in Baltimore, Maryland. She uses her personal survivor story and passion to foster relationships that benefit the mission of the AHA. Specifically, she works to improve the conditions of women who are impacted by cardiovascular diseases by advocating for women to listen to their bodies, make healthy lifestyle choices, and put themselves first. Caroline loves using her story and passion to connect with others, learn their passions, and work with each other to improve the communities we are a part of both small and large. Feeling personally connected to the work she does in the office and out empowers her to continue making positive changes.
Elizabeth Klunk, RN, BSN, CCM-R Senior Vice President of Medical Management
Liz is Senior Vice President of Medical Management at Versant Health, with more than 30 years of experience in acute hospital, healthcare payer, healthcare service delivery operations, and healthcare consulting & clinical outsource operations. She is a Certified Case Manager and a Registered Nurse in three states; as well as an expert in regulatory and compliance, particularly when it comes to Medicare and Medicaid. She is a firm believer that annual eye exams are not only critical for vision and eye health, but overall health as well.
Deirdre (Dee) Carroll- Under the Covers: Trade Magazines Exposed!
Ever wonder how optical trade magazines ACTUALLY work? Join Dee Carroll, editor-in-chief of INVISION and longtime optical editor, for a no holds barred, fully transparent conversation on the behind-the-scenes nitty gritty on what gets in, what gets left on the editing floor … and why. She will address misconceptions about how trade magazines work, and how INVISION magazine – and the other optical trade magazines you know by name – function as a business, including the necessary role advertising plays. She’ll address frequently asked questions about the America’s Finest Optical Retailers contest and how the entire industry can get involved in it, what makes the cover, and how INVISION comes up with the stories it runs, as well as how listeners and readers can see their name in print.
Deirdre (pronounced DARE-dree) Carroll started her career in magazines 20 years ago. For the last 15, Dee has worked exclusively in optical trade publishing, first as senior editor for Vision Monday magazine for nearly 11 years, and now as the Editor-in-Chief of INVISION, the magazine for the American eyecare professional, for the last 5. Named a Rising Star in Vision Monday’s Influential Woman At INVISION, she manages the monthly print magazine and its team, oversees the invisionmag.com website and the publication’s social media channels, as well as hosts an editorial podcast – In Vision with Dee Carroll — all with the single-minded goal of helping independent ECPs run of their businesses better.