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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!

OWA Talks Podcast Stephanie and Sandra

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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!

    State of Play with Anne Kavanagh

    State of Play with Anne Kavanagh

    • 14 min
    The Importance of Connection and Community in Our New Normal with Ashley Mills

    The Importance of Connection and Community in Our New Normal with Ashley Mills

    Ashley Mills is CEO of The Vision Council, the industry association serving as a global voice for eyewear and eyecare that represents companies in diverse segments of the optical industry. Mills will discuss The Vision Council’s efforts to foster a sense of strong community within the industry, curate opportunities for members to connect and forge new relationships and ultimately, promote industry growth.
    Additionally, as co-owner of Vision Expo, The Vision Council is busy preparing for Vision Expo West, taking place September 14-17.  Mills will share what to look forward to in 

    • 15 min
    Collaborating with Empathy, Humility & Inclusivity with Dr. Bidisha Rudra

    Collaborating with Empathy, Humility & Inclusivity with Dr. Bidisha Rudra

    Undoubtedly, the COVID-19 pandemic forced us all to rethink how we work together, and how our behaviors and actions have an impact on others. Bidisha will share her personal story on how developing and leveraging soft skills are crucial for a positive and collaborative work environment.

    • 18 min
    Better 1 or 2 - or Something New? with Anne Marie Lahr

    Better 1 or 2 - or Something New? with Anne Marie Lahr

     Dr. Anne-Marie Lahr shares stories of career diversity for women in Optometry. Whether delivering patient care as a practicing OD, teaching, lecturing internationally or research and corporate options, there are many opportunities. Also hear about new technology of “liquid lens” or vectorial refraction. Better 1 or two?! 

    • 9 min
    Women Leading the Way: Developing the first Employee Resource Group with Susan Larsen

    Women Leading the Way: Developing the first Employee Resource Group with Susan Larsen

    Beginning with a simple post on the company portal, an invitation to join a meeting, and soon after, an interview followed. Now Susan Larsen is off to the races alongside some amazing women to form National Vision’s first Employee Resource Group dedicated to enhancing the lives of women.

    • 21 min
    Cultivating Success in a Diverse World with Jamie Shyer

    Cultivating Success in a Diverse World with Jamie Shyer

    In the current environment for our industry, people that work with and for us are our biggest asset and resource. Jamie and the Shyer family built a culture of getting the best team members, in the right “seat on the bus.“ Having a talented, diverse group of people working in the business is the secret to success. 

    • 36 min

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