Optical Women’s Association Announces 2020 Award Honorees

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The Optical Women’s Association (OWA) has announced its 2020 OWA Award Honorees.


Millicent Knight, OD, Senior Vice President, Customer Development Group, at Essilor of America, will receive the Pleiades award to recognize her exceptional action in advancing the leadership role of women in the optical industry.


Jean Sabre, owner of Uptown Vision, will receive the Pyxis award to honor her as a member of the OWA who actively participates in the organization and contributes to our continuing growth.


Sheena Taff, optician and optical writer, also known as Optician About Town, will receive the 2020 Visionary Award, newly created this year to recognize her as an OWA member who demonstrates progressive thinking and actively cultivates the professional development of women.

“Each year, the OWA carefully selects women in our industry who exemplify the best in leadership, forward-thinking views, and commitment to the optical industry. This year, I’m pleased to recognize three amazing women, Millicent, Jean, and Sheena, for their professionalism, dedication, and fearlessness, and mostly for being part of the incredible network of OWA women,” said Robyn Crimmins, OWA President.

These women will be honored at International Vision Expo East during the OWA's Annual Champagne Breakfast on Thursday, March 26, 2020, at Gotham Hall in New York City. This event will also feature keynote speaker Erin O’Malley, a facilitator and trainer who works with leadership teams and organizations to craft cultures of trust, connection, and loyalty. The breakfast is sponsored by Luxottica and the OWA.