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Founded in 2003, Ophthalmic Women Leaders (OWL) is the preeminent nonprofit organization for the professional development and advancement of women in the eye care industry. OWL is led by accomplished female executives and industry experts, with members from the medical and corporate communities. For more information, contact Executive Director Molly Schar at mschar@owlsite.org

  • April 11, 2012 3:00 AM | Molly Schar (Administrator)

    Ophthalmic Women Leaders (OWL) today announced that Marguerite McDonald, MD, has been named the organization’s recipient of the 2012 Visionary Woman Award. This is the first year for the award, which is expected to become an annual honor for extraordinary nominees who have worked to advance women in eye care.

    OWL members were invited to nominate candidates and vote for one of the three finalists:

    • Tamara Bogetti, MBA -- Publisher at Bryn Mawr Communications;
    • Suzanne Bruno, MBA, COE -- Administrator of Horizon Eye Care in Southern New Jersey; and
    • Marguerite McDonald, MD -- Ophthalmologist with Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island

    “As our winner, Marguerite McDonald exemplifies what the Visionary Woman Award was created to celebrate,” said OWL President

    Jan Beiting. “Along with being noted for performing the first laser vision correction procedure and elected as the first female president of ASCRS and ISRS, she takes an active role in advancing women’s careers through mentoring. She is a trailblazer in every way.”

    The award will be presented at OWL's signature reception on Monday, April 23rd from 5:30-7:00pm at the Hilton Chicago.

    The reception, in addition to several other OWL programs, is held in conjunction with the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) conference in

    Chicago. Additional programs include:

    • Executive Roundtable: Leading & Motivating a Multigenerational Workforce - Sat., April 21 - 7 to 8:30 am
    • Executive Roundtable: Tips & Tricks to Successfully Running a Small Business - Mon., April 23 - 7 to 8:30 am
    • Lunch & Learn: Becoming a Mentor - Mon., April 23 - 12 to 1 pm

    Details and registration for the Visionary Woman Award reception and other OWL programs can be found on OWL’s website at www.owlsite.org.

    About Ophthalmic Women Leaders (OWL):

    Founded in 2003, Ophthalmic Women Leaders (OWL) is the preeminent nonprofit organization for the professional development and advancement of women in the eye care industry. OWL is led by accomplished female executives and industry experts, with members from the medical and corporate communities. For more information, visit www.owlsite.org or contact Molly Schar at mschar@owlsite.org.

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  • November 01, 2011 3:00 AM | Molly Schar (Administrator)
    Ophthalmic Women Leaders (OWL) today announced that they have appointed Jan Beiting, Principal of Wordsmith Consulting, as its new president, succeeding Pamela Gleeson. In addition, Marsha Link, PhD, has been named the new Vice President/President-Elect of the organization. 

    “I am thrilled to be serving as president, and to be a part of an organization about which I’m very passionate," said Beiting. “This is an exciting time for the ophthalmic industry, with many new technologies and treatments now available, and I look forward to working with Marsha and the whole OWL team on reaching out to even more women in the industry and expanding our offerings.” 

    Beiting is one of the four founding members of OWL, and has been actively involved with the organization for the past eight years. Prior to her appointment as president, she served as Board secretary and member of the executive committee. Beiting has a long history in ophthalmology, having previously held positions as the executive editor of EyeWorld, in addition to serving as Director of Education and Communications for the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery (ASCRS). She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science & International Studies from North Carolina State University. 

    “I am excited to be involved with OWL and the great group of women in the organization. I am honored to take on the role of Vice President/President-Elect,” said Link. “I have spent the past couple years in OWL focusing my efforts, with committee co-chair, Heather Ready, developing OWL’s mentoring and coaching program, as well as writing the Woman to Woman column in the OWL eNews. I am eager to continue my work with others to further expand OWL’s programs to ensure its success and sustainability.” 

    Marsha Link, PhD, serves as Principal of Link Consulting, a firm she founded in 2000, specializing in executive coaching, leadership development and strategic planning. She is an experienced professional with 25+ years working effectively with a variety of people in diverse environments. She was co-founder of Chiron Vision and her clients include those not only in ophthalmology, but others in the larger healthcare space. Her professional experience includes teaching graduate level courses in HR management, designing and delivering customized professional development programs, and facilitating board development. Link earned her M.S. in Counseling and Personnel Services from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Fielding Graduate University.

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  • October 11, 2010 3:00 AM | Molly Schar (Administrator)
    Ophthalmic Women Leaders (OWL) announced that the organization will be hosting a panel discussion on managing industry change during their signature American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) event in Chicago. 

    “Many companies and individuals are challenged with how to maintain a growth position during this rapidly changing health care environment. We brought together a panel of experts to discuss how they have been able to navigate change and continually provide value to their companies, colleagues, and or practices while advancing their careers ,” said Pamela Gleeson, President of OWL and CFO of Santen Inc. Mrs. Gleeson went on to say, “We’ll also discuss how OWL has redefined our strategies and programs with an increased focus on educational, career, and leadership programs to better address the professional development needs of our members within this changing environment.” 

    The discussion panelists include Adrienne Graves, former CEO of Santen Inc., Giulia Newton, Director of Global Marketing for AMO, and Laurie Brown, administrator for the practice of Drs. Fine, Hoffman & Packer in Eugene, Oregon. The program will be moderated by OWL Board Member Heather Ready, National Sales Director at USGI Medical. 

    OWL will be hosting their signature AAO event on Monday, October 18, from 5:00-7:00 pm in the Regency Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. The reception will feature a high-energy program focused on the challenges and opportunities of experiencing change. Admission is free for members and $20 for nonmembers.

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  • January 11, 2010 3:00 AM | Molly Schar (Administrator)
    Ophthalmic Women Leaders (OWL) has appointed Pamela Gleeson, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Santen Inc., as its 2010 president. 

    Prior to her appointment as president, Gleeson previously served as chair of the organization’s Finance Committee. 

    “We are pleased to introduce and welcome Pamela as our new president," said Molly Schar, Executive Director of OWL. "With a deep understanding of the ophthalmic field, established relationships in the industry and a strong commitment to mentoring future ophthalmic leaders, Pamela has already moved effortlessly into her role as president with plans for expanding our offerings." 

    “I am thrilled to be serving as president, and to be a part of an organization and mentoring program about which I’m very passionate," said Gleeson. “Additionally, I am fortunate to work with one of OWL's founding members, Santen CEO Adrienne Graves, who encouraged me to become involved with OWL in its early years. This is an exciting time for the ophthalmic industry, with many new technologies and treatments on the horizon, as well as for women in ophthalmology, where opportunities continue to emerge and grow.” 

    Pamela Gleeson joined Santen in 1997 and has served as its CFO since 2003. During her career at Santen, Gleeson has held positions in business development, project management, new product development and marketing before heading the finance department and serving on the executive strategy committee. Prior to Santen, Gleeson held finance positions in the high tech, mortgage banking services and retail food industries, after beginning her career at KPMG. Gleeson earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (Finance and Accounting) from the University of California at Berkeley and is a California Certified Public Accountant (inactive). She also serves on the boards of the Napa Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Napa Valley.

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