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Rarely will you find a value as great as an OWL membership! By becoming a member you establish yourself as committed to "Advancing Diversity in Leadership" and in standing as a leader for today's world. You'll also be affiliated with the best and brightest in Ophthalmology. Take a look here at some of our Champion members!



Get Involved

Developing leaders is OWL's mission and our specialty!  Get terrific experience and benefit from the best-of-the-best networking in Ophthalmology when you get involved in OWL:

  • Attend an Event
  • Submit an article for our magazine
  • Step into leadership – join an OWL Committee
  • Offer to help with a "one-time" job at one of OWL's fabulous events
  • Connect with us on social media to stay up-to-date with OWL

Support OWL

OWL is a 501(c)3 organization, meaning any financial contribution is 100% tax-deductible.  OWL focuses the investment of members’ dues on programs and events that will benefit members (our admin costs are low compared to other nonprofits).

Your company can align with OWL's mission by having a presence at our events and benefit from exposure on our social mediachannels and in our member communications.  Organizations and companies that want to be involved at the highest level can enroll their associates as virtual members, receive educational programs and get sponsorship exposure by becoming an OWL Partner.


Owl Awards

The OWL Awards are given annually at OWL's Signature Event during AAO.  The finalists are distinguished and respected - always an impressive group!

Nominations for the OWL Awards open in the Summer.  A Nominations Committee selects the finalists and then OWL members cast their votes in the Fall.

Contact Us for information on nominating a colleague as a ‘Rising Star’, ‘Catalyst’ or ‘Visionary’ in Ophthalmology.


Upcoming Programs

OWL Connect at ESCRS
Sunday, September 15, 2019; 5:30-7:00 PM
Foyer outside North 3
Paris Convention Centre
1 Place de la Porte de Versailles,
75015 Paris, France
OWL SoCal Connect
TBC-2019; 5:30-7:30 PM
Gavin Herbert Eye Institute
Cavanaugh Conference
University of California, Irvine
850 Health Sciences Road
Irvine, CA 92697-4375
Northeast OWL Connect
TBC-2019; 6:00-8:00 PM
28 Sassy
28 7th Ave S
New York, NY 10014
OWL at AAO 2019 | Signature Event & Awards Ceremony
Sunday, October 13, 2019; 5:30-7:00 PM
Intercontinental San Francisco (TBC)
888 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Featured Champion Members

Joanna Williams

Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Lexitas Pharma Services, Inc.

Joanna has over 20 years of experience in the life sciences industry. She began her career in clinical research as a clinical site coordinator and then joined a small CRO in their data management and clinical technology group. In early 2000, she co-founded a clinical technology company providing IRT systems which was later acquired by ICON Clinical Research. In her nearly 14 year tenure with ICON, Joanna was responsible for growing the IRT service offering for ICON from the ground up as well as held leadership positions within clinical operations leading clinical technology teams. Since joining Lexitas in 2014, Joanna has been focused on operational delivery, business growth and service expansion. She is passionate about helping her teams find creative solutions and deliver exceptional quality and service to our customers.

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William J. Link, PhD

Managing Director, Versant Ventures | Manager, Flying L Partners | Director, Oyster Point Pharma

Bill specializes early-stage investing in medical devices. He is a founder and Principal of Flying L Partners and he is a founder and Managing Director of Versant Ventures.  Prior to co-founding Versant Ventures, Bill was a general partner at Brentwood Venture Capital, and has over two decades of operations experience in the healthcare industry. Bill was previously founder, chairman, and CEO of Chiron Vision, which was sold to Bausch and Lomb in 1997. Prior to Chiron Vision, Bill founded and served as President of American Medical Optics (AMO), a division of American Hospital Supply Corporation, which was sold to Allergan in 1986. Later, he served on the Board of AMO’s successor company, Advanced Medical Optics (AMO) which was acquired by Abbott in 2009.  AMO was acquired by Johnson and Johnson in 2016.  Before entering the healthcare industry, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Bill currently serves on the board of several private companies and three public companies, Edwards Lifesciences, Glaukos, and Second Sight Medical Products. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from Purdue University.

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