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Why Join OWL?


OWL’s vision is to promote and develop diverse leadership to advance ophthalmic innovation and patient care.


OWL works across Eyecare. Our mission is to provide professional and personal development and create opportunities for collaboration.

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 St. Louis Networking Event
6.13.24 | 4.30 PM CDT
The Boundary at The Cheshire
7036 Clayton Avenue #1915
St. Louis, MO, 63117
OWL SoCal Program at Octane's OTF "The Future of Work in Eyecare: Talent, Collaboration and Innovation"
6.20.24 | 4.30 PM PDT
VEA Newport Beach
(Monaco Room)
900 Newport Center Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660
OWL Signature Event at AOA: Embracing Diversity in Eyecare
6.20.24 | 6.30 PM CDT
Omni Nashville
(Cumberland Room)
250 Rep. John Lewis Way S
Nashville, TN 37203
OWL Summer Reception at AECOS
7.13.24 | 5.30 PM MDT
The Library, St Regis Hotel
2300 Deer Valley Dr E
Park City, UT 84060
OWL Leadership Summit
Hyatt Centric French Quarter
800 Iberville St
New Orleans, LA 70112

Featured Champion Members

Grant Schmid

Senior Vice President Sales
Topcon Healthcare

Grant Schmid is the Senior Vice President of Sales for Topcon Healthcare. Grant joined Topcon in 2017 with the founding of Topcon Healthcare Solutions a Software Startup inside of the Topcon Global Corporation. In 2022 Grant took over leadership of the Hardware and Software Sales teams focusing on all sales channels in the US Market. Grant also sits on the business development committee focusing on innovations and partnerships using new technologies. Prior to Topcon he worked for Carl Zeiss Meditec, Merge Healthcare, OIS and WebMD.

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Rian Valentine

Senior Manager National Sales Training
Sun Pharma

Rian Valentine is the Senior Manager of Commercial Field Training for Ophthalmics for Sun Pharma. She has over 15 years in Pharmaceutical Sales and Training with multiple awards in disease states including Cardiovascular, ADHD, Neurology and Ophthalmology. She has been a national Representative of the year and Leadership Award Winner at multiple companies, and recently was named a Visionary Award Winner at Sun Pharma. Rian is a graduate of The Ohio State University, and has a B.A. in Political Science and an M.B.A. and M.P.A. From Columbus, Ohio, she has spent her free time working on the boards of organizations such as; The American Lung Association, The Junior League and multiple small community based organizations (Girl Power, Empowered Consulting, and Studio RM Productions). She has been named a National Lung Force Hero and received the Captivator Leadership Award this year for her work mentoring young women all across the country in professional and personal development.

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