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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!



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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 SoCal Connect Summer Event
Tuesday, June 18, 2019; 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Gavin Herbert Eye Institute – Mazzo Terrace
Department of Ophthalmology – University of California, Irvine
850 Health Sciences Road Irvine, CA 92697-4375
OWL Northeast Connect
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 (TBC); 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Featured Champion Members

Robert Sanchez, Sr. Director of R&D at Glaukos

Robert Sanchez is currently a Sr. Director of R&D at Glaukos, focusing on long term glaucoma implants and combination devices.

Robert has over 17 years in ophthalmology with specific concentration on Retina Surgical Systems, Glaucoma and ophthalmic combination devices. Robert is a UCI Engineering Alumni Hall of fame inductee 2018; and currently serves has a Boy Scouts of America Merit Badge Counselor. 

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Casey Lind, Chief Operating Officer, Presbia, Manufacturing Management

Casey Lind is an experienced leader in Class II and III ophthalmic medical devices, with over 30 years of focused ophthalmic surgical device experience providing leadership in Manufacturing, Global Supply Chain, and Research & Development.  Her background includes her current role as Chief Operating Officer, Presbia, Manufacturing Management in both Systems and Cleanroom Operations, General Manager for the Alcon (Infinitech) team in St. Louis, MO, internationally, as Director of Manufacturing, Materials Management & Site Integration, as well as in key Director-level leadership positions in ophthalmic surgical R&D.

Prior to joining Presbia as COO in February 2018, Ms. Lind was with Alcon, a Novartis company where, in addition to her manufacturing leadership roles, she led global Surgical Product Support for Cataract, Retina, and Diagnostic systems and consumables, and established and led the early Surgical Glaucoma and Drug Delivery research teams, before completing her career (at Alcon) as Sr Project Head, Retina R&D.  Ms. Lind has numerous issued patents focused on drug delivery, injection/dose control, MEMS based posterior segment drainage and flow, and key manufacturing processes. Ms. Lind is a graduate of Iowa State University, with a degree in Business, and received her MBA from Webster University.

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