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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:

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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

Get-On-Board with OWL
Begins 5.10.21
Digital & Live
OWL Signature Event at ASCRS
7.25.21 | 5.30 PM PT
Mandalay Bay North Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV
OWL Leadership Summit
Begins 9.23.21
Balboa Bay Resort, Newport Beach, CA
OWL Signature Event & Awards Ceremony at AAO
11.14.21 | 5.30 PM CT
Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans, LA

Featured Champion Members

Carla Mack, OD

Global Head of Professional Affairs – Alcon

Dr. Carla Mack is Head, Global Professional Affairs- Vision Care Franchise. Carla is responsible for leading the Professional Affairs strategy and bringing the voice of the Eye Care Professional to Alcon’s business development pipeline.

Carla joined Alcon in January 2014 and held various leadership roles in the US Professional Affairs organization. As Head, Professional Strategy & Development, Carla led and developed the strategic professional communications plans aligned to the commercial, professional affairs and market development strategies. She also had responsibility for all multi-media professional training and education under the Alcon Experience Academy umbrella including peer-to-peer training via the Alcon Experience Center.

Prior to joining Alcon, Carla held roles in global medical affairs and global professional marketing at Bausch + Lomb, was a professor at The Ohio State University College of Optometry and was Clinic Director of the OSU Campus Optometry Services. While at OSU, she examined thousands of patients and taught courses in glaucoma management, specialty contact lenses and practice management. She has served as the chief editor of Contact Lens Spectrum and the Contact Lenses Today e-newsletter.

Carla completed a hospital-based disease residency and earned both her Doctor of Optometry and her Master of Business Administration degrees from The Ohio State University. She is a Diplomate in the American Academy of Optometry Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies.

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Sandor Palfi

Vice President, Americas, Surgical Vision - Johnson & Johnson Vision

Sandor Palfi is the Vice President of the Americas at Johnson & Johnson Vision, responsible for leading the commercial operations for the surgical business across the U.S., Latin America and Canada. As VP of the Americas, Sandor’s focus is on delivering innovative surgical products and solutions to Ophthalmologists and their patients to address their unmet needs in these regions. Prior to leading the Americas, Sandor served as the Vice President of Commercial for the international surgical vision business where his thoughtful and decisive leadership, commitment to strategic alignment, prioritization and execution, and dedication to customers and patients led to a pattern of above market growth.

Sandor’s career at Johnson & Johnson spans nearly two decades, with roles of increasing responsibility in supply chain, sales and commercial marketing in EMEA and the U.S. He joined Johnson & Johnson as a supply chain manager for the company’s cardiology business in Europe and continued on to oversee sales at Biosense Webster for more than a decade. Prior to his current role at Johnson & Johnson Vision, Sandor led U.S. sales at Depuy Synthes, where he spearheaded the transformation and integration of four different business units into an integrated orthopedics business.

After receiving his degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Hungary in his home country, Sandor completed his MBA at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management. In addition to spending time with his family, Sandor is a fitness junkie whose passion for leading high-performing, high-energy teams stems from his personal passion for health and well-being.

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