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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
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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.

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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.

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Upcoming Programs

OWL Connect at ESCRS
Sunday, September 15, 2019; 5:30-7:00 PM
Room North 3
Paris Convention Centre
1 Place de la Porte de Versailles,
75015 Paris, France
Northeast OWL Connect
September 24, 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
OWL SoCal Connect
November 12, 2019; 5:30-7:30 PM
Gavin Herbert Eye Institute
Cavanaugh Conference
University of California, Irvine
850 Health Sciences Road
Irvine, CA 92697-4375

Featured Champion Members

Amy Hellem

Chief Executive Officer, Vision House Communications

Amy Hellem is an accomplished medical communications, PR, and marketing professional who has served the needs of pharmaceutical, diagnostic and device manufacturers since 1999. Amy has held several positions at prestigious, award-winning B2B publications, including Editor-in-Chief and Founding Editor. She also launched an industry-wide social networking platform where she later served as Chief Community Officer. In 2012, Amy founded Hellem Consulting with the primary aim of using her well-honed skills to provide clients with a higher level of agency service. In 2019, Hellem Consulting became part of the Vision House Communications network, where Amy currently serves as CEO.

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Jake Vander Zanden

Principal Consultant, McDermott+Bull Executive Search

Jake Vander Zanden is a Principal Consultant and leader of McDermott + Bull’s Technology + Life Sciences Practice. Jake spent over 25 years as a turnaround and growth leader completing business transformations as a senior executive at AMO, Allergan, Medtronic, HOYA, Lumenis, Presbia and others. He has lived and worked throughout Asia, Africa and Europe, and Latin America, and managed multiple businesses in all the major regions of the world. Jake’s success has come from his ability to quickly and continuously develop high performing teams and guide their achievement of company changing initiatives, regardless of country, language, culture, or product group. Now as an Executive Search Consultant he works with the top Ophthalmic companies in the industry.

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