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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

Leading Effective Meetings
10.27.21 | 4 PM ET
OWL Signature Event & Awards Ceremony at AAO
11.14.21 | 5.30 PM CT
Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans, LA
New Member Mixer
12.1.2021 | 12 PM ET
OWL Leadership Summit
2.3.22 - 2.4.22
Balboa Bay Resort, Newport Beach, CA

Featured Champion Members

Rich Small, CEO

Neurotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Richard Small serves as Neurotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc.’s Chief Executive Officer. He has been with Neurotech serving in multiple executive rolls since July 2007. He has in excess of 30 years of both private and public life sciences experience and more than 40 years of overall financial and operational management. He also currently serves as a Trustee, Executive Committee Member and Chairman of the Finance and Business Affairs Committee for the New England College of Optometry. Previously Mr. Small served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Point Therapeutics, a publicly traded biotechnology company focused in developing treatments for various cancers. At Point he was a founding member of the Company and involved in taking the company public and successfully completed several private and public equity offerings. Prior to Point he served as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer at Immulogic Pharmaceutical, Inc., a publicly traded biotechnology company developing treatments for immunological-based disorders. At Immulogic he was involved in completing multiple licensing deals and several public equity offerings. His early career was spent in senior management financial and treasury positions at Dennison Manufacturing Company and he began his career at the public accounting firm of Coopers and Lybrand, LLC. Mr. Small is a CPA and has a BS in Business Administration from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Principal & Senior Consultant BSM Consulting

Laurie Brown is a senior consultant for BSM Consulting based in Tucson, Ariz. In her role at BSM, Ms. Brown consults with a variety of individual, group, and corporate clients to identify specific needs and issues while providing enduring strategic solutions that achieve the objectives of all stakeholders.

A distinguished ophthalmic administrator and educator, Ms. Brown brings more than 35 years of health care experience to BSM. She has extensive experience in administration and management roles and a strong clinical/surgical background which includes surgical assistance and oversight of FDA-monitored core studies of new ophthalmic technologies. She is certified as an ophthalmic technologist and executive, professional coder, and medical auditor.

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