OWL continues to seek ways to drive its impact in advancing diversity in leadership. The OWL Fellows Program will increase support and connection opportunities by pairing interested rising leaders with established leaders in the ophthalmic space. These connections should allow parties to grow, share experiences and impact careers – and will be a way for OWL to elevate underrepresented parties in the ophthalmic space. Note: There is no formal educational curriculum associated with the Program.
Criteria to Participate as an OWL Fellow
The OWL Fellow program will aim to initially assist 4-6 participants in its first year and will evaluate program numbers on a year-by-year basis.
Ideal candidates for the OWL Fellows Program are:
An active OWL member
An emerging leader in the ophthalmic space
In their early or mid-careers
Demonstrating high potential for making an impact in ophthalmology
Committed to diverse leadership
Willing to commit the time and effort to interact with their Mentor, other Fellows and OWL Leadership
Process for OWL Fellows Program
Interested candidates may apply to be considered for the program, or may be nominated by Board or Advisory Board members for consideration.
The Board of Directors will make the final decision to select each class of Fellows, who will then be paired with their Mentor. OWL will facilitate the introductions and set expectations, and a representative of OWL will check in with participants to ensure the program’s success. OWL will facilitate meeting locations for Fellows during annual conferences.
Each OWL Fellows Program will run for one year. OWL will announce its Fellows at annual meetings and it is anticipated to have an alumni class of OWL Fellows which may wish to communicate and meet.