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OWA Announces 2017 Award Winners


The Optical Women’s Association—celebrating its 20th year in 2017—has announced the women in the industry it will honor as its Pleiades, Pyxis, and Pinnacle award recipients.
Kate Renwick-Espinosa, president of VSP Vision Care, has been selected as the 2017 Pleiades award recipient. Lorie Lippiatt, O.D. and president, Salem Eyecare Center, has been selected as its 2017 Pyxis award recipient. In addition, the 20th anniversary honoree and recipient of the Pinnacle Award is Corinne McCormack, vice president and fashion director of FGXI.
The three women will be honored at two special events in 2017—the OWA Champagne Breakfast on March 30 and the OWA Annual Star Award Ceremony & Networking Event on April 1st. Venues for both events, which coincide with International Vision Expo East in New York City, will be announced soon.
Pleaides Award Honoree
Renwick-Espinosa has worked for VSP for more than 23 years and previously served as VSP Global’s first chief marketing officer.
She has been instrumental in the development of a broad corporate social responsibility and charity program that has provided millions of dollars in free eye care and eyewear to hundreds of thousands of people in need around the world. She was named one of Vision Monday’s “Most Influential Women in Optical” in 2005 and was a 2013 recipient of the “Most Powerful and Influential Women Award” from the California Diversity Council.
“This award honors an individual for showing exceptional support in advancing the leadership role of women,” said Maureen Cavanagh, OWA President. “Kate has earned the respect of so many people in our industry, and that is exactly what we look for in our annual honoree.”
Pyxis Award Honoree
Dr. Lippiatt, O.D., is president of the Salem Eyecare Center, Inc., a comprehensive optometric center she founded in 1989.  She has been instrumental in the development of electronic medical records for optometrists and technology integration.  She has served as a consultant for OfficeMate, VisionWeb, and Marco. 
An OWA member since 2004, Dr. Lippiatt has served as co-chair of the Professional Development Fund on the board of the OWA for the past three years. She is a member of Salem Rotary, an advisory board member of the Salvation Army, and is active in her local church. 
 “The Pyxis award recognizes someone who contributes to the OWA’s growth by actively participating in the organization and promoting it throughout the industry. Lorie’s commitment and dedication to the OWA have lead to many accomplishments over the years.  We are very grateful to have such a spirited, talented, professional so actively involved in our association,“ said Cavanagh.
Pinnacle Award Honoree
In addition to the two annual awards and in honor of its 20th Anniversary celebration, the OWA will be honoring a distinguished member with an inaugural anniversary award. The Pinnacle Award will be given to someone who has shown long-standing and consistent dedication and commitment to the OWA and to furthering the role of women in the optical industry. This new award will be given on OWA milestone or anniversary years.
Corinne McCormack exemplifies commitment to the OWA and has a track record of dedication and service to the association that spans the years.  Throughout her career in fashion and in optical, she has crafted her own unique brand of leadership. Upon entering the industry, she joined the OWA in 1998 and has been an ardent promoter of the OWA since.
McCormack has served as a director of the Board, a former president of the OWA,  has chaired multiple committees, and inspires emerging talent to join the OWA.  She is a stellar choice for the inaugural anniversary award on the occasion of the OWA’s 20th anniversary celebration. 

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