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OWA Announces New Leadership – Deb Bulken Named New President to Follow Robyn Crimmins

“The unique talent and perspective that Courtney, Janna and Trudi bring to the board further amplifies our commitment to representing and developing the leadership potential of ALL women in the Optical Industry.”

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OWA Announces New Leadership – Deb Bulken Named New President to Follow Robyn Crimmins

Deb Bulken | Janna Neal | Courtney Myers | Trudi Charest

(PRESS RELEASE)DALLAS, TX — The Optical Women’s Association announces a new president and three additional board members.

Deb Bulken, Vice President of Sales, Eastern Region, for Luxottica and previous vice president of the OWA, has assumed the president position effective immediately. Additionally, Trudi Charest, Co-Founder of Marketing4ECPs, Courtney Myers, Senior Vice President of Red Havas, and Janna Neal, Vice President of Operations for Zyloware, will join the OWA Board of Directors.

“The unique talent and perspective that Courtney, Janna and Trudi bring to the board further amplifies our commitment to representing and developing the leadership potential of ALL women in the Optical Industry,” said Bulken.

The OWA would like to give special thanks to departing board members Tiara Claxton, Southwest Regional Sales Manager for Thelios, and Pamela Capaldi, Myopia Management Specialist for CooperVision.

OWA would also like to thank its outgoing president, Robyn Crimmins, Division Vice President, Commercial Markets West for VSP, who has provided leadership and direction to the association for the past two years. Crimmins navigated the OWA through the uncharted waters of the pandemic, ensuring that OWA members had access to additional professional and personal resources designed to help them meet these new challenges. During her term, successful new programs were created to further OWA’s purpose of supporting and inspiring women in the optical industry – the OWA Advisory Groups, the OWA Talks podcasts, the Food for Thought program, and the OWA Reads book discussion group – and traditional in-person events were successfully converted to a virtual format. The Leadership Scholarship program was expanded and an OWA Finance Committee was formed. Crimmins will remain on the OWA Board as Immediate Past President for two years and Co-Chair of the OWA Nominating Committee.

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New president Deb Bulken had this to say about the outgoing president: “Robyn’s impact on the OWA and its mission has been extraordinary.  Leading through the unusual and challenging past two years she has shown great agility and conviction.  Her commitment to growing the OWA and delivering on the promise to the valued sponsors and members has been inspiring. As a board, we have all grown and invested deeply in seeing all women in the Optical Industry achieve their leadership potential.  It is a journey I am proud to be a part of and I look forward to building on Robyn’s great legacy!”

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