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OWL Names Author Kjerstin Gruys as Keynote Speaker




(Press Release) Kjerstin Gruys, Ph.D,, acclaimed author of Mirror, Mirror, Off the Wall, Thinking Matters, Fellow at Stanford University, and postdoctoral scholar at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford, will be the keynote speaker at OWL’s annual Signature Event.

The event will take place on Saturday, November 14 from 5:30-7:00 PM at The Wynn during the 2015 American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting in Las Vegas, NV.

Dr. Gruys’ research broadly explores the relationship between physical appearance and social inequality, with a particular focus on gender as it intersects with race/ethnicity, class, sexuality, and age, and has been published in several journals, including Social Problems and Social Science & Medicine.

Sponsored by Shire as well as contributing sponsor OCuSOFT, the event will include opening remarks provided by Marsha Link, Ph.D., president of OWL, and Angela Bedell, OWL’s executive director. A networking reception will kick off the evening.

In addition to the Signature Event, OWL will host several educational and networking events geared to a specific demographic of OWL members.

All of these events will take place on Friday, November 13, 2015 at the Venetian Hotel. Participants who join OWL at one of these small, interactive sessions will attend informative discussions with those in similar career paths or stages.


Programs include:

“Owning Your Career Pathway” for the Ophthalmic Industry Professionals Interest Group (2:00-3:00 PM) Sponsored by Lexitas, the program will be presented by Diane Houtman in which she will share the stories of several female leaders’ pathway to success. From these inspirational examples, participants will have the opportunity to create, review with a peer, and seek group comment on their own potential pathways to career growth.

“Changing the Way We Communicate: Which Comes First, the WHAT or the WHY?” for the Rising Stars in Ophthalmology Interest Group (2:00-3:00 PM) Sponsored by Paragon BioTeck, co-presenters Sumie Takahara and Megan Sweeney will discuss communication related to effective leadership.

“Focus on Impact” for Ophthalmic Business Owners Interest Group (4:00-5:00 PM) Co-sponsored by Biosyntrix and OCuSOFT, Ellen Troyer and Cynthia Barratt will lead a discussion on Impact—measurable differences we create in people’s lives as the direct result of contact with us, our team and our company’s message, marketing, products and services.

Sponsored by Halma, presenter Dr. Scott Eccarius will share information and lead a discussion on the movement to value-based medicine.

For more information and to register for all OWL events, visit



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