The Optical Women’s Association (OWA) has announced its 2019 OWA Award Honorees. Holly Rush, CEO of Costa, will receive the Pleiades award, which is given to an individual who has shown exceptional support in advancing the leadership role of women in the optical industry. Laura Lewis, vice president of human resources at MyEyeDr, will receive the Pyxis award for her active participation and promotion of the OWA. Jessica Goebert, public relations and marketing manager at De Rigo REM, is this year’s recipient of the Emerging Leader award. The women will be honored March 21 at the OWA’s champagne breakfast at the Edison Ballroom in New York City during Vision Expo East. This event will also feature keynote speaker Kathleen (Katie) Taylor, former president and CEO of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and current chair of the board of the Royal Bank of Canada. The breakfast is sponsored by Luxottica and the OWA.
Rush’s career spans more than 25 years in the consumer products industry, including key roles at L’Oreal and Duracell. In 2011, she joined the optical industry as senior vice president of sales for Luxottica Wholesale and was subsequently named president of Luxottica Wholesale North America. In 2016 she became the CEO of Costa Del Mar, a division of Essilor.
Lewis’s background spans several industries including banking, insurance and optical, where she currently focuses on talent development and strategic growth.
For more than a decade, Goebert has developed communications strategy for brands across fashion, sport and lifestyle, including six years in the optical industry. She started in optical with Luxottica Group, overseeing all brand communications for the company in North America before joining De Rigo REM, where she is responsible for leading all communications, social media, advertising, events and industry relations.