Finding value in the diversity of ophthalmology is at the core of the Ophthalmic Women Leaders’ success, share two members of its Board of Directors.
Every quarter, Ophthalmic Women Leaders (OWL) uses this column to provide leadership insights, tips, and perspectives. As we approach the end of 2014, we wanted to take an opportunity to discuss how the not-for-profit organization is evolving following a highly successful year and recent American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting. In this interview, Katherine C. Wiseman—vice president of client services at DevicePharm—and Laurie K. Brown, MBA, COMT, COE—administrator at Drs. Fine, Hoffman & Sims LLC—share their history with OWL and perspectives on the organization’s growth.
How did you become affiliated with OWL?
Katherine C. Wiseman: I joined 6 years ago. I had many clients in ophthalmology and had heard great things about the group from a networking standpoint.
About 2 years ago, I decided to get more involved with the organization from a strategic standpoint and help the organization grow and evolve. I contacted the group about sitting on the communications committee, and now, as the committee chair, I’ve found that the more I put in, the more I get out of it, so to speak.
Beyond just networking, I’m able to connect with peers and contribute to the organization’s brand development, an excellent and rewarding exercise that goes beyond just “networking.”
Laurie K. Brown, MBA, COMT, COE: Honestly, it’s been so long—maybe 10 years now—that I can’t remember the exact length of time! I saw an ad in the meeting program, grabbed a colleague, and went to a Monday night event at an ASCRS or AAO meeting.
I remember being nervous about networking at the time. At the first event, we were introduced to a room full of successful women in ophthalmology, including some of whom I knew from my work with industry and other practices. After meeting these inspiring women and listening to engaging presentations, I was hooked.