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Call for Leadership Award Nominations: Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition to Honor Outstanding Women Leaders in the Outdoor & Snow Industries

October 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition (OIWC) is pleased to announce the annual call for nominations for its Pioneering Woman Award and First Ascent Award in the outdoor and snow industries. These prestigious awards were established by OIWC to recognize the remarkable impact women have had in these industries, their local communities, and on their colleagues.


The Pioneering Woman Award honors an industry leader who has proven leadership skills and has paved the way for other women and the First Ascent Award honors an up-and-coming leader who shows strong potential for being an industry influencer.  Past winners include Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior; Sally McCoy, CamelBak; Donna Carpenter, Burton Snowboards; and Annelise Loevlie, Icelantic Skis.

OIWC recognizes that women leaders and a diversified workforce are good for business. OIWC’s Pioneering Woman and First Ascent Awards celebrate the visible impact of the advancement of women both inside and outside the companies where they work. “The OIWC Leadership Awards honor thought-leaders who are transforming the landscapes of the outdoor and snow industries,” explains Amy Luther, Program Director. “I encourage all to take a moment to recognize a woman who has contributed to the growth and expansion of their respective industry, as well as had a positive impact on the lives of those around them.”

Criteria for nominations include:

  • 1. The Pioneering Woman Award honors a woman who has been influential in paving the way for other women.  The recipient serves as an example of mentoring and is a recognized leader. She helps others be successful through role modeling, encouragement, and inclusivity. This individual has been able to positively impact, engage, and support the industry in which they are employed.
  • 2. The First Ascent Award recognizes a woman in the industry who demonstrates strong potential for leadership and career advancement.  This individual has a desire to lead and a proven track record for success in her current role.

Nominations must be completed and submitted on our website,, by December 1, 2015.  Winners will be announced in January 2016 and honored at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market and The SIA Snow Show.

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