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OIWC Seeks Nominations for 2008 Awards

The Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition (OIWC) is accepting nominations for the 2008 Pioneering Woman Award.

The Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition (OIWC) is accepting nominations for the 2008 Pioneering Woman Award. This award honors women within the Outdoor Industry who have furthered the vision of the OIWC by demonstrating an outstanding commitment to mentoring female colleagues. Previous winners of this prestigious award include Carolyn Cooke, Kim Coupounas, Ann Krcik, Norma Hansen, Rachel Ligtenberg, and Kitty Bradley.

To compliment the Pioneering Woman award, the OIWC recently created the First Ascent Award. This award recognizes a woman new to the industry who demonstrates strong potential for leadership. It also furthers the vision of OIWC by increasing visibility of talented young women exhibiting the skills for long-term success. The inaugural First Ascent Award was won in 2005 by Jennifer Wittman of Outside Magazine. Jordan Jiskra of Burton Snowboards won in 2006 and most recently receiving the honors was Tsedo Sherpa of Sherpa Mountain Gear.

The recipients of the Pioneering Woman Award and First Ascent awards will be announced at the annual winter OIWC Gathering on January 25th. The event, held at Abravanel Hall from 6 – 8pm, will include great food and networking opportunities. The awards presentation will begin at 7pm.

This year OIWC will offer both recipients a monetary scholarship for which they can apply toward a national leadership program that will support their goals and ambitions.

The deadline to submit nominations for both awards is December 15, 2007. Nominations can be submitted online at

OIWC is a non-profit corporation focused on the mission of equipping women to achieve their success. OIWC is sponsored at the Gold Plus level by EMS, Fox River, REI, and W.L. Gore & Associates. Gold level sponsors are CGPR, JanSport, Mountain Hardwear,, and Yakima. Silver level sponsors are Backpacker Magazine, Burton, GearTrends/SNEWS, Giant Bicycles, Hi-Tec, Interbike, Marmot, Outdoor Industry Association, Outdoor Retailer, SIA Timberland, and Tubbs Snowshoes. Bronze level sponsors are Bicycle Retailer & Industry News, Black Diamond, Camelbak, Cascade Designs, Chaco, Columbia, Contourwear, Filson, Fuji, GoLite, Guyot Designs, Kokatat, Manzella, Nuun Active Hydration, Osprey, Outdoor Research, OutdoorMind, Primaloft, QBP, Schoeller, Shimano, Sierra Magazine, Specialized, The North Face, Thule, and Turtle Fur. Friends of the OIWC include Chaos, EarMitts, Kiss My Face, Wallaroo Hat Company, and the Trade Association of Paddlesports.