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OIWC Seeks Nominations for 2009 Awards

The Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition (OIWC) is accepting nominations for the 2009 Pioneering Woman Award.

The Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition (OIWC) is accepting nominations for the 2009 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 Paige Boucher, Carolyn Cooke, Kim Coupounas, Ann Krcik, Norma Hansen, Rachel Ligtenberg, and Kitty Bradley.

To compliment the Pioneering Woman award, the OIWC created the First Ascent Award. This award recognizes a woman new to the industry who has demonstrated 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. Past winners include Angela Hassan of, Tsedo Sherpa of Sherpa Mountain Gear, Jordan Jiskra of Burton Snowboards, and Jennifer Wittman of Outside Magazine.

The recipients of the Pioneering Woman Award and First Ascent awards will be announced at the annual winter OIWC Gathering on Friday, January 23rd. The event, will be held at Pierpont Place (163 W Pierpont Ave), and will include great food and networking opportunities. Details regarding the time of the awards presentation will be announced at a later date.

This year OIWC will offer both award recipients a free one year membership to the coalition.

The deadline to submit nominations for both awards is December 15, 2008. Nominations can be submitted online at Please confirm your nominee will be at Winter Market and is available to attend the OIWC event.

About OIWC

OIWC is a 501(c) 6 non-profit corporation focused on the mission of equipping women to achieve their success. The OIWC Education Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated specifically to providing women educational programs and career development resources. To learn more about the OIWC online member community or to become a new member or sponsor, please visit

OIWC is sponsored at the Gold Plus level by EMS, Fox River, Keen, REI, Vasque and W.L. Gore & Associates. At the Gold level, sponsors are Jansport, Mountain Hardwear, and The North Face. Silver sponsors are Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, Burton, Camelbak, GearTrends/SNEWS, Giant Bicycles, Hi-Tec, Interbike, KPS3, Marmot, Outdoor Industry Association, Outdoor Retailer, SIA, Timberland, Tubbs Snowshoes, Twenty Four Seven, and Yakima. Bronze sponsors are Backpacker, Bikes Belong Coalition, Black Diamond, Cascade Designs, CGPR, Chaco, Contourwear, ExOfficio, Falcon Guides, Filson, Fuji Bicycles, GoLite, Gramicci, Guyot Designs, Kokatat, Moving Comfort, Nuun Active Hydration, Open Creative, Osprey, Outdoor Research, Plum, Primaloft, Quality Bicycle Products, Rogers Corporation, Schoeller, Shimano, Sierra Magazine, Specialized, Specialty Sports Venture, Terramar, Thule, and Turtle Fur. Friends of OIWC include, Aloe Up, Chaos, EarMitts, Earth Creations, Kiss My Face, ProTech Skin Care, Trade Association of Paddlesports, Wallaroo Hat Company and Zeal Optics.