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Award Nomination Criteria & Form

Pioneering Woman Award
The Pioneering Woman Award honors women in the outdoor industries 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.

Criteria for nominee:

• Over 15 years in the industry
• Engaged in the development of female colleagues
• Proven track record of success and influence
• Seen as a mentor to others in the organization and in the industry
• Seen as a leader and role model
• Shown dedication to a career in the industries
• Supports and participates in the OIWC

First Ascent Award

The First Ascent Award recognizes a woman in the industry who demonstrates strong potential for leadership and career advancement.

This nominee demonstrates her potential by meeting the following criteria:
• 3-7 years in the industry
• Director/Manager level
• Engaged in developing new skills
• Proven track record of success in current role
• Peer mentor to others in the organization
• Desire to lead
• Longevity and dedication to employment in the industries
• Supports and participates in the OIWC

Nomination Process and Award Presentations

Awards are presented to the winners during OIWC events at the SIA Snowsports Tradeshow, Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, and Interbike.

Nominations are good for one year, and must be re-submitted annually.  Learn more about previous award recipients here.

Nomination Deadlines and Presentations

All award are presented during the OIWC Keynote & Awards Presentation event at each of the trade shows listed below.

Nomination Deadline
Award Presentation
Bike Industry
Closed for 2015

@ Interbike 2015 (Las Vegas NV)

Event Date: Sept 16, 2015

Outdoor Industry

Closed for 2015

@ Outdoor Retailer Winter Market
(Salt Lake City UT)
Event Date: Jan 9, 2016

Snow Industry

Closed for 2015

@ SIA (Denver CO)
Event Date: TBD


NOTE: To be eligible to receive the award, the recipient must be able to attend the OIWC awards presentation at their industry trade show! Nominations are valid for only the year they are submitted, and must be re-submitted annually.

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