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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

Nominations open now! 

Close: July 29, 2016

Thank you to BRAIN for sponsoring these Awards!! 

@ Interbike 2016 (Las Vegas NV)

Event Date: Sept 21, 2016

Outdoor Industry

Closed for 2016 (nominations open Oct 4, 2016)

@ Outdoor Retailer Winter Market
(Salt Lake City UT)
Event Date: Jan 9, 2017

Snow Industry

Closed for 2016 (nominations open Oct 4, 2016)

@ SIA (Denver CO)
Event Date: Jan 28, 2017


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.

Thank you to BRAIN for sponsoring the 2016 Bicycle Leadership Awards!


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