Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition Announces Bike Industry 2013 Pioneering Woman and First Ascent Award Winners
Boulder, CO (September 12, 2013) – The Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition (OIWC) is delighted to announce the winners of the OIWC 2013 Pioneering Woman and First Ascent Awards for the Bike Industry.
Jenn Dice, Vice President of Government Relations at Bikes Belong has won the Pioneering Women Award and Anna Schwinn, Lead Engineer at Quality Bicycle Parts (QBP), has won the First Ascent Award
Nominated by their peers for their inspiring leadership both inside
and outside the companies where they work, the OIWC created the
Pioneering Woman Award and First Ascent Award to honor women in the
outdoor industry who have furthered the vision of the OIWC.
"We are thrilled to be able to recognize these two women. Jenn Dice
exemplifies OIWC’s mission – she is a recognized, respected, and trusted
leader by all her peers, men and women. Anna Schwinn is one of a few
female engineers in the bike industry. She is not only a leader by
example, but she has also been an active creator of a culture of
mentorship at QBP. We are so happy to honor all of their efforts,” said
Deanne Buck, OIWC Executive Director.
The Pioneering Woman award recognizes a woman who has paved the way
for women in the industry through outstanding commitment toward
mentoring female colleagues.
Upon learning of her award, Jenn
Dice said, "This is so wonderful and I am thrilled. I will keep working
every day to further the goals of this incredible organization and our
national goals of growing bicycling across America.”
Nominated by fellow Bike Industry associate, Elysa Walk, GM- USA of Giant Bicycles,
Elysa said. "Jenn is absolutely paving the way for women to take senior
roles in advocacy and in government relations. She takes an active
role in participating in the Executive Women in Cycling private
mentorship/leadership group, and is a regular participant in all OIWC
events. As a high potential contributor to the industry, she will only
continue to inspire women far and wide within not just the bike
industry, but also in politics.'
The First Ascent Award recognizes a woman new to the industry who
demonstrates strong potential for leadership. Anna Schwinn said, "I’m
honored. There are so many amazing ladies in the industry currently.
It is really incredible to be recognized within that group.”
Nominated by Lindsay Piper, Consumer Brand Softgoods Manager at QBP,
Lindsay said, "Anna has been a voice for women at QBP since her first
day, encouraging her female coworkers to achieve and encouraging
management to take a more active approach to recruiting & including
women. She is a born leader.'
Jenn and Anna will be honored at the OIWC Thought Leader and Awards Presentation at Interbike, September 18, 4:30-6pm, in Mandalay Bay’s Islander Ballroom C. The awards are supported by Bicycle Retailer and Industry News. The event will also feature Keynote Speaker Elysa Walk. More information at the OIWC website.