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OIWC Awards
OIWC is proud to present two awards that honor female leaders in the outdoor, bike and snowsports industries. The Pioneering Woman Award recognizes a "maven of mentoring,” and the First Ascent Award acknowledges an industry newcomer who demonstrates strong leadership potential.

Special thanks to
 Timberland and Women's Adventure Magazine, co-sponsors of the
bike industry's 2010 awards and outdoor and snowsports industry's 2011 awards.


Pioneering Woman Award (PWA)

Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition created the Pioneering Woman Award to honor women in the outdoor industry who have furthered the vision of the OIWC by demonstrating an outstanding commitment to mentoring female colleagues.

The Pioneering Woman Award was introduced in the outdoor industry in 2002, and in 2006, OIWC introduced the first Pioneering Woman Award in both the snowsports and the bike industries.

First Ascent Award (FAA)
The Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition created the perfect complement to the Pioneering Woman Award with its First Ascent Award. This award recognizes a woman new to the industry who demonstrates strong potential for leadership.

The award furthers the vision of OIWC by increasing visibility of talented young women at lower levels in an organization, thereby facilitating their leadership development on their journey to future leadership.

Award Presentations
Awards are presented to the winners during OIWC events at the SIA Snowsports Tradeshow, Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, and Interbike.
You may submit nominations year- round.   Nominate someone you know now!
Review our previous award recipients.


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