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OIWC Seeks Bike Industry Award Nominations

Thursday, July 10, 2008   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Amy Luther

OIWC Seeks Nominations for Two Awards that Support the Development of Women in the Bicycle Industry.

July, 2008 – The Outdoor Industries Women's Coalition (OIWC) is now accepting nominations for two awards supporting women in the Bicycle Industry. The first is the Pioneering Woman Award. This award honors women within the bicycle industry who have furthered the vision of the OIWC by demonstrating an outstanding commitment to mentoring female colleagues. In 2006, the first OIWC Pioneering Woman Award for the Bicycle Industry went to Ashley Korenblat, owner and proprietor of Western Spirit Cycling. Last year's winner was Ariadne Delon Scott, director of advocacy and the environment for Specialized.

The second award to be presented is the First Ascent award. This award recognizes a woman new to the bicycle industry who demonstrates strong potential for leadership. This award furthers the vision of OIWC by increasing visibility of talented young women at lower levels in an organization, thereby facilitating and nurturing their leadership skills. The inaugural First Ascent Award for the Bicycle Industry was presented last year to Sabine Dukes, creator of Velo Bella, a women's cycling club of more than 300 members.

The winners of both awards will receive a monetary scholarship of $1,000 to be applied towards a national leadership program that supports their goals and ambitions. Recipients may choose their own program (to be approved by the OIWC board) or pick one from our list of suggestions.

The winners of this year's Pioneering Woman and First Ascent awards will be announced on September 25, 2008 at a luncheon panel, a new OIWC event during Interbike.

Show your support of women in the Bicycle Industry by nominating a colleague, a mentor or friend for these Awards. This is open to anyone who would like to submit a nomination, but the deadline is fast approaching. Post your nominations online by August 10, 2008: http://www.oiwc.org/?AwardNomination. Previous nominees may be nominated again. The award recipients must be present at The OIWC luncheon at Interbike. Please take this request into consideration when submitting a nominee.



OIWC is a non-profit corporation focused on the mission of equipping women to achieve their success. OIWC is sponsored by the following companies in outdoor, snowsports and bicycle industries:

Gold Plus sponsors
Eastern Mountain Sports, Fox River Mills, Keen Footwear, REI, Vasque, W.L. Gore

Gold sponsors
JanSport, Mountain Hardwear, The North Face

Silver sponsors
Burton Snowboards, Camelbak, Gear Trends, Giant Bicycle, Hi-Tec, InterBike, KPS3, Marmot, OIA, Outdoor Retailer, SIA, Timberland, Tubbs Snowshoes, Twenty Four 7, Yakima.

Bronze sponsors
Kokatat, Backpacker, Bicycle Retailer & Industry News, Bikes Belong, Black Diamond, Cascade Designs, CGPR, Chaco, Contourwear, ExOfficio, Falcon Guides, Filson, Fuji, Go Lite, Guyot Designs, Kokatat, Moving Comfort, Nuun, Open Creative, Osprey Packs, Outdoor Research, plum, Primaloft, Quality Bicycle Products, Rogers Corp., Schoeller, Shimano, Sierra magazine, Specialized, Specialty Sports, Terramar Sports, Thule, Turtle Fur.