Press Release

OIWC Bike Industry Leadership Award Winners

The Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition (OIWC) is proud to announce the winners of OIWC’s 2014 Pioneering Woman and First Ascent Awards for the Bike Industry.Marilyn Price, Director and Founder of Trips for Kids has won the Pioneering Woman Award and Jennifer Pagels, Human Resources Director at Trek Bicycles, has won the First Ascent Award.

Nominated by their peers for inspiring leadership at companies where they work as well as in the industry as a whole, OIWC created the Pioneering Woman Award and First Ascent Award to honor women who have furthered the vision of OIWC.

“Recognizing women leaders in the Bike Industry is one way OIWC provides inspiration for our members who aspire to advance and build their careers in the industry. We are thrilled to recognize the incredible impact of Marilyn and Jennifer on the bike industry’s efforts around diversity and inclusion,”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.   Marilyn was nominated by Pamela Gallery, a Trips for Kids Board Member.

“Her achievements have placed her in the spotlight as a leader and role model for other women: community organizers, volunteers and supporters across the country, and she continues to develop and test new ideas. But it is her mentoring, encouragement and empowerment of female chapter leaders that has been a significant segment of her leadership of TFK International,” explains Pamela.

The First Ascent Award recognizes a woman who demonstrates strong potential for leadership.Jennifer was nominated by her employee, Heidi Hoffman, Trek HR Generalist.

“Jennifer has developed several new employee-focused programs including People Planning Sessions and a Leadership Training Series, among others.  She is supportive, encouraging, dedicated, understanding and a pleasure to work for,” said Heidi.

Marilyn and Jennifer will be honored at the OIWC Keynote and Awards Presentation at Interbike. The event will alsofeature Keynote Speaker, Jessica Klodnicki, Executive Vice President and General Manager for Bell Helmets and Blackburn Accessories. A very special thank you to Bicycle Retailer and Industry News for supporting the Leadership Award program.

OIWC Keynote and Awards Presentation

Day 1 – September 10, 4:30-6:30p.m.
Free and open to all attendees
Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Lagoon GH

For more information, visit the organization’s event pages.

Logo courtesy Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition

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