(Portland, OR -- October 21, 2008) -- The Outdoor Industries Women's Coalition (OIWC) is hosting an event Thursday, October 30th at Cubespace's Forum Room in Portland, Oregon from 4-6:30 p.m. to provide an opportunity for networking, education and discussion surrounding the group's recently launched online guide entitled, The OIWC Guide to Turning Your Passion into Your Profession, sponsored by Keen Footwear and plum (www.thinkplum.net). This valuable resource is quickly becoming the benchmark ‘how-to' guide for OIWC members and industry newcomers for navigating the outdoor industries.
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Outdoor Industries Women's Coalition Logo (OIWC) announces today that Paige Boucher has been chosen as the 2008 recipient of the Pioneering Woman Award, and Angela Hassan has been selected as the recipient of the First Ascent Award. Both awards, specific to the outdoor industry, will be presented during OIWC's Gathering, Friday, January 25 from 6-8pm, during the Outdoor Retailer trade show in Salt Lake City, UT.
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Trade Association of PaddlesportsBoth events, underwritten by Kokatat, will be held from 12 - 1pm on Days 1 and 3 of the show and will feature women's paddling gear and skill training for experienced and newbie female paddlers.

"TAPS is very excited to be working with OIWC and Kokatat at this summer's Outdoor Retailer trade show. Promoting paddlesports to women is important for the health and growth of our sport. We appreciate what OIWC does on the industry side to promote women in paddling and all outdoor activities," stated TAPS Administrator Nikki Rekman.
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