Industry News 3/13/2013

EMP: Outdoor Industries Women's Coalition Announces Two New Board Members

Outdoor Industries Women's Coalition Announces Two New Board Members
CFO of Outdoor Research Audrey Hicks and Giant USA General Manager Elysa Walk have joined Board of Directors

BOULDER, COLO., March 13, 2013 – The Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition (OIWC), the only national nonprofit professional and educational organization dedicated to workplace equity, diversity, and inclusion in the Outdoor, Snow, and Bike Industries, is pleased to announce the addition of two board members: CFO of Outdoor Research Audrey Hicks and Giant USA General Manager Elysa Walk. Recently retired from the board are Kristi Rummel, Larry Harrison, Lisa Morrison, Megan McGovern, outgoing President Lori Harrod and Secretary Sara Lingafelter.

President Julie Harris welcomed Hicks and Walk who commenced their initial two-year term at the beginning of 2013. “Chosen for their skillset, leadership, and industry experience, the OIWC Board of Directors serves a vital role in strategically positioning the organization for its next growth phase,” said Harris. “We are extremely honored to have Audrey and Elysa—both industry leaders who bring a unique and valuable perspective—join our team this year.”
Hicks has served Outdoor Research for eight years. Prior to being named CFO, she served as the Director of Finance and Vice President of Finance and Administration for the company. As CFO, she over¬sees all of the corporate support teams, which include finance, human resource and information systems departments. She has been a member of OIWC for seven years.
Walk joined Giant Bicycle, Inc. in 2004, taking full responsibility for Giant USA as general manager four years later. She has launched multiple industry-leading initiatives, including a women’s-specific bike brand, Liv Giant, and a successful annual Giant dealer convention. She has been a member of OIWC for five years.

To learn more about OIWC, please visit www.oiwc.org.

About OIWC

Founded in 1994, the Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition is the only national organization dedicated to workplace equity, diversity, and inclusion by expanding opportunities for women and companies in the Outdoor, Snow, and Bike Industries. OIWC provides professional development, education, and leadership programming that promotes women's advancement. For over 90 industry partners, OIWC is the trusted resource for best practices and industry models around gender equity, respect, and inclusion. To learn more about OIWC or to become a new member or sponsor, please visit
www.oiwc.org.