SPARKS, Nev., June 08, 2021 – Forbes has named Eren Ozmen, chairwoman, president and owner of Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), a member of its inaugural “50 over 50” class. The landmark Forbes list is dedicated to shining a light on 50 women over the age of 50 who have achieved significant success, often overcoming formidable odds.
Ozmen this month launched Sierra Space, a new independent commercial space company. The new company’s “space-as-a-service” business model will leverage cutting-edge technologies, such as Dream Chaser® spaceplanes and expandable LIFE™ habitats, within the fast-growing new space economy, which is projected to grow to $1.4T by 2030.
“Sierra Space is building and delivering the future of space transportation, destinations and infrastructure,” Ozmen said. “It’s truly exciting to be at the forefront of innovations in space, blazing a new path to deliver services in space that will make space more accessible for all.”
Selected from a pool of more than 10,000 nominees, the inaugural class of entrepreneurs and leaders represent nearly all sectors of the American economy—venture capital, education, politics, major league sports and more. Ozmen is recognized alongside iconic women including Vice President Kamala Harris, Madeleine Albright, Arianna Huffington and Cathie Wood.
“It’s a true honor to be recognized among such remarkable women on the Forbes ‘50 over 50’ list,” Ozmen said. “My driving passion is to pay it forward and inspire the next generation. I hope to inspire women everywhere that you can rise from humble beginnings to achieve great successes–so long as you have the courage to dream beyond your circumstances and the tenacity to push past obstacles in your way.”
Forbes created the “50 over 50” list to inform and inspire women across the nation especially at a time when the global pandemic has disproportionately forced women out of the workforce.
Ozmen’s vision for making a positive impact extends beyond the walls of the SNC. Through the Ozmen Foundation, she supports a variety of causes including STEM initiatives and cancer-related medical research. She also founded the Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship and the Ozmen Institute for Global Studies at her alma mater, the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). Ozmen also received an honorary doctorate degree from UNR in 2016.
Ozmen is consistently ranked among Forbes “Most Successful Self-Made Women.” She was also included in Forbes’ “Most Successful Couples” list with husband Faith Ozmen.
About Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC)
Owned by Chairwoman and President Eren Ozmen and CEO Fatih Ozmen, SNC is a trusted leader in engineering answers to the world's toughest challenges, through customer-focused technologies and best-of-breed integrations in aerospace and defense and national security space. For nearly 60 years, SNC technology has delivered state-of-the-art civil, military and commercial solutions. SNC has received numerous awards and distinctions for innovation, customer satisfaction and leadership including being named a US Best Managed Company for two consecutive years. In spring 2021, SNC announced the transition of its Space Systems business area to an independent commercial space company, Sierra Space. For more information, visit www.sncorp.com.
About Sierra Space
Sierra Space is a new independent commercial space company, created from the space capabilities of Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC). Leveraging breakthrough technologies including the Dream Chaser® spaceplane and expandable LIFE™ habitat, Sierra Space builds and delivers the future of space transportation, destinations and infrastructure for LEO commercialization. Its turnkey, space-as-a-service solutions are modular, scalable and reusable, opening space to new participants globally. With 30+ years of proven spaceflight heritage, Sierra Space has provided more than 4,000 systems, subsystems and components to customers worldwide, and participated in more than 500 missions to space, including to Mars. Sierra Space is a subsidiary of global aerospace and national security leader Sierra Nevada Corporation.