How This Turkish Woman Helps Developing Countries Get Into Space

In the early 1980s, when Eren Ozmen came to the US from Turkey to pursue higher education, she began chasing her American dream. Now as an entrepreneur she has achieved her dreams many times over as the president and co-owner of Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), a private defense and aerospace company.

Today the company has brought space closer to you and me through its many ventures. With about 3000 employees in 34 locations in the United States, Germany, United Kingdom and Turkey, the company has enabled the world to rekindle its hope of a space era after the US shuttle program.

SNC announced a partnership with the United Nation in September 2016 to use its Dream Chaser spacecraft to help developing countries get into space, SNC has announced special partnership with the United Nations Organization. It also has partnerships with the European Space Agency (ESA).

The story of this mighty venture is nevertheless a humble one. Eren obtained her MBA from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1988 and then joined the SNC in 1988. Together with her husband Fatih she proved her determination and enthusiasm in chasing her dreams until they acquired the company in 1994 which was then a small organization with just 20 employees. The visionary new owners of the SNC proved their leadership and visionary thinking by expanding the company in scale and diversifying through many acquisitions.

Eren has received a great number of recognitions and awards for her work. Her company being awarded as one of the World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Space and the America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies, Inc. is one of the significant milestones. Signifying the success of female leadership in the field of STEM industries, she was recognized as the Top Women-Owned U.S. Government Contractor and the Fastest Growing Women-Owned Company in North America

Eren’s story is one of great example for all the young entrepreneurs who dream big. Her story is an inspiration to young women around the world!

This article is written by Mohamed Athif. 

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