SNC President and Owner Eren Ozmen Named Among America’s Most Successful Self-Made Women by Forbes

SPARKS, Nev., August 06, 2021 – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Chairwoman, President and Owner Eren Ozmen, has again been featured in Forbes as one of America’s Most Successful Self-Made Women. Now in its seventh year, the annual list ranks the country’s top female entrepreneurs, executives and influencers. This is Ozmen’s seventh appearance on the list.

This year’s list of self-made women represents nearly all sectors of the American economy—from music and manufacturing to science and software development.

“I’m humbled to be honored among such remarkable women,” Ozmen said. “Each one of these women are proof that you can achieve anything if you have the courage to chase your dreams, work hard and always strive to be just a little better than the day before.”

In June, Ozmen launched Sierra Space, a commercial space company and subsidiary to SNC. The new company’s unique technologies and “space-as-a-service” business model facilitate growth in the new space economy.

Set to launch next year, Sierra Space’s Dream Chaser® spaceplane will bring runway landings back for NASA missions after a 10-year pause following the last Shuttle landing in 2011. The company’s Sierra Space Station and the expandable LIFE habitat is a modular, scalable destination that can be used for a variety of commercial activities ranging from manufacturing to agriculture and even film production in space.

“Space is increasingly critical to life on Earth and our lives depend so much on space now,” Ozmen said. “It’s truly exciting to be at the forefront of innovations in space, blazing a new path to deliver services that will make space more accessible for all and have a lasting impact on Earth and humanity.”

Ozmen’s vision for making a positive impact extends beyond the walls of her companies. 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 from UNR in 2016.

In June, Ozmen was included in the inaugural Forbes “50 Over 50” list alongside iconic female leaders including Vice President Kamala Harris, Madeleine Albright, Arianna Huffington and Cathie Wood. Earlier this year, Ozmen was also included in Forbes’ “Most Successful Couples” list with her husband Fatih 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

About Sierra Space
Sierra Space Corporation 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.


Eren Ozmen | Forbes Self-Made Women

In June, Ozmen was included in the inaugural Forbes “50 Over 50” list.