Founder and chief executive officer of C2 Technologies Inc (C2), Dolly Oberoi, has been named the inaugural recipient of the Outstanding Woman in Defense Training Award for the 2022 Military Simulation & Training Awards presented by The Halldale Group.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized as the inaugural winner of this category,” Oberoi said. “It is especially meaningful to receive this award just prior to I/ITSEC, the world's largest modeling, simulation, and training conference, where I will be surrounded by so many talented women who have also dedicated their careers to doing what they love every day – supporting our warfighters.”

The Outstanding Woman in Defense Training award recognizes Oberoi for demonstrating, and continuing to demonstrate, outstanding and significant technical, professional, and social leadership. According to The Halldale Group, it recognizes a woman who has emerged from a competitive group of female professionals from around the globe, one who continues to make her mark on advancing the defense simulation and training (S&T) community – in war and peace.

Oberoi’s knowledge of and experience within the S&T industry spans more than 32 years. A respected pioneer and entrepreneur in the education and training, aviation, defense, and civilian sectors, she is dedicated to her company’s mission to improve human performance. In 1989, Oberoi, with partner Curtis Cox, founded C2, an aerospace and defense company specializing in immersive technologies, including AR/VR/XR/MR training, Metaverse, digital twins, modeling and simulation, artificial intelligence, analytics, and digital transformation.

As an entrepreneur, Oberoi has served the academic, public, and private sectors with distinction, completing more than 18,000 projects for 130 plus clients, employing 500 employees in more than 22 locations globally, and winning over 200 industry awards.

Oberoi was endorsed for the award by J. William DeMarco, Chief Innovation Development (AUiX)/Assistant Professor at Air University (AU), and Dr. Andy Clayton, Lt Col, USAF-Reserve, Assistant Professor of Leadership at the Air War College - Leadership Institute and AR/VR Research Task Force Director at AU.

“Dolly is an amazing professional,” states DeMarco. “She’s always available and reachable and easily tackles the biggest issues and/or the smallest details. She is brilliant and has incredibly deep domain knowledge and connections across a vast network and always willing to connect customers.”

“Congratulations to Dolly; she is quite deserving of the award,” adds Clayton. “Dolly has a keen ability to see into the future and communicate direction for her employees, as well to industry, about what the future will look like and how to get there.”