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Founded by & for Women in STEM
Promote professional growth for women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)-related industries.
Athena San Diego is a 501(c)(6) professional development association serving women in science and technology. Athena is a community of dynamic women that provides inspiration, education, networking and leadership programs that empower women to realize their true potential within STEM industries.
Athena members come from all sectors of STEM organizations, including life sciences, healthcare, defense, engineering and related industries, as well as the service providers who support them. Athena represents senior executives, entrepreneurs, educators, and emerging executives, Athena supports members at the top of their field while paving the way for for those on their way up.
In 1999, no organization existed to support and develop executive women within the San Diego STEM community. They say necessity is the mother of invention, and Athena was born of pure necessity. In a time when a handful of remarkable executive women felt they lacked support and understanding in male dominated industries, they came together and became the innovators.
Nearly 20 years later, the "Athena Effect " is still strong. We are proud to hold our place at the forefront of Southern California innovation. Our members run the gamut from tech entrepreneurs to CEOs of life science companies, who all benefit from gold-standard professional and personal development programs that remain true to the original vision.