Summary of the 2017 Pinnacle Awards

 Athena's Pinnacle Awards gala is our annual industry awards event now in its 19th year of production. Over 600 leaders in science, technology and business gather to honor those who excelled in the recognition, promotion, and mentorship of women in STEM. The Pinnacle Awards is a staple of southern California's technology and life science industry, providing a dynamic environment of high-value networking and inspiring exposure to best of the best in overall professional development and leadership. Pinnacle Scholarships are also awarded to five remarkable graduating high school seniors to promote the future of young women in STEM. In 2017, we celebrated The Art of Possible at the 19th Annual Pinnacle Awards. Stay tuned for more information on next years Pinnacle Awards May 10, 2018!

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Read the San Diego Business Journal's Pinnacle Insert 

 

Seven organizations and individuals received top honors against a competitive backdrop of more than 70 individuals and 20 companies.  

The honorees included: 

Individual in Life Science
 
 Sabrina Johnson 
 
                  CEO & Founder, Daré Bioscience / CFO, California Institute for Biomedical Research
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Individual in Education

Pamela Cosman, Ph.D. 

Professor, Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering, UC San Diego

 

Individual in Technology

Nina Smith

Executive VP / General Manager, Casualty Solutions, Mitchell International 

 

Individual in Service

Nancy Hong, Ph.D.

Managing Director, RiverVest Venture Partners

 

Company/Organization

Mitchell International

 

Life Science Start-up

AristaMD

 

Technology Start-up

Coin Up

 

 As part of the Pinnacle program and to promote the development of future women leaders in STEM, Athena also awards Pinnacle Scholarships to five (5) deserving high school senior girls pursuing higher education in science, technology, engineering or math.  

The event, in its 19th year, also raised more than $50,000 for the scholarship fund.

 The scholarship winners are:

 Kiara Bacasen, Otay Ranch High School (Far right)

 Liana Merk, Canyon Crest Academy (Second left) 

 Mielynn Shi, Westview High School (Middle) 

 Tammy Truong, Vista High School (Second right)

 Jessica Xu, Marantha Christian School (Far left) 

 

 

Thank you Haben Girma, White House Champion of Change, for the moving keynote

 

 Girma is the first deaf and blind person to graduate from Harvard Law School. Her incredible accomplishments are made possible through the power of life science research and technological advancements. 

“We celebrated ‘The Art of the Possible’ in true San Diego fashion thanks to a terrific keynote address by renowned White House Champion of Change recipient, Haben Girma, and the recognition of the best and the brightest in our region.” said Cheryl Goodman, Executive Director of Athena.

 

A round of applause for our emcee Megan Burks from KPBS for your collaboration on a "moving and inspiring event"

 
 

Thank you to our amazing sponsors!

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Want to get involved in the 2017 Pinnacle Awards?

• Company Involvement: Support women in STEM 
Sponsorship Opportunities to Support Women in STEM

 
• Individual Involvement: Fund a scholarship or donate to the Pinnacle Silent Auction
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Donate to the Pinnacle scholarship fund

 
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