Welcome to Athena's 21st Annual Pinnacle Awards. This celebration is a staple of Southern California's technology and life sciences sectors, showcasing the best in class of those advancing the promotion of women working in STEM. These Pinnacle awards recognize extraordinary women and men who personify Athena’s mission of empowering 1 million women working and leading in STEM, by 2030.

This year's re-imagined production featured a greater emphasis on building connections through networking with heavy appetizers and wine provided throughout the night.

2019 Pinnacle Award Winners

Individual in Life Sciences | Sheila Gujrathi 
Individual in Technology | Mary Gendron
Individual in STEM Service Provider | Pamela Gardner
Rising Star | Kylie Taitano

Pinnacle scholarships were also awarded to five outstanding San Diego high school seniors pursuing STEM degrees. 

2019 Pinnacle Scholarship Recipients

Marisa Beresford | Academy of Our Lady of Peace
Jeanette Chen | Monte Vista High School
Gillian Folk | Academy of Our Lady of Peace
Rachel Kulchar | Carlsbad High School
Aida Razavilar | Canyon Crest Academy

Empowering women in the STEM workforce is a movement driven by community support. When purchasing your ticket, we invite you to donate to the Athena Foundation's Pinnacle Scholarship Fund, a 501(c)(3), which awards 5 merit-based STEM scholarships annually.

Thank you 2019 Pinnacle Sponsors

Title Sponsor


Presenting Sponsor


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