Celebrating 20 Years of Athena
Experience Empowerment

The Pinnacle Awards is a staple of Southern California's technology and life science sectors, showcasing the best in class for those individuals and organizations advancing women in STEM. Pinnacle Scholarships are also awarded to five remarkable graduating high school seniors to promote the pipeline of our next set of aspiring women in STEM leaders. 

 Congratulations to the 2018 Pinnacle Award Winners 

Individual in Life Science 

Dr. Ciara Kennedy 

President and CEO | Amplyx Pharmaceuticals  

Individual in Education 

Dr. Katherine Kantardjieff 

Dean, College of Science and Mathematics | California State University, San Marcos  

Individual in Technology 

Kathy Herring Hayashi 

Senior Staff Engineer | Qualcomm  

Individual in Service 

Amy Bergen 

Vice President, Business Development | The Leadership Edge  



Startup Life Sciences/Technology 

Daré Bioscience  

Athena’s Annual Pinnacle Awards Gala celebrated its 20th year of production on May 3, from 5 - 9 pm, at the Hyatt La Jolla. Over 600 leaders in science, technology and business gather to honor those who excel in the recognition, promotion, and mentorship of women in STEM. 

2018 Pinnacle Nominees


Thank you to our Generous 2018 Sponsors

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