Athena Leadership Academy


The Athena Leadership Academy offers companies a 4-part workshop that provides "soft skills" training for women in STEM. Led by Dr. Alessandra Wall -Athena’s resident clinical psychologist- participants can expect to access the practical tools and strategies for "How & Why Women Speak Up," "Building Social Capital,” "Articulating Your Value With Confidence,” and "Establishing Allies. ”If you’re eager to close the gap between your employees' progress and their potential, secure your seats at Athena’s Leadership Academy.

The Athena Leadership Academy supports the transition for STEM professionals that realize career advancement requires much more than academic knowledge obtained through higher learning institutions. It requires self-awareness and an investment of time to identify and acquire key professional skills essential to advancing your leadership development. 

Soft skills are personal competencies that improve human performance, facilitate effective interactions, complement the technical requirements necessary to create impact in the workplace and scale your career objectives. 

“It was an honor to complete the Athena Academy.  It gave us many insights on things we knew, but didn't realize their bigger impacts. This helped me become a better, stronger person. I already used the principles and reached out to my VP and am now moving to a team I want to work with, next month! I hadn't even set my goal this high through the program. Thank you for making that difference!"

Padmini Raghupathi Mendiratta, Automation Lead | Qualcomm

Athena's Resident Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Alessandra Wall is a licensed clinical psychologist and leadership coach specializing in helping women secure the careers and success they’ve earned. Dr. Wall has been in private practice in San Diego since 2007.


Alessandra founded Life in Focus Coaching in 2013 to support the women she was serving. She received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology (Cum Laude) from Duke University and her Doctorate of Philosophy in clinical psychology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She is licensed by and in good standing with the California Board of Psychology. She is a co-founder and former board chair of Empower Charter School.


If your company is interested in the continued development of women in STEM through the Athena Leadership Academy, contact Holly Smithson at

"The irony of "soft skills" is that they're often the hardest to master. Leadership, communication, collaboration, creativity, and adaptability may not be technical, but they're increasingly vital. Behavioral, social, and emotional skills are what make humans indispensable."

- Adam Grant Organizational psychologist and author