Athena Announces 2018 Pinnacle Awards Winners

-Southern California’s Signature STEM Event Celebrates Empowerment- 

SAN DIEGO – May 4 , 2018 – Athena, a professional association dedicated to advancing women in STEM, is pleased to announce the 2018 Pinnacle Awards recipients. Each year, the Pinnacle Awards honors those elevating, advancing and promoting women working in the STEM fields. Six organizations and individuals earned top honors against a fiercely competitive group of over 70 nominees. 

“More than 600 leaders in science, technology and business convened to celebrate these winners at Southern California’s signature STEM event,” said Holly Smithson, Athena CEO. “We honor these remarkable advocates that make it possible for more women to drive innovation in STEM and experience that empowerment necessary to overcome obstacles.”

The 2018 Pinnacle Winners include: 
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 

Pinnacle scholarships were awarded to five graduating high school seniors to advance the pipeline of young women in STEM.

2018 Pinnacle Scholarship Winners include: 

Shae Galli | Santa Fe Christian 
Rose Hong | Del Norte High School 
Alma Rincongallardo | Hilltop High School 
Ritika Shrivastava | Del Norte High School 
Veronica Tang | The Bishop’s School 

Athena is honored to announce this year's Pinnacle event sponsors as the leading companies and organizations standing for the principles of, and mission to, empower women in STEM. 

Title Sponsor: Sony 
Presenting Sponsors: Qualcomm and ICE 
Supporting Sponsors: Academy of Our Lady of Peace, Alexandria Real Estate, Biotheranostics, Ernst & Young, Intuit, IRRAS, Marsh & McLennan Agency, SBI, San Diego Business Journal, and Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Athena is empowering progress together by advancing women in the STEM fields. Athena’s Southern California member community accesses executive leadership forums, educational and mentoring programs and cross-sector networking that propel job performance and career development. Our 20-year impact on advancing women in one of the nation's leading STEM hubs positions Athena as a premier women's empowerment advocate. 

Media Contact:  
Karin Fair
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