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March 17, 2020

A Message from Athena CEO Holly Smithson

March 7, 2020

1st Annual San Diego Tech Women's Summit produced by a collaboration of San Diego-based advocacy organizations and women employee resources groups (ERGs) including Athena

February 27, 2020

SDSU 4th Annual Women in Entrepreneurship & Leadership Forum, Women in STEM workshop, featuring Holly Smithson, Athena CEO

February 11, 2020

Athena CEO, Holly Smithson, delivers Keynote Address at International Women in Science Day event at CoStar Group.

February 3, 2020

Athena CEO, Holly Smithson, guest lectures at Rady School of Management at UC San Diego.

January 17, 2020

Women in Leadership 2020 featuring Athena CEO, Holly Smithson.

January 7, 2020

Athena Announces 2020 Board of Directors

December 19, 2019

Athena CEO Named Top 500 Influential Leaders by the San Diego Business Journal

December 10, 2019

Targeting Gender Equality Regional Meetup with the United Nations Global Compact & Athena

November 14, 2019

Athena CEO Holly Smithson Awarded Business Woman of the Year

November 13, 2019

Athena CEO Holly Smithson Moderates the San Diego Business Journal's Business Women of the Year Awards

November 7, 2019

Athena CEO Speaks at UBS Women Owned Business Event

November 6, 2019

Athena CEO, Holly Smithson Delivers Keynote at "San Diego: Destination for Diversity Advancing Women in a Global STEM Hub"

October 12, 2019

Athena's Vanessa Miranda Announced as a Speaker at the 2019 Built By Girls Summit

October 5, 2019

Athena's Vanessa Miranda Moderates Women in Cyber Panel at the Women in eDiscovery SoCal Tech Conference

September 10, 2019 

Athena Announces Vanessa Miranda As Its New Programs Champion

June 19, 2019

Athena CEO, Holly Smithson, Named SDBJ Nonprofit CEO of the Year

June 14, 2019

Athena CEO Moderates Women on Boards, presented by Premier Education Group

June 2, 2019

SDSW | From Launch to Exit: Inclusion in the startup ecosystem featuring Athena Entrepreneur Committee co-chair, June Chocheles

May 31, 2019

Helping San Diego's STEM Economy Become a Destination for Diversity - Voice of San Diego

May 30, 2019

SDSW | Women In Tech: The resources you need to level up in SD featuring Athena CEO, Holly Smithson

May 16, 2019

Athena’s Pinnacle Awards Showcases Leaders in Diversity and Inclusion - SD Magazine

May 14, 2019

Athena and the New York Academy of Sciences Announce Collaboration at the United Nations

May 1, 2019

Athena CEO Moderates #STEMTOO panel for Women in Science Society, San Diego State University

April 23, 2019

Athena Announces 21st Annual Pinnacle Awards Nominees

April 12, 2019

Athena Accepting Nominations for 21st Annual Pinnacle Awards Celebration

March 27, 2019

Athena Announced as Finalist for Xconomy Awards San Diego

March 21, 2019

Athena CEO Featured in AtlanticLive Innovators Lab: San Diego

March 20, 2019

Athena Named "Champion of Women" Winner at 2019 San Diego Women of Influence Awards

March 15, 2019 

Athena CEO Participates in OLP Women's Symposium

February 26, 2019

Athena and Watermark Launch Alliance to Scale Impact of Women in Leadership

February 26, 2019

Athena CEO Joins United Nations Global Compact's Corporate Reporting Workshop in Arizona

January 8, 2019

Athena Announces New Board of Directors for 2019

January 7, 2019

Athena and Sony White Paper | Women in Leadership is Smart Business: A Competitive Imperative

December 19, 2018

Athena CEO Featured in San Diego 500 Influential Leader List

December 11-12, 2018

DeviceTalks West Conference Features Holly Smithson, Athena CEO: "Empowering Women in the STEM Workforce: Understanding the Gender Gap And How To Close It."

December 7, 2018

Athena and the US Network of the UN Global Compact Host Sustainable Development Goal #5 Gender Equality Workshop

December 6, 2018

Athena Collaborates on Gender Equality with the US Network of the UN Global Compact

December 5, 2018

Athena's Blueprint for Success with Mei Lin Fung

November 7, 2018

Athena's Blueprint for Success with Beth Anne Baber

November 2018

Athena Featured in Tech Spotlight:  Healthcare and Biotech

October 2018

Women in the Workplace by McKinsey & Company 

October 11, 2018

Talented San Diego Podcast: Embracing Your Ambition with Athena CEO, Holly Smithson

October 9, 2018

Athena CEO Moderates at BVS' Women Breaking the Barriers of Science

October 3, 2018

Athena's Blueprint for Success with Claire Weston

September 28-30, 2018

Athena CEO Joins Female Equity Conference in Hamptons NY: Connecting Female Founders with Female Investors 

September 25, 2018

Athena Joins SD Magazine "Celebrating Women Conference" for Athena CEO's Nomination as "Woman of the Year” in Non-Profit Visionary category

September 24-28, 2018 

Athena CEO Participates in Gender Diversity Conferences at 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City

September 5, 2018

Athena's Blueprint for Success with Jaye Connolly-LaBelle

August 1, 2018

Athena's Blueprint for Success with DeLinda Forsythe

June 8, 2018

Athena and Ad Astra Ventures Launch Strategic Alliance to Support Women Founders of STEM Companies

June 6, 2018

Athena's Blueprint for Success with Sabrina Martucci Johnson

May 22, 2018

Athena Joins United Nations Global Compact to Close the Gender Gap in STEM Workforce

May 7, 2018

Athena 2018 Pinnacle Awards Insert - SDBJ

May 4, 2018

Athena Announces 2018 Pinnacle Awards Winners

May 3, 2018

Athena's Blueprint for Success with Dr. Cathy Schnabel

Apr 30, 2018

Athena CEO Moderates at TiE South Coast's "Women in STEM Shattering the Glass Ceiling Panel" at JLABS

Apr 18, 2018

Athena Releases Pinnacle Awards Nominees for Advancing Women in STEM

Apr 4, 2018

Athena's Blueprint for Success with Lee Wills

Apr 4, 2018

Athena Announces Bloomberg Anchor Emily Chang as Featured Speaker at its 20th Anniversary PInnacle Awards Gala

Mar 7, 2018   

Athena's Blueprint for Success with Rashmi Char

Mar 1, 2018   

Athena Celebrates 20th Anniversary at Pinnacle Awards Gala

February 22, 2018

Athena CEO Discusses #MeToo Movement with Rick Amato on One America Network

February 6, 2018

Athena's Blueprint for Success with Barbary Bry

January 11, 2018  

Athena Announces New Appointments to Board of Directors

December 8, 2017   

Athena Announces Holly Smithson As Chief Executive Officer

September 15, 2017

Athena San Diego Event Features San Diego Innovative Wearable Technologies

July 17, 2017

Robotics Kit At Athena’s “#STEM ALL STARS” Night At Petco Park July 27

June 8, 2017 

Surfing the Boardroom-Cheryl K. Goodman

June 6, 2017   

Non-Profit Organizations are Changing the Diversity Equation in STEM, U.S News   Stem Panel

May 5, 2017

Athena Announces 2017 Pinnacle Award Winners

May 1, 2017    

2017 Athena Pinnacle Awards, SDBJ 

April 14, 2017        

US News: Athena Supports Women in STEM

April 10, 2017  

Pinnacle Pitch Prepares and Promotes Talent, SDBJ

March 23, 2017

Athena Partners with New Tech Accelerator

March 31, 2017

Mid City News; OLP Women's Symposium

March 23, 2017

ScaleMatrix and Athena San Diego Enter Into Partnership

March 15, 2017 

Athena in the Seaside Courier Community News

March 14, 2017 

Shattering the Glass Ceiling with McCauley & Goodman


About Athena 


Athena is empowering progress together by advancing professional women in the STEM workforce. Athena offers its member community instruments for change through professional development, community investment, and market research. Its 20-year history of advancing women in one of the nation's leading STEM hubs marks Athena as a premier women's empowerment advocate. 


Founded in 1998, Athena members hold positions of senior executive, entrepreneur, and in academia from all sectors of STEM: life sciences, technology, healthcare, defense, engineering, as well as the associated service providers. More About Athena 

About the Athena Foundation

The Athena Foundation was established as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization to award scholarships to five deserving high school senior women within San Diego County who demonstrate exemplary skills in science and technology. Chosen from over hundreds of applications, these outstanding young women are presented with scholarships each year at our Pinnacle Awards gala.

The Foundation is overseen by an active Board of Directors comprised of Athena members and former Directors who are committed to nurturing and supporting the next generation of women leaders in science, math and technology. A representative of the Foundation also sits on the Athena Board of Directors. The Athena Foundation partners with the San Diego Foundation to facilitate the dissemination of the Athena Pinnacle Scholarship Fund.