Meet Athena's 2020 Pinnacle Scholarship Winners

Athena champions the next generation of women leaders in science and technology through its annual scholarship awards. Each year, merit-based scholarships are awarded to 5 qualified high school senior women in San Diego County that are pursuing STEM degrees. Winners receive their scholarships during Athena’s Annual Pinnacle Awards Awards Gala.

 

Advancing women leaders in the STEM workforce is a movement driven by community support. We invite you to donate to the Athena Foundation's Pinnacle Scholarship Fund, a 501(c)(3) that awards these 5 merit-based STEM scholarships annually.

22nd ANNUAL 

PINNACLE

AWARDS

VIRTUALLY REIMAGINED

THURSDAY, AUGUST 6 | 5-6 PM PST

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PRESENTING SPONSORS

You’re invited to experience Athena’s Virtually Reimagined 22nd Annual Pinnacle Awards Gala on August 6, 2020 from 5:00 - 6:00pm PST. Athena’s signature STEM event of the year celebrates the extraordinary leaders that continuously champion the advancement, promotion and career success of women in STEM. Here’s what you can expect to experience on this very special occasion:

  • Master of Ceremonies | Heather Myers CBS 8 News Anchor (8-time Emmy Award Winner)

  • Announcement and celebration of our 4 Pinnacle Winners and 50 Nominees of 2020

  • Celebration of Athena’s 5 Pinnacle Scholarship Winner of 2020

  • Experience a dynamic lightning-round discussion with 3 distinguished executive engineers: Susan Tousi of Illumina, Erna Adelson of Sony and Kristi Jaska of Viasat as they share the critical influences and career struggles inside their journey to the top -- in an industry where only 16% of women are represented.

  • Learn about Athena’s vision and mission to advance 1 million women leading in STEM by 2030.

  • Join forces with 600+ of your esteemed STEM peers for an unforgettable evening as we transition our business and personal lives through the virtual lens and demonstrate our agility, resilience and commitment towards lifting others while climbing.

Please contact Holly@athenasd.org to become a Pinnacle Awards sponsor.

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PINNACLE 2020 SUPPORTING SPONSORS

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2020 Pinnacle Nominees

NAME
TITLE
COMPANY
Erna Adelson
Vice President, Information Systems
Sony Interactive Entertainment
Kiana Aran
Founder and Chief Scientific Officer
Cardea Bio
Katherine Atkinson
Chief Commercial Officer
Truvian
Deb Barrett
VP & Chief Compliance Office
Qualcomm Incorporated
Dawn Barry
President +Cofounder
LunaPBC
Celeste Blodgett
Vice President HR
ESET, North America
Kimbra Brookstein
Sr Program Manager, Tech Women @ Intuit
Intuit
Rashmi Char
Vice President, Engineering
Qualcomm
Jaye Connolly-LaBelle
Chairman and CEO
RippleNami
Alysse Cooper
President
Innovative Commercial Environments
Kelly Culwell
Chief Medical Officer
Evofem Biosciences
Andrea Decker
Adult Programs Manager
Fleet Science Center
Kathleen Delaney
Chief Marketing Officer
Kofax
Karen Deschaine
Partner
Cooley LLP
Praggya Garg
Senior Manager, Software Engineering
Sony Electronics, Inc.
Alexandra Gerritsen
Vice President, Operations
Artemis Institute for Clinical Research
Cheryl Goodman
Head of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility
Sony Electronics
Dr. Anita Gupta
SVP, Medical Strategy and Government Affairs
Heron Therapeutics
Donna Hale
Managing Partner, vCIO
5P Consulting
Juanita Hendrickson
Vice President, Human Resources
Teradata
Tania Hurt
VP Finance
Sony Electronics
Christine Jorgensen
Director, Product Management
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
Dunja LaRosa
Head of Sales, Home Entertainment and Sound
Sony Electronics
Maysoon Lehmeidi
Senior Program Manager
UCSD
Lori Mayer
Director of Partners, Commercial
Teradata
Vicki Mealer-Burke
VP & Chief Diversity Officer
Qualcomm Incorporated
Susan Miller
Sr. Director, OSSA Oversight and Reporting
Oracle Corporation
Shawnnah Monterrey
CEO
BeanStock Ventures
Angela Moran
Chief Information Officer
California Coast Credit Union
Youwen Ouyang
Professor
California State University, San Marcos
Erin Polek
SVP & Chief Accounting Officer
Qualcomm Inc
Nicole Roberts
Marketing Communications Manager
Sony Electronics
Tiffany Rosik
CEO
TGR Management Consulting, LLC
Laura Shawver
CEO
Silverback Therapeutics
Prafulla Soni
IT Manager
Qualcomm
Meredith Travis
Senior Manager, Business Process Automation
Sony Electronics
Rashmi Tripathi
Director, Engineering
Qualcomm
Randy Tsudama
Sr. Manager, Process innovation, Strategy & Transformation
Sony Electronics
Michelle Vargas
Mfg/Ops Quality Manager
Illumina
Heidi Wagner
Managing Director
Ernst & Young LLP
Yelaine Wang
Financial Analyst
Teradata
Claire Weston
CEO
Reveal Biosciences
Lee Wills
Director, Talent Acquisition & Inclusion
Sony Electronics
Thaisa Yamamura
Head of Business Development
Sony Electronics
Wenrui Yang
Senior Engineer
Qualcomm

Individual in Life Sciences

 

SHEILA

GUJRATHI

Individual in Technology

 

MARY

GENDRON

Individual in Service

 

PAMELA

GARDNER

Rising Star

 

KYLIE

TAITANO