Athena’s Annual Pinnacle Awards Announces its Finalists for 2020

Updated: Jul 16


Athena - California’s premier leadership advocate for women in STEM - is hosting its “Virtually Reimagined Pinnacle Awards Celebration” on August 6, 2020, from 5-6pm PST.  The 2020 finalists of this prestigious Annual Pinnacle Awards feature leaders that continuously champion the advancement, promotion and career success of women in STEM. (ACCESS THE FINALISTS)


“At the core of Athena’s mission is to help professional women rise in their careers and access the social capital that Athena’s vast network offers women in STEM,” said Holly Smithson, Athena CEO.  She continued, “This signature Pinnacle Awards is predicated on celebrating those essential allies and sponsors that serve as the driving force in our career progression.”


As Athena’s “STEM Event of the Year” prepares to dazzle you in its pivot to virtual, Pinnacle VIP ticket holders will start off the evening with a virtual backstage pass and presentation featuring: “Snake Oil Cocktail Company” as they showcase innovation in the kitchen by building a Pinnacle Punch prior to the main awards event. These Pinnacle Punch packs are assembled under careful care and offer touchless drive-by pick up the day prior.


Here’s what all Pinnacle guests can expect to experience on this very special occasion hosted on August 6, 2020 from 5:00 - 6:00pm PST:

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

  • Announcement and celebration of Athena’s 4 Pinnacle Winners and 45 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 divulge 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.


Presented by Qualcomm and Sony, the 22nd Annual Pinnacle Awards sponsors include Alexandria Real Estate Equities, EY, Intuit, Marsh & McLennan Companies, Teradata, Mintz, Teknion, SDG&E, Jump Studios,Sara Brown Events and SEAS Productions. 


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



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