Athena Executive Director to Speak at U.S. News & World Report's STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference May 25 in San Diego 

SAN DIEGO – April 11, 2017 Cheryl Goodman, Executive Director of Athena, a San Diego-based business organization championing women executives and rising managers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), will moderate a panel discussion at the U.S. News STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference, taking place May 24-26, 2017 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina.

Ms. Goodman’s panel, Tapping Professional Associations in STEM will highlight how organizations are creating unconventional partnerships to boost the STEM workforce. 

“We’re excited to have Cheryl participate in this important conversation,” said Mary Catherine Endom, Director of National Events at U.S. News & World Report. “Science and tech professional organizations are taking a leading role in addressing some of the major challenges facing STEM, from recruiting more skilled workers in key industries to boosting diversity across the field. This discussion will be one not to miss.”

 Additional panelists include:

  • Irving Pressley McPhail, ED.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering
  • Janet Bandows Koster, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Association for Women in Science
  • Viola Thompson, President, Information Technology Senior Management Forum

More information on the program and conference is at

Athena is a 501(c)6 business organization based in San Diego. Athena specializes in professional development for women in STEM. Offerings include programs, mentoring, workshops, and the annual Pinnacle Industry Awards and scholarships for women in STEM (through the Athena Foundation). 


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Media Contact: David Oates
Stalwart Communications

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