Great Leaders Never Stop Learning and Evolving | Athena hosts over 50 programs a year on topics from soft skills to cutting-edge technology. Featuring renowned industry leaders, experts and entrepreneurs, each unique Athena program is strategically designed to foster career advancement and leadership development. Connected leaders and current topics collide to create a lineup of can't-miss programs. Don't miss these upcoming events!   

Athena On Boards Cohort 2

Athena On Boards is a cohort of executive women in STEM that prepares board placement strategies, assigns mentoring teams from Athena’s bench of industry experts and executive recruiters, and significantly elevates profiles over the 6-month program. Powered by Cooley.

AOB Cohort 2 Workshop Dates
Workshop 2 | January 28, 2020 | 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Workshop 3 | March 10, 2020 | 4:00 - 7:00 pm 

AOB Cohort 2 Workshop 2 Panel | January 28, 2020
Carrie Stone, President, cStone & Associates
Carrie Stone is President of cStone and Associates, an international executive search firm providing comprehensive executive and board advisory and recruiting services. With 25 years of corporate executive leadership and service on boards, Ms. Stone is a seasoned board member and an established leader in the executive search business. She is a sought after and trusted advisor to clients, CEO”s and boards providing insights on complex business issues and strategies. Ms. Stone is a member and former International Board Member, YPO (Young President’s Organization and Co-Founder of Women Corporate Directors, San Diego.

Brigitte Frankel, Consultant, Spencer Stuart
Brigitte Frankel leads Spencer Stuart’s West Coast operations and is a member of the firm’s Healthcare Practice. Brigitte’s practice encompasses life science tools, diagnostics, biopharmaceuticals, medical technology and digital health. In these sectors, Brigitte focuses on recruiting assignments for CEOs, board members, and senior-level positions across a range of functions, including general management, commercial operations, research and development, and finance.

Mary Curran, Independent Director, Public and Private Companies
Mary Curran currently serves on the Board of Directors of Banc of California, Inc., Innovative Industrial Properties, and, private company, Hunter Industries. Ms. Curran’s committee experience includes Audit, Enterprise Risk, Nominating/Governance and Compensation. Ms. Curran recently served as Chair of San Diego State University’s Campanile Foundation Board and Executive Committee. Acknowledging Ms. Curran’s board expertise, Women, Inc., named her one of 100 Most Influential Female Board Members in 2019. Ms. Curran is also a NACD Fellow. Ms. Curran was a senior executive with MUFG Union Bank for over 25 years.

IS YOUR BOARD PLACEMENT STRATEGY READY? If you’re interested in helping California companies modernize their board room and want to participate in Athena’s Women on Board’s Series Cohort III, and for companies interested in accessing these STEM executives for your board search, contact: H[email protected].


Athena CEO Forum | By Invitation

Athena’s hallmark executive program recognizes the impact of this peer setting to ensure this elite cohort  accesses the invaluable resources and allies within this support network. Our guests can expect an evening and safe harbor to enhance your circle of influence, renew those coveted relationships and take advantage of the collective wisdom and perspectives of women who are also daring greatly. We thank our valued program sponsors, Dentons and Kofax
Email Karin Fair: [email protected] for more information.

Date:  Thursday, February 27, 2020
Time:  5:30 - 8:00pm
Location:  Dentons |
 4655 Executive Drive, Suite 700, San Diego, CA 92121



March 7, 2020 | San Diego Women's Tech Summit

You are invited to join the 1st Annual San Diego Tech Women's Summit that is convening the region’s thriving and diverse tech workforce as we celebrate International Women’s Day in America’s Finest City. This Summit is produced by a strategic collaboration of San Diego-based advocacy organizations and women employee resources groups (ERGs) that features Athena, Blacks in Technology SD, Designing Women, Girls in Tech San Diego, Latina Geeks, Learn Academy, Qualcomm, TechSesh, Tech Women @Intuit, Women in Technology at Sony, and Women Who Code San Diego. Welcome to the power of collaboration!
Thank you Sponsors: Qualcomm, Intuit, Learn Academy, Notch8, Sony and SDBJ. Interested in sponsoring? Contact Kimbra Brookstein at: [email protected].

Opening Keynote: Jessica Naziri, Founder & CEO at TechSesh
Host Speaker: Vicki Mealer-Burke, Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer at Qualcomm
Master of Ceremonies: Holly Smithson, CEO at Athena
More program details to come…

DATE:  Saturday, March 7, 2020
TIME:  9:00am - 4:00pm
Qualcomm Building Q, 6455 Lusk Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92121
COST:  $45 non-members; $35 members | email [email protected] for the member code


March 19, 2020 | Life Sciences Special Interest Group Presents “Taking Charge of your Personal Health Through Science, Technology and Knowledge”

With the advent of digital health data, genomics testing, precision medicine and advanced clinical trials, the landscape for personal wellness and patient care innovation is rapidly evolving. As you proactively craft your personal wellness journey, this timely program will diagnose the risks and opportunities associated with integrating the latest suite of digital tools best suited for self-care and self-advocacy. These distinguished expert panels will also place an emphasis on the emerging market dynamics giving rise to this new terrain. Participants can expect to experience what taking charge of your personal health looks like in the modern world.

DATE:  Thursday, March 19, 2020
TIME:  5:30pm - 8:00pm
LOCATION:  Retrophin | 3721 Valley Centre Dr #200, San Diego, CA 92130

COST:  $35 members; $55 non-members
More info. and registration