Athena is a women’s empowerment organization that fast tracks women in STEM through leadership development. By transforming scientists and technologists into corporate leaders, the goal is to widen the bridge and empower 1 million women in STEM, by 2030. Its 20+ year history of advancing women in a global STEM hub 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.

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HISTORY | In 1998, no organization existed to support and develop executive women within the San Diego STEM community. They say necessity is the mother of invention, and Athena was born of pure necessity. In a time when a handful of remarkable executive women lacked support and knowledge inside male dominated industries, they came together and launched Athena. Twenty plus years later, the “Athena Effect” is stronger than ever. We stand proud at the forefront of Southern California innovation. Our members range from tech entrepreneurs to life sciences CEOs, all of whom benefit from the gold-standard leadership development.