Athena Announces 2018 Pinnacle Awards Winners

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Winners lauded for their achievements in advancing women in STEM and five scholarships awarded to high school seniors pursuing STEM degrees.

Athena, a professional association dedicated to advancing women in STEM, is pleased to announce the 2018 Pinnacle Awards recipients. Each year, the Pinnacle Awards honors those elevating, advancing and promoting women working in the STEM fields. Six organizations and individuals earned top honors against a fiercely competitive group of over 70 nominees.

“More than 600 leaders in science, technology and business convened to celebrate these winners at Southern California’s signature STEM event,” said Holly Smithson, Athena CEO. “We honor these remarkable advocates that make it possible for more women to drive innovation in STEM and experience that empowerment necessary to overcome obstacles.”

The 2018 Pinnacle Winners include:

Individual in Life Science
Dr. Ciara Kennedy
President and CEO | Amplyx Pharmaceuticals

Individual in Education
Dr. Katherine Kantardjieff
Dean, College of Science and Mathematics | California State University, San Marcos

Individual in Technology
Kathy Herring Hayashi
Senior Staff Engineer | Qualcomm

Individual in Service
Amy Bergen
Vice President, Business Development | The Leadership Edge


Startup Life Sciences/Technology
Daré Bioscience

Pinnacle scholarships were awarded to five graduating high school seniors to advance the pipeline of young women in STEM.

2018 Pinnacle Scholarship Winners include:

Shae Galli | Santa Fe Christian

Rose Hong | Del Norte High School

Alma Rincongallardo | Hilltop High School

Ritika Shrivastava | Del Norte High School

Veronica Tang | The Bishop’s School

Athena is honored to announce this year's Pinnacle event sponsors as the leading companies and organizations standing for the principles of, and mission to, empower women in STEM.

Title Sponsor: Sony

Presenting Sponsors: Qualcomm and ICE

Supporting Sponsors: Academy of Our Lady of Peace, Alexandria Real Estate, Biotheranostics, Ernst & Young, Intuit, IRRAS, Marsh & McLennan Agency, SBI, San Diego Business Journal, and Thermo Fisher Scientific.

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