Athena Accepting Nominations for 21st Annual Pinnacle
Awards Celebration

Qualcomm, Sony, AREIntuit, SDG&E, MMA, EY, Mintz Levin, Biotheranosticsand other leading businesses signal strong market support for women in STEM  

SAN DIEGO - April 12, 2019 - Athena, California’s premier advocate for women in the STEM workforceis accepting Pinnacle nominations until April 12 for its 21st Annual Pinnacle Awards Celebration held on May 7, 2019 at Qualcomm’s Irwin Jacobs Campus. 

This industry celebration is a staple in Southern California's technology and life sciences sectors, showcasing the best in class of those advancing the promotion of women in STEM. These Pinnacle awards recognize extraordinary women and men who personify Athena’s mission of empowering 1 million women leading in STEM, by 2030.  

This year’s Pinnacle Awards is proud to showcase those businesses demonstrating their commitment to advancing more women leading in STEM including: Qualcomm as Title SponsorSony as Presenting Sponsor and supporting sponsors ARE, EY, Intuit, Marsh & McLennan, Mintz Levin, SDG&E, BiotheranosticsSan Diego Magazine, San Diego Business Journal and Winkler Designs. 

“Sony has actively supported Athena for two decades. Advancing the leadership of women is no longer a corporate social responsibility initiative; it’s a competitive imperative to reach cognitive diversity in innovation, where consumers and markets win,” stated Cheryl Goodman, Head of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility for Sony Electronics, Inc. North America. 

If you, your peers or your company champion the empowerment of women working in STEM, CLICK HERE to nominate them for this prestigious industry recognition. 

Athena’s Pinnacle nominations honor those: 

•           providing an exemplary model for women through their career path and in their corporate culture. 

•           hiring, empowering, inspiring, mentoring, and championing women in the workplace. 

•         demonstrating leadership around diversity in the community through professional organizations, forums, mentoring and educational programs focused on women in STEM. 

Every year, 600+ leaders in science, technology and business gather to honor those excelling in the recognition, promotion, and mentorship of women in the STEM workforce. Additionally, Pinnacle Scholarships are awarded to five female high school seniors pursuing degrees in STEM to invest in the talent pipeline. 

“Athena provides women in technical leadership roles the opportunity to network and get mentoring from others in similar positions.  Sony is proud to support this resource for our women and the Pinnacle Scholarships which help pay it forward to the next generation,” explained Erna Adelson, Sr. Director of Finance Systems for Sony Interactive Entertainment. 


Athena is a womens empowerment organization that fast tracks women in STEM through leadership development. In transforming female scientists and technologists into corporate leaders, the goal is to widen the bridge and empower 1 million women leading in STEM, by 2030.Its 20+ year history of advancing women in one of the nation's leading STEM hubs marks Athena as a premier women's empowerment advocate. For more information visit: and follow @athenasandiego.