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Athena Announces the Appointment of Two New Board Directors

SAN DIEGO – February 23, 2021 Athena - California’s premier advocate for professional women in STEM- announces the appointment of two new directors.

Across an extraordinary board-readiness pipeline of executive women who care deeply about achieving equity in the STEM workforce, we are excited to add these distinguished executives from Qualcomm and SDG&E as our two new directors,” said Holly Smithson, Athena CEO. “As market forces continue to generate strong demand for women leaders and social equity, Anne and Tashonda will bring powerful perspectives and industry expertise in the course of serving Athena's mission.”

Retroactive to January 1, 2021, these two newly elected directors include:

Áine Shivnan, Vice President, Program Management | Qualcomm

Tashonda Taylor, Vice President of Customer Operations | SDG&E

Athena’s 2021 Board of Directors include:

Board Officers

Chair: Bridget Kimball, Vice President & Chief Architect, Consumer Group | Intuit

Vice Chair: Liz Gasser, EVP Strategy & Corporate Development | Tandem Diabetes Care

Treasurer: Grace Chui-Miller, Chief Financial Officer | Correlation Ventures

Secretary: Holly Smithson, CEO | Athena

Athena’s At-Large Directors

Dr. Kara Bortone, Senior Director, Sourcing & Portfolio Management | Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS

Jennifer Brown, Managing Director | EY

Jaye Connolly-LaBelle, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer | RippleNami Inc.

Shaye Exner, Executive Director of Conferences & Corporate Sponsorship | Biocom

Bree Hillman, Partner | Deloitte

Ida Khodami, Partner | Two Bear Capital

Susan Poser, Vice President, Customer & Employee Experience | Oracle

Dr. Chadia Robertson, Scientist & Program Lead, GI Drug Discovery | Takeda

Dr. Cathy Schnabel, Chief Scientific Officer | Biotheranostics

Áine Shivnan, Vice President, Program Management | Qualcomm

Jean Stadwiser, Partner | KPMG

Revathi Subramanian, Managing Director, Global Data Science Executive | Accenture

Tashonda Taylor, Vice President of Customer Operations | SDG&E

Dr. Claire Weston, CEO | Reveal Biosciences

Charity Williams, Partner | Cooley

Dr. Sara Zaknoen, Founder | Zed Strategic Consulting


Athena is a premier women's advocacy 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 advance 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. For more information visit and follow @athenasandiego.



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