top of page

Athena CEO Featured in San Diego 500 Influential Leader List

December 19, 2018 - Athena, California’s premier advocate for women working in the STEM

economy, announces its CEO, Holly Smithson is recognized in the San Diego 500: The Book of Influential Business Leaders.  

Published by the San Diego Business Journal, this rigorously researched and curated list honors business leaders making an impact in the community from more than 50 industries. Industries represented in the San Diego 500 include, life sciences, technology, defense, manufacturing, service provider and real estate. 

“It’s an honor to join these change agents featured in the San Diego 500 focused on delivering societal change and economic growth in one of the nation’s leading STEM hubs,” said Holly Smithson. “As Athena drives the national dialogue around closing the gender gap in the STEM economy, we know strategic partnerships in the business community are essential to achieving inclusivity, sustainability and prosperity in this region and beyond.” 

For 20 years, Athena has been providing leadership development training to STEM leaders. With the advent of its new strategic partnerships and alliances, Athena is now enabling STEM companies to adopt corporate best practices that empower women and increase overall company performance.

About Athena  Athena is widening the bridge to empower one million women to work and lead in STEM, by 2030. Athena offers its member community instruments for change through professional development, community investment, and market research. 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.

About the San Diego Business Journal Book of Lists The San Diego Business Journal’s various industry lists provide more rigorously researched data than any other national database. Their lists provide the most up-to-date information and data points across more than 50 industries. The Book of Lists is an exclusive compilation of more than 90 lists containing data and contacts for San Diego County businesses. Each list contains phone numbers, addresses and contact names of business principals, websites, number of employees and annual revenue.

Media Contact: Karin Fair


bottom of page