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Athena CEO Named Top 500 Influential Leaders by the San Diego Business Journal

Updated: Apr 16, 2020


SAN DIEGO – December 19, 2019– Athena, California’s premier advocate for professional women in STEM, announces its CEO, Holly Smithson is awarded for the second year in a row as San Diego’s Top 500 influential business leaders in the 2020 edition of the San Diego 500. 

Curated annually by the San Diego Business Journal newsroom, The San Diego 500: The Book of Influential Business Leaders, is a comprehensive guide to business leaders and executives leading significant companies in terms of number of jobs, key products and services, experts who raise the level of their industry and driving impact inside the business community.

“It is an honor to join this distinguished cohort of influential leaders and impact players,” said Smithson. “As Athena promotes the value of advancing more women leaders in the STEM community, we will witness the transformation of the San Diego region as a destination for diversity.”

ABOUT ATHENA Athena is a women’s 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 the premier women's empowerment advocate. For more information visit and follow @athenasandiego.

ABOUT THE SAN DIEGO BUSINESS JOURNAL Each year the San Diego Business Journal selects 500 influential leaders from every significant sector of the business community.  The executives featured in the San Diego 500 consists of people who have founded or are running a significant business regarding several jobs, key products and services; experts who raise the level of the industry here and beyond; and business people who lead in the community.  Learn more about San Diego Business Journal at

Media Contact: Karin Fair Director, Member Success Athena +1 (856) 325-7754

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