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Athena Unveils Its DE&I Playbook for the STEM Industry Driving Diversity Through Data

Updated: May 3, 2022


Athena - the premier advocate for professional women in STEM - continues driving the DE&I conversation anchored in data by publishing the STEM industry's DE&I Playbook. This first-of-its-kind playbook builds a body of DE&I evidence and solutions by the companies who are out front of the "Great She-cession" and leading with rigorous execution.

Capturing the best practices featured during Athena’s 2021 Annual Lifting While Climbing Summit, these data-driven workforce solutions will advance those with the power to affect hiring decisions, influence career trajectories, and modernize the workforce using proven strategies.


“As we look for effective ways to support the STEM community in the midst of a global pandemic and social unrest, we are inspired by the fact that when a region marshals its resources to combat these pervasive inequalities, we climb as one. Launching Athena’s Lifting While Climbing Summit was the obvious way forward. Collectively, this climb gives a voice and validity to the tender topic of pursuing a more equitable workplace and more just society,” said Athena CEO Holly Smithson. “For those eager to access the tools and community essential to get there, Athena, its STEM partners, and our Annual Lifting While Climbing Summit all serve as your guide.”


“As we showcase these data-driven diversity strategies in Athena’s DE&I Playbook, none of what we’ll learn is abstract or theory but practical. It’s all actionable."

Advocacy organizations like Athena play an essential role in shaping future business leaders by educating them about responsible, sustainable leadership. By partnering with companies on the leading edge of DE&I like Encore Capital,, Mitchell International, Qualcomm, ResMed, SDGE & Tandem Diabetes Care, Athena enables uncomfortable debates in the hopes we can solve them and witness a world that values women leaders at every level.


“As we showcase these data-driven diversity strategies in Athena’s DE&I playbook, none of what we’ll learn is abstract or theory but practical. It’s all actionable. These featured STEM companies are industry leaders. They’re doing it, they’re living it and intentionally here to open source it,” Smithson concluded. “Together, we take the next step in our climb towards the Summit of Equality.”



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