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Happy Holidays from Athena

Updated: Apr 20, 2022



Dear Athena Members, Partners & Stakeholders: As we place a virtual bow on the year that was 2021, we’re once again reminded that one thing is assured…. uncertainty is our constant companion. And uncertainty can fuel opportunity! Companies and employees are reassessing their values, while seriously investing in professional development, career pathways, and mental wellness programs. And the other constant companion in this unprecedented journey is Athena.


As the voice of women in STEM, Athena is fully prepared to empower our members and partners to seize on these new opportunities and extend our enduring support system - digitally and without boundaries - to further our collective pursuits for gender equality in STEM. Athena is intent on deepening its advocacy efforts for gender equality and strengthening its community while empowering women during this extraordinary time of disruption. Athena’s commitment continues into 2022 and will prioritize 1) powering the leadership journey for 1 million women leading in STEM by 2030; 2) serving as the leading digital hub for women in STEM; 3) training diverse board candidates for companies ready to modernize their boardroom.

On behalf of the entire Athena family, we extend our warmest wishes for a holiday celebration that includes peace, love, and light.


Holly Smithson Chief Executive Officer

Bridget Kimball Chief Architect | Intuit Board Chair

Liz Gasser EVP Corporate Strategy Tandem Diabetes Care Board Vice Chair

Karin Fair Director of Member Success

Rashmi Kalita Program Manager

Sheri Carr Head of Digital Communications


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