This year's Pinnacle Awards theme is titled "Follow Your Dreams." It is quite an appropriate theme, for the goal of Athena is to support San Diego's women executives in technology and business, helping them to follow their career dreams, exceed their goals and achieve success. At this year's awards celebration, five outstanding and accomplished young women graduating from San Diego high schools will receive college scholarships from Athena to help them reach their dreams. We have confidence in these young women that their scientific discoveries, technology advancements or medical breakthroughs will, in a positive and dramatic way, impact the quality of our lives and communities. In addition, Athena will recognize San Diego business leaders and a teacher who has embraced the Athena vision and mission in their daily lives by mentoring and supporting women to achieve their dreams, and be successful.
Telling someone to "follow their dreams" is an easy statement to make. Achieving them is challenging. It requires the commitment, passion and perseverance of a multitude of selfless individuals who willingly give of themselves to support others in reaching their goals and achieving their dreams. It is important for Athena to acknowledge those individuals and corporations who support the Pinnacle Awards by providing their leadership, event underwriting, scholarship funding, time and creativity. Athena applauds you all! Through your commitment and energy, both individually and collectively, you are acknowledging and validating the vision and mission of Athena. As you continually and energetically embrace Athena, Athena enthusiastically strives to be ever dynamic and evolving, in providing meaningful programs, resources and services that address the professional and personal development of its members, whose leadership impacts not only San Diego, but also national and global concerns.
Thank you all for partnering with Athena to achieve its dream -- where successful executive women in technology connect.