MoFo Celebrates 20 Years of Advancing Women in STEM During the Annual Athena Pinnacle Awards

Five Morrison & Foerster lawyers recently attended the Annual Athena Pinnacle Awards in San Diego to celebrate women in local and surrounding communities who excel in the recognition, promotion, and mentorship of women in STEM. Celebrating its 20th year, the Annual Athena Pinnacle Awards brought over 600 leaders in science, technology, and business together to showcase the best in class of those individuals and organizations advancing women in STEM.

“We are proud to be a long-time partner to Athena and an ongoing sponsor of the Annual Pinnacle Awards,” said Morrison & Foerster patent partner, Karen Potter. “This year’s event is particularly noteworthy because it marks Athena’s 20-year-long commitment to supporting, developing, and empowering, executive women within the greater San Diego STEM community.”

Attorneys Brittany Scheinok, Sejin Ahn, and patent agent Eunice Lau were also in attendance, along with a Morrison & Foerster client. During the reception, Pinnacle Scholarships were awarded to five remarkable graduating high school seniors to promote a pipeline of aspiring women STEM leaders.

San Francisco Bay area–based TV anchor and host of Bloomberg Technology Emily Chang, served as keynote speaker for the event. Emily, who recently authored Brotopia, an exposé on the “bro culture” and workforce inequities in Silicon Valley, discussed the importance of supporting the next generation of women leaders and closing the gender gap in STEM-related careers.

Over the last year, Morrison & Foerster has hosted three Athena events at the firm’s San Diego office. Most recently the firm hosted a Fireside Chat with Halozyme CEO Helen Torley, which drew more than 100 attendees. The firm plans to host additional Athena events in the coming year.

“Morrison & Foerster is committed to supporting and advancing women in STEM fields, and we are excited to continue working with Athena to support their ongoing critical mission,” added Karen.

Founded in 1998 in response to a lack of support and development for women in the San Diego STEM community, Athena is composed of senior executives, entrepreneurs, and professionals in academia from all sectors of STEM: life sciences, technology, health care, defense, engineering, and service providers associated with those sectors.

Over 600 leaders in science, technology, and business came together to celebrate individuals and organizations advancing women in STEM