The EDGE in Tech Athena Awards recognize those who embody, encourage, and promote the inclusion of women and BIPOC in technology. Awardees are leaders who inspire others to pursue and persist in technical careers by way of their outstanding contributions, and service and mentorship to foster inclusion in science and technical fields. Nominations are open to all candidates regardless of gender, age, institutional affiliation, and country of residence. NOMINATIONS ARE CLOSED – Winners were announced January 2023. Nominations will reopen in Fall 2023.
Awards are announced during the annual Diversity in Tech Symposium, formerly the Women in Tech Symposium, which celebrates innovators and explores the experiences of women and BIPOC in a tech related field.
Past Athena Award winners:
2023:Jodi Shelton, Co-founder and CEO, Global Semiconductor Alliance, Tonya Evans, Professor, Penn State Dickinson Law; Co-Hire, Penn State Institute for Computational and Data Sciences, Erika Moore, Rhines Rising Star Larry Hench Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida, and Cal NERDS More info >
2022:UC Office of the President, VP for Research and Innovation, Theresa Maldonado, Google’s Sepi Hejazi Moghadam, UC Davis Assistant Professor Verónica Ahumada, and nonprofit AnnieCannons. More info >
2021: UC Merced Professor Teenie Matlock, World Economic Forum’s Sheila Warren, UC Davis Assistant Professor Katia Cánepa Vega, and the nonprofit organization Self e-STEM. More info >
2020: UC Berkeley Professor Alice Agogino, IBM’s Rama K. Akkiraju, Algorithmic Justice League’s Joy Buolamwini, and the nonprofit organization Girls Who Code. More info >
2019: President of Harvey Mudd College Maria Klawe, Respira Labs CEO Maria Artunduaga, Double Shelix podcast co-founders Sally Winkler and Kayla Wolf, and former president of the Association for Computing Machinery Barbara Simons. More info >
2017: Stanford University Professor Fei-Fei Li, University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s Laura Haas, Callisto CEO and founder Jessica Ladd, and Neo’s Claire Shorall. More info >
2016: UC Berkeley’s Tsu-Jae King Liu, Claire Tomlin, Ruzena Bajcsy, and Vidya Ganapati, Google’s Elizabeth Churchill, and the nonprofit organization Code to Inspire. More info ,
The Executive Leadership Award recognizes individuals (all genders) who demonstrate exceptional leadership by supporting the professional development and promotion of women in technology within their companies, organizations, or the field at large.
Demonstrating leadership and innovation in promoting greater diversity and inclusion in the field or sector
Expanding opportunities for engaging women in technology
Demonstrating impact at scale on advancing women’s professional achievements in technology
Nominees typically have at least 5 years of experience in their executive leadership role(s) in companies with more than 500 employees
The Academic Leadership Award recognizes senior leaders in academia or national labs (faculty or staff) who have a demonstrated record of technical accomplishments and have encouraged or mentored young scholars or colleagues.
Undertaking technically innovative work
Demonstrating leadership in their field
Expanding opportunities for engaging girls in technology and science
Mentoring students, postdocs, junior faculty and/or young women professionals
Nominees typically have at least 10 years of experience in their academic leadership role(s)