Athena, a voice for professional women in STEM in Southern California, recently became a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact. Athena joins over 9,933 companies in 160 countries focused on aligning their strategies and operations with the UN Sustainable Development Goals for human rights, gender equity, labor, environment, and anti-corruption.
In December a group of Athena members from San Diego attended a VIP reception with the UN Global Compact, followed by a conference on gender equity at the Gap, Inc. headquarters in San Francisco. Conference delegates included Dr. Claire Weston (CEO, Reveal Biosciences), Valerie Gionis (CEO, Valtari Bio), and Dr. Kara Bortone (Head of JLABS, San Diego), as well as representatives from the UN, Athena, and large corporations such as Sony, Qualcomm, Johnson & Johnson, and Bayer.
The UN Global Compact is encouraging the small business majority to assess how Sustainable Development Goals can make an impact in their local communities. You can learn more here: https://www.unglobalcompact.org/sdgs