Dr. Tiamesha Walker-Smith
Executive Director, ATHENA of the Triangle
(919) 342-8404


ATHENA of the Triangle receives a $2,500 grant from the Bioprocessing Development Group for the implementation of ATHENA in STEM.


Raleigh, NC, January 3, 2024 – ATHENA of the Triangle announced it received a $2,500 grant from the Bioprocessing Development Group for the support of ATHENA in STEM.


“I am very excited to see the results of ATHENA of the Triangle’s ATHENA in STEM program and how it impacts the learning of the future scientific community. BPD is looking forward to working with ATHENA of the Triangle on our shared commitment towards meeting the needs of our North Carolina scientific communities” – Eric Dean, BPD Steering Committee Co-Chair.


ATHENA in STEM is a strategic initiative that addresses the underrepresentation of women in STEM related fields. The ATHENA in STEM Mentoring Circles program, in collaboration with a local school, provides students with an engaging educational experience. Students are given the opportunity to visit the campuses of Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) companies, fostering an environment where they can envision themselves in STEM career roles in the future.


Complementing this, ATHENA in STEM offers another initiative called ATHENA Speaks. This program involves focused discussions with students led by women leaders in the STEM community. During these sessions, the leaders share insights into their career journeys, drawing inspiration from one of the 8 ATHENA Leadership Principles.


“We are excited to have Bioprocessing Development Group’s support of our ATHENA in STEM program. With support from our partners we are able to continue to build the pipeline of young women entering and thriving in STEM related fields”. – Dr. Tiamesha Walker-Smith, Executive Director, ATHENA of the Triangle


About ATHENA of the Triangle

ATHENA of the Triangle’s mission is to support, develop, and honor emerging and established women leaders and their allies across the NC Triangle Region. Our vision is to empower women to live the ATHENA Leadership Model® and achieve their highest potential. Founded in 2014, ATHENA of the Triangle is a licensee of programs developed by ATHENA International, a non-profit organization founded on the deeply held belief that women can achieve a worldwide balance of leadership when they are recognized, cultivated, and encouraged as leaders. We provide innovative programming in leadership development and entrepreneurial skill building for women leaders in the Triangle region of North Carolina.
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