San Diego Business Journal


Vik Jolly


Holly Smithson

Athena CEO Holly Smithson is continuing to raise the organization’s profile beyond San Diego County. Late last year Athena announced a collaboration with the United Nations Global Compact to promote gender equality.

Now Athena has struck an alliance with Bay Area-based Watermark. Both member-based organizations are dedicated to advancing the careers of professional women, providing leadership training, mentoring, and networking to close the gender and pay gap.

“The collective output of this alliance stands to enrich the talent pipeline, expand the power of the networks and provide businesses with an unparalleled talent recruitment platform,” Smithson said in a statement.

She met Watermark CEO Marlene Williamson in December at a U.N. Global Compact USA Network, and Athena co-hosted two-day gathering in San Francisco. Regional executives from BioFluidica, CBRE, Innovative Commercial Environments, Intuit, Oracle, Qualcomm Inc., Reveal Biosciences, Sony, Teradata, Valtari Bio, Viasat were among attendees.

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While momentum builds toward price negotiations between San Diego and San Diego State University on prime city-owned Mission Valley property on which the SDCCU Stadium sits, SDSU has tapped Clark Construction Group to design and build the facility.

According to SDSU, the company will build the $250 million, 35,000-capacity stadium to support events including college football, NCAA championship games, concerts, and professional soccer.

Clark built Petco Park, the home of the San Diego Padres, and has worked on several sports facilities. In the 2019 SDBJ Book of Lists, Clark reported having 86 local employees and nearly 4,000 employed nationally. The Engineering News-Record ranked Bethesda, Maryland-based Clark at No. 11 on the Top 400 Contractors List.

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The Port of San Diego is trying to keep the vibrancy of downtown San Diego’s Seaport Village alive by pumping $2.2 million into the popular bayside tourist attraction.

The money will go to deferred maintenance in the 39-year-old center and what the Port calls “new experiential features.”

The idea is to keep the 14-acre center vibrant while plans are being completed to replace Seaport Village with the 70-acre, $1.2 billion redevelopment project dubbed Seaport San Diego.

Managing Editor Steve Adamek and staff writer Ray Huard contributed to this report.