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DFW ATW Presents the 2018 Executive Leadership Forum (ELF)

  – Thursday, 9.13.18 –

Topic: “Hey Virtual Assistant: Should I worry about Artificial Intelligence?”

– The Impact of AI on Business and Our Everyday Lives –

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is powering the fourth industrial revolution and has been called the “new electricity” being powered by huge volumes of data. The global economic impact of AI applications is expected to reach $2.95 trillion by 2025, and we’re already seeing AI being incorporated into areas and tools like medical diagnosis, personal assistants like Siri, self-driving cars, and online translators.

However, as machines are getting closer to mirroring human-like abilities, they are also absorbing the deeply ingrained unconscious biases in our society, deepening the divide between over- and underrepresented groups in artificial intelligence.

Today, AI is powering robotics with rules that are programmable or machine learnable that can then “inherit” moral character; however, they cannot yet incorporate the incalculable, uncontrollable sequences of emotion or moral sentiments. But what about the foreseeable future? Will robots choose a moral character for themselves?

Organizations need to learn and be mindful of the moral boundaries when developing AI solutions to automate tasks and enhance overall business performance and operational efficiency. Leaders must understand the global societal and economic impacts of AI innovation and the responsibilities that go with its implementation. New leadership skills will be needed to empower teams with transparency and accountability, yet with the practical wisdom of doing the right thing, in the right way, at the right time!


Join DFW Alliance of Technology and Women (DFW ATW) and our subject matter experts for the annual Executive Leadership Forum (ELF) for a lively panel discussion on the Artificial Intelligence Revolution.


Toni Howard Lowe, McAfee, Global Vice President of People First

Toni is the Vice President of PeopleFirst (the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Culture) for McAfee in the Dallas area, leading a team that provides leadership insights and business intelligence to innovate, build and scale; culture, inclusion, corporate social responsibility, diversity solutions and practices focused on enhancing the employee experience for the global organization( in 50 countries). Prior to joining McAfee, she spent her career as a trusted people advocate specializing in employee relations, employee development, corporate social responsibility, and diversity and inclusion for companies such as: USAA, Conversion Partners (UMA), RaceTrac Petroleum, Hawker Beechcraft Services (formally Raytheon Aircraft Services), and Target Corporation in various HR roles.

A graduate of the University of Central Florida, Toni maintains a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interpersonal Communication. She also earned a Master of Human Resource Management degree from the University of Phoenix, and an Executive Certificate in Human Resource Leadership from Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Additionally, Toni holds the Professional in Human Resources® (PHR®) and Society for Human Resource Management HRM-Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) designations.


Dr. Gopal Gupta, University of Texas – Dallas, Head of Computer Science Department

Dr. Gopal Gupta is head of the Computer Science Department at the University of Texas – Dallas, where he holds the Erik Jonsson professorial chair. His research interest lies in Artificial Intelligence – automated reasoning, computational logic, machine learning, programming languages, and assistive technology. Dr. Gupta published extensively in the above areas. His group also authored many advanced software systems, including systems that automate common sense reasoning. Dr. Gupta’s research work resulted in commercial software systems that formed the basis of two start-up companies. He won several best-paper awards, as well as a Most Influential Paper award for his work on coinductive logic programming.

Dr. Gupta obtained his Masters of Science and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His Bachelors of Technology is in Computer Science from IIT Kanpur, India. Dr. Gupta also worked as a researcher in the United Kingdom.

Margaret Meyer, Capital One, Vice President of Software Engineering for Conversational Artificial Intelligence Platforms

Margaret is a Vice President of Software Engineering for Conversational Artificial Intelligence Platforms at Capital One in Richmond, VA. She sets the technology strategy for Eno, Capital One’s banking chatbot, as well as enterprise messaging capabilities for email, push and Short Message System (SMS). Margaret is an advocate for closing the gap for women in technology as a member of Capital One’s “Women in Technology” working group. Margaret has been with Capital One for 20 years, in roles of increasing responsibility within Technology and Operations.

She holds a Bachelors of Science in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University. Her M.S. and Ph.D. are from Lehigh University in the same field. Prior to joining Capital One, she spent three years as an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia, in Systems Engineering. Her research interests have been varied, but are always along the common theme of using technology to solve complex business problems. Margaret is a board member of CodeVA.org and the Computer Science Industrial Advisory Board at Virginia Commonwealth University. Margaret lives in Richmond, VA with her husband and two teenage daughters.

Barry Shurkey, NTT DATA Services, Chief Information Officer

Barry Shurkey, Chief Information Officer of NTT DATA Services, is responsible for IT strategy and execution for the North American division of NTT DATA Corporation, a top 10 global business and IT services provider. Since joining NTT DATA Services in 2013, Shurkey led the transition following the 2016 Dell Services acquisition of 30,000 employees, which included oversight of more than 200 IT projects and 450 resources, as well as the migration of more than 1,000 applications between the two companies. He has also provided guidance to many significant partner projects, such as the digital transformation for TxDOT.

Shurkey holds a Bachelor of Science in management information systems and a minor in computer science from Central Michigan University. He has also completed the Client Executive Development Program from the London School of Business and the Global Executive Development Program from the Thunderbird-American Graduate School of International Management. Outside the office, he is actively involved with March of Dimes, United Way, Habitat for Humanity, and Global Volunteer Day.

Diane Schwarz, Hunt Consolidated, Inc., SVP – Chief Digital & Information Officer

Diane Schwarz is a senior technology executive with experience leading large, global teams. Her scope covers Digital Transformations, Cyber Security, Data Analytics, Infrastructure & Cloud Operations, ERP/SAP Applications, Supplier Management and Outsourced Operations. She understands that information technology plays a critical role in the success of a company and creates with her leadership and vision a culture within IT that spans global businesses. She is responsible in her current role for the digital and information technology efforts at Hunt Consolidated, Inc., one of the largest privately held  U.S. companies.

She holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.  She is a board member of NPower, a non-profit organization.



Date: Thursday, September 13th, 2018, 6:00pm-8:00pm (with networking starting at 5:00pm).
Location: Venue Forty|50, 4050 Belt Line Road Addison, TX 75001

  • $65.00 early bird registration (ends 8.11.18)
  • $65.00 DFW ATW members (ends 9.12.18)
  • $80.00 general admission (ends 9.12.18)
  • $100.00 at the door

Time: Networking starts at 5:00pm with the program running from 6:00 – 8:00pm.

Click here to REGISTER!


Silent Auction: Group time with DFW area CIOs, CTOs and other C-Level Executives. Money raised at the event supports GREATMINDS, our STEM initiatives to encourage young girls to pursue careers in STEM through community programs.

See photos and information on our Silent Auction Executives here


We need DFW ATW member volunteers: To volunteer to help with ELF on 9.13.18, please contact Susan Slawson by August 31, 2018 … 214.684.5596 or susaneslawson@gmail.com. DFW ATW member volunteers receive a special registration price of $35.00.


Sponsorship Opportunities Available: Contact Linda Selph, lindasselph@gmail.com

Platinum Sponsors: Pure Storage, Thomson Reuters, Fujitsu, BT, Texas Instruments, BravoTech, Intuit

Click here for a list of the DFW ATW Sponsors


DFW Alliance of Technology and Women (DFW ATW) is a dynamic non-profit organization that supports women and men who share the common interests of empowering women in technology, increasing the number of women in executive roles and encouraging women and girls to enter technology fields.