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DFW*ATW provides monthly meetings featuring speakers who inspire and educate.

Meeting are held the second Thursday of each month from 6:00-8:00 pm.

We serve a light dinner of salads and sandwiches.  

See below for dates and to register.

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Upcoming events

    • 13 Jun 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 14 Nov 2020
    • (CST)
    • 8 sessions
    • See details
    Registration is closed

    ATW Members - Advance Your Career with a Comprehensive Nine-Month Leadership Program

    Invest in yourself and your career!!! Get Inspired by the best of the best in leadership development.

    Challenge each other and reach a new level of effectiveness.

    Six Full Day Workshops

    One-On-One Coaching: Once a month, 1-hour coaching sessions (9 sessions)

    Costs: There is limited availability for the program. Costs include workshops (including food/drink), coaching, and printed materials.

    Cost of program is $500 (includes costs of assessments)

    Who is Qualified and How Do You Apply? You must be an active DFW*ATW member in a junior to mid-level career position or in transition.

    To apply click here by May 30, 2020.

    For more information please email: Ewa Musial at or Kelleen Lichliter at

    Location Details:

    June 13 - Workshop

        Location:  Virtual Meeting

    July 18 - November 7 - Workshops

        Cyber Group Inc.

        North Dallas Bank Building Tower 
        12900 Preston Road, Ste 900, Dallas, TX 75230

    November 14 - Graduation - Location TBD

    Leadership Program Agenda
    updated 7/5/2020

     *Additional terms below           

    Workshop Instructors

    Marsha Clark

    Marsha Clark is an executive coach and independent consultant who founded her own company in 2000. Marsha's passion is supporting women in their personal and professional development. She has gained international acclaim for her programs that enable women to explore, discover and optimize their potential. One of the offerings, a 12-month program called the POWER of Self, combines experiential learning and individual coaching, and provides an opportunity for women to gain greater personal clarity and a strategic framework for making more deliberate choices in all dimensions of their lives. Marsha’s extensive experience in these crucial workplace issues helps her develop and deliver highly-interactive, powerful learning experiences. 

    Ellen Dowd

    Digital Transformation, Technology Strategy, IoT Solutions, and Digital Experience Industry Leader

    Ellen has more than 20 years of experience in consulting, primarily focused on helping clients drive results and change their business models through the adoption of innovative technologies. Ellen has advised C-level executives and has overseen the delivery of highly complex consulting engagements at more than 40 companies on the Global 2000. She has been recognized by the industry in a number of ways, including being named one of Dallas’ Top 25 Women in Technology by the Dallas Business Journal, and the Best Woman Sales Director in the US by WISA. Through these recognitions and speaking engagements, Ellen has established herself as a passionate business leader in the technology field.

    Kristen Darby

    Innovation, Leadership, and Strategy Leader

    Kristen started her career in publishing for Harcourt but spent the last 20 years in consulting, primarily focused on enabling innovation with technology. As a serial entrepreneur, she has successfully launched multiple businesses and serves on the advisory board for Women’s Business Center as well as works as a mentor & coach for the business accelerator program. Kristen is an active member in the DFW Alliance of Technology & Women where she is currently working on the new Leadership Program. Kristen has established herself as an advocate and mentor for women wanting to excel in a technology field or business.

    Pamela Dukes

    Pamela Dukes is an accomplished Olympic athlete and Stanford University alumni who has worked in the IT industry for over 25 years. Since retiring from her sport, she has continued to excel as a leader, mentor and public speaker. She currently works as an Agile Coach and Trainer. While working at Toyota Connected, she made a life changing discovery in a class called, “The Harada Method”. This class introduced a new way to develop people, increase self-reliance and improve one’s happiness. As part of her awakening, she discovered a connection between her life as an elite athlete and the Scrum Framework. She also decided to become a Certified Harada Coach and Trainer and teach others how to find their voice, their passion and achieves goals. As Lean practitioners, we strive to remove waste, increase innovation and operations, continuously improve and help our teams soar. Through her experiences and observations about engagement, she has come up with her own theory for why companies have trouble with engagement and creating high performing teams. You want to hear something you have never heard before and be entertained as well? Attend her session and watch her pull back the covers and discover why people have trouble achieving goals and doing more.

    Additional Terms:

    1.    As a program member you are committing to fully participate in six (6) one-day workshops.  These workshops deliver:

          a.   Practical Use of Adult Learning Theory
          b.   Increased Emotional Intelligence
          c.   Proven Leadership Concepts & Practicum
          d.  Core Foundation of Executive Presence
          e.   Effective Team Management Approach and Practice
          f.   Expansion and Refinement of Leadership Competencies 

    2.    DFW*ATW will selectively match you to an executive coach who will work with you throughout the program.  Coaching may be customized to individual needs and may include the following (not inclusive list):

           a.  Creation of personal development plan
           b.  Enhancement of skills and core competencies through individual coaching sessions and applications
           c.   Goal setting and measurement

    3.    Coaching commitment required. For measurable results, member will meet at least one hour per month with your designated coach and will communicate either via email or phone at least twice per month.  Please contact your coach at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to making any schedule changes. 

    4.    Cancellation Fees: - Payment due upon completion of application.  ATW will refund 50% of the program payment if cancellation is within 45 days of program.  All other cancellations are non-refundable. 

    5.    Food and Drinks will be provided.

    6.    Individual assessments and results will be provided for:

          a.  BrainStyles Inventory
          b.  Lumina Spark Assessment
          c.  Strength Finders
          d.  Workshop materials and handouts will be provided.

    7.    Confidentiality - DFW*ATW will not use or disclose any of the individual confidential information to any third party, either during or after completion of the program.

    • 9 Jul 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 23 Jul 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • Virtual Meeting
    • 8

    Women Who Leap -- Your Time Is Now!

    This Women Who Leap series is focusing on the nuts and bolts of resume writing, interviewing skills and also shedding light on the perspectives of candidates and recruiters.

    There is no cost, but please register as capacity is limited, and you must be a member to attend.

    Join us on Thursdays from 6:00 - 7:30 pm for the following sessions:

    July 9:  Perspective from Recruiters Agency and Talent Acquisition
    Speakers: Reem Brooks, GM Financial
                     Leo Leybovich, Genuent

    Have you ever wondered what the recruiters are looking for and what their challenges are in filling positions with the right candidate? We will hear from a Corporate IT Talent Acquisition leader and a Recruiter from a placement firm.  Gain knowledge that will help you better position yourself for the right job.  

    July 16:  Case Study - A Journey Through This Maze During a Pandemic
    Speakers:  Jessica Nemmers, Elevate
                       Additional Speaker TBA  

    Yes, these are unprecedented times, and it requires a different mindset when approaching virtual networking, interviews, onboarding, team building. etc. We will hear from two different individuals who navigated this path. Arm yourself with what you need to know as you progress on your journey.

    July 23: Interviewing Skills
    Please note: This session will be 6:00 - 8:00 pm.
    Speakers:  Technology Leaders 

    Want to experience mock interviews and get feedback from leaders in the IT industry? We are lining up a unique opportunity for Women Who Leap to practice and refine their interviewing skills with professional and constructive feedback in a safe environment. This will require registration and engagement 3 weeks prior to the session to participate.

    If you would like to be considered for the mock interviews, please send a copy of your resume to by Friday, July 10.

    Workshop Instructors

    Reem Brooks
    Talent Acquisition Manager, GM Financial

    Reem has been leading talent acquisition teams for the last eight years and has worked fifteen years as a talent acquisition professional. She has experience working in multiple industries -- healthcare, transportation, financial services -- and expertise in developing talent attraction strategies to support business goals and objectives.

    Leo Leybovich
    Director, Enterprise Accounts, Genuent

    Leo is an accomplished Business Development/Sales leader with well rounded and extensive experience in the recruitment and workforce solutions space.  He graduated from University of Texas at Dallas with a BSBA specializing in Management Information Systems.  He has worked in various organizations including Healthcare, Workforce/Recruiting SaaS and IT Staffing and Recruiting on the agency side and has expertise in recruitment strategies, candidate retention, job search, interview prep, labor pressure trends and networking.  

    • 24 Jul 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM (CDT)
    • Virtual Meeting
    • 24

    DFW*ATW New Member Orientation

    Friday, July 24, 2020 

    DFW*ATW has new members each and every month; and we want to talk about what your benefits are, how to get involved, what’s to come and much, much more.

    Please join us for the new member orientation. There is no cost, but please register as capacity is limited.

    We look forward to meeting you! 

    Your Membership Committee

    • 24 Jul 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM (CDT)
    • Virtual Meeting
    • 96

    DFW*ATW Connect Friday 

    Friday, July 24, 2020
    12:00 - 12:30 pm

    The Power of Wishing Out Loud

    Lisa M. Ong, PCC, CPA
    President and Founder, Wishing Out Loud, LLC

    Stay connected with the DFW*ATW community.  Grab your lunch and join us for 30 minutes of thought leadership during Connect Friday on July 24 at 12:00 pm. 

    How many of us have ever received feedback that we needed to be more assertive or bold and that silence is not an option?  But how do you get comfortable being bold when you may be an introvert or may have been raised that hard work speaks for itself, be grateful for what you have, and to not “rock the boat?’ What if you are afraid to say the wrong thing?   How do you lead with courage and resilience during COVID-19 and also speak up for those who may need to be included, acknowledged, and given a seat at the table to make their voices heard?  

    Lisa M. Ong, experienced diversity and inclusion strategy consultant and executive coach, will share her lessons learned on how to become bolder as a leader and a champion for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging by harnessing the power of “wishing out loud”®.


    Lisa M. Ong, PCC, CPA is an award-winning executive coach, speaker, and diversity and inclusion strategy consultant.  As a widely-known "talent gardener" and "inclusion connector", CEOs and CHROs hire her to co-create their diversity, equity, inclusion strategy to cultivate a culture of belonging as a great place to work.  Prior to launching her firm, Wishing Out Loud, she was one of the national diversity directors at PwC where she designed strategies to develop  Black, Latino, and Pan Asian talent, multicultural women and to grow inclusive leaders at all levels.  She earned her BBA degree in Accounting from UT Austin and her MS in Management from the University of Texas at Dallas. She is a Professional Certified Coach by the International Coaching Federation and a Texas CPA.  D CEO Magazine named her to The Dallas 500 in their 2020 directory as "one of the most powerful business leaders in DFW" in the "Corporate Diversity Officer" category.  The Dallas Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs named her 2019 CPA of the Year.   Dallas Business Journal also recognized her with a 2017 Minority Business Leaders Award for her leadership in business and the community.

    • 13 Aug 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)
    • Location TBD
    • 100

    DFW*ATW Monthly Meeting 

     Thursday, August 13, 2020 

    Join us for our monthly program.  

    DFW*ATW meetings are held the second Thursday of each month to provide an opportunity to network with your peers and hear a guest speaker on a relevant technology or leadership topic.  A light dinner is served.

    • 26 Aug 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Irving Convention Center


    The annual DFW Women in Tech Summit, hosted by DFW Alliance of Technology and Women, will return to the Irving Convention Center on August 26, 2020.

    It is a special event designed specifically for women in IT. The conference highlights the achievements of ladies in tech and provides opportunities for collaboration, professional development, and networking. This event also includes a fireside chat, panel presentations, and lunch.

    Discounted Registration

    The full day conference is only $52 by using Discount Code DFWATW2D. This event includes six hours of education, keynote luncheon, important networking opportunities, wine, and a reception. Registration is open, and we invite you to join us. 

    Register Now for InnoTech.

    Featured Speakers include:

    For more information or to register, visit

    • 26 Aug 2020
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM (CDT)
    • Bar Louie (front patio area), 360 W. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving, TX 75039


    Advance registration ends August 22, and tickets will be $30 at the door for members and non-members.

    Must be 21 or older to attend.

    • 8 Oct 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)
    • Location TBD
    • 100

    DFW*ATW Monthly Meeting 

     Thursday, October 8, 2020 

    Join us for our monthly program.  

    DFW*ATW meetings are held the second Thursday of each month to provide an opportunity to network with your peers and hear a guest speaker on a relevant technology or leadership topic.  A light dinner is served.

    • 23 Oct 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM (CDT)
    • Virtual Meeting
    • 20
    Registration is closed

    DFW*ATW New Member Orientation

    Friday, October 23, 2020 

    DFW*ATW has new members each and every month and we want to talk about what your benefits are, how to get involved, what’s to come and much, much more.

    Please join us for the new member orientation. There is no cost, but please register as capacity is limited.

    We look forward to meeting you! 

    Your Membership Committee

Past events

18 Jun 2020 DFW*ATW Women Who Leap: Resume Writing and Cover Letters
11 Jun 2020 June 2020 DFW*ATW Monthly Meeting
22 May 2020 New Member Orientation - May 22, 2020
14 May 2020 May 14, 2020 DFW*ATW Monthly Meeting
8 May 2020 5/8 Connect Friday: Master the Power of LinkedIn Branding and Social Selling, Part 2
1 May 2020 5/1 Connect Friday: COVID-19: Building a Resilient Response
24 Apr 2020 4/24 Connect Friday: Strategic Virtual Leadership: Transitioning from Boardroom to "Homeroom"
17 Apr 2020 4/17 Connect Friday: "Master the Power of LinkedIn Branding and Social Selling"
16 Apr 2020 DFW*ATW Women Who Leap
10 Apr 2020 4/10 Connect Friday: Foundations for Success: A Discussion About You, Your Career, and Your Future
3 Apr 2020 4/3 Connect Friday: Leadership in Time of Crisis
18 Mar 2020 CANCELLED - Fujitsu and DFW*ATW Girls Event
12 Mar 2020 March 12, 2020 Monthly Meeting
22 Feb 2020 BNSF’s Technology Awareness Day
13 Feb 2020 February 13, 2020 Monthly Meeting
24 Jan 2020 New Member Orientation
18 Jan 2020 Dallas ISD STEM Expo
9 Jan 2020 January 9, 2020 Monthly Meeting
16 Dec 2019 December Holiday Social
12 Nov 2019 November 2019 Monthly Meeting
10 Oct 2019 October 2019 Monthly Meeting:
26 Sep 2019 Executive Leadership Forum
26 Sep 2019 Sponsor Table Registration for ELF
8 Aug 2019 August 2019 Monthly Meeting: 7 Essential Qualities of Women Who Lead
17 Jul 2019 Speakers Needed for Koder Girl Summer Camp
13 Jul 2019 Girls in STEM Summer Expo 2019
13 Jun 2019 June 2019 Monthly Meeting: Don't Leave Money on the Table
11 Jun 2019 POWER OF SELF Scholarship Program for 2019-2020
30 May 2019 How Smart CIOs and CTOs are Maximizing Their Data Center ROI
14 May 2019 The 6th Annual DBJ North Texas Women in Technology Awards
9 May 2019 May 2019 Monthly Meeting: Content Creation Around Your Expertise
20 Apr 2019 Spring STEAM Achievers Purpose Hackathon
18 Apr 2019 DFW*ATW InnoTech Happy Hour - Must Register
18 Apr 2019 Register Now for 2019 InnoTech's Women in Tech Summit
16 Apr 2019 Women in Technology Paths to Leadership
30 Mar 2019 The 4th Annual iCodeHack
14 Mar 2019 Hacking Your Career
25 Feb 2019 Biz Women Monday
22 Feb 2019 Dallas 2019 ORBIE Awards
16 Feb 2019 BNSF’s Technology Awareness Day
14 Feb 2019 Aspirations of Agility and Truths of Transformation
2 Feb 2019 DISD STEM Expo
19 Jan 2019 Kodergirl Web Development for Middle School Girls, 1.19.19 – 1.20.19
10 Jan 2019 DFW*ATW Meeting - January 10, 2019 - Zero to [HER]O
13 Dec 2018 DFW*ATW Holiday Social

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