DFW Alliance of Technology and Women Names Barry Shurkey Advisory Council Chair, Announces New Advisory Council Members

DALLAS, Jan. 14, 2022—The DFW Alliance of Technology and Women (DFW*ATW), a vital non-profit organization committed to increasing the number of women in leadership and girls entering technology fields, today announced its newest Advisory Council members. Barry Shurkey, CIO of NTT Data Services, has been named incoming chair. He will replace longstanding DFW*ATW advocate Valerie Freeman, CEO of BravoTECH. Joining Shurkey in their inaugural year on the Council are Saurajit Kanungo, president of Cyber Group, Inc., and Carina Reyes, executive managing director, Ernst & Young Global Consulting Services.

Shurkey has been an active member of the Advisory Council for over three years. Of his appointment, Freeman states, “I have been so blessed to work with Barry and am thrilled that he will be our new chair. He has been a big champion of women in technology and has provided much valuable advice and counsel to the organization.”

In addition to his role at NTT Data Services, Shurkey is a major force in the North Texas IT community.  His more than 30 years of IT services industry experience spans leadership roles with EDS and HP and award-winning work. He was named to the 2022 D CEO Dallas 500 Most Powerful Leaders and the 2020 Business Transformation 150 by Constellation Research. Shurkey was also the 2018 Tech Titan Corporate CIO Awardee; 2019 D Magazine CIO of the Year; and 2019 Dallas ORBIE CIO of the Year Awardee.

“I am extremely honored and humbled by the opportunity to chair the Advisory Council for ATW,” says Shurkey. “I want to thank Valerie for her leadership and guidance for the past seven years and appreciate her mentorship. I look forward to continuing to drive the mission and vision of ATW and build on the current success of the organization.”

“Barry has been a key supporter of DFW*ATW and we are excited to see where his leadership will take us next,” says Shanthi Rajaram, DFW*ATW president and Board of Directors chair. “We will miss Valerie’s day-to-day involvement and are so pleased she will continue as an advisor. She made it her goal to make our Advisory Council as diverse and prestigious as possible, and we are very proud of everything she accomplished.”

Shurkey and Rajaram will join Sabrina Chesney, executive director, in leading the non-profit in 2022.

About the Dallas Fort Worth Alliance of Technology and Women

The Dallas Fort Worth Alliance of Technology and Women (DFW*ATW) is a vital non-profit organization committed to increasing the number of women in leadership and strengthening the pipeline of girls entering technology fields. Founded in 2002, it is the largest organization dedicated to women in technology in Dallas. Its membership consists of women, men, and corporate partners who support its mission through monthly meetings, advocacy, STEM initiatives, professional development programs, awards programs, and more. Learn more at www.dfwatw.org.

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Inviting nominations for ‘Women In Business’ awards by Dallas Business Journal

The Recognition and Advocacy committee of www.dfwatw.org requests your help to identify, nominate and promote qualified women to the 14th Annual North Texas Women in Business Awards.

Dallas Business Journal’s Women in Business Awards program highlights decision makers across the metroplex that have shaped our North Texas business community through legal and financial services, hospitality and tourism, human resources, manufacturing, civil service, nonprofits and more. This prestigious award is given to influential women who go above and beyond in their business and community and who will continue to impact our business landscape for years to come. 

There is no cost to you to enter or otherwise.  Ideal nominees would be able to highlight their accomplishments with appropriate metrics, unique attributes that makes them standout from their peers in their field, their community involvement and additional details from their personal/ professional journeys that have shaped them.

Do you know someone who would be a candidate for nomination? Or would you like to be nominated? If so, please reach out to recognition@dfwatw.org for further details.

Deadline for nomination is May 14, 2021. Please reach out to us as soon as you can to ensure appropriate review and nomination handling time!

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Monthly Meeting: Celebrating Women’s History Month

Celebrating Women’s History Month With A Panel Event

Hear From Two Trailblazers On The Technologies and Transformations With Women In IT

DFW*ATW Monthly Meeting
Thursday, March 11, 2021
5:45 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us to hear our guest speakers Amy Stevens, Director of Technical Innovation at Top Golf, and Min Kang, Chief Product and Strategy Officer at Brinks Home Security.

Doors open at 5:45 pm for networking
Session starts at 6:15 pm
Social hour continues after the program

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