DFW Alliance of Technology and Women Names Board Officers, Committee Chairs

The nonprofit organization has a mission to boost the number of women in leadership positions and empower girls to pursue careers in technology.

The DFW Alliance of Technology and Women (DFW*ATW) has announced its 2023 board of directors, from executive officers to committee chairs and co-chairs.

The organization is a nonprofit committed to increasing the number of women in leadership and strengthening the pipeline of girls entering technology fields.

Executive officers include Valerie M. Davis as president, Kavitha Ramesh as vice president, Lorie Medina as secretary, and Anamika Gupta as treasurer.

The organization said its executive leaders bring a breadth of experience.

Davis is senior patent counsel at Texas Instruments and sits on the board of High-Tech High Heels. Ramesh is an assistant vice president at Mr. Cooper in product strategy and solutions. Medina is founder and CEO of MedinaUSA, and was Frisco’s first chief of staff to a mayor. Gupta is senior director, head of customer marketing, at Honeywell Process Solutions. She was named among CIO Look’s Most Admired Women Leaders.

Nine committee chairs and co-chairs are entering their first year on the board:

  • Nicole Adair, chair of DFW*ATW’s recognition committee, is a senior product manager with CBRE.
  • Jeanie Anirudhan, chair of governance committee, is chief of staff for Pepsico’s Information Security Global Cyberfusion Center.
  • Pratibha Aphale, chair of Employee Resource Groups (ERG) committee, is vice president, BISO, at Goldman Sachs.
  • Juana Leonard, chair of programs committee, is director of the Hispanic Serving Institute (HSI) Title V grant for Dallas College.
  • Jigna Vaghela, marketing chair, is senior event manager with AppFolio and board of directors for Kimiya.
  • Hima Cherukuru, co-chair of technology, is a software engineering manager at CapitalOne.
  • Lisa Mehl, co-chair of membership, is senior account executive at Soccour Solutions.
  • Sandy Robinson, co-chair of professional development, is global senior manager and human resources consultant with Thomson Reuters.
  • Madelyn Webster, co-chair of partnership, is channel sales manager at Logix Fiber Networks.

“We have an amazing team, and I’m excited for the year ahead,” Davis said in a recent statement.

Davis says the board is made up of accomplished women with extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, leading organizations in Dallas and around the world.

“Working together, we are undoubtedly prepared to propel our mission and programs benefiting DFW’s women and girls,” she said.

Established in 2002, the DFW Alliance of Technology and Women 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.

Photos courtesy of DFW*ATW: The DFW*ATW 2023 board members are pictured in the feature photo from left to right in three rows. The top row includes Valerie Davis as President, Kavitha Ramesh as Vice President, Lorie Medina as Secretary, Anamika Gupta as Treasurer, Nicole Adair as Chair of Recognition, and Jeanie Anirudhan as Chair of Governance. The second row includes Pratibha Aphale as Chair of Employee Resource Group (ERG), Hima Cherukuru as Co-Chair of Technology, Lisa Jordan as Chair of Membership, and Shoba Krishnamurthy as Chair of Greatminds. The third row includes Juana Leonard as Chair of Programs, Juliet Odima as Chair of Professional Development, Suba Ramasubramaniam as Chair of Technology, Marla Ravkind as Chair of Partnership, Sandy Robinson as Co-Chair of Professional Development, and Jigna Vaghela as Chair of Marketing.


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