Dallas’ Female STEM Leaders and Innovators

Updated: Apr 24, 2021

Last week, we covered an article from D Magazine featuring the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas’ STEM Center of Excellence. D Magazine also features Dallas’ female STEM leaders and innovators that are trailblazing a path for young STEM girls in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. We encourage you to read the full article here.

The goal of D CEO’s Women Leading Tech and Innovation initiative is to showcase executive women paving paths in critical roles in STEM across Dallas-Fort Worth, elevate the work of the business community in building the pipeline, and demonstrate the need for more diversity in these senior roles.

Stacey Marx

President, AT&T National Business & Channels

Stacey Marx’s story is proof that anything is possible for women in tech. As a child, she couldn’t imagine going to a big city, much less living and working in one. Marx grew up in a small midwestern farming town where she practiced public speaking in a barn, standing on a ladder, and talking to cows. Her parents’ strict “no TV” rules fueled her love of literature and thirst for knowledge. In a town where everyone knew everything, Marx quickly learned how to get along with all types of personalities and the importance of relationships. She considers relationships and a strong personal network keys to career success and happiness. Her focus on people and passion for problem solving have helped propel her into successful careers in both finance and sales. She now leads a team of thousands of business professionals who support 95% of AT&T’s business customers nationwide.


BravoTECH salutes its own women in technology. It takes a talented team of people to make a company successful, and these women are a critical part of the Bravo team that has been recognized multiple times by the INC. 500/5000 and Dallas 100. BravoTECH also gives back to the community through involvement with technology organizations; mentoring through UTD and Technology Ball, the company’s own golf tournament raising funds for STEM education; and of course the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. Valerie Freeman, CEO of BravoTECH, was a Girl Scout, former board chair of the GSNETX, and former Girl Scout Woman of Distinction awardee. BravoTECH, celebrating its 25th Anniversary, is thrilled to shoot this photo at the amazing Girl Scout STEM Center of Excellence in Dallas.

Quincy Preston

Publisher and Editorial Director, Dallas Innovates

The year 2020 tested and transformed us. “Technology has been a lifeline,” says Quincy Preston, publisher and editorial director of Dallas Innovates, a publication built to tell the stories about Dallas-Fort Worth game-changers and disruptors. The pandemic fast-tracked a digital transformation that was already underway. “That every company is a tech company has never been more true,” she says. A collaboration with the Dallas Regional Chamber, Dallas Innovates will continue to lift innovators’ voices as breakthroughs in 2021 continue. Expect even more experts in this region to solve challenges of the future. “We’re seeing more emphasis on diverse voices—different backgrounds and perspectives for new ideas and innovation,” she says. Stay tuned as Dallas Innovates tells the stories of women who lead by example and serve as role models for the next generation of leaders. “It takes diverse voices to drive growth through innovation,” Preston says. “We won’t be resting on our laurels in this region, because the future is now.”

Ellen Dowd

Senior Partner & Head of Growth, Dialexa

Ellen Dowd brings more than two decades of experience to Dialexa, where she fuels the growth of the company’s future. Throughout her career, Dowd has helped dozens of Fortune 1000 companies drive results and disrupt their industries through technology. Dowd says she fell into the tech field, working for a major consulting firm at the beginning of the dot.com boom. “I got a taste of what it was like to be on the leading edge of innovative solutions that seemed impossible only a few years before,” she says. Since then, Dowd has made a career out of building businesses around those innovations. Dowd is proud to be a female leader in a field where she can take risks and apply her passion. “Progress shouldn’t equate to complacency,” she says. “I am inspired to see more women in tech, but now we need to see those same women in the boardroom.”

Claire Aldridge, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President for Commercialization and Business Development, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Dr. Claire Aldridge is a STEM leader who inspires those around her, especially women also working in this space, whether in labs researching the treatments of tomorrow or VCs and philanthropists investing in life sciences. Her positions in technology commercialization, working with disease-specific nonprofits, development and venture philanthropy work, and biotech and life sciences investing all led to her serving today as a liaison between scientists and the community. She thrives when communicating about broadening the pipeline of commercialization opportunities for UTSW. “It is amazing to work in a field where you get to think about the breadth of the science and how it can make people’s lives better,” Aldridge says. “I enjoy discussing the impact of science – what it could solve and where we can take it – so philanthropic individuals can understand what their gift could mean, including changing the trajectory of a disease. At its core, this work is about serving patients and saving lives.”

*All photos courtesy of Bret Redman.