Meet the WLS Speakers: Anne Chow of AT&T Business

As CEO of the company’s business group, she runs a $37 billion enterprise. She'll give the opening keynote at D CEO's upcoming Women's Leadership Symposium.

We learned a lot about Anne Chow when we published S. Holland Murphy’s profile of her in D CEO’s April edition. Beyond her many achievements—most recently becoming the first woman and first woman of color to be named CEO at the telecommunications and entertainment giant—we learned that she has a lot of fans.

Among them is Cynt Marshall, CEO of the Dallas Mavericks. Chow is “wicked smart and can size people up quickly,” Marshall says.

Another is co-worker Zee Hussain, senior vice president of finance, healthcare, and industry solutions for AT&T’s Global Business unit, who says: “A lot of leaders demand excellence; she is a leader who really inspires excellence.

Chow recently committed to extend her influence locally, as the first female CEO to serve as the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ fundraising chair—a post that officially begins today.

“Anne has long believed that ideas, invention, and innovation thrive at the intersection of technology and people,” says Jennifer Sampson, the organization’s president and CEO. “Her service as an ethnically diverse, female CEO is historic.”

At D CEO’s upcoming Women’s Leadership Symposium, Chow will kick things off with an opening keynote on July 15.” She’ll join about 20 other speakers at the two-half-day event, including Marshall of the Dallas Mavericks, A. Shonn Brown of Kimberly-Clark Corp., and Arcilia Acosta of CARCON Industries.

At AT&T, Chow created the company’s Women of Business Employee Network. “I’m so thankful for the opportunity to have been the first,” she says of her appointment as CEO. “I don’t want to be the only, and I don’t want to be the last.”


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