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Susan and Ron Nash were fitting sponsors of the first lecture in this new Arts and Technology Distinguished Lecture Series. Both are highly accomplished technology executives who share a longtime passion for art.

Susan is vice president of VMware, a California-based software company that is a leader in virtualization. She has held significant executive positions in both global and emerging technology companies including vice president of EMC, CEO of Voyence and vice president of Perot Systems. She began her career at Hewlett-Packard.

Ron is CEO of Pivot3, an Austin-based technology company providing software defined storage systems. He also has an extensive background in venture capital, previously serving as partner with the Silicon Valley fund InterWest Partners. Earlier in his career, he held senior management roles with EDS and Perot Systems, as well as several entrepreneurial ventures.

Ron graduated in 1979 with a master’s degree from the Jindal School of Management and in 2011 received the UT Dallas Distinguished Alumni Award. He also serves on the University Campaign Council and Development Board Executive Committee. Together, Susan and Ron have established a distinguished professorship in the Jindal School.

The MTBC is one of the largest membership-based technology business associations in the United States, representing 300 member companies with more than 250,000 employees throughout North Texas. The MTBC advances the region’s technology community by serving as a hub for the area’s tech companies, research universities and entrepreneurs.

The council’s signature annual event, the Tech Titans awards, celebrates the achievements of North Texas technology companies, advocates, researchers and educators.

Learn more at metroplextbc.org.

One of the region’s most active and successful civic organizations, the Northwood Woman’s Club (NWC) supports North Texas nonprofits that assist children, teens, women and others in need. Founded in 1968, the club has more than 400 members, all dedicated to raising awareness and private support for organizations including hospitals, ministries, education and counseling agencies, museums and nursing homes.

NWC established a scholarship at UT Dallas in 1979 to support the aspirations of women. The group has continued to support the scholarship fund with annual contributions for more than 30 years, making NWC one of UT Dallas’ longest consecutive-year donors.

Learn more at northwoodwomansclub.org.

Providing innovative technology solutions in more than 140 countries, Ericsson is shaping the future of mobile and broadband Internet communications and helping shape the future of UT Dallas.

Ericsson has been a steady supporter of the University since 1987, when the company made significant donations that led to the creation of the Lars Magnus Ericsson Chair in Electrical Engineering and helped launch the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science.

Since then, Ericsson has continued to support UT Dallas through endowed chairs, professorships, fellowships and scholarships that attract and retain top faculty and students. Company executives also meet with students, serve on advisory councils, support diversity on campus and help Academic Bridge Program participants with resume-building and interview skills. Ericsson consistently employs around 50 UT Dallas interns each year, hiring many of them upon graduation.

Angel Ruiz, president of Ericsson’s North American operations, was recognized in 2010 with the Gifford K. Johnson Community Leadership Award, the highest award UT Dallas can bestow upon a non-graduate of the university.

Learn more at ericsson.com/us.