The Vision

Karen Digital ConduIT2

The team that launched THE Go-To Event in the DFW metroplex in 2012, is pleased to bring you the Technology Ball series of technology community networking events. After coordinating Founding Members to introduce the concept in 2011, we successfully launched the Gala in Dallas in 2012 and doubled the event’s success and participation in 2013. In 2014, we began operating under our own entity, DIGITAL CONDUIT, to preserve the experience in Dallas. Under the leadership of Karen Krygowski Bruno, we continue to leverage relationships in the technology community to attract the participation of CIOs, CTOs, VPs of ITs, etc. in the event, and anticipate growing our business to include events in other cities across the US.

Meet the Team

Karen Krygowski Bruno
President & Founder

Since 2014, Karen has served as President & Founder of Digital Conduit, the company that presents Technology Ball, orchestrating the vision for the Technology Ball series of events. Through Technology Ball, Karen brings together CIOs, CTOs, VPs of IT, etc. and tenured representatives from technology vendors and suppliers to build business relationships – and the event series supports a STEM Education philanthropic cause.

Karen launched Technology Ball with more than two decades of client relations and event planning experience, most recently in her role as Vice President of Development at Aidmatrix, a nonprofit global supply-chain provider where she spent eight years coordinating corporate and community fundraising engagement for the organization. Prior to joining Aidmatrix, Karen worked for seven years in The American Funds Distributors arm of the Capital Group Companies in Los Angeles, CA as Multimedia Team Project Manager. Karen began her career in Nashville, TN where she worked as Insurance Team Manager and Financial Analyst for HCA Healthcare and as Corporate Actions Transactions Manager and Client Services Liaison for Bankers Trust Company (now Deutsche Bank).

Karen received her BA in East Asian Studies, with a concentration in Business and Economics, from Vanderbilt University. She enjoys cooking, traveling, foreign languages and wine tasting. Karen resides in Dallas with her husband Ron, and their two Pomeranians Sky and Shadow.

Zachary Laws
Communications and Marketing Manager

Zac is enjoying his post-college career in his new role with DIGITAL CONDUIT as the Communications and Marketing Manager for Technology Ball. Zac is responsible for Technology Ball marketing initiatives including social media, newsletters, marketing collateral, and other communication elements for the Technology Ball community. He is passionate about Brand Marketing and finding the perfect target audience to help companies thrive.

Prior to joining the Technology Ball team, Zac worked as a Marketing Manager for a start-up advertising agency. As a student at the University of North Texas, Zac found his stride in their Advertising program and immediately began looking for internships and other opportunities to broaden his skillset. He successfully engaged audiences while working at Bloomfield Knoble, SSquared Creative, EMResources, and Vuefire Creative Agency. These opportunities gave Zac a wide variety of experiences, ranging from in-house marketing to a full-service creative agency approach.

Zac enjoys gaming and competing in tournaments in his free time. He also enjoys socializing with friends and spending quality time with his family and their 5 cats and small dog.


Rachel Thornton
Chief Operating Officer

As founding owner and president of Richardson Communications and Consulting, Inc., Rachel Thornton guides her organization in its mission to create a strategic platform within businesses that drives their initiatives; powered by technology. With over 22 years in the industry and experience in business transformation and technology consulting, Rachel brings a comprehensive approach to the technology industry with a unique process for clients around migration to the cloud.

 Most recently, Rachel led a team in a compute and data consolidation project for a Fortune 10 company.  This included working within a complex environment in solving for data and cloud strategy. The client had extensive compliancy requirements due to the fact that they are in the healthcare industry. Consulting and collaborating with other partners is a high priority. Rachel currently sits on several advisory boards and has done so throughout her career. A few of those businesses that have sought out her advisement are AT&T, Flexential, XO, Intelisys, Channel Partners, Earthlink, and Avant.


Tricia Shevlin
Chief Strategy Officer

Tricia Shevlin has been fascinated with technology since cellular communications changed how we do business in the 90’s. Starting her career with AT&T in 1997 as it was changing from a long-distance carrier to a global powerhouse fueling the dot-com industry and the adoption of the mobile device by business and consumers. At AT&T, she held multiple roles, including supporting the launch of the first digital network.

This laid the groundwork for a career in helping companies solve business challenges with the latest technology and services. Today her focus is making technology decisions easier and faster through an agnostic lens while investing in STEM students in local communities. Over her career, she’s built senior executive relationships and fostered the channel for a number of growing Texas technology companies focused on telecommunications and IoT. In 2005, she joined Advantix, part of the communications lifecycle management industry, where she led sales, channel development and marketing. Then as Vice President of Sales at THINaër, a front runner in delivering IoT solutions to business of any size, Shevlin was responsible for the development and strategic direction of global sales.