and Nick Ng. If you have questions, reach out to them or RedShelf staﬀ. 5:45-6:10: Socializing Food/Drinks provided by RedShelf 6:15-6:30: Announcements and Intros Live captioning sponsored by McDonald’s 6:30-7:30: Heather Dowdy: The Future of Accessibility Powered by AI 7:30-8:00: Socializing / Event ends
Corp. Heather Dowdy is the COO of the Microsoft AI for Accessibility grant program. She leads strategy and business operations to scale the impact of the growing number of AI for Accessibility grantees. With more than a decade of experience developing and demonstrating accessible technology in mobile, web and artiﬁcial intelligence, Heather is passionate about using the design thinking process to create solutions that improve usability for everyone.
in American Sign Language (ASL). Before relocating to Redmond, she was the Senior Product Manager of Accessibility Engineering at Motorola Mobility in Chicago. Heather has served as Chair of the Accessibility Working Group (AWG) of the Mobile Manufacturers’ Forum (MMF) and Chair of the Board of Directors of the World Institute on Disability. A strong believer in empowering communities through education and benevolence, she is the co-founder of Microsoft Ninja Camp, focused on STEM leadership training for high school students with disabilities. Heather obtained her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A native Chicagoan, she can now be found exploring the beauty of the Paciﬁc Northwest with her husband and three young children. Heather also enjoys reading, journaling, and interacting with diﬀerent cultures while traveling abroad.