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Men Tell All | Gender Equality in the Workplace
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Men Tell-All | Gender Equality in the Workplace 

 Join Prowess Project’s CEO & Founder, Ashley Connell, for a candid conversation with three ‘men in business’ allies on gender equality in the workplace and today’s state of women empowerment. 

We’ll dive deep into understanding how we (and they) can spread their pro-female stance to their not-so-tolerant brethren. We’ll cover scenarios from both the male and female perspective to uncover alternative ways of phrasing or responding to a “shaking my head” situation at work that will be educational for men and empowering for women. 

 This can be controversial, we know. Bring your questions, we’re ready. 


 Moderator - Ashley Connell, Prowess Project 

 Panelist - Youssef Chaker, CEO & Founder, Bear & Giraffe  

Panelist - Andy Fruhling, SVP, Nokia 

Panelist-  Marc Nathan, VP Client Services, Egan Nelson LLC

Panelist- Mike W. Erwin, Founder, GP and CIO of Ecliptic Capital

Ashley Connell: 

 Ashley, CEO and Founder of Prowess Project, is an unstoppable tech marketer and entrepreneur. With a keen ability to marry the art and science of marketing, she has honed her dynamic skills in key positions including launching European marketing initiatives at Spiceworks and managing Global Field Marketing at SanDisk. Ashley championed Prowess Project through the rigorous Founder’s Institute - while also a partner in her own marketing firm, A10 Partners - and is now changing the lives of frustrated managers, women seeking meaningful part time work, and doing all she can to close the gender wage gap. 

 Andy Fruhling: 

 Andy is a passionate, process-oriented senior executive at Nokia who has repeatedly built world-class, highly effective and diverse organizations through implementation of repeatable processes focused on continuous improvement. Strong focus on maximizing the effectiveness of the organization and ensuring the customers' needs are met with high quality deliverables. Andy has over 20 years of experience in telecommunications, software development, and information technology. 

 Youssef Chaker: 

Youssef is a fractional CTO to startups and small businesses and a leader in tech in the Austin community. Founder/Owner of Bear & Giraffe, an Austin-based dev shop for startups looking for guidance, strategy, and development from a team that understands their business and core values. Youssef started B&G because there were no other examples of companies that built a tech company around people, diversity, and inclusion. To give back to the community, Youssef serves as the Male Allyship Lead for Austin, is a mentor for DivInc, and the co-organizer of Austin on Rails, AustinRB, Refresh Austin, and mentors women in tech.

Mike W. Erwin, Founder, GP and CIO of Ecliptic Capital

 Mike W. Erwin is a professional venture investor and serial entrepreneur with a 30-year record of founding, financing, and managing startups in disruptive, emerging markets. Over the course of his career, he has founded almost two dozen startups and half a dozen private venture funds. Mr. Erwin specializes in managing early-stage operations, negotiating business deals, structuring capital outlays, and analyzing long-term company valuations. Currently, Mr. Erwin serves as the founder and Chief Investment Officer for Ecliptic Capital, LLC, the General Partner of Ecliptic Fund I. Mr. Erwin is also the founder and Chief Investment Officer for Fortuna Redux, his own private venture fund. Mr. Erwin serves on a number of company boards including Unchained Capital, Inc. (a Digital Asset custody and clearing company), Patchr, Inc. (a cloud-enabled hardware design company), SoftMatch, Inc. (a Fortune-1000 innovation management company), Pervasive Sensor Systems, Inc. (an electronic drone detection company), and Source Crafted Cocktails, Inc. (a craft cocktail experience company for alcohol brands). He also sits on several advisory boards including: Tomorrow’s Technologies (private valuations and M&A services), AdInMo (an advertising network for brand placements in mobile games), and ZPEG, Inc. (a video compression company).  

Marc Nathan, VP Client Services, Egan Nelson LLC 

 Marc Nathan is an experienced leader in the startup community and considered a ‘Super Connector’ who enjoys making meaningful introductions among entrepreneurs, investors, and professional service providers. Prior to joining Egan Nelson LLP, where he serves as VP of Client Strategy in EN’s Emerging Technology and Venture Capital practice group, Marc founded T-Squared Agency, a boutique consulting firm supporting select clients with comprehensive funding strategies with a specialization in working with female entrepreneurs. Through T-Squared, Marc launched the Texas-Squared Startup Newsletter that covers startup news, opinions and events that affect the startup and tech community in Texas. A feminist by default, Marc is happily married to Joy, his high school sweetheart and they are the proud parents of four daughters and two female Guinea pigs, Gretchen and Regina. 

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