We are hosting Wendi McGowan-Ellis, Juhi Chawla & Alana Matthews. Leading Women in VC/Tech/Business.

Oct 12, 2022, 11:00 PM – Oct 13, 2022, 1:30 AM

Comerica Bank, 3700 S.H. 121, Plano, 75025

Women are making significant headway in Tech-fields, Venture capital & Entrepreneurship. – our panel of women in this edition features three C-Level Executives who’ve forged a career in these fields despite all odds.

In-person event
Fireside ChatPanel Discussion

About this event

In this edition of Startup Grind, we’ll chat with the three most successful executives and discuss the eternal questions — 

  • How do we measure success? 
  • How do we know if we've "made it"? 
  • How do you get beyond "surviving"? 

Be ready for an unfiltered look inside the roles they play and the companies they are building.

Women are making significant headway in Tech-fields, Venture capital & Entrepreneurship. – our panel of women in this edition features three C-Level Executives who’ve forged a career in these fields despite all odds.

Meet the Speakers:

Wendi McGowan-Ellis:

With over 20 years intra- and entrepreneurial experience, Wendi is the CEO, Executive Producer & Co-Host for Hire at Wendistry, LLC, a podcasting production company for women. Wendi is also the Founding General Partner at Cassandra Capital - a newly launched North Texas venture capital firm focused on investing in growth-oriented, women-owned and operated companies.

Juhi Chawla

Juhi Chawla is the Director of Information Technology (Head of IT) for the North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA). Chawla is an award-winning digital transformation leader with more than 20 years of experience across transportation, financial services and IT services industries. She is passionate about driving innovation & operational excellence and has expertise in delivering large and complex technology programs. Most recently, Chawla led NTTA’s transition to its new back-office system, which streamlined business processes and improved the customer experience. She was recognized in 2022 as one of Dallas/Fort Worth’s “Leading Women of Technology” by the Dallas Business Journal and a “Power Woman” by the US India Chamber of Commerce, DFW chapter.

Alana C. Matthews

Alana C. Matthews is the founder of Alautus Clothing Company, a women’s custom luxury clothing company. The mission behind Alautus is to remind women of their worth and infuse confidence through luxury custom pieces versatile enough for work and everyday life. A C-suite executive, mother, daughter, and friend, Alana Matthews, founded Alautus after over a decade of practicing law and over eight years as a leading executive in professional sports. Prior to Alautus, Alana Matthews was Executive Vice President Business Operations and General Counsel of the NHL team the Dallas Stars. She was the first female executive at the c-suite level for the franchise and the youngest General Counsel in all the major leagues when she took on the role with the Dallas Stars. From her experience as a lawyer and executive in professional sports, Alana recognized that most custom suiting companies only served men. Alana felt women deserved this experience and Alautus was established to fill this void. 

Join us Wednesday, October 12th for an In-Person event for networking, food, drinks, and a special fireside chat with Wendi McGowan-Ellis, Juhi Chawla & Alana Matthews.

Venue, Date & Time: COMERICA BANK - 3700 S.H. 121 PLANO, 75025, WED, OCT 12, 6:00 PM (CDT)

If you haven't been to a Startup Grind event yet, this is a great time to come out, because it's completely FREE! And if you have been before, we'd love to see you again. spread the word and come support entrepreneurship in Frisco, TX. We're looking for volunteers to help out with the chapter and sponsors to keep costs low. It's a great group to be a part of, ask anyone who's been!

About Startup Grind:

Changing the world one startup at a time.

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. Startup Grind is the world’s largest community of startups, founders, innovators, and creators. We bring like-minded yet diverse individuals together to connect, learn, teach, help, build, and belong. We do this daily through our local events, flagship conferences, startup program, partnerships, and online media + content - collectively reaching over 3.5 million individuals worldwide.

We host monthly events in more than 600 cities and 125+ countries featuring 5M+ successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit Startup Grind or follow us on twitter @SGFrisco (https://twitter.com/SGFrisco).

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Check out what happened


  • Wendi McGowan-Ellis

    Cassandra Capital

    Founding General Partner

  • Alana C. Matthews


    CEO and Founder

  • Juhi Chawla

    North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA)

    Director of Information Technology (Head of IT)




    Founder & CEO, Angel Investor



October 12 – 13, 2022
11:00 PM – 1:30 AM UTC


Meet and Greet, Food
Session Starts
Making Friends.
8:15 Session Concludes.


  • Ramesh Nuti


    Founder & CEO, Angel Investor, Chapter Director

  • Jude Saadoon

    Paparazzi Confidential Multimedia Company


  • Lulove Saadoon

    Sleek Transactions


  • Christabel Agbonkonkon

    BlackUp Technologies


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