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Mentor Makers LIVE Presents: The Journey of the LGBTQIA+ Entrepreneur

June 17 @ 10:00 - 11:00 CDT

Please join us for this very special Mentor Makers LIVE experience to celebrate the journey of the LGBTQIA + Entrepreneur

We are honored to have Andres Wydler, Juliette-Marie Somerset, and Yasir Fattah for an intimate fireside chat + Live Q&A.

We’ll explore:

  • LGBTQIA+ entrepreneurship and mentorship
  • How to be an ally to LGBTQIA+ entrepreneurial community
  • Importance of choosing to identify as an LGBTQIA+ entrepreneur
  • Communities of entrepreneurs within the LGBTQIA+ community facing challenges disproportionately (ie. Lesbian, people of color, and youth).

Are you an entrepreneur looking for complimentary mentorship or to volunteer your time as a mentor? Join the movement now.

Our Special Guests

Andres Wydler

Executive Director of StartOut

Andres Wydler is the Executive Director of StartOut, the largest national nonprofit organization supporting LGBTQ entrepreneurs. He has two decades of successful start-up experience as a co-founder, executive, angel investor, advisor, and board member.

Andres’ career focused on corporate and business development, predominantly with early stage technology firms. Over the last decade, he raised equity and debt financing from first tier VCs, investment banks, strategic investors, and economic development partners. He secured government funds to augment private capital and completed acquisitions in the US, Europe, and Latin America. Most of his director and advisor positions focused on fast growing software and clean tech companies.

Andres also co-founded an angel group that invested in and exited tech firms with cross-border strategies, and continues to be active in the space.

Andres earned an MBA from Stanford and a JD equivalent (lic. iur.) from the University of Zurich’s law school. He developed and lectured a course on Clean Tech Entrepreneurship at Stanford University’s continuing studies program.

Juliette-Marie Somerset

CEO at Somerset Capital

Juliette-Marie Somerset is CEO & Managing Partner at Somerset Capital based in Menlo Park, California where she is an investor in early-stage global startups. She is on the Board of Advisors at UniRock Partners, an investment firm, based in Brisbane, Queensland. As a woman in tech leadership she has seats on the Board of Directors and Board of Advisors of technology companies. She is an Advisor at the Norrsken Impact Accelerator in Stockholm, Sweden. Juliette-Marie is a Milestone Maker mentor at the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center based in San Francisco and also a mentor at CV Labs based in Switzerland’s Crypto Valley. She is currently a guest lecturer at ESCP Business School in Berlin and recently joined the Board of Advisors at UniRock Partners based in Brisbane, Queensland.

As a global tech investor, she has a focus on three areas of disruptive technology at the heart of today’s global startup ecosystem: AI, Blockchain Technology applications & Fintech and social impact. Disruptive technologies can be used to empower people to drive innovation.

Educated at Yale University and Columbia University she thrives on being a collaborative partner with ambitious company builders and promoting opportunities in technology for women, minorities and LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs. Juliette-Marie shares a passion and commitment to creating a culture of innovation and equality to unlock human potential, particularly in inclusion and diversity. Today, successful global entrepreneurs and tech unicorns are using partnership and collaborative alliances to disrupt new markets and create social value.

Moderated by Yasir Fattah

AVP, Corporate Platforms at Nasdaq, Inc.

Yasir Fattah, based in New York, helps lead Investor Relations Strategy for the Corporate Platforms division at Nasdaq, Inc. He oversees the company’s Advisory Services business in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia. He also oversees Nasdaq’s operations in the Philippines.

Yasir has over 20 years of experience partnering with global business professionals in the corporate market, including Investor Relations, Public Relations and Communications. Prior to Joining Nasdaq in 2013, Yasir served as Head of U.S. West Coast Operations for the Corporate Services unit of Thomson Reuters.

Yasir is also the Co-Chair of Nasdaq’s The OPEN (Out, Proud Employees of Nasdaq), Nasdaq’s employee network for LGBTQ+ employees, their families and allies. The goals of The OPEN are to champion LGBTQ+ equality in the workplace, promote career development and mentorship opportunities for employees, host social events for employees and allies and engage in volunteerism efforts that support the needs of the LGBTQ+ community.

The Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center is a 501c(3) public charity whose mission it is to make entrepreneurship accessible to all. We deliver world-class resources and mentoring to enable every entrepreneur across the globe to realize their maximum potential. Please join us and make your gift to ensure these transformative programs may continue to reach the underserved.


June 17
10:00 - 11:00 CDT
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