Mach 1 Joins Forces with Women in Neuroscience to Empower Female Leaders in Brain Research


Tuesday — June 27, 2023     

AUSTIN, TX — The Mach 1 Group (Mach 1), an award-winning, nationally-recognized public relations firm, has announced its 2023 pro-bono partnership with the Austin-based non-profit Women in Neuroscience (WiN), whose mission is to build a diverse community of women leaders in neuroscience and neurology.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Mach 1 has grown to become one of the top public affairs and strategic communications firms in Texas. As a way to give back to the community they love, the firm takes an Austin-based non-profit organization as a pro-bono client each year — providing expert communications counsel and strategy worth over $42,000 in value, at no charge to the organization.

“We’re grateful to be able to donate our services to an excellent Austin cause every year and as a women-owned and operated business, partnering with a non-profit that values and empowers the careers of women in advanced medical fields is a dream,” said Mach 1 Founder and CEO Katherine McLane. “We are eager to lend our expertise in strategic communications to help raise awareness and drive impactful change for this important organization.”

Women in Neuroscience was founded in 2018 to honor Harvey Nudelman, Ph.D., a neuroscience researcher and teacher. Harvey died in January of 2018 of the rare neurodegenerative disease, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. It is through a diverse and growing community of neuroscientists that WiN hopes to accelerate progress in the field to confront the tyranny of brain disease and injury.

Each year, WiN carefully chooses a cohort of young women, with a particular focus on first-generation, underrepresented minorities and economically disadvantaged students, to offer them an invaluable opportunity: an eight-week clinical or research internship. This program not only provides a stipend to support their summer of learning, but also grants them access to the esteemed University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) and San Antonio (UTSA) neuroscience departments, Dell Medical Neurology research labs in Austin and UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. Through continuous growth, the organization has evolved into a comprehensive program that encompasses mentorships, scholarships and a lifelong community of support. WiN was founded in collaboration with esteemed institutions such as UT Austin, Dell Medical School and The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, solidifying its commitment to empowering young women.

“Partnering with such a highly regarded communications team will open new doors for our organization,” said WiN’s Executive Director, Emily Pickens. “With their support, we hope to see WiN achieve greater fundraising goals so that we can provide even more worthy young women internship experiences with the financial and networking support they need to advance their careers in neuroscience and neurology.”

Mach 1 boasts a veteran team of former press secretaries, government staffers, campaign aides and journalists and was recently honored nationally as a 2023 “Team of the Year” by PRDaily. For more information about The Mach 1 Group, please visit

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