In this highlight of women leading in the blockchain space, my focus will be on two ladies who have stamped their name in the world of crypto as advocates and evangelists of crypto, not because they are engineers or developers. Perhaps it was circumstance or fate, but they saw the potential of this emerging technology and have moved forward to be powerful voices in this space.
While the digital realm is largely dominated by men, there are women who are taking key leadership roles in the new frontier of technology, business, finance, and cryptocurrency. These smart, independent women are educating the public and inspiring young girls to embrace the future.
Let’s get some insight into two women who are leading by example in the blockchain space, not through development and project launches, but through their dedication and hard work to promote and educate. Meet Laura Shin and Toni Lane Casserly.
Laura Shin’s journey begins where most news writers want to be. She was a business journalist whose beat was covering blockcian and fintech. She wrote for Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times, and is a senior contributor at Forbes. For many reporters in the field, these are enviable publications that people strive to land positions with, but by her own admission, working for others has never been her style. “I am a small corporation; a corporation of me.”
Graduating with Honors from Stanford University, she also has a Master of Arts from Columbia University’s School of Journalism. Ms. Shin is the Winner of the 2016 Blockchain Award for Most Insightful Journalist.
Watch her TedX talk where she speaks about crypto opening the world to be one’s own boss
As a front line journalist as this technology was emerging, she learned about Bitcoin and digital currencies through research and by talking with the top leaders in the crypto space. She saw the amazing potential of blockchain and how it could disrupt business and lifestyle. Laura Shin hosts two podcasts, Unchained and Unconfirmed.
Toni Lane Casserly
Toni Lane Casserly is a humanitarian who is often referred to as the “Joan of Arc of blockchain.” A prominent public speaker and advisor to blockchain projects like DigitalBits, Tether and AidCoin, she is also the first female-founded block producer on the EOS network. Co-founder of CoinTelegraph, a leading media outlet for the blockchain industry, she speaks passionately about her principles of peace which guides her through this journey of building economic liberation regardless of sovereign borders, which was the impetus for developing CULTU.RE.
To learn more about CULTU.RE and what Toni Lane Casserly is working on, watch her talk at the SF Crypto Conference.
Ms. Casserly has been dubbed an artrepreneur and advocates for the use of technology which enables the peaceful evolution of societal structures. In addition to her speaking engagements, she is a faculty member of Singularity University, is a recording artist and the founder of the “immateralism” (post art) movement where consciousness is a medium.