Despite the gender gap in technology gradually becoming more balanced, a recent report has shown that females account for just 20% of employees in tech-related fields. Whilst this disparity may be discouraging, blockchain conferences internationally have played a crucial role in giving female tech pioneers a platform to showcase their success.
Here are some of the leading women from the blockchain industry who have contributed significantly to the progression of the industry, which are participating in upcoming conferences as headline speakers.
Elizbeth Stark: Co-Founder and CEO of Lightning Labs
Elizabeth Stark is arguably one of the most influential female leaders in blockchain. Her company Lightning Labs is behind the major developments of the Layer 2 solution for Bitcoin, the Lightning Network, looking to build a payment channel that is both quicker and cheaper. Many people see the Lightning Network as the missing link that can help promote Bitcoin for everyday payments such as a morning cup of coffee.
Stark received her Juris Doctor degree from Harvard and has taught classes at top US universities, Stanford and Yale.
She is high demand speaker at blockchain events. In the next month, Stark will be at the Global Conference 2019 at the Milken Institute 28 April – 1 May, and Magical Crypto Conference 11-12 May 2019 in New York.
Donna Redel: Professor lecturing in blockchain and cryptocurrency
Donna Redel has a background in financial governance and performance, previously holding tenure as COMEX chairman as well as Managing Director and Board member at the World Economic Forum. Now, she is focusing her attention primarily on educating future leaders and promoting the financial literacy of women. Additionally, Redel is an angel investor and philanthropist.
Redel teaches courses on blockchain and cryptocurrency as a professor at Fordham Law. She is booked to give a keynote speech on industry leadership at the Ethereal Summit 2019 in New York on 10-11 May.
MEP Eva Kaili: Leading progressive blockchain legislation in Europe
Eva Kaili is a Member of the European Parliament from Greece. She has made a name for herself as one of the most progressive voices within the parliament regarding blockchain and cryptocurrency regulation in the EU, producing a Blockchain Resolution last year after becoming concerned with potential resistance to blockchain from ”the systems that failed us.” She is also responsible for bringing an initial coin offering resolution to parliament.
Within the European parliment, she is a member of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats, as well as chairing the Future of Science & Technology board.
Kaili is a headline speaker at the Future Blockchain Summit in Dubai 31 March-1 April 2020.
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