Blockchain has shifted from hype to reality across many industries including Financial Services, Supply Chain, Retail, Healthcare and Government. While traditional tech and crypto organizations are generally male dominated, women have embraced blockchain technology from its inception. This is no more evident than at companies where women occupy many of the blockchain roles and leadership positions. Join this panel to hear three women in blockchain share their experience and their POV on the future of blockchain.
René Bostic is the Technical Vice President of Innovation and New Technologies for IBM Cloud. She is an expert in cloud computing, DevOps and emerging cloud technologies to include Blockchain. Cloud Expo named René a faculty member for both their 2017 & 2018 Conferences. In addition, she was a speaker at the O’Reilly Software Architecture Conference (New York), Cloud Expo Europe (London), AdTech (London), Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Germany (Berlin), Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Russia (Moscow), Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Prague (Czech Republic), Armenia Blockchain Forum (Yerevan, Armenia), Blockchain Shift (Miami, Florida) and IBM Think Roadshows (USA/Canada). René is a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and a member of the Society of Information Management (SIM).
Laura Loughran is a Product Manager within IBM’s Blockchain group. Laura’s team is bringing to market the IBM Food Trust Solution, a Blockchain ecosystem bringing transparency in the food chain, accountability, and traceability to retailers, suppliers, farmers and more. Prior to IBM Blockchain, Laura spent 3+ years working in a number of roles at IBM. She brought to market a predictive analytics solution for marketers, and also spent time in management consulting and graphic design. Laura studied Politics at Princeton University. She currently resides in New York, NY.
Carolyn Rogers is a Blockchain Offering Manager at IBM, responsible for go-to-market and strategy for the IBM Blockchain Platform. Previously, Carolyn served in strategic marketing roles across IBM Cloud, Ecosystem Development, and Corporate Advertising. She received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and is currently pursuing an MBA at NYU Stern.
Adam Mastrelli (Moderator) works in Strategy & Business Development for IBM Blockchain Ecosystem and is a proven problem solver and promoter. Adam has designed his life to avoid complacency and has crafted an expansive range of experiences that include documentary filmmaking, professional stage and film acting, and NGO management. Adam received his BA in from Duke University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Florida. He continues to push himself in every aspect of his life, completing the New York City marathon and the 56-mile Comrades ultra marathon in South Africa. He is proficient in Italian and Spanish and can make small talk in Swedish and Zulu. He thrives on new technologies, global experiences, and the next challenge that lies ahead.
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