[Update: 02-05-2019] The Introducer #11 – Women Leaders in Blockchain

Delighted to bring you the long-awaited round-up from The Introducer #11 – Women Leaders in Blockchain.  We suspected that this issue would be a cracker; however, even we were taken by surprise by the frenzy of activity that it’s created. This blog post can only touch the surface of what the Frontrunners League has set in motion: a group of game-changing women catalyzing change in a new field – blockchain – and quite literally writing the rule book for what is possible.

Let’s meet some of them…

We were honored that Xiaochen Zhang (The Introducer #5 Finance & Operations) agreed to guest edit this issue.  To our mind, Xiaochen was the perfect choice, having long being an advocate for bringing together leaders in blockchain to progress global sustainable development.  You can read more here about his recent story here, starting with the 2017 GlobalBlockchain4SDGS that he convened in Washington DC.


Dr Jane Thomason, Global Advisor on Digital Transformation | CEO Blockchain Quantum Impact

Have you ever wondered how to develop a blockchain social impact hackathon?  No, we hadn’t either!  However, Dr. Jane Thomason has this – as well as much, much more – covered.  She conducted four hackathons in London on financial inclusion, basic services, global hunger, and gender equity in Nigeria.  Looking forward, she’s planning to establish a global think tank on frontier technologies for social impact.  Amongst her networking interests, Dr. Thomason lists ‘start-ups with world-changing ideas for reducing poverty and inequality‘.  Is that you?

Read the full article here.


Meet Marisol Angel Guzman – a firm believer in the power of decentralization and blockchain with feminine energy

There is a real skill in being able to easily navigate moving between different sectors and joining the dots as you do so.  Marisol is one of the people who have mastered this with ease.  She applies this natural flair to blockchain, always acting on her guiding belief that ‘only decentralization will enable and democratize enterprises, social impact businesses, and blockchain or any other DLT [sic: Distributed Ledger Technology] architecture or technology that solves security, trust, IoT connectivity, and cryptographical provenance’.

In 2017, Marisol was busy founding the Chamber of Commerce Norway – Colombia.  In 2018, you’d have found her co-founding a real-time IoT data start-up.  Looking ahead, she’d like to be networking with women CEOs in the digital space who bring their feminine creativity to the business of co-creating blockchain companies.  Can you help connect her to her desired network?

Discover more about Marisol’s achievements and networking interests here.

These are just two of the incredible women leaders in blockchain featured in The Introducer #11.  Dig in here to meet the rest from this stand out cohort.


Blockchain networking takes off…

The women leaders in blockchain all shared a strong sense of a need to connect with one another and take their networking onto the next level after being featured in The Introducer #11.  These great women really know how to leverage the opportunity that is The Frontrunners League to invigorate networking in their sector.  Since issue #11 hit the digital newsstands, the networking action has been nonstop.  Mary explains what’s been going on:

‘What a great call with the Women Leaders in Blockchain.  Thanks to Dr. Jane Thomason, Chrissa McFarlane, Karen Keeley, Radhika Iyengar-Emens, Liliana Reasor and Katherine A. Foster…a couple of in-person meet-ups are in the works, several in the group with books in the works (and an invitation to contribute), a couple of 1-1 phone calls that need to happen, some fundraising going on, and a blockchain cross-section think tank idea.’

Needless to say, we’re very excited about the possibilities that could be on the horizon.

Keep on sending us your updates and networking interests.  You can contact Mary (mary@marykurek.com) and Annie (annie@frontrunnersleague.com).  Also, feel free to share any comments on the blog in the space below.