Rising Women In Crypto: Representation matters in every sector, and so does in crypto industry. In the recent years more and more women have started working in the sector, from working on innovative products to launching their own crypto firms. Here’s a list of some of the women leaders who are leading and disrupting the space:
1. Gabriella M. Kusz, CEO, Global DCA
The Global DCA is a self-regulatory association for the digital asset and cryptocurrency industry. It was established to guide the development of digital assets, cryptocurrencies, and the underlying blockchain technology within a regulatory framework.
Gabriella started advising professionals in the crypto industry in 2019.
She started as an advisor with the Global Digital Asset and Cryptocurrency Association, and went on to become a board member and finally the CEO.
She guided the Global DCA, which includes 80+ member firms representing small, medium, and large names in the digital asset industry, 10+ policy responses and comment letters, 100+ Capitol Hill (US Seat of Power) meetings, and a diverse and broad group of stakeholders.
2. Lisa Loud, Co-Founder and CEO, FLUIDEFI
FLUIDEFI is a cloud-based software as a service (SAAS) platform for managing, transacting, transferring, and tracking digital assets and digital asset pools for professional investors and financial institutions.
Lisa co-founded this company and is currently leading it as its CEO. Previously, she has led engineering, marketing, and international expansion at different firms, including ShapeShift, Apple, Oracle, Intuit, and PayPal.
Lisa is also a FinTech influencer and a speaker on the practical applications of blockchain and new trends in cryptocurrency. She often speaks about decentralized finance (DeFi), NFTs, the future of FinTech, financial inclusion, and empowering women in finance & technology. Her current ambition is to accelerate the adoption of decentralised finance by offering innovative tools for professional investors.
3. Tavonia Evans, Founder, GuapCoin
Guapcoin is a cryptocurrency created to amplify the economic voice of the Black Community. Tavonia Evans is the founder and creator of the Guapcoin.
Tavonia entered the blockchain world in 2016 after seeing crypto as a tool that might boost economic growth and financial independence among the black community. She is among the first black women to be recognised as the founder and lead engineer in creating a currency with such a purpose in the black community.
With 20+ years of experience in technology, she is a self proclaimed “mompreneur.” And she is also the Co-Founder of Safe2meet, a peer-to-peer reputation platform. Meet the Women of Cryptocurrency,” as well as Black Enterprise, for her work in blockchain.
She is a devoted crypto-evangelist who believes that blockchain/cryptocurrency may open up a new world of financial opportunity for the world’s neglected and disadvantaged people.
4. Leanne Holder, CEO, Giving to Services
Giving To Services is connecting crypto with philanthropy. It is offering one of a kind cryptocurrency token and staking platform designed to give back to public service professionals. Its goal is to recognize and reward public service workers with financial support.
Leanne was named CEO of Giving to Services after two years working as the firm’s Head of Partnerships. Leanne Holder is one of the crypto industry’s few female CEOs, leading an all-male team. At 29, she is one of the world’s youngest cryptocurrency CEOs, if not the youngest.
5. Lisa Francoeur, Co-Founder, Crypto Tutors
Lisa Francoeur is the co-founder of Crypto Tutors, an educational platform that uses eLearning, 1:1 tutoring, and edutainment to empower minorities.
As she pursues her vision of “scaling empowerment globally,” she has been dubbed the “Oprah of Tech.” Lisa has interviewed several tech thought leaders on topics ranging from growing multibillion-dollar organisations to increasing representation and elevating Black and Latinx people to positions of leadership.
6. Elizabeth Stark, CEO, Lightning Labs
Lightning Labs is developing infrastructure to allow people to transfer money around the world almost instantly and at a cheap cost over the Bitcoin network.
Elizabeth is the co-founder and CEO of Lightning Labs. She is a blockchain entrepreneur, instructor, and supporter of the open internet.
She is a fellow at Coin Center, the leading digital currency policy organization. And an advisor at Chia, a company building a new blockchain protocol based on proof of space and time. Elizabeth Stark formerly lectured on the future of the internet at Stanford and Yale universities. She has counselled tech-startups ranging from decentralised technology to artificial intelligence.
7. Oluchi Enebeli, Founder, Web3Ladies
Oluchi started Web3Ladies, Africa’s biggest non-profit Web3 community, which has over 15,000 members and a global audience spanning many African nations and platforms.
As Nigeria’s first female blockchain engineer, she founded this Web3 community to focus on growing the next generation of female disruptors from Africa in the Web3 ecosystem by training them with blockchain skills. Also, she has worked with notable companies such as Binance and Bundle over the years. Oluchi is currently a senior smart contract developer at Liquality.