What a Fantastic way to kick off the start to this event with thanks to the great energy and insights from our all Women Panel Moderated by Karen Cohen, which will undoubtldly make it possible for the event to be a great success!
While cryptocurrency, blockchain and NFTs seem to be the talk of the town, many of us still have no idea what all of this even means?! 🤯 Luckily, we’ve got just what you’re looking for!
Michael Cotton, cofounder of Meld Ventures, Tristan Frizza, currently on the journey of founding his own DeFi startup and Karen Cohen, the deputy chair of Blockchain Australia, recently spoke to us about all things crypto, the future of decentralising finance, trends in the current market, their advice and recommendations for beginners and so much more!
You can watch the highlights of our event here: https://buff.ly/3wIUTHS and catch a recap summary on our blog below
She has a strong background in HRM and Operations in a Blockchain environment and also runs her own consultancy BlockConsulting Group, and has worked closely with the start up community in her previous role as General Manager of the Blockchain Centre, which included running Australia’s first Blockchain Incubator.
Her illustrious career extends further as she is also the Co-organiser for Women in Blockchain in Melbourne, and the head of HR for Nem Foundation, she is currently running the Women in Fintech program for Stone & Chalk Melbourne.
Check out her views on women in tech and advice for women that want to get started in Tech
Tonight I was honoured to receive an award for Diversity and Inclusion Tech Leader of the year 2021 at the Liftoff Awards hosted by YBF Ventures.
It made me reflect on the last 4 years of my life and why I have dedicated my time to building opportunities for Women to access Emerging Tech through meetups with Women in Blockchain and Women in Emerging Tech.
- Barriers to entry include using technical language that exclude newbies- if we simplify the language and don’t use acronyms, we can create a safe and welcoming space, women will feel welcome to join meetups to learn and talk about Technology without imposter syndrome and maybe explore careers in tech too.
I am delighted to announce that I have been awarded the 2021 YBG Lift Off Awards in the category for Diversity & Inclusion Leader of the year.
The Lift Off Awards are produced by YBF Ventures, Australia’s top startup hub for tech and innovation, based in Sydney and Melbourne.
You can watch the 2021 Lift Off Awards below.
YBF Lift Off Awards – 2021 Finalists
I am delighted to announce that I have made the cut for finalists in the 2021 Lift Off Awards by YBF Ventures in the category Diversity & Inclusion Leader of the Year.
These awards celebrate culturaly diverse and female led companies and are important for supporting the many types of tech leaders in our ecosystem.
Thank you YBF Ventures, sponsors and congratualtions to all the finalists. I look forward to the formal announcement on 22nd July 2021 on the awards night.
Diversity & Inclusion Tech Leader of the Year
– Jill Berry, CEO & Co-founder of Adatree
– Karen Cohen, Founder & Director, Women in Blockchain, Women in Emerging Tech
– Lynda Coker, Director / Investor, created the Support for Female Tech Founders map
– Dr Omaru Maruatona, CEO & Founder, Aiculus
Karen Cohen is the Deputy Chair for Blockchain Australia and is also the founder of Emerging Tech Talent, an Australian HR company specialising in finding HR solutions for businesses in the Emerging Technology sector.
Karen and I chat about her introduction to the crypto space back in 2017, her work with Blockchain Australia. We also chat about all the exciting things she is doing with her company Emerging Tech Talent as well as her recent appointment as the Algorand Community Champion.