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Women's Blockchain & Cryptocurrency for Beginners: San Jose

  • Wework Valley Towers San Jose, CA (map)


There is likely to be an entirely new generation of billionaires in the making as blockchain and cryptocurrency technology takes hold in the mainstream, as well as quite a few multi-millionaires amongst the "early adopters" still getting in now.

Unfortunately, many of the same structural problems that plague traditional finance are already emerging in cryptocurrency, where women make up less than 4% of total investors.

Join Gyals Network for an intersectional dialogue on the fundamentals of blockchain and cryptocurrency and learn how it will shape our future. All attendees will recieve our Blockchain and Cryptocurrency 101 material before the event. Join this event if you are seeking answers to the following:

  • Blockchain and cryptocurrency: What is it?

  • Cryptocurrency: Is it safe? How is it real? How does it have value?

  • How are institutions investing in blockchain and cryptocurrency?

  • Confusing press: Blockchain and cryptocurrency in the media

  • How do I get involved? Is too late to invest?

  • How to get a career in blockchain/cryptocurrency?

The all-women panel discussion will be led by:

  • Casey Caruso, Partner Technology Manager at Google:Casey Caruso is a blockchain investor and engineer who originally got involved in crypto as a miner. Casey organizes the San Francisco BlockchainMeetup@Google and works as a Partner Technology Manager on Google Search. Caseystarted her career conducting research at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics lab, while pursuing her M.S. in Computer Science, and went on to start Bakround, a SaaS company in the machine learning space. Most recently, Casey moved to the Bay Area to follow her interests in blockchain and evolutionary technology. 

  • Rhiannon Payne, CEO of Sea Foam Media: Rhiannon specializes blockchain consulting, whitepaper creation, and marketing. She launched Sea Foam Media after identifying a need for companies to better manage their data curation and annotation work. ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings) and DApp (Decentralized Application) projects, have quickly become Sea Foam Media’s core focus.

  • Marquesa Finch, Health Lead of Silicon Valley Blockchain Society: Marquesa is Co-Founder and Managing Partner at P2Health Ventures, a startup ecosystem and fund supporting entrepreneurs building public health tech solutions. She is also a founding member of the Silicon Valley Blockchain Society where she leads their blockchain health initiatives and is an active thought leader in leveraging blockchain technology to improve equity and access. Previously, Marquesa worked on improving diversity and inclusion in tech through entrepreneurship at the Kapor Center for Social Impact and at the American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA), disseminated global health interventions in the Palestinian West Bank.

  • Danny Brown Wolf, Head of Marketing at Orbs: Orbs is a public blockchain acting as the production layer to complement Ethereum. Adopting Orbs alongside Ethereum allows dApps to enjoy the best of both chains: unmatched security, liquidity and ecosystem integration, together with low-fees, production-ready scalability and a suitable fee structure. This combination of Ethereum + Orbs is the optimal solution for applications with millions of users looking to adopt blockchain, today.


  • 6:30-7:00 - Sign up, Appetizers/Beverages and Networking

  • 7:00-7:45 - Discussion + Q&A

  • 7:45-8:00 - More Networking, Close

Note: While this event is being led by women, all are welcome to attend.

About the Organizers:

Gyals Network is A platform and event series for the emerging female leader who wants to make a positive impact in the world. We empower diverse, emerging leaders through developmental workshops, community volunteering, and networking events. Want to stay up to date on what’s happening with us? Join our newsletter at

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