This week, I had the unique pleasure of connecting with the talented Angeleen Wilson who runs Women of Blockchain in Atlanta. Angeleen is not only a pioneer in the fledgling Blockchain technology space, but she’s also championing the all-important discussion around diversity in this new market. I was lucky enough to get some of her time to answer some question.
Can you give me a bit of background on Women of Blockchain?
I help host a women of blockchain meetup in Atlanta
. We have over 100 women and right now we meet monthly to inform, share and connect with each other as a community. For the Global initiative it started via Telegram and it started to grow through Facebook and LinkedIn as open communities for women to relate, discuss and help support each other.
What do you want people to know about Women of Blockchain? What does it symbolize for you? And why is it important?
For the Global Women of Blockchain initiative and the local ATL meetup I host is that we are open to all walks of blockchain whether you know nothing and can feel safe growing and working hard for something you believe in. It is important because awareness and connecting the community with this innovation creates more purpose and opportunity together.
What aspects of blockchain do you focus on?
I focus on both apps and games. I have a project called schooldapps for education and social impact in addition to house of dapps for dapp building, accessing and storing in addition to a blockchain game called CryptoVeggies
to feed your crypto hunger.
What are some of the projects in the works from Women of Blockchain? Who are some of the women we should know about?
What are some of the challenges you face as Women of Blockchain (if any)?
I think it’s just like anything else for women like me who is a mom and wife. I make sacrifices and do what I have to do to turn obstacles into opportunities. I do have to make sure I bring something to the table and make sure I amplify my talents in anyway I can. I don’t always have time for events or networking. My heads down coding and building along with balancing family most of the time so I am not always available as much to be at tech events but I do when I can because it is important for exposure, learning what others are doing and supporting them as well.
What do you see for the future of Women of Blockchain?
We are a united front and if we continue to stick to that mission and grow and learn together just as much as support each other, we will continue to succeed individually and in our businesses in a more transparent way in technology and with social impact. My personal and professional motto is that we might not have it all together but together we have it all.