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The terms "Blockchain technology" and "distributed ledgers technology (DLT)" can have abstract and at times controversial meanings, yet hold great promise to democratize access to financial services. Do you know the definitions for these terms; what they reference, and how they are currently applied to technology both today and tomorrow?
While many use cases center upon potential future uses, one company headquartered here in Chicago is proving this concept: Athena Bitcoin, Inc. Bitcoin ATMs currently offer avenues to the unbanked to obtain financial services with a case study using Colombia, Mexico, and the US. Crypto as an industry has achieved mass exposure with the unveiling of Libra. In the future, if and when Libra moves forward, while it may not be a great fit for any or everyone, it will serve as the great sorting hat fueling adoption of digital currency in one way or another.
Join us and our panel of experts who will demystify the disruptive nature while providing a new yellow brick road, one to the future of financial services paved with digital currency that has been discussed in mainstream media. From the potential that Libra offers to Bitcoin, how does crypto democratize access to wealth?
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Ms. Reilly is an immensely experienced technology consultant whose talents in both Business Development and Capital Markets are widely sought after, especially in the realm of Blockchain, crypto & FinTech.
Her ability to create consensus among multiple divergent parties and strongly advocate for innovation seeds and cultivates the ecosystem of Chicago and beyond. The founder of Omnium Blockchain, which houses the first ever FinTech accelerator, utilizes both of her operational and Business Development background coupled with her innate ability to motivate collaboration, epitomizing the definition of Omnium, latin for 'of all.'
COO & Cofounder,
For over 20 years, Mr. Valentine has been a financial services professional with an emphasis on trading and brokering listed derivatives. He has worked primarily with options coupled with a twelve years within interest rate markets and now applies his background in both brokerage and client services to digital currency.
As an early adopter to this revolutionizing technology, Mr. Valentine coupled with his partner Mr. Eric Gravengaard have installed 140 Bitcoin ATMs/BTMS/ Kiosks around the globe. His practical knowledge and experiences with cryptocurrencies have facilitated growing Athena Bitcoin into the most trusted brand in Bitcoin ATMs, along with setting the standard for the entire Athena Enterprise. This is evident in the example that Mr. Valentine sets for his team. His commitment to excellence through professionalism is clear as he articulates the mission of AthenaBitcoin’s Latin American expansion.
Jenny Balliet M.Ed Director of Presentations, Athena.Trade | Chief Engagement Officer, Omnium
Ms. Balliet is an exceptionally-skilled professional in business development and engagement. She has a unique ability to intuitively identify the needs of multiple stakeholders simultaneously.
Ms. Balliet leverages her natural ability to educate and empower others through both oral and written communication. This strategic approach coupled with her social media ingenuity and coordinating interests in law and policy optimizes these marketing and public relations efforts, particularly in the Blockchain, FinTech & cryptocurrency spaces.
Her Master’s thesis centered around Technology adoption, and now she studies data privacy law as an Mlaw student. She also serves as Director of Presentations at Athena.Trade and Chief Engagement Officer of Omnium Blockchain, and offers strategic business development and consultation.
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FinTEx is a non-profit, member-driven community of the leading organizations within FinTech and Financial Services, working together to promote collaboration, grow investment, and drive innovation in Chicago and the broader Midwest. FinTEx serves as the connector to this rapidly growing ecosystem and provides a single point of access for those looking to do business in the Midwest.
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