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Empowerment and Identity in Web3

The blockchain has the potential to create more inclusive structures. What has to happen to make that reality?

There’s a lot of talk about how Web3 has the potential to overcome existing social barriers related to gender, race and nationality—but what does that look like in practice? Alyze Sam, Lucia Gallardo, Carolin Wend and Olayinka Odeniran all bring experience as female founders in the blockchain space. They joined Roundtable to discuss gender, identity and the future of Web3.

In this segment, the panel discusses how identity plays into their experiences in the blockchain space.

Lucia Gallardo points out that, though Web3 has the ability to foster greater inclusivity, it isn’t necessarily inherently more equitable.

“Just because it's built on a blockchain doesn't mean it's transparent, and just because it's decentralized doesn't mean it's inclusive,” she said. “You have to build with that intention and be more cognizant of how you're building things.”

She emphasizes the importance, too, of not overemphasizing identity with regards to women and minorities’ work in the space.

“Does identity play a role in like my profile? Absolutely. Is it the soul and the entirety of my profile? No,” she said. “I’m a thought leader in the sector and I am also a woman and I'm also Latin American, but my work speaks for itself.”

Alyze Sam also emphasizes the importance of overcoming prejudice in the space.

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“We need to stand right next to the guys in the space. Gender or who you love or religion, none of it matters,” she said. “What work are we getting out there? What education are we sharing? How are we better impacting the world?”

Watch the full discussion below:

Roundtable Guests:

Alyze Sam, author, Stablecoin Evolution; founder, &

Lucia Gallardo, Founder & CEO, Emerge

Carolin Wend, Co-Founder and COO, Mintbase

Olayinka Odeniran, Founder & Chairwoman, BWBC (Black Women Blockchain Council)