“This visibility will only further black women in blockchain because seeing ourselves make powerful moves let’s a sister know that she can do it too!”
Interning with Black Women Blockchain Council (BWBC) means opportunity, not just for me, but for digital technology itself. It means I’m part of a team that ensures that blockchain technology reaches its potential, which is only possible if our potential is part of the equation. It means I’m a builder, contributing to the expansion of web3 and ensuring that it accommodates every flavor of human, and delivers on its promise of barrier free, equitable opportunity. It means I’m actively supporting the vision to promote future leaders, to encourage economic inclusion, and to build the world I want to thrive in.
A real-world application presented itself days after my internship began: at a Consensus2022 panel discussion for women in web3, a young man admitted that he and his team of founders couldn’t find diverse candidates for their roles. There was sudden silence, as those of us whose circles are inundated with just such candidates couldn’t fathom that he’d have any difficulty finding this large pool of talent so evident to us. I made a beeline to him, sharing BWBC’s website so he’d know exactly where to access black women candidates.
On another note, internships are generally targeted towards the young in preparation for their working career ahead. While I’ve “been around the block” as they say, I’m a complete novice (or newbie) in the digital tech world, and to succeed here I too need the opportunities that an internship affords. It’s exciting that BWBC sees age as no barrier.
With quantum learning and A.I. as major players in the medical field, we’ll be living a long time, and women of all ages need to equip ourselves with the knowledge and confidence to navigate technologies of the future. With this internship I can support an organization that is meaningfully changing the landscape by promoting our presence and our excellence, which often isn’t recognized ‘til long after the fact. This visibility will only further black women in blockchain because seeing ourselves make powerful moves let’s a sister know that she can do it too!