If you want a thing to happen – get a woman in! Says the Crypto Diva!
When Barry met Jillian Godsil, journalist, fintech expert, commentator and champion of Women in Blockchain, he described the meeting as a whirlwind that knocked him off his feet. Jillian is undoubtedly a force of nature – refreshingly upfront about how recently she’s moved into this space, but certainly making her mark ever since through sheer force of personality.
This episode is less an interview, more a conversation during which subjects as diverse as the Irish Celtic Tiger, the financial crash that saw the country the butt of blame for problems across Europe, divorce, bankruptcy and suicide, ‘unthinking’ the old ways and starting again, and fixing the education system, all find a place.
The driving force behind Jillian’s fascination for blockchain and cryptocurrency? Techy brains doing clever things; the disruptive side, taking on traditional sluggish elements like insurance, accountancy and the banks; and the ‘hippy-dippy’ element, making the world a better place.
While reportedly only 4% of jobs across blockchain are filled by women, the capacity to change lives through education cannot be underestimated. As Jillian says, we need more women in this ‘wonderful, transformational, life-changing technological sector’ – who wouldn’t want to change the world for the better?
Her sign off message for women to get involved in blockchain and cryptocurrency is simple: Just, have a go, why don’t you?
- 30 years in fintech, PR and journalism across major companies worldwide cannot protect you from personal and financial collapse in a crisis – but you can fight back!
- If you can’t sell your overpriced dream house in a recession, try making a video – it might just go viral.
- The banks aren’t on your side in a crisis.
- Taking on the government to allow ex-bankrupts to take public office means if you win, you have to take up the challenge of public office!
- Working in a new and rising ecosystem means you get to meet a lot of the top players – it’s a very enthusiastic, collaborative environment.
- The education system is shot; we are educating kids for jobs that won’t exist, and in some cases don’t exist already.
- Women are better at crowdfunding than men.
- Most corporates are very diverse at the lower levels but at the top are full of white middle-aged men; having diversity of age, gender, race at the top level will help companies adapt and develop.
- This is the best opportunity since the Industrial Revolution to change the world.