“I have been involved in a couple of situations where the underlying governing rules of national organizations were ill-conceived and resulted in systemic unfairness to participants. I worked with the governing bodies and others to re-write rules that were particularly problematic so that future participants would not be subjected to the same unfair treatment. Did that bring goodness to the world? Well, it improved a small part of it and I am proud to have been able to influence that positive change.”
I had the pleasure of interviewing Barbara A. Jones, who co-chairs Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s 80+ member interdisciplinary Blockchain Task Force and is a key thought leader on matters relating to token offerings, securities regulations, product and services within the blockchain industry, and related structuring issues. Barbara’s extensive experience in complex international and domestic corporate and securities transactions spans multiple industry groups, enabling her to serve as a trusted advisor to entrepreneurs/founders, investment groups and established corporate entities seeking to navigate the dynamic regulatory environment in the U.S. and other jurisdictions as they pursue technological innovation in blockchain, digital assets and virtual currencies. Barbara frequently writes and speaks on matters related to blockchain (for her recent articles and speaking engagements, please click here). She is also involved in Greenberg Traurig’s Women’s Initiative and is a member of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts.
The rapid development of the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry, and the tremendous opportunity for new market entrants have captured my attention. It is a movement to which I know I can bring value, not only because of my experience but also because of my passion and vision for empowering entrepreneurs and particularly women. There is a unique cultural backdrop currently at play in the US and across the globe that should bolster women to step forward more easily. Numerous studies have made it clear that enterprises, businesses, forums advance more rapidly and successfully when women have a strong voice in the direction and strategy. Women in leadership positions are obligated to speak up and ensure that other women have appropriate opportunities to participate in the advancement of this industry. Having been the only woman in many boardrooms throughout the years, this is more than “my backstory” or a business strategy, it is my calling.
Most of these are confidential, as I am sure you can appreciate. However, they range from advanced blockchain platform development (think Ethereum 3.0 and beyond) to novel applications being developed within multiple industry sectors to consumer lending to acquisition of existing crypto exchange platforms and creation of asset-backed virtual currencies. All of these require careful strategic considerations and expert advice in navigating US and global regulatory regimes.
I’ve been in the game for many years, so yes, there are a number of people who have provided support and guidance along the way. Most of these individuals are CEOs or CFOs of my clients who have been particular supportive and loyal over the years.
Wow! What an interesting question. I have been involved in a couple of situations where the underlying governing rules of national organizations were ill-conceived and resulted in systemic unfairness to participants. I worked with the governing bodies and others to re-write rules that were particularly problematic so that future participants would not be subjected to the same unfair treatment. Did that bring goodness to the world? Well, it improved a small part of it and I am proud to have been able to influence that positive change.
Michelle Kydd Lee from CAA for her leadership role in promoting/advancing opportunities for women.
Originally published at medium.com