International Women’s Day: Celebrating Women in Bitcoin

International Women's Day

International Women’s Day: Celebrating Women in Bitcoin

For International Women’s Day, Lolli is celebrating women advancing bitcoin and digital assets.

This International Women’s Day, the Lolli team is honoring women in bitcoin who continue to make invaluable contributions to the bitcoin ecosystem and further mainstream adoption every day. 

These women exemplify leadership and innovation and have inspired others to join the movement towards financial sovereignty and inclusion.

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Elizabeth Stark

As CEO and Co-founder of Lightning Labs, Elizabeth Stark has led the creation of transformative scaling solutions on bitcoin.

Under her leadership, Lightning Labs has pioneered the development of the Lightning Network, a second-layer protocol built on top of bitcoin, enabling instant, low-cost transactions.

Her visionary approach to scalability has positioned bitcoin as a viable option for everyday transactions. She is also a fellow at Coin Center, a nonprofit organization that advocates for pro-crypto public policy. 

Michelle Phan

As a champion for bitcoin and financial inclusion through sound money, Michelle Phan has emerged as a leading voice in advancing the adoption and acceptance of bitcoin. 

As a leading beauty entrepreneur, founder of EM Cosmetics and influencer, Phan has used her platform to educate and empower her audience about the benefits of bitcoin as a decentralized, borderless currency.

With over 8 million subscribers on YouTube, she has provided information on bitcoin and crypto to long-time makeup fans, reaching new audiences with information about bitcoin’s power and potential.

Laura Shin

Laura Shin, host and producer of the leading blockchain and crypto podcast, Unchained, has advanced the narrative around bitcoin and crypto since 2016.

As former senior editor at Forbes, she was the first mainstream reporter to cover crypto assets full-time. Today, she furthers visibility and understanding of key players and innovations in the space, interviewing top minds in bitcoin and crypto. 

Her podcasts have gained over 25 million downloads and views, and Shin has spoken about and led discussions on cryptocurrency at places such as TEDx San Francisco, the IMF, Singularity University and the Oslo Freedom Forum.

Maria Pesce 

As a brand marketer with over 10 years of experience at early-mid stage startups to public companies, Maria Pesce has helped shape the narrative and perception of bitcoin to resonate with audiences worldwide.

A seasoned Bitcoin Brand Lead at Cash App, where she spearheads brand marketing for Cash App’s bitcoin vertical, Maria plays a pivotal role in shaping Cash App’s bitcoin positioning, launching consumer go-to-market campaigns, and expanding bitcoin adoption to new, diverse communities.

Before joining Cash App, Maria served as a Senior Brand Marketing Manager at, where she led a dynamic team to produce creative assets for product launches, brand initiatives, and educational content. 

In 2014, she was a part of Gemini’s inception and led brand marketing efforts for several years. Maria was a critical player in developing the platform's public image as a safe and trusted exchange and positioning the brand at the forefront of the cryptocurrency space. Maria is an early adopter exploring emerging industries like Web3, DeFi, and NFTs, but her heart lies with bitcoin.

Aubrey Strobel

Creator, author, filmmaker, and communications advisor Aubrey Strobel has been a driving player in advancing the accessibility of bitcoin and cryptocurrency through her work with Lolli and bitcoin L2 foundation, Trust Machines

As host of The Aubservation, a podcast focused on key players and currents in bitcoin and fintech, she has held meaningful discussions with industry thought leaders and innovators. 

Her film Lekker Feeling, premiered in July and highlighted how bitcoin is being used to create new hope and economic opportunities for youth in a South African township.

Perianne Boring

Perianne Boring is a leading figure in the digital assets and blockchain technology space, serving as the Founder and CEO of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, the world’s largest trade association representing the blockchain industry.

The organization aims to promote the adoption and integration of blockchain technology across various sectors, fostering innovation and collaboration within the digital asset ecosystem.

She is also CEO of the Digital Power Network, a coalition that policy advocacy for digital asset mining to shape the future of energy policy.

Olayinka Odeniran

As Founder and Chairwoman of the Black Women Blockchain Council (BWBC) and Executive Director of nonprofit organization, Black Women in Blockchain, Olayinka Odeniran has been a dedicated advocate of unlocking financial inclusion for Black girls and women in tech.

The BWBC has partnered with leaders in the space including ConsenSys, the leading blockchain software company, to launch an online program to train half a million Black women globally to become blockchain developers by 2030. 

The NPO Black Women in Blockchain is committed to empowering Black women through comprehensive training, mentorship, networking opportunities, and visibility programs. Their goal is to provide access to capital and resources, nurturing an environment where Black women can thrive, innovate, and lead in emerging tech.

Rena Shah

Rena Shah is the VP of Product and Operations at Trust Machines, where she drives the growth of dApps and products on the Bitcoin network.

With a background in technology and finance, Shah has quickly established herself as a leading voice in the crypto space, focusing on decentralized finance (DeFi) and blockchain-based solutions. At Trust Machines, she manages products for Leather, a leading Bitcoin Wallet, a decentralized identity, Orange Domains, and a DeFi product in stealth. Previously, she was the Head of Exchange at Binance.US, where she grew the exchange from $30M to $3B in daily trading volume within 18 months. Rena spent time on the commodities side and has a unique background as a drilling engineer. She spent her early career offshore on drilling rigs while spinning up Bitcoin mining pools. Notably, she managed a $300M energy portfolio for the Family Office of the Houston Texans NFL team.

Amanda Fabiano

Amanda Fabiano is Founder of Fabiano Consulting, where she provides strategic expertise to individuals and companies in the rapidly evolving bitcoin mining sector. Leveraging her extensive experience leading strategy and operations in the Bitcoin Mining industry, Amanda helps those navigating the unique challenges of mining from seasoned miners to newcomers to accomplish their goals. Amanda also sits on the board of NASDAQ-listed Terawulf ($WULF). 

Prior to establishing Fabiano Consulting, Fabiano was a founding member of Galaxy Digital’s Mining Business, where she spearheaded the acquisition of a $100 million Helios mining asset, expanded Galaxy’s proprietary mining operations, and facilitated over $400 million worth of miner finance. 

Prior to joining Galaxy, Amanda held the position as Director of Bitcoin Mining at Fidelity Investments, where she led initiatives to expand Fidelity’s mining operations and building bitcoin products.

Hailey Lennon

Hailey Lennon, Esq. is a financial regulatory partner in  Brown Rudnick’s Digital Commerce group, author for Forbes and Bitcoin magazines, and advocate for bitcoin education.

Lennon has a proven track record of guiding clients through the evolving regulatory landscape of cryptocurrency offerings, including handling AML/OFAC compliance, SEC investigations and enforcement actions, as well as facilitating the acquisition and maintenance of state money transmitter licenses, the New York BitLicense, and National Trust and Bank Charters.

Prior to joining Brown Rudnick, Lennon served as regulatory counsel of Coinbase, bitFlyer and Silvergate Bank, where she assisted each company in complying with regulatory requirements,  obtaining pivotal licenses, launching key products, and shaping strategies with respect to SEC.

Cynthia Lummis

US Senator Cynthia Lummis has been an outspoken advocate for bitcoin adoption in the government. 

She has introduced key legislation to further pro-innovation policies including the ‘Financial Innovation Act’ which would create a comprehensive regulatory framework to foster the development of blockchain and crypto technologies and enhance the competitiveness of the United States in the global fintech market.

She has served as a key voice in the Senate promoting education and clarity around bitcoin and crypto, supporting new momentum in the government to understand and responsibly regulate bitcoin. 

Caitlin Long

Founder and CEO of Avanti Bank and Trust, a Wyoming bank formed to serve as a compliant bridge between digital assets and the U.S. dollar payments system, Caitlin Long has driven growth in bitcoin adoption since 2016.

With over two decades of experience in traditional finance, she has been a leading advocate for regulatory clarity and institutional adoption of digital assets, with work focused on bridging the gap between traditional banking and blockchain technology.

In 2017, after a Wyoming law blocked her from donating bitcoin to endow a scholarship for female engineers at the University of Wyoming, she volunteered to help correct the statute.

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