Tech Talk: Investing in the New Frontier: Web 3.0, Crypto and NFTs

08/10/2022 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm CST Virtual
  • Corporate
  • Early Stage
  • Growth Stage
Event Start Date:
June 17, 2024
Event End Date:
June 17, 2024
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Evolution or revolution? Both. Money is rapidly becoming much more than the currency we are familiar with. Today, innovators are digitizing ownership so any asset can be represented digitally and accessed by anyone worldwide.

Join us as we learn about the next generation of investing. Industry experts Jacqueline SheaTrish Uhl, Joseph “LeDrop WithCheese” Dunne, and Mark Anderson will reveal the digital influence of how consumers will access, invest, buy, save and pay – and why new forms of currency are more equitable for people around the world, creating greater inclusive access to wealth. It’s a revolution never before imaginable. Imagine a 20-something being able to invest in a classy golf course. Or your child getting fractional access to a car. The possibilities are endless.

We’ll discuss: 

  • Demystified: blockchain, crypto, bitcoin, staking, #DeFi
  • The new financial system
  • Why do financial inclusivity, transparency, and third-world countries matter?
  • How the next generation of money will impact financial services, talent recruitment and jobs, and the global financial system
  • Q&A – bring all your questions. This Tech Talk will be heavy on audience participation.

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Moderator- Laurie Swanson’s core belief: Aligning your career with your True Nature – when your inner motivations, desires, and values are synced up with your outer actions – is the path to living an inspired life.

First, she was a coder. Laurie studied business and information technology at the University of Texas. First job? A computer programmer! Then she followed her true nature and shifted into Technology Recruiting and Technology Sales.

She founded The Laso Corporation, a boutique Information Technology search firm, in 1995. Laso evolved into InspiHER Tech, supporting Laurie’s mission to bring equal pay and opportunities to women working in technology through a spiritually-centered approach.

Laurie is a giver. She delights in giving back and was on the board of her local chamber, volunteered at her city’s Community Relations and Fine and Cultural Arts Commissions, People’s Resource Center, and in the schools for Junior Achievement and Incubator EDU.  She’s been married for more than two decades and has two adult kiddos. She loves walking among trees, independent films, great stories, poker nights with girlfriends, and learning about and from others. Laurie is a personal and spiritual growth junkie who never says no to hearing your miracle story and is happy to share one of hers – just ask!

Panelist – Mark Anderson is a Certified Financial Planner and Certified Digital Asset Advisor with over twenty-five years of investment management experience. He co-founded the Registered Investment Advisory firm OKLO Financial, which was later acquired by the Carlyle Group. Mark is currently a Managing Director with Fort Point Capital Partners as well as the Managing Member of Lakeside North Capital Advisor LLC a Registered Investment Advisor.

Panelist- Joey “LeDrop with Cheese” Dunne, is currently fully immersed in the Metaverse as a Celebrity NFT blogger ( who rates Celebrity NFT drops in advance of their release, with honest reviews distributed across these channels:, Twitter, Facebook, Ins, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Tik Tok. LeDrop specializes in Metaverse public r,relations, events and public speaking, onboarding and monetization for artist/director/musician/celebrity/company clients. LeDrop WithCheese also ma, manufactures, buys, and sells NFTs and cryptocurrencies and owns a vast collection of thousands of NFTs across numerous blockchain NFT Marketplaces.

LeDrop currently hosts Meet with Cheese – Metaverse Interviews” and has been most recently acknowledged in the book “Step Into The Metaverse” by Dr. Mark van Rijmenm. He has also been featured on Irish Tech News, Amazon TV, Roku TV, and much more.

Previously, Joey Dunne was featured on the front page of the Chicago Tribune and on Prime Time with Brian Williams for his Christmas Sweater Depot company (2011-2015) based out of Chicago that featured two storefronts and an online shop. Joey was also the managing partner for Grace Street Tap from 2010-2012, earned a Marketing & Finance degree from DePaul University, is a US Army Veteran who served in OEF 2003-2004, and is a Native American from the Wikwemikong Tribe.

Panelist – Jacqueline Shea is currently the Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Coinbase with 7+ years of experience working in Financial Services and Consumer Technologies. Jacqueline is passionate about deeply understanding needs, bringing the world better solutions to problems, and distilling complex topics into clear narratives. The user’s voice to the product and the representative of the product to the user.

Certified Pure Barre instructor passionate about empowering others to become their best physical and mental selves through cutting-edge health & wellness initiatives.

She is interested in growing ideas, telling stories, and building meaningful relationships.

Panelist – Trish Uhl is the resident expert for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) People Analytics accredited development program, founder of the Talent & Learning Analytics Leadership Forum, founder of Chicago-based consulting firm Owl’s Ledge LLC, and creator of #CryptoOwls – the world’s first HR-related crypto art NFT drop.

Trish specializes in leveraging exponential technologies, digital fluency, and data literacy in the modern workplace to develop people, adaptive workforces, and agile organizations. Working with business leaders, people professionals, and teams on developing organizational capability and effectiveness to generate sustainable Quadruple Bottom-line Results where people flourish and organizations thrive in creating a world that works better.