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Blockchain: It’s a Technology, not Cryptocurrency

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Blockchain –
It’s a Technology, not Cryptocurrency

When you hear the word “blockchain”, what comes to mind? For many, it’s Bitcoin or other forms of cryptocurrency. Although blockchain gained its fame due to cryptocurrencies, in reality, it has applications for business, from transaction recording and user tracking, to file maintenance which are only beginning to be realized.

In this panel discussion, you will:

  • Become familiar with what blockchain is, its history and development, and where it could develop in the future;
  • Learn ways blockchain is already being utilized by businesses today;
  • Understand how blockchain increases security, not decreases visibility.


Lori Wren Elerts, Deloitte, serves as Lead Tax Partner for a variety of companies throughout the blockchain ecosystem. She has over 27 years of experience serving as a tax advisor to public and private multinational clients. Lori assists Blockchain companies with understanding the impact of their tokenization models, international considerations as well as analysis and implementation of accounting methods associated with revenue recognition, basis tracking and capitalization policies. Clients appreciate her direct and informative communication style.

Panelists include:

Matt McGraw is a founding partner of The Bureau. The Bureau is a public benefit corporation based in San Francisco that invests time and capital in projects and companies that further the success of the entire blockchain ecosystem. The Bureau offers full-stack ICO services, an in-house blockchain accelerator, and a hedge fund for investing in impact technologies built on the blockchain. Matt was born in Upstate New York and graduated from Cornell University. He lives with his wife, six kids and two dogs in San Francisco’s Mission District.

Tommy Wang is a General Partner overseeing North American investments at Bluehill Partners. He was formerly a VP at IOST leading go-to-market for the Americas as interim GM and previously helped launch a best in class managed care business as Chief of Staff at Welbe Health. Tommy also has deal experience as a former investor at Summit Partners, a growth equity firm with $20 billion AUM, and Bessemer Venture Partners, a venture capital firm with $4.5 billion AUM. Tommy graduated with honors from Dartmouth as a Stamps Scholar in economics.

Monette Stephens is Head of Corporate Development of TokenSoft, a compliant, enterprise-grade, white-label end-to-end Security and Utility Token issuance platform. TokenSoft enforces compliance in over 50 jurisdictions and has taken in investors from over 180 countries. Prior to joining TokenSoft, Monette co-founded and ran a FINRA registered Broker-Dealer and obtaining Series 7, 24 and 63 registrations, had multiple successful exits through M&A or IPO and brought many products and companies to market. She has BS/MS degrees in Computer Science.





Event Information

5:30 Hosted cocktail hour
6:30 Dinner and Speaker

Meal Type

Plated Dinner


Registration Policy

  • Qualified Potential Members may attend once as a guest and one additional time with guest fee (which may be applied to membership fee within 60 days).
  • Scholarship Alumni winners can attend once a year for free.
  • Non-members who do not qualify for membership may attend once a year, must be referred by an active member and pay the guest fee.
  • Partners may invite guests in accordance with the Partner Arrangement.


CPE Credits

One (1.0) CPE credit available. Field of Study: Information Technology

FEI is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Questions regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website,



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