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Gartner forecasts that blockchain will generate an annual business value of more than US$3 trillion by 2030. It’s possible that 10% to 20% of global economic infrastructure will be running on blockchain-based systems by that same year.
As a distributed ledger, a well-designed blockchain reduces costs, increases speed and reach, and cuts out intermediaries. It also offers greater transparency and traceability for many business processes. From health care to manufacturing to supply chain, logistics, and finance, companies are beginning to implement and take advantage of blockchain's promises.
Join us LIVE to learn what board directors need to know and questions board members need to ask. We will cover:
- Current applications of blockchain;
- Risk, privacy, compliance, accounting, and other business issues blockchain could pose;
- How blockchain can fit into your company's strategy and business model; and
- Practical tips for implementation from the board lens.
A hot, buffet lunch will be served following the panel discussion.
Christa Steele became the youngest CEO in the United States to lead a $3.5 billion asset size bank located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her career spans close to 25 years, which began as a bank teller while attending college. As a former public company CEO with $500 million in market cap and revenue in excess of $120 million annually, she improved core earnings 43% in a single calendar year, doubled the bank’s value in less than two years, and successfully led the bank’s sale for a premium in 2015.
Steele is a partner of a highly successful investment bank with 10 locations across the United States. She currently serves on the board of directors for FIG Partners in Georgia, Sasser Family Holdings in Illinois, the NACD Northern California Chapter, and Pacific Coast Banking School in Washington. Her expertise leading a complex, highly scrutinized, and regulated company provides a desirable and diverse skill set transferable across multiple industry verticals.
Steele was honored by the San Francisco Business Times as a most influential leader in Bay Area business and by Crowe Horwath for driving significant financial performance improvement. For the better part of three years, her time has been spent on a variety of digital technology initiatives in and outside of financial services. She is a well-known speaker and thought leader of blockchain technology, digital disruption, and why artificial intelligence, big data, and the use of predictive analytics must be considered when evaluating a company’s overall digital and corporate strategy.
In addition to being a qualified financial and audit expert per NASDAQ, NYSE, and PCAOB corporate governance requirements, Steele has an in-depth understanding of how to manage market growth, expansion, divestiture, recession, corporate litigation, shareholder lawsuit, legacy ownership, conflict resolution, and human capital.
Manoj Kashyap is an assurance partner in the Banking and Capital Markets group of PwC's U.S. Financial Services practice based in San Francisco. He is also the leader of PwC's U.S. Assurance FinTech practice. From 2015 to 2018, Kashyap was the global leader of PwC's FinTech practice across assurance, tax, and advisory services and a member of PwC's Global Financial Services Leadership team that sets and monitors the strategic direction of the company’s global financial services practice. Previously, he was the leader of PwC's Financial Services emerging markets team from 2014 – 2015 and the leader of the Financial Services practice for PwC India overseeing assurance, tax, and advisory services for that sector from 2011-2015.
Kashyap began his career with PwC in the Los Angeles office in 1990 where he worked in assurance until 1996. He then spent six years abroad in the Luxembourg office, after which he returned to the United States to the San Francisco office in 2002. With his admission to the partnership in 2006, he transferred to the Los Angeles office until his assignment in India from 2012–2015. He has since returned to the San Francisco office. Kashyap specializes in providing assurance and business advisory services to clients in the banking, payments, consumer finance, asset wealth management, and capital markets sectors, but he also has experience in manufacturing, distribution, and international holding company structures. He has performed and led audits of both SEC registrants and privately held companies. Kashyap also led PwC’s automotive finance practice in the United States from 2008-2012.