Business Value of Blockchain: A starting point for making blockchain real for business
Speakers

Richard is the Blockchain Solution Sales Leader for North America. Richard has previously held various leadership positions
within IBM in Services, Software sales and Systems hardware. In his last role, he managed an ecosystem of over 300 ISVs and SIs
around the world, that developed their solutions and services on IBM platforms, and has extensive knowledge of IBMs Channel sales
in both SW and HW. He joined IBM in Scotland, and has had the opportunity to work in various countries including, France, China and
England. Richard is currently based in the New York area.

Eileen is responsible for accelerating the adoption of IBM Blockchain and helping clients make blockchain real for their business networks. Her team of technical architects and developers educate clients on blockchain, design the solution architecture for blockchain applications, as well as build and deliver blockchain applications. She is based out of the IBM Bluemix Garage in New York City, Soho. During her 10+ years with IBM, she's held various business and finance roles, including M&A strategy and business development, financial planning and analysis, as well as pricing strategy. She began her IBM career working as a software engineer for z Systems in Poughkeepsie, NY. Eileen holds an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business and BS in Computer Science from Union College.

René Bostic is the Technical VP of the IBM North America Cloud Unit. Enjoying her career with IBM during the modern millennial technological era, she is an expert in cloud computing, DevOps and emerging technologies, such as Blockchain.  Her strengths and core competencies include a proven record of accomplishments in consensus building, interfacing and partnering with C-level executives and senior business leaders to assess, plan, and implement enterprise and cloud computing solutions.  In addition, she maintains a history of establishing and maintaining customer relationships that are built on trust, exceptional service, and responsiveness.  René graduated from Saint Andrews Presbyterian University with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Computer Science.  She resides in metro-Atlanta (Georgia).  Follow her on twitter @ReneBosticatIBM.

Twitter:  @ReneBosticatIBM