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Blockchain Technology and its Social Impact is Focus of Board of Associates Meeting

The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation held its Spring 2019 Board of Associates meeting featuring a talk titled Beyond Bitcoin: Blockchain Technology and Social Impact on April 30, 2019 in the Centennial Ballroom at Homewood Suites by Hilton. The LVCF Board of Associates is, a non-incorporated association of individuals, meets twice annually to discuss issues important to the Foundation and the Lehigh Valley.

Michael Stershic, chair, LVCF Board of Associates, welcomed the more than 100 members who were in attendance. He was followed by update from Bernie Story, president & CEO of LVCF, who welcomed Jennifer Hanania from PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Andrew Ward, Ph.D. from Lehigh University to the stage.


Hanania and Ward’s presentations explained how blockchain, originally developed for digital currencies such as Bitcoin, has evolved into something greater, with potential uses that can greatly impact society and everyday life. The talk explored this new technology, its relationship to digital currencies, and why it matters to society and philanthropy. After the formal presentations, former LVCF Board member Bob Gadomski joined the duo to moderate a robust Q&A with the BOA members.

Jennifer Hanania is a Manager in the PricewaterhouseCoopers New Services and Emerging Technology Practice. Jennifer is responsible for cross-sector blockchain program management and setting-up of PwC’s blockchain practice. She has led strategic assessments, product design, innovation workshops, program management, pricing strategy, prototype development, process implementation, and operating model development.


Andrew Ward, Ph.D., is a Professor of Management at Lehigh University’s College of Business and Economics. He also serves as a representative of Lehigh to the UN. His work focuses on the impact that major societal shifts, or megatrends will have on society and business over the coming decades. His work has been featured in Harvard Business Review, Business Week, Investor’s Business Daily, The Washington Post, and The Financial Times.


Slides | View slides from presentations (PDF)

Video | Jennifer Hanania, Overview of Blockchain Technology


Video | Andrew Ward, Blockchain as a Societal Shift


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