Reshaping the Table: Breaking Barriers as a Cuban Woman in web3

To all my fellow #latinasinweb3: I see you, I hear you, and I'm here to support you. Are you ready to hear another story of a Latin American woman breaking barriers in the #web3 industry? 🚀 Let me share another one of my #cuban girl tales on web3. 📖 Buckle up because it's going to be an exciting ride! 🎢

After waiting for what felt like an eternity, I finally received an email that changed the course of my web3 career. 💌 It was an opportunity to join the DLT Talents program, and I was bursting with joy and couldn't contain my excitement. 💻

From the DLT Talent program acceptance email
From the DLT Talent program acceptance email

But as soon as the news started to sink in, the voices in my head began to shout: "You're not good enough, you're not worthy, they'll figure it out." 😫 I'm sure many of you can relate, as imposter syndrome affects us all, especially women and minorities in the #techindustry.🚫

However, I refused to let self-doubt hold me back. Instead, I shared my excitement on LinkedIn and with my web3 #frens to #manifest all the good vibes around me. 🙏 The inner noise, however, continued like a broken record. I was convinced that the DLT team had chosen me by mistake 😬

So to help me overcome these insecurities, I decided to share my story with the world! I started my blog, Out Of the Shell, and on November 4th, 2022, I published my first post, where I talked about my fears, insecurities, and struggles. And let me tell you, it was not easy to put myself out there like that 🙈

But why was it so important for me to be part of this program? The DLT Talent program is an 18-week program run by the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center designed for #women interested in learning about #blockchaintechnology and aspiring to be #leaders in the field.

The program has three phases:

✨Basic: equips us with the fundamentals of #blockchain , #cryptoassets, and #dlt (Distributed Ledger Technology).

✨Multi-disciplinary: familiarizes us with various stake

✨Concentration: By focusing on one specific stakeholder domain, we advance from generalists to specialists.

The stakeholder domains available to talents are #entrepreneurship, #regulations, #venturecapital, and #media.

As soon as I read about the program, I knew it was exactly what I needed at the moment! Imagine my excitement when I found myself part of a group of 200 applicants selected from over 500 worldwide, and this Cuban girl was one of them! 💃🏽😱

But you know what? I refused to let my fears hold me back! I dove headfirst into the DLT Talents program, even with power cuts, water outrages, weak internet, and the usual struggle with the US government blockade (even in the Metaverse, can you believe it?). 💪🏻

🤑 And after 18 weeks of hard work in the program I:

Yep, my DLT Talents certificate
Yep, my DLT Talents certificate

Remember, there's no guarantee that you won't fall victim to impostor syndrome yourself. But you can reduce the chance that it will keep you from reaching your full potential if you're aware of the problem, accept it as part of your personality, listen to your ego, and share your story with the world! 🌟

You may be wondering if the DLT Talents program was worth all the effort I put into it. I'll leave that up to you to decide. But I'll give you a hint: it was one of the best decisions I've ever made! 😉

I'm incredibly grateful to Prof. Philipp Sandner and all Web3 Talents and mentors for making this journey possible. Daniel Holk Julian Proft Ilka Kranefuß Jong-Chan Chung Sunny Kiana Weiss Jiang Alexandra Overgaag Kai-Ti Wu🦋Jocelyne R. Sahebe Mehmannavaz Julian U. Daniela Boback Marcel Grimm Marc Anders,

Also thanks to Rachel Wright  Dina Dzanic Eleonóra Bassi PhD Luki Song Meggie Jaworski Jo-Ann(乔安) Alexandra Hamilton 🌎🚀 Larise Nyenty Sophie N. Ngouakang Sara Kaiser Mariana de la Roche Wills. And so many more!🌱 Thank you all for giving me the chance to be my true self, even if that meant showing off my 10k personalities 🤪 and dealing with imposter syndrome. This program helped me gain the courage to speak about my journey, even though I was nervous and scared. 🔥

So, to all the women interested in a web3 career, don't let imposter syndrome hold you back! 👊🏻 Apply to the new DLT Talents cohort and take the leap - it might just change your life. 💫 👯 ♀️💻

Find more info about the DLT Talents program here

About the author

I am a passionate web3 content creator and DEI advocate with a unique perspective on the decentralized world. As a Cuban woman with expertise in economics, business, education, and writing, I craft stories through my cultural lens to inspire Latin American women in web3 and increase visibility for underrepresented communities.

My core values of personal integrity, holistic well-being, creativity, and authenticity guide me as I promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the web3 ecosystem. Through storytelling, community-building, and authentic human connections, I strive to develop a creative and inclusive web3 space where all voices are heard and valued.

Join me in forging new paths and embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values in the web3 world.

You can contact me via mail via LinkedIn or follow me on Twitter (@nemerie0x).

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