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November Luncheon "Unlocking Blockchain Value: What is it? How are enterprises using it? How do I get started?"

  • 19 Nov 2019
  • 11:15 AM - 1:30 PM
  • National Housing Center, Washington, DC


  • Bronze Members and their substitutes who have attended 2 or less luncheons.
  • Registration for for-profit, non-members whose company staff have NOT attended a FAR luncheon previously.
  • This is for nonprofit, non-member professionals only.

Confused by Blockchain? In this session, you’ll discover the basics of Blockchain and why it is relevant for your business. Learn how Blockchain is far more than just cryptocurrency, and how it is set to bring trust to business networks and bring about a whole new generation of transactional applications. To be ready, it is essential that businesses move beyond their own verticals and foster ecosystems that many business leaders have not imagined.

Attendees will:

1. Learn how to explain how blockchain works to non-technical professionals.
2. Recognize the differences between private and public blockchain solutions.
3. Understand where blockchain technology is being used today and what value it drives for enterprises.
4. Identify use cases in your profession where blockchain technology could be leveraged.

Presented by Shari L. Diaz

Shari has 20 years of professional experience, 16 of which with IBM spanning Engineering, Sales, Customer Fulfillment, Services and Hardware Procurement, Global Business Transformation, eCommerce and most recently Watson Supply Chain Offering Management. She is a global program director and has deep expertise in supply chain strategy and operations management, eCommerce/B2B trends and technology, and large-scale business transformation and innovation. She has extensive experience in the Retail, Utility, Industrial and Airline/Travel industries.

Shari is a proven business leader with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Arizona State University and an MBA focused on International Management from Thunderbird.

With degrees and experience in both business and engineering, her passion is problem solving and process improvement, using data-driven decisions and continuous improvement methods. Her current focus is building out the IBM Supply Chain Cognitive, Blockchain and IoT strategy.

When: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 | 11:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Networking 11:15 am - 11:45 am
Buffet opens 11:45 am
Presentation 12:30 - 1:30 pm

*Registration closed November 15

National Housing Center (Auditorium)
1201 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC (map)

Metro: Guests can take the Metro to Farragut North or McPherson Square.

Parking: There is plenty of parking within a few blocks of the National Housing Center.


Gold Members please contact hq@far-roundtable.org to be registered.

Registering yourself: FAR members, please make sure to log in to the FAR website to receive FAR member registration options. FAR members may add nonprofit guests to your registration.

Registering a substitute: FAR members, please do NOT log in to the FAR website if you are registering a colleague as your substitute, simply go to the event page and select the appropriate substitute registration. FAR members may add a first-time, nonprofit non-member guest to the registration.

*If you are a nonprofit, non-member and have not attended a FAR luncheon before, 
please contact hq@far-roundtable.org to attend as our guest!*

This program has been approved for CPE and CAE credit.

FAR 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 the final authority on the acceptance of individual course for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.  For more information regarding refund, complaint, and program cancellation policies, please contact the FAR office at: 1325 G Street NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005 or email (hq@far-roundtable.org). There are no refunds or cancellations accepted after November 15, 2019. Field of Study: Information technology (technical). Program level is basic – update. There are no pre-requisites nor advanced preparation. It is Group-Live delivery method. Sponsor ID: 109395

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