Cardano Catalyst Women

Empowering diversity through relationship building, research, education, and mentorship.

Catalyst Women is a space for learning, collaboration, and creation rooted in behaviors and intentions that support women as builders within Cardano.

Our aim is to give women the confidence to take action and participate to their full potential within Catalyst, where they might otherwise have remained as an observer.

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We hold an After Town Hall room every Wednesday at 5 PM UTC.

We also hold invite-only meetings every Thursday so if you would like to join us, send an email to

Topic: Cultivating a Healthy Catalyst Culture with Tomi Astikainen

N15 – 18 May 2022

How might we establish and maintain inclusive and lively Catalyst Culture to explore the highest potential of human collaboration?

Same things get discussed over and over again, nothing gets done. People have no mandate to drive change. No room for leadership to emerge.

Topic: Exploring unique opportunities for Cardano and Polkadot ecosystems with Christine Mohan

N14 – 4 May 2022

Christine Mohan is Vice President of Business Development at KILT Protocol | CMO, Web3 Foundation and Polkadot | Co-founder Civil Media | New York Times | Wall Street Journal KILT invites collaboration from both communities to explore possibilities for practical cross-chain use cases aiming for interoperability between Cardano and Polkadot/Kusama (Dotsama) ecosystems. Findings from this initial exploration form the basis for further collaboration. The results are shared openly so that other projects exploring similar opportunities can also get started. KILT Technology and Interoperability with Cardano.


The compelling story of Mercy A. Fordwoo from Wada

Mercy A. Fordwoo is the Coordination Lead for Wada.

She has extensive experience in project management and process improvement. She’s the Circle v3 representative for Funded Proposers (Catalyst Coordinators) due to her passion for decentralized governance and is always ready for new challenges.

Wada is an international organization with local footprints. They aim to equip local developers and entrepreneurs to build decentralized applications and businesses of the future. WADA’s mission is a resource network for unlocking the potential of Africa & Diaspora with Distributed Ledger Technology, Artificial Intelligence, and Automation.


Breathtaking story of creating with Advitha Ashok

Advitha Ashok is Co-founder and COO of Konma and founder and Nutritionist at Diet and Beyond. She is telling her story how she found this idea and what made her decide to improve Konma and create Konma community.

Konma is an international organization. They are building a global marketplace which will be entirely community driven and truly values the members within. A non-competitive marketplace for Food, Art and Lifestyle products and services offered by small business owners and passionate individuals.


How can we address social & environmental issues thanks to blockchain?

Cardashift is a community-run launchpad that raises funds, builds, and accelerates startups that are solving social and environmental issues.

Anaïs has an engineering degree specializing in sustainability and a master’s degree in innovation from Ecole Polytechnique and HEC. Her curiosity and passion for learning new things led her to join the Cardadhift team. She was drawn to the impact-oriented vision of Cardashift. She has contributed to building the impact assessment framework and sourcing the ambitious projects of our first batch. She is also involved a lot in relations with Cardashift & Cardano Community (you may have met her at Consensus!). She is today working on how impact-led projects can leverage blockchain technology to succeed and make their impact bigger.


Cardano Catalyst Women: Cross-Chain Collaborations ideas

Catalyst Fund9: Cross-Chain Collaboration Budget: $900,000 in ADA Problem statement: In the next 6-12 months, how might we create new connections between blockchain communities and how do we enhance existing collaboration?

The end goal: Let’s create an enriching, open and safe environment, where people from different communities can find common ground and share knowledge, resources, skills, ideas, and visions with one another.


Insecurity in the Crypto Space – Open Source Threat Intelligence Platform (TIP) for Cardano

An explosion of protocols, DApps, DEXs, NFTs and other artifacts of blockchain has led to an expanded attack surface for threat actors seeking to capitalize on victims in these ecosystems. We propose the build-out of an open source Threat Intelligence Platform (TIP) for the Cardano community supplemented by portal access, a training module, and a YouTube video on why TIPs are important.

Cyber Threat Intelligence Network (CTIN) is a company that has provided training and consulting services in the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific since 2014. Customers include MITRE, ENISA, ISACs and ISAOs. CTIN is active member of OASIS-Open, an international technical standards body.…
Cyber Threat Intelligence Network website: https://cyberthreatintelligencenetwor…


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Women In Move Solutions: Accessible Education for girls in Africa

Girls education in Africa is very low due to poverty, cultural gender preferences, religious beliefs and due to lack of resources. Cardano lacks firm roots in Africa and worse lacks utility value.


Investing in Africa, Elevating African Leadership & COP27

Elise Buckle - President of Climate & Sustainability and Co-founder of SHE Changes Climate. Elise has worked as a United Nations special advisor to several high-level diplomats and led several successful global and political campaigns at the EU Parliament, in Africa, Central Asia, and Latin America. Elise will speak about Investing in Africa and COP27.

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Create a dReps’ Equity Resource Hub

Kristin Bond speaking about her proposal in Fund9: Create a dReps’ Equity Resource Hub. Kristin specializes in building world-class technical recruiting functions and inclusive teams, previously hiring technical talent for companies like Twitter, Google, and Facebook.

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Do you, for the sake of equality, plan to create Cardano Catalyst Men?

Doesn’t seem necessary at all, given that Cardano (and crypto in general) is such a sausage party.


Celebrating 1 Year of Cardano Catalyst Women

Exactly 1 year ago, we had our first meeting at the Catalyst After Townhall Breakout room with a focus on bringing more women to the Cardano ecosystem through mentorship.

Why did we start this group?
When the subtle but powerful differences between males and females are celebrated and optimized in collaboration ecosystems thrive, empathy soars, and personal development grows. Communication, confidence, leadership, and teamwork are maximized to their full potential.

People naturally draw confidence and cues about how they should behave from the culture of their environment. How they perceive themselves within the environment, how comfortable they feel to contribute, and how their ideas and inputs are received impact their desire to take action.

In any given environment, the minority group is on the back foot when it comes to the culture of the space being aligned with their way of being. Unless however, the people in this environment are highly self-aware and have the ability to overcome inbuilt biases and overpowering behaviours. Or, the individual has a high degree of confidence and a strong ability to communicate to the dominant group.

Less than 5% of Cardano are women.

When there are significantly fewer women in an environment, the unbalanced nature of that environment has shown to favour the male majority way of operating, and to miss beneficial approaches that are not considered. For many women, this means they are less likely to voice their opinions and ideas and less likely to be heard.

So we created this inclusive space in the name of women, as an environment to allow everyone to be heard, to nurture new ideas, build trusted relationships, and provide pathways into Catalyst.

Carado Women is a testing and development ground for ideas and initiatives that, over time, will bring more balance to environments within Catalyst. We seek collaboration with everyone so that the people building within Cardano are able to contribute to their full potential, and are representative of the people of the world.

Check CCW Meetings, the latest updates and guest speakers over the last year here.

Summary (Nov’22 - Jan’23)
In the last 3 months, Cardano Catalyst Women held online meetings called “Women in Blockchain” with the intention to bring women from around the world interested in the topic but with less or no knowledge about Cardano. We intentionally do not record meetings as we have learnt that this creates a safer psychological environment for women.

Currently, we are discussing ideas on how to bring more awareness and share our trusted conversations with a broader audience.

Stay tuned!