W4CY 3/4/2021 and W4VET 3/7/2021

Our first guest is David Treat, Senior Managing Director Global Blockchain and Multiparty Systems Lead at Accenture. Mr. Treat  will discuss digital currency and the wave of financial innovation it might bring forward as it becomes more widespread. Digital currency is the wave of the future and central banks around the world are weighing introducing a new kind of money – one that will allow us to transact in our digital world, safely and securely. A recent survey by the Bank of International Settlements found that 80% of the world’s central banks surveyed are engaged in research, experimentation or development of a central bank digital currency (CBDC.) Furthermore, 20% say they would likely offer a digital currency by 2025. For more informatioon go to https://www.accenture.com/us-en/blogs/bloggers/david-treat


Our second guest is Dr. Sadiya Kahn from the Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute in Chicago. Dr. Kahn  discusses the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States – heart disease: what steps to take to halt its progress and what the hospital is doing to fight the pandemic. For more information go to the https://www2.heart.org/



Gabrielle, “Gabe,” Flowers Rader, Lifestyle Expert, mom of two. Ms. Rader is also a Bank of America spokesperson. Gabrielle is also Certified Nutrition Specialist and created Gabe Fix Fitness with the goal of helping other women do the same. For more Information go to https://www.gabefixfitness.com/


Teaming up with Ms. Rader is John Sellers, Bank of America Rewards Executive, to discuss their top tips for: Celebrating holidays with your family, with ideas for creating special memories at home Budgeting to show loved ones that you care, while also showing your wallet some love Developing a plan to maximize financial rewards on your  purchases. For more information go to: https://www.bankofamerica.com/preferred-rewards


Lakesha Dickerson a woman living with Sickle Cell Disease (SDC) and an experienced healthcare professional, knows what it’s like to battle the devastating effects of SCD and the challenges our healthcare system presents in addressing it. She also knows the importance of taking vital steps to maintain consistent care. A nurse who recently relocated to Texas to combat the country-wide nursing shortage during COVID-19, Lakesha knows first-hand the toll the pandemic has taken on those living with SCD, as well as the importance of receiving continued care when managing a chronic illness. She wants to encourage vaccine confidence, especially in those managing SCD.


Joining her today is Dr. Biree Andemariam the chief medical officer of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA) and founding director of the New England Sickle Cell Institute (NESCI) at the University of Connecticut Health Center. Dr. Andemariam is passionate about educating around the importance of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine in order to provide vulnerable patient communities an opportunity to safely continue their treatment regimens. For more information, please visit: SickleCellSpeaks.com and the SCDAA’s website, SickleCellDisease.org

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