First Quarter Newsletter

April 9, 2019

First quarter was an exciting one for TokenizeTN. We became an official 501(c)(6) trade organization in January, finalized our mission and vision (see below), and began accepting members. We have had overwhelming support from the community. Thank you for being an integral part of that momentum.
Further, we established six key objectives to help fulfill the Vision and Mission: (1) be the Voice of Authority, (2) advocate, (3) educate, (4) support legislative efforts, (5) grow membership, and (6) leverage technology to explore innovative and inclusive business models. We will pursue various paths to achieving these objectives in 2019.

I am thrilled to announce that TokenizeTN will be a part of LaunchTN’s 36|86 entrepreneurship festival this August. This is an exciting way to showcase and grow our emerging technology ecosystem in Tennessee and in the southeast. For more information please visit I hope you will be able to join us. 
TokenizeTN sponsored the Women4Blockchain hackathon at Lipscomb University in February. During that hackathon we recorded our first podcast, which you can access here: 

All of our events will be featured on our new calendar It’s a great resource to see what is going on with our organization, in the community, or as a way to publicize your own event.

Finally, we want to hear from you. What would you like to see TokenizeTN do this year and how can we help you or your organization be successful? Let me know at

Kristen Johns, President



NASHVILLE, TN, March 5, 2019- Last night at his inaugural State of the State address, Governor Bill Lee announced his STEM-focused career and technical education program initiative in over 100 middle schools and will allocate $4 million for it. This effort will triple the State’s number of STEM-designated public schools. Our President & Founder, Kristen Johns, gave the following statement:

“TokenizeTennessee lauds the Governor's new Future Workforce Initiative. This, in conjunction with the State's adoption of the new biotech curriculum standards, will ensure our students have a competitive advantage in the workforce. We fully support Governor Lee's goal of making Tennessee one of the top 25 states for job creation in the technology sector by 2022 and look forward to contributing to advancing these efforts.”

About TokenizeTN
TokenizeTN is a trade organization with the vision of realizing the full potential of emerging technologies to drive a new era in Tennessee. Our mission is advancing a welcoming and trusted innovation ecosystem, focused on adopting distributed ledger protocols, supporting infrastructure, and related business models. To learn more or to become a member please visit

TokenizeTN Contact
Cari Isham, Executive Director

Forbes - The Latest In Blockchain In Healthcare: Top Takeaways From Distributed Health

“Last week I had the honor of kicking off the third annual Distributed Health conference in Nashville, which brought together leaders in healthcare as well as blockchain innovators from across the nation. All were united by the shared belief that blockchain has transformative potential for health and healthcare, with changes already underway.”

~Bill Frist

Clinical Informatics News: Blockchain And Healthcare Convene In Nashville For Distributed: Health

Leaders in the healthcare and blockchain spaces came together for the third annual Distributed: Health conference in Nashville, Tennessee, a city known for its booming healthcare industry with a $47 billion impact. It’s also been ranked by CryptoFundResearch as the 17th city in the US for blockchain jobs.

Emerging blockchain-industry is focus of TokenizeTN skull session at ECD

STAKEHOLDERS in the creation, growth and connectedness of blockchain- or distributed ledger-enabled jobs and wealth creation in Tennessee gathered twice within the past 24 hours with representatives of Tennessee Economic and Community Development (ECD) to explore the technology's status, the state's competitive assets and its potential strategic options.