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Digital currencies – cryptocurrencies, stablecoins, and CBDCs – are changing the long-term plans of both central banks and global payments providers, and making everyone rethink account-based and currency-based systems. In an unprecedented move, prior to launching domestic CBDCs, multi-country pilots are exploring the promise and risks of cross-border CBDC systems.

This workshop is designed for payments professionals who want to come up to speed quickly on digital currency essentials, how these new currencies impact the payments ecosystem, and how they may someday reshape everything from the six payments domains to our global economy.

We begin the workshop by examining token-based payment systems and how they differ from account-based payment systems.  We consider the two types of money and where stablecoins and central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) fit within these categorizations. After reviewing the fundamentals of blockchain and distributed ledger technology, we look at the key design questions for digital currency systems. After reviewing the various stakeholders required to process these payments, we dive into stablecoins, central bank digital currencies, and survey the cross-border CBDC models being piloted.

  • Who Attends

    Glenbrook's Payments Education Program is useful for both experienced managers, who often want to be updated on what's happening in areas outside of their immediate domain, and for newcomers, who need a broad overview of the U.S. payments systems to create a context for their work.

    Over 30,000 payments professionals have attended Glenbrook workshops. Attendees have included product, strategy and sales managers, technology operations and risk managers, investors, inventors and analysts, management teams from payments startups.


1 – Key Concepts

  • The purpose of money
  • Account-based vs Token-based Payment Systems
  • Crypto, Stablecoin and Central Bank Digital Currencies Compared
  • The Internet of Value Exchange

2 – Digital Currency Building Blocks

  • Key Questions in Digital Currency System Design
  • Digital Currency Wallets
  • Blockchain and Distributed Ledgers
  • Smart Contracts

3 – Stakeholders 

  • Digital Currency System Value Chain
  • End User Perspectives: Consumers, Merchants
  • New Infrastructure Providers
  • Virtual Asset Service Providers (VASPs)
  • Incumbent and New Providers: Banks, Networks, PSPs, Processors

4 – Stablecoin Systems

  • Four types of stablecoins
  • Current landscape
  • Emerging Use Cases

5 – Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) Systems

  • Two forms of CBDC
  • Regulatory perspectives on CBDCs
  • Early adopters: DCash, Sand Dollar, e-Yuan
  • What We’re Watching

6 – Cross-border CBDC Systems

  • Today’s Correspondent Banking Model
  • The challenges of correspondent banking
  • Cross-border payments with Stablecoins
  • Cross-border payments with CBDCs
  • What We’re Watching

Fees, billing, discounts, refunds


The standard registration fee is $995 per person.

Bundle and save $300! The one-day Insight Workshop fee is reduced to $695 per person when you add the Insight Workshop as an bundle option to a Payments Boot Camp.

Fees include:

  • instruction
  • instruction materials (including hard and soft copy of presentation slides)
  • Glenbrook’s book “Global Payments”

Payments / Billing

Glenbrook accepts American Express, Discover, Mastercard, PayPal and Visa for payment upon registration. If required, payment may be made by an invoice sent to your company – with our prior approval. Please contact us to obtain approval for invoice billing.


Individual discounts:

  • Save 10% – Early Bird discount. Register 2+ months in advance of a workshop and receive 10% off. Use discount code GH52R3 when registering.
  • Save 10% – Alumni discount. Glenbrook Payments Education alumni wanting to attend another payments education event. Contact us to request your alumni discount code.

Group discounts:

  • Save 10% – Register 2 people for an Insight Workshop
  • Save 15% – Register 3-6 people for an Insight Workshop
  • Save 20% – Register 7-9 people for an Insight Workshop
  • Save 30% – Register 10+ people for an Insight Workshop
  • Group discount rates apply to registrations within a 6-month timeframe.
  • Contact us to request your group discount code.

Glenbrook client discounts:

  • Discounts are also available for select Glenbrook clients. Contact us to inquire about a discount code.

Only one discount code may be used per person. Discounts may not be combined with any other sale, promotion, discount, code, coupon, and/or offer.


Payments Boot Camp and workshop registrants may cancel their registration for a full refund if cancelled one week prior to the event. Refunds for cancellations within a week of the event will be considered on a case by case basis. In some cases, it may be possible to switch registrations to an event at a later date.

Daily schedule

Day 1

  • 11:00am-12:30pm ET: instruction (1.5 hours)
  • 12:30pm-1:00pm ET: break (30 mins)
  • 1:00pm-2:30pm ET: instruction (1.5 hours)
  • 2:30pm-3:00pm ET: optional Q&A (30 mins)

Day 2

  • 11:00am-12:30pm ET: instruction (1.5 hours)
  • 12:30pm-1:00pm ET: break (30 mins)
  • 1:00pm-2:30pm ET: instruction (1.5 hours)
  • 2:30pm-3:00pm ET: optional Q&A (30 mins)
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