Phil Morton

Head of Strategy - Foolproof

“Philip Morton is the Head of Strategy at Foolproof, where he helps clients to create a strategy, plan and measurement framework for their projects, programmes and organisations. Before focusing on strategy, his expertise was in design research, conducting interviews in more than a dozen countries for some of the world’s biggest brands. Throughout his career Phil has worked with a number of clients within the banking and fintech, including HSBC, Virgin Money and Tinaba (Italy). Phil is a keen traveller and enjoys visiting some of the stranger parts of the world such as Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.”

Andy Vitale

Head of User Experience Design - Suntrust Bank

Andy Vitale is the Director of User Experience for Sun Trust Bank, where he leads user experience design. Andy is also the Director of Design Impact for AIGA Minnesota and serves on several advisory boards for universities and professional organizations. Previously he led a team of designers at 3M focused on enterprise healthcare software, was a partner in a digital agency and created mobile experiences at Office Depot.

Tracey Varnell

Sr. Director, Experience Strategy & Design - OnDeck

Tracey is a Product Design & Innovation leader focused on helping teams find the right thing to build and to build it (faster).In the past, Tracey was part of the Adaptive Path team that established a service design practice within Capital One. She is currently Senior Director of Experience Strategy and Design at OnDeck Capital. She and her team are working to transform the OnDeck service to better meet the financial needs of small businesses. They are introducing and utilizing user-centered methods and helping non-designers and designers collaboratively design solutions throughout the customer journey.

Karen Anderson

Director of UX Product Management - ServiceLink

Karen E. Anderson is the Director of UX Product Management at ServiceLink, a leading national provider of mortgage services. She is currently growing a multi-disciplinary team focused on promoting transparency and ease-of-use across product ecosystems. Karen worked with consumer startups before coming to enterprise fintech; she received her MBA in the Management of Innovation and New Product Development at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, and has taught design at the Savannah College of Art & Design.

Hang Le

Head of Design - Earnin

Hang is Head of Design & Research at Earnin, a startup aiming to resolve unfairness in the financial industry, by making services that put people first. Hang is passionate about building transparent, diverse, ethical teams, and helping others collaborate with designers and researchers. Before Earnin, she worked at big and small B2B and B2C companies such as SAP Labs, Radius Intelligence, and Samsara. She also plays piano and likes singing songs she doesn't know at karaoke parties.

Brian Landry

Head of Design and Research - Stash

Brian is a Product Design and UX Research leader with 15+ years of experience. He is a thought leader in the digital space, particularly in the areas of user experience innovation, research and design and is currently the Head of Product Design and UX Research at Stash—one of the fastest growing consumer investing and banking apps in the U.S. Brian has worked in academia and industry at the University of Washington, Accenture Technology Labs, at most recently as Executive Design Director for both Chase Pay and Finn by Chase at J.P. Morgan Chase.

Melissa Cullens

Chief Experience Officer - Ellevest

Melissa is a design professional with over 13 years of experience connecting behavior, emotion and mindset with innovative experiences. Currently the CXO at Ellevest, she leads the design of an intuitive and delightful experience across all touch-points of the brand and product. Through collaboration with users and the team, her work has been recognized by Interbrand as a ‘Brand to Watch,’ Fast Company's Innovation by Design Awards, the CNBC Disruptor list and featured on the cover of Money Magazine.

Jose Coronado

VP, Design Operations - J.P. Morgan

Jose Coronado is the Vice President of Global Design Operation at JPMorgan. As a design executive, he works with design teams to help them amplify their strategic impact, and with companies to help them maximize the value of their investment in design. He is also the Managing Editor of Design Impact a digital publication where he shares leadership lessons from emerging and established design leaders around the world.

Aaron Ron Irizarry

Design Director - Capital One

"Aaron aka “Ron” is a design director at Capital One. He loves all things user experience, problem-solving and org design. Having worked for Fox/IGN, HP, Nasdaq, and now Capital One, Aaron loves sinking his teeth into complex problems. Aaron speaks at events and provides training for companies on design team structure, communication, and collaboration. He is the co-author of Discussing Design: Improving Communication and Collaboration through Critique. More importantly, Aaron is a master of the BBQ arts, lover of heavy metal and a lifelong Dodgers fan."

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