Andy Montgomery

Head of Design for Capital, Square

With over 20 years of experience as a design professional, Andy leads design for the Capital division developing financial products for the small businesses who use Square for payments. Their primary focus is on providing access to working capital loans for businesses who are overlooked by traditional banks. Andy is inspired by the mission to empower these businesses with the same tools that big business has always had access to. Outside the office, I can be found exploring restaurants and cocktail bars in SF, cycling in the Headlands and skiing the Sierras.

Stephen Gates

Head Design Evangelist, InVision

Stephen is a global design leader who specializes in building world-class organizations that integrate human-centred design to drive product and service innovation. He is the Head Design Evangelist at InVision. He previously worked at McCann Erickson, Citi and Starwood Hotels. His work has received over 150 international awards, his app design has been named as one of the World's 100 Greatest Apps, HOW Magazine named him #17 on the 100 of the most talented and influential creatives working today, Apple has featured his work in 10 keynotes and more. He shares what he has learned through his speaking engagements and The Crazy One podcast.

Steve Turbek

Managing Director, User Experience, Goldman Sachs

Steve is global head of the User Experience team, responsible for improving the design and usability of digital applications across the firm. He joined Goldman Sachs as a managing director in 2017. Prior to joining the firm, Steve was head of user experience at Fidelity Investments, where he and his team designed one of the leading digital finance experiences for millions of customers. Prior to Fidelity, he founded the user experience Group at Morgan Stanley. Steve began his career as one of the first members of the digital agency Razorfish. Steve's designs and writing have appeared in The New York Times and various design journals. Steve attended Pratt Institute, where he received a bachelor's degree in Industrial Design, focused on Furniture Design.

Elida Cruz

Vice President Head of Commercial and Small Business Design, Capital One

Élida loves solving problems. She’s spent the last 20+ years motivating people to work together, develop new ideas, and deliver great work – all in the service of solving problems for clients and their customers. As Vice President Head of Commercial and Small Business Design at Capital One, Élida focuses on enhancing customer centricity and the integration of design into operations, culture, the organization overall and drives change through a human centered lens.

Sarah Gregory

Head of User Research, Coinbase

Sarah Gregory is Head of User Research at Coinbase, the largest regulated cryptocurrency exchange in the US. As part of Coinbase’s mission to build an open financial system for the world, Sarah and her team are designing the future of money, through adoption and usage of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. Sarah previously led user research for Ancestry’s family history subscription product. Her portfolio includes brands such as Marriott, Allstate, Harley-Davidson, TurboTax, and SanDisk. In a former life she was a customer experience consultant and behavioral analyst for Fortune 500 call centers.

Kira Klaas

Director of Brand, Brex

Kira Klaas is the Director of Brand at Brex, where she leads a team of marketers and designers focused on telling the story of what it means to dream big in financial services. To Kira, branding is what makes up for the difference between advertising and advocacy. With a sixth sense for corporate identity and culture, she views the balance between rigorous research and blue-sky creativity as the key to brand success.

Nicky DePaul

Head of Research, Brex

Nicky is the founding member of Brex’s UX Research team, where he asks “why?” a lot. Mostly to customers and people who could someday become customers. Also to product managers, marketers, designers, executives, salespeople, engineers, customer support agents… everyone he works with. He’s a strong believer that research serves to raise the bar for customer-focused decision-making across an entire company and is focused on creating processes that help leaders answer tough questions.

Samantha Berg

Head of Design, Chime

Samantha is a design leader with 12+ years of experience envisioning, creating, and shipping next-generation products. Samantha is passionate about building tight-knit innovative teams and strong cultural relationships, something she's done across a variety of environments, including large-scale tech companies, mid-sized design consulting firms, and venture backed start-ups. As the Head of Design at Chime, Samantha is building a culture of fundamentally changing banking services to truly serve Americans and bring them peace of mind.

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