Keynote Speaker

Dan Ariely

Dan Ariely, is a James B. Duke Professor of Psychology & Behavioral Economics at Duke University. He is a founding member of the Center for Advanced Hindsight, co-creator of the film documentary (Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies, and a three-time New York Times bestselling author. His books include Predictably Irrational, The Upside of Irrationality, The Honest Truth About Dishonesty, Irrationally Yours, Payoff , Dollars and Sense and Amazing Decisions (published July 2019).

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Adam Savage

Adam Savage has spent his life gathering skills that allow him to take what's in his brain and make it real. He's built everything from giant Buddhas and futuristic weapons to fine-art sculptures and dancing vegetables.

The son of a filmmaker/painter and a psychotherapist, Adam’s previous positions include projectionist, animator, graphic designer, carpenter, interior and stage designer, toy designer, welder, and scenic painter. And he’s worked with every material and in every medium he could fathom — metal, paper, glass, plastic, rubber, foam, plaster, pneumatics, hydraulics, animatronics, neon, glassblowing, mold-making, and injection molding to name just a few.

In 1993, Adam began concentrating his career on the special-effects industry, honing his skills through more than 100 television commercials and a dozen feature films, including Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Galaxy Quest, and the Matrix sequels.

A decade later, Adam was chosen along with Jamie Hyneman to produce and host MythBusters, which premiered on Discovery Channel in January 2003. Fourteen years, 279 episodes, 1,015 myths, 2,950 experiments, eight Emmy nominations, and 83 miles of duct tape later, that version of the series ended in March 2016.

Today, Adam hosts and executive produces MythBusters Jr. as well as a brand-new series, Savage Builds, which premiered on Science Channel in June 2019. He also stars in and produces content for his website Tested.com, including behind-the-scenes deep dives into multiple blockbuster films (including Alien Covenant, Mortal Engines, and Blade Runner 2049 ).

In addition, after a lifetime of hunting for the perfect gear bag, Adam launched Savage Industries and began manufacturing his own along with MAFIA BAGS. Made in the United States and constructed primarily from recycled sailcloth, every bag is not only durable and lightweight but unique as well. The current line (available at AdamSavage.com) includes two sizes of the EDC (“Everyday Carry”) and an assortment of pouches, with more product both available on the site and on the way.

Finally, in 2019 Adam finished his first book. Every Tool’s a Hammer is “a chronicle of my life as a maker. It’s an exploration of making and of my own productive obsessions, but it’s also a permission slip of sorts from me to you. Permission to grab hold of the things you’re interested in, that fascinate you, and to dive deeper into them to see where they lead you.” More information is available at adamsavagebook.com.

Adam lives in the San Francisco Bay area with his wife and their two amazing dogs.

A few of our Presenters

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Luke Williams

New York Times Best Selling Author

Luke Williams

New York Times Best Selling Author

Mr. Williams is author of a NY Times and USA Today Bestseller (The Wallet Allocation Rule), a Bookscan Bestseller (Why Loyalty Matters), as well as over a dozen academic and trade publications including several Harvard Business Review articles and a Harvard Business School Case Study for use in the HBS curriculum.

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Adrienne Harris

Investor | Advisor

Adrienne Harris

Investor | Advisor

Adrienne Harris invests in and advises fintech companies and advises VC and PE firms. Most recently, Adrienne was the Chief Business Officer and General Counsel a San Francisco-based, insur-tech start-up for which she is now an Advisor. Previously, Adrienne was a Special Assistant to President Obama in the White House.

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Dick Fickling

Director of Engineering

Dave.com

Dick Fickling

Director of Engineering

Dave.com

Dick Fickling is the Director of Engineering at Dave.com, where he leads a team of 35 engineers, improving people's lives by building approachable financial products. Prior to joining Dave as employee #1, he was a staff engineer at Honey

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Donna Wells

Boardmember

Betterment and HappyMoney

Donna Wells

Boardmember

Betterment and HappyMoney

Bio: Donna Wells was CEO of Mindflash, founding CMO of Mint.com and led marketing for two F500 companies: Intuit and Expedia. She now serves on Boards with three FinTech companies: Betterment, CrowdStreet and Happy Money, as well as Mitek Systems (MITK). She was previously a Board Director at Boston Private Bank (BPFH).

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Jane Barrett

Chief Advocacy Officer

MX

Jane Barrett

Chief Advocacy Officer

MX

Jane Barratt, Chief Advocacy Officer of MX since 2018, is a long-time investor and champion of financial strength. In her role at MX, Jane collaborates with financial institutions, regulatory bodies and industry groups to ensure people can have better financial outcomes via secure access to their data. She is a financial educator through LinkedIn Learning. Previous to MX, Jane was CEO of GoldBean, and spent two decades driving growth for Fortune 500 companies.

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Don MacDonald

Chief Marketing Officer

MX

Don MacDonald

Chief Marketing Officer

MX

Don brings more than 30 years of experience in marketing, communications, product development and strategy from the world’s leading Technology and Financial companies. As Intel CMO, he grew the Intel brand to the world’s 5th most valuable brand, As Fiserv’s first CMO he executed the transition from a holding company to a unified operating company under a single brand, and cultivated his passion for a world of connected devices at Qualcomm.

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Scarlett Sieber

Managing Director, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer

CCG Catalyst

Scarlett Sieber

Managing Director, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer

CCG Catalyst

Scarlett Sieber has expertise in driving organizational change at both startups and enterprises alike across the financial services and fintech ecosystem. She currently serves as Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at CCG Catalyst, a highly respected financial services industry management consulting firm. Prior to CCG, Scarlett has held executive leadership roles with BBVA, USAA, and Opus Bank.

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Brandon Dewitt

Co-founder and CTO

MX

Brandon Dewitt

Co-founder and CTO

MX

As Chief Technology Officer at MX, Brandon Dewitt uses his passion for helping people relieve financial stress to lead the MX engineering team. Brandon moved to Utah in 2011 when his personal finance company MyJibe merged with MoneyDesktop to become MX. Previous to MyJibe he worked at Experian.

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Crystal Anderson

Director, Client Experience Development

H&R Block

Crystal Anderson

Director, Client Experience Development

H&R Block

Crystal Anderson leads H&R Block’s client experience development team where she oversees the product vision for the end-to-end client experience. She is an award-winning product designer, recognized as one of the most influential and accomplished business leaders in the region by Kansas City’s Business Magazine, Ingram’s.

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Markus G. Fischer

Head of Corporate and Business Development

Betterment

Markus G. Fischer

Head of Corporate and Business Development

Betterment

Markus Fischer is the Head of Corporate and Business Development at Betterment. Prior to joining Betterment, Markus was an EVP of Business Development at Palantir, an advisor to the Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs, and held a variety of corporate and business development roles at Goldman Sachs, Engie and Deloitte. Markus holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, an MSc in Computer Science from I.N.S.A. de Lyon and an MSc in Strategic Management from HEC Paris.

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Alex Bean

Chief Business Officer

Divvy

Alex Bean

Chief Business Officer

Divvy

Alex Bean is Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer at Divvy, the leader in spend and expense management. As CBO, Alex oversees all strategic initiatives within the company, with a special focus on growth and product development.

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