Carissa Ganelli is the Chief Digital Officer for Subway® restaurants. In her role, she is responsible for the company’s global digital strategy and leads Subway Digital, a team dedicated to transforming the guest experience through the integration of digital tools and an omni-channel strategy.
With more than 20 years of digital experience, Carissa manages all aspects of Subway Digital, including product innovation and management, and digital marketing.
Carissa joined Subway as Vice President of Marketing Technology in 2016. Prior to this, Carissa was CEO and founder of LightningBuy, a mobile commerce platform that converts mobile traffic to revenue, and held several digital marketing and strategy positions with top companies such as Digitas, enews.com and Coopers & Lybrand Consulting.
Carissa has a Bachelor of Arts from Bryn Mawr College and an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Shawn Goodin is the Chief Marketing Technology Officer for Consumer & Community Banking at JP Morgan Chase and Company. In his role he leads the vision, strategy and execution for global digital transformation to enable highly personalized cross-channel consumer experiences. Prior to his time at JP Morgan, Shawn was the director of Marketing Technology at The Clorox Company, the director of Digital Marketing at Northwestern Mutual and the head of Marketing Platforms at S.C. Johnson. His twenty years of experience which includes early stage software startups and driving digital transformation at Fortune 500 companies has uniquely positioned him to be a true marketing technology thought leader.
Shawn has a unique background that blends cultural anthropology and cognitive science with software development and product management. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and five children.
Nick began his career in 2005 as the founder and CEO of a network appliance startup company based out of Illinois Institute of Technology’s incubator program. Most recently, he served as the Director of Technology for GE Healthcare’s US Service division from 2012-15, and currently leads Design and UX for GE Healthcare’s $6B/yr Global Service business. Nick has 15 years of Lean, Six Sigma and Design Thinking experiences, with influences from Stanford D School, IDEO and Menlo.
Nick is a collector and restorer of Vintage Computers (Apple1, etc), some of his works are in the Deutsches Museum, Xerox Museum, MOMA and the Computer Museum of America. Nick is the founder of schoolforhaiti.org, which is bringing world-class education to K-12 students in remote schools in Haiti. Nick loves spending time going on dates with his wife Becki, having family weekends with his 3 kids, and building new creations in his home laboratory.
Sarah Townes is the Vice President of Marketing at Mall of America with almost 20-years of marketing and advertising leadership experience working on a range of consumer retail brands including Aveda, Caribou Coffee, Gander Mountain, Marshall Field’s/Target Corporation, Sears Holdings Corporation, Tresemmé Hair Care, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Leo Burnett and many more.
Throughout Sarah's career she has spearheaded brand and re-brand strategies, AOR relationship management, creative development, production, omni-channel media strategy, digital/social media, strategic partnerships and public relations to exceed business trajectories.
As a graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Advertising, Sarah has received numerous key industry accolades and local achievements and was most recently a SGB 40 Under 40 honoree.
Fred was recently appointed Vice President of Marketing for redbox. There Fred is responsible for all aspects of redbox brand management, integrated and channel marketing, content marketing, strategic planning, marcom, partnerships and promotional calendars and for all aspects of product marketing and marketing communication across the enterprise, including new product launches, PR, social media, content marketing, retail marketing, field marketing, partnership marketing, title marketing, media and national campaigns.
Prior to redbox, Fred was Vice President of Customer Strategy for McDonald’s USA, Fred was responsible for driving customer focused, insights driven initiatives. Fred led the customer insights and customer experience teams. He also led the development and implementation of the CRM function.
Fred has extensive experience in marketing, strategy, brand management, brand activation, new product development and launch, and retail strategy.
Fred was the Vice President of Brand Management for Pulte Group, the nation’s largest new homebuilder from 2010-2014. There, he was responsible for Pulte’s three brands: Centex, Pulte and Del Webb leading the development of brand strategy and strategy activation.
Fred has spent almost 20 years in marketing strategy consulting at the Zyman Group and VSA Partners as well as at several major ad agencies leading national and global brands such as Campbell Soup Company, Betty Crocker, Raid Insecticide, and State Farm Insurance as well as a number of high tech and financial services companies.
Fred has a BA from the University of Wisconsin and a Masters in International Management from Thunderbird. He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter.
Salil Verma leads Digital Customer Experience for OhioHealth. The focus of his team’s work is making healthcare simple, accessible and affordable through the creative application of technology. Salil leads digital efforts at OhioHealth that have produced its website and scheduling experience, mobile and voice app technology and most recently OhioHealth’s entrance into decentralized personal health records. Salil is working to both improve healthcare and lead the cultural shift taking place at OhioHealth and around the country in our industry.
John Allwein, digital transformation strategist, specializes in helping large B2B companies evolve their traditional business models into those centered on client experience and digital engagement.
In order to enact digital transformation, John encourages stakeholders to reimagine the entire customer lifecycle from prospecting for new customers through supporting long-time users. Large established companies must challenge themselves to quickly adopt new processes and organizational structures to gain the velocity necessary to satisfy customer’s immediate needs, achieve near-term business goals and support long-term relevance.
Last year, John joined PNC Bank, one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, where he is leading PNC’s Corporate & Institutional Banking digital strategy and user experience teams, relentlessly driving client-focused digital experiences.
Prior to joining PNC, John led the digital customer experience and engagement team at a large global manufacturing and engineering company where he planned and executed a fast-paced digital transformation in support of the entire customer lifecycle.
John currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA where he enjoys his two children, mountain biking and all this great city has to offer.
Story teller, change advocate and a teacher through personal experience, Bridget McDermid is a trailblazer of positive change with TD Bank Group, currently holding the role of Senior Manager, Customer Experience & Digital Fluency strategy, North American Phone Channel. She is a leader who drives innovation and acts as a catalyst for improved processes to implement programs and solutions that promote her company’s cultural values, operational goals and always advocates from the customers perception.
Throughout the years, she has had had the opportunity to work, develop new skills and quickly progress through many top Canadian organizations including Cara Operations, Loblaw Companies Limited and now TD Bank. She has had the opportunity to influence and evolve in a variety of Customer & Digital User Experience roles. Bridget has a forward thinking approach to our evolving digital world and is an advocate for her Customers and her Colleagues to migrate into the new technology norm through Adoption and Engagement.
By promoting a mix of emotional intelligence and industry best standards, Bridget is able to help guide and influence Digital Transformation across one of Canada's top 5 Financial Institution. She is thrilled to be a part of such a rapidly growing and accelerated part of TD in the midst of a time when digital communications and technologies have never been more relevant to banking.
Danielle Sauvé is a marketing technologist, writer and strategist for a collection of global companies owned by Danaher, including Pantone, MediaBeacon, Esko, X-Rite, AVT, Laetus and Videojet. Throughout her 16-year career, Danielle has held positions in many parts of the consumer packaging ecosystem: consumer goods manufacturer, promotional agency, brand strategy and package design firm, premedia firm and packaging management software start-up, giving her a uniquely broad perspective on simplifying the packaging value chain. Her packaging technology insights have been featured in The Dieline, FoodDive, MediaPost and Chief MarTec. Danielle earned her B.A. in English and Theater from Messiah College and now lives outside Chicago with her husband, four children, dog, fish, tortoise and bevy of musical instruments.
Tom joined Toll Brothers in 2016 and he focuses on initiatives to make Toll Brothers more effective and efficient. He spends most of his time on projects related to customer experience, sales, marketing, and business technology applications. He recently led a companywide project to develop a digital customer experience strategy and roadmap.
Prior to joining Toll Brothers, Tom was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he advised some of the world’s leading organizations on business strategy, operations, organizational design, and change management. He was a U.S. Air Force pilot and officer for nearly 14-years, and led operating units around the world, including as part of operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. He earned a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Reynelle, and their two young sons, Robinson and Ellis.
As Imprivata's SVP of Customer Experience, Carina is responsible for all customer facing operations that fuel customer success including: world-wide professional services, world-wide customer support & advocacy, business development, and corporate IT. Carina brings 22 years of experience in the Healthcare Technology Industry. With a focus on speed to transformation, Carina brings a strong track record of helping companies realize their next stages of growth and creating customers for life by transforming customer insights into easy to experience solutions that fuel customer success. In January 2017, Carina was appointed to the board of directors of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) Foundation to advance the roles of CIOs and senior healthcare IT leaders through education, collaboration and advocacy in support of improved health and healthcare in various communities.
Prior to joining Imprivata, Carina served as the Vice President of Solutions Marketing for Nuance Healthcare, a division of Nuance Communications. Prior to Nuance Healthcare Carina held executive roles at Zynx Health (a subsidiary of Hearst Corporation), Philips Healthcare, Sapient, and Impact Innovations Group. Carina received her MBA from Boston College and her BS in Management Information Systems and Decision Sciences from George Mason University.
Mitch Wenger is the Director of US eCommerce for Zoetis, the world’s largest animal healthcare company. In his time at Zoetis Mitch has overseen an eCommerce platform driving in excess of $300,000,000 annually, showing increases of 24% YOY. He is currently running an agile development cycle for the implementation of the SAP Hybris commerce solution, which will enable a better omni-channel experience for customers across all business units.
Prior to Zoetis Mitch ran customer acquisition and retention for TuneCore, a digital distribution platform for independent musicians. At TuneCore, amongst other things, Mitch developed an omni-channel strategy to touch musicians both digitally and physically, in music venues, recording studios, socially, and on both mobile and desktop. Mitch has three children and can often be seen chasing soccer balls when not thinking about the future of eCommerce for the animal healthcare world.
Dolly Konzelmann is the President and CEO of CSPN. She has been in the customer service/customer experience industry for over 20 years. CSPN has been empowering organizations to create a customer-centric culture and helping them differentiate their organization and brand. Dolly leads the company's benchmarking, consulting, and training efforts that help many of the leading organizations build customer loyalty through the lens of the customer.
CSPN is a recognized leader in the design and delivery of their numerous award-winning certified training programs including customer service, customer experience, change management and leadership.
CSPN hosts a number of events where people from all industries network, learn and acquire the knowledge they need to stay connected int his industry. Dolly is a sought after speaker and has been interviewed on a number of television and radio shows. She has been invited to be a judge on various service awards including hte coveted FRPO (Federation of Rental-Housing Providers) and the BILD (Building Industry and Land Development Association) Awards.
Jason has almost 20 years of digital and direct marketing experience with tenure on both the client and agency sides. He currently leads the Strategic Consulting practice at RRD Marketing Solutions, with a focus on delivering maximum ROMI by leveraging strategy, information, insights, and hyper-relevant interactions. Jason has also led teams in client services, driving both marketing strategy and execution for companies in retail, healthcare, hospitality, and financial services. On the client side, Jason managed interactive and direct marketing teams, developing winning strategies and execution for new customer acquisition, relationship optimization, customer cross-sell/up-sell, and retention.
Dan LaCivita brings over a dozen years of experience to his role as CEO of Firstborn, an award-winning design and innovation company headquartered in New York City since 1997.
Swiftly rising through the Firstborn ranks since joining in 2003, Dan has the hands-on experience of a former creative developer, sharp strategic instincts honed from leading long-term client relationships and innate leadership abilities that drive Firstborn to be one of the most forward-thinking agencies in the world. His unique perspectives of being both a thinker and a maker drive this same culture within the company, leading to the development of powerful digital experiences for a client roster that includes PepsiCo, L’Oréal, Adidas, S&P Global, Supercell, and Mountain Dew.
Under his guidance, Firstborn’s work has been recognized with numerous awards including Clios, Cannes Lions and One Show Pencils; the agency, itself, has been placed on prestigious rosters such as Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, Advertising Age’s Agency A-List and Crain’s Best Places to Work in New York City. A thoughtful commentator thanks to his diverse roles within the industry, Dan has penned his point of view for Fast Company, Forbes, Advertising Age and Adweek and has spoken at the Financial Times, Ad Age Digital, 99U and FITC conferences, to name a few. Dan was also named to the 4A’s “100 People Who Make Advertising Great” list, Direct Marketing News' 2016 '40 Under 40' list and sits on the Digital Board of Directors of the 4A's.
Inside and outside the office, Dan can often be found shuffling a deck of cards—a nod to his expertise in the art of close-up magic. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Jen, and their two sons.
Maria Gagos is the Head of Digital at S&P Global. In her role, Maria leads the vision, strategy and execution for transforming the digital footprint of the company. In that vein, Maria is responsible for the online properties of S&P Global, as well as for the company’s digital advertising and social efforts.
Prior to S&P Global, Maria spent 5 years at American Express, where she owned all digital aspects of one of their products, in conjunction with the product management aspects for that same product. Before American Express, Maria spent 7 years at Microsoft, where, after a couple of years as a web developer, she moved to the client-facing teams of the Online Division. During her tenure at Microsoft, Maria led multiple teams in roles as various as Digital Operations, Technical Account Management, Product Management and Business Management.
Maria has proven herself to be an innovator and creative thinker who can easily move between industries, while leading efforts spanning development, advertising, social and product management. Maria holds a BA in Business Administration from University of Washington, and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Shani Sandy is a creative leader who cultivates the power of design to impact business. With over fifteen years of experience, including a decade in the Financial Technology and Information industry, she is the Executive Creative Director at S&P Global.
In her role, Shani leads the global creative strategy, design, and ux practice to articulate the brand, develop products, and launch marketing initiatives. Noted accomplishments include integrated brand advertising campaigns, website experiences, multichannel worldwide rebrands, and building creative teams from the ground up.
Shani holds a BA in Art History and BFA in Painting and Computer Art from Tufts University along with an MBA from the Berlin School of Creative Leadership.
An active member of the design community, Shani has been honored by GDUSA’s People to Watch and served on How’s Judging jury. Shani serves on the Arts Board of the Bronx Charter School for the Arts and the Rutgers Advisory Board for Design Thinking.
Shani is a native New Yorker, residing in Brooklyn.
Kevin Grubb is Engagement Manager at Prophet, where he focuses on helping brands grow better through digital.
As a member of Prophet’s digital team, Kevin is responsible for working with clients to define and execute a process for leveraging emerging opportunities from data and technology strategically and through the lenses of customer obsession and business impact. Kevin specializes in customer experience strategy--from researching customer needs and pain points to architecting transformational experience solutions.
Prior to joining Prophet, Kevin worked in Hong Kong for digital agency Razorfish as a Strategist. He helped his clients define compelling content and experience strategies and deploy them through evergreen and campaign-based activities.
Kevin lives in New York City with his wife and two dogs. He spends most of his free time immersed in science fiction.
Laura Messerschmitt is the Vice President of Global Customer Experience for GoDaddy, where she leads customer insights and experience strategy for GoDaddy's seventeen million small business customers. She has also held roles leading social media and customer marketing at GoDaddy. Prior to GoDaddy, Laura led marketing for a startup, Outright, which was acquired by GoDaddy in 2012. Earlier in her career, Laura was at Intuit, leading product management for QuickBooks and establishing Intuit's small business presence in social media. She also worked at Deloitte Consulting as a strategy consultant. Laura has her MBA from Stanford University and graduated Summa Cum Laude from UCLA with a degree in Mathematics.
Kristen Engelhardt is the Vice President, Voice of the Customer, responsible for Salesforce's collaboration with its 2M-member customer community for business impact and customer success. Kristen and her team listen to and engage with 30,000 customers every year through focus groups, survey research, live listening events and community enablement programs. Their mission is to infuse these voices into the company's product, pricing, marketing, sales and adoption strategies.
Kristen began her technology career at Gartner Group and has held leadership roles in Product Management, Product Marketing and Customer Advocacy for almost 20 years. She is inspired every day by the innovation and transformation salesforce customers bring to their organizations, industries and each other.