Sandy Kreis is the Director of Labs, North America at the Lab of Forward Thinking (LOFT) at John Hancock. In this role, she works with product teams to research and develop new products in financial services and insurance, using agile methodologies and cutting edge technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, AR/VR, and others. Prior to joining John Hancock, Sandy has a variety of experience working with consumer-facing mobile apps, from advising myTrue, a company that is hoping to bring machine learning to help the individual manage dating in the digital age to serving as the Chief Commercial Officer at Drafted, a venture-backed mobile app that crowdsources recruiting. Before joining Drafted, she worked under the founders of Kayak.com as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Blade, a $20M startup foundry that finds the next and greatest consumer-based applications in both hardware and software. She is currently a visiting lecturer at Tufts University, instructing on innovation cluster development and how to launch a startup. Prior to her entrepreneurial endeavors, she was a research analyst at IHS Emerging Energy Research and CB Insights. She holds a BA from Georgetown University, cum laude, and a MALD from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, where she focused on international business relations and clean energy policy.