Back in first grade, a boy gave Karla a gift: a green Kermit mug. She still loves the color green. And she still loves Kermit, because Kermit loves a pig and he has a good heart.
Some things about Karla have never changed. She still seeks for people with heart and passion as she leads as CEO of Blend.
It all started with design talent, a graphic design degree, and a roommate with an uncle that ran an interactive firm. Thrown farther and farther into web development, she found herself in a career that didn't even exist in her high-school guidance counselor’s catalog. As someone who doesn’t like surprises, she never could have predicted she’d be working in an industry that is constantly being rewritten.
Over the past decade, Karla has seamlessly shifted from working alongside the team - designing sites, nerding out about Pantone colors, choosing fonts and styles and developing brand standards - to serving as the leader and guide for Blend. She’s still in charge of Blend's brand identity, but now she’s added the not-small task of raising Blend’s profile and running the day-to-day business operations.
There are times when she escapes it all by taking her aggressions out on a tennis court or regaining her composure and grace through ballet. But everything she does is done with heart. Kermit the Frog mug and all.
Blend CEO Karla Santi was chosen to introduce South Dakota senator John Thune as he is awarded the Internet Association’s Congressional Internet Freedom Award.
Blend CEO Karla Santi joined U.S. Representative Kristi Noem on stage for a panel on women and opportunities at this year’s Women of Influence conference.