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Educational Program Schedule - Summer 2020

Browse topics and schedule for Texworld New York City/Apparel Sourcing New York City Virtual Edition Educational Program. All sessions are available now for streaming as complimentary access to the virtual show.

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Tuesday, July 21

Mr. Konstantin von Vieregge | President & CEO | Messe Frankfurt North America
Mr. Xu Yingxin | Chairman | The Sub-Council of Textile Industry, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT-TEX) and
 Vice President | China National Textile & Apparel Council
Ms. Julia Hughes | President | United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA)
Mr. Olaf Schmidt | Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies, Textile Fairs | Messe Frankfurt

Description: Opening Ceremony and welcome speech by esteemed industry leaders for the Texworld USA, Apparel Sourcing USA, and Home Textile Sourcing Virtual Edition.

Moderator: Kerry Bannigan | Founder | Conscious Fashion Campaign

Erin Wallace | VP of Integrated Marketing | ThredUp
Dan Rees | Director | Better Work

Type: Textile Talks

Description: As the pandemic continues to highlight the urgency to accelerate towards circular systems, hear from panelists how the Sustainable Development Goals can be used as roadmap for brands as they begin to recover from the current global challenges.

Moderator: Edward Hertzman | Founder & President | Sourcing Journal

Elizabeth Shobert | Vice President, Digital Strategy | StyleSage
Charlie Holmes | Global Vice President | First Insight

Type: Textile Talks

Description: Overstocks—and overcorrections on the flip side resulting in understocks—have plagued the apparel industry for decades. Either way, retailers have struggled with getting assortments right. The outcome: larger markdowns and smaller margins. And that was during the relative good times. With the COVID-19 virus racing around the world, determining which products to make, where to sell them and when consumers might buy has become an even bigger gamble. This panel will reveal how the industry can make the right bets using tech tools that add science to the art of buying and planning.

Moderator: John Mowbray | Founder & Editor | Ecotextile News

Michael Sadowski | Research Consultant | World Resources Institute
Krishna Manda | Sr. Manager Sustainability Integration | Lenzing Fibers, Inc.

Chelsey Evans | Sustainability Lead, CSR Program Manager 2 | Nordstrom

Type: Lenzing Seminar Series

Description: Meaningful climate action requires measurable, fact based goals to define the direction and validate progress. What are the specific targets the textile and apparel industry needs to set and attain in order to achieve lasting, positive results for the environment? Experts from major brands and retailers come together in this seminar to share their thoughts on quantifiable goals to address climate change as a company and as an industry.

Nicole Giordano | Founder | StartUp FASHION
Kenya Freeman | Creative Director | Sylvia Mollie
Crystal Cave | CEO & Founder | Crystal Cave Style

Type: Textile Talks

Description: StartUp FASHION interviews fashion brand owners about how they’re building an audience, ways in which they’re converting followers to customers, and their strategy for implementing important processes and systems to run a smooth business in today's changing landscape.

Wednesday, July 22

Moderator: Edward Hertzman | Founder & President | Sourcing Journal

Deborah Weinswig | CEO & Founder | Coresight Research
Marshall Cohen | Chief Industry Analyst | The NPD Group Inc.
Kayla Marci | Market Analyst | Edited

Type: Textile Talks

Description: With spring goods collecting dust and summer orders shrinking by the day, retailers are at a loss as to what to expect for back to school. With the onset of the novel coronavirus, sales dropped off a cliff as doors shuttered around the globe. But as cities and towns slowly come back to life, stores are reopening with the hopes of finding pent-up demand. Our panel will discuss what to expect from the key fall selling season and how to market to a consumer amid this new normal.

Moderator: Tricia Carey | Director of Global Business for Apparel | Lenzing Fibers, Inc.

Dr. Christina Raab | Vice President of Strategy and Development | Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute
Francois Souchet | Lead, Make Fashion Circular | Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Karla Magruder | President/Founder | Accelerating Circularity

Type: Lenzing Seminar Series

Description: Circularity is the next frontier in the textile and apparel industry. Circularity requires a new perspective on the apparel lifecycle with focus on eliminating end-of-life waste. The market is already successfully changing the traditional apparel lifestyle with tactics such as rental, renewal, resale and recycling. Join this seminar to hear renowned sustainability experts discuss the circular economy and it's effect on the apparel industry.

Speaker: Kai Chow | Creative Director | The Doneger Group

Type: Textile Talks

Description: Our modern world feels increasingly interconnected, with people discovering that what happens far away directly impacts our lives over here. This awareness will usher in a collective interest in protecting and preserving the resources and cultures we share, while delighting in self-expression.

Moderator: Allison Zisko | Editor in Chief | Home Furnishings News

Walter Bridgham | Sr. Business Development Home & Interior - North America | Lenzing Fibers, Inc.
Celeste Lilore | Director of Industry Engagement | Textile Exchange

Susan Inglis | Founder | Sustainable Furnishings Council
Charles Gaenslen | CEO | Loftex Home

Type: Lenzing Seminar Series - Home

Description: Trying to implement a sustainability strategy into your business model can be challenging without the proper guidance. Join us as we cover essential topics and questions your organization should explore in developing a sustainability strategy. From choosing the sourcing partners and regions, to reliable resources and Materials to create the right sustainable product. We can help simplify those mystifying questions through expert panelists.

Thursday, July 23

Speaker: Mercedes Gonzales | Director | Global Purchasing Group

Type: Lenzing Seminar Series

Description: Understanding the shift in consumer behavior and how to develop market strategies and product for the new market place will be explored in this discussion moderated by Mercedes Gonzales.

Moderator: Edward Hertzman | Founder & President | Sourcing Journal

Dana Davis | Vice President of Sustainability, Product & Business Strategy | Mara Hoffman
Megan Stoneburner | Director of Sustainability & Sourcing | Outerknown

Type: Textile Talks

Description: In the best of times, sustainability initiatives have often had to fight for funding. So, what happens to the march toward a more responsible supply chain during a crisis? How can brands and retailers uphold their values and meet their sustainability commitments when cashflow is erratic at best and the need to innovate demands investment? This panel takes a look at how sustainability directors can illustrate the financial, repetitional and operational advantages of moving steadfastly forward.

Moderator: Warren Shoulberg | Chief Editor |

Stacy Garcia | Founder/Owner | Stacy Garcia Inc.
Donna Vance | Former EVP Home Private Brands | Macy's Home Textiles
Janee Ries | E-Commerce & Retail Consultant

Type: Textile Talks - Home

Description: As consumers return to the marketplace, one of the key things they will be looking for are trusted names - and that means brands. This lively session moderated by home business journalist Warren Shoulberg and featuring designer and well-known brand name Stacy Garcia as well as industry experts Donna Vance and Janee Ries, will examine the role of brands and how their place in the home textiles market is evolving given the new realities of the business.

Moderator: Warren Shoulberg | Chief Editor |

Tom Mirabile | Principal & Founder | Springboard Futures
Regan Iglesia | Chief Marketing Officer | WestPoint Home

Type: Textile Talks - Home

Description: Among the very many things that the coronavirus pandemic is changing in our society, one of the more overlooked aspects is what happens to design and the kinds of products people will want in their homes. We'll explore this subject in some depth with two experts in the field: Tom Mirabile, principle and founder of trend forecasting company Springboard Futures; and Regan Iglesia, chief marketing officer for WestPoint Home. The session will include new research as well on the post-pandemic design world.

Moderator: Tricia Carey | Director of Global Business for Apparel | Lenzing Fibers, Inc.

Buxton Midyette | Vice President of Marketing and Promotion | Supima
Renee Henze | Global Marketing and Channel Development Director | DuPont
Cindy McNaull | CORDURA Brand Business Development Director | Invista
Cheryl Zukowski | Director of Marketing | Unifi

Type: Lenzing Seminar Series

Description: A brand is an important tool for advancing the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals in the apparel industry. Brands forge connections with people that can be used to raise awareness and influence attitudes and behaviors.  When leading fiber brands in the textile and apparel industry collaborate to advance sustainability they can be a compelling force for change. Join this seminar to see how major fiber brands are working toward the Sustainable Development Goals and how you can benefit from their efforts.

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