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Educational Program Schedule

Browse the Winter 2021 Edition Schedule* for Textile Talks and Lenzing Seminar Series. 

*Speakers and schedule subject to change without prior notice. Check back often for updates. 

Tuesday, January 12

Speaker: Konstantin VonVieregge - President & CEO, Messe Frankfurt North America

Lenzing Seminar Series

Moderator: Erica Redd - Business Development Manager, Lenzing Fibers, Inc.


Roundtable discussion with industry leaders on their views regarding 2020, sustainability, and environmental impacts. Open discussion where panelists can share their insights and ask questions to the group.

Textile Talk

Operating with a backdrop of uncertainty has become the norm since Covid-19 rocked everything from the supply chain to foot traffic at stores across the globe. Join us for a look ahead at the retail outlook for 2021, where the economy is headed and how the election will affect all aspects of your business. From trade issues, inventory concerns, managing margins and approaches to sustainability, experts at Texworld will provide in-depth analysis not found anywhere else.

Textile Talk

Moderator: Tara St James - Founder, StudyNY
Tracy Reese - Founder and Creative Director, Tracy Reese/Hope for Flowers

Join Tara St James of Study NY and Re:Source as she speaks with designer Tracy Reese on her move back to Detroit, creating her sustainable collection Hope for Flowers and developing a manufacturing base locally.

Lenzing Seminar Series

Moderator: Sharon Perez - Business Development Manager, Lenzing Fibers, Inc. 


  • Paul King - President, KenDor Textiles                                                 
  • Pat Tabassi - Product Development and Marketing Manager, Design Knit
  • Diviya Loomba - VP Business Development, Eagle Fabrics
  • Melissa Gibson - COO, Synzenbe

The entrepreneurial spirit is thriving now. However, one of the biggest hurdles that many new and small designers face is sourcing for small minimums. The ability to source in smaller minimums is imperative to emerging brands who are not scaling to the masses. How do you help bridge the gap between the small minimums hurdle and these emerging or specialized brands?

Wednesday, January 13

Textile Talk

Moderator: Jeff Wilson - Sr. Business Development Manager – Sustainability, NSF (National Science Foundation)


  • Roian Atwood - Sr. Director of Global Sustainable Business, Kontoor Brands                  
  • Atul Mittal - Pratibha Syntex Ltd. and Director, Vasudha Swaraj Private Ltd.
  • Rebecca Burgess - Executive Director, Fibershed

This Textile Talk is a forum to learn, share knowledge, and ask questions about on-farm regenerative practices that brands can support and farmers can adopt. Regenerative agriculture and the multiple benefits it delivers can be part of the solution to meeting brand sustainability targets and addressing environmental goals leading to climate change. Join us in this important foundation building forum to help you gain an understanding of regenerative practices with a particular focus on cotton and what they mean for you, your company and your products in achieving our industry's sustainability goals into 2030 and beyond.

Textile Talk

Speaker: Kai Chow - Creative Director, The Donegar Group

The Doneger Group's Spring/Summer 2022 forecast brings to light a renewed longing for a life lived in simplicity and harmony. Join this exclusive, one-day-only presentation to identify global shifts and their influence on color, fabric and fashion for 2022.

Textile Talk

Moderator: TBA


  • Liz Hershfeld - SVP of Sourcing & Supply Chain, Madewell
  • Maya Spaull - Vice President, Apparel and Home Goods, Fair Trade USA
  • Sanjeev Bahl - Saitex

Join this informative and inspirational discussion to understand how Madewell partners with Fair Trade USA to set goals. Sustainability goals for 2025 and 2030 will also be discussed.

Lenzing Seminar Series

Moderator: TBA


  • Maria Rugolo - Director of Apparel Market Insights, NPD
  • Casey Martin - Student, Cornell University

Consumer needs are constantly changing, especially now with the world in a state of transformation. Lenzing recently released key findings from their "Global Consumer Perception Survey on Sustainable Raw Materials in Fashion and Home Textiles." This survey had over 9,000 responses from 9 different countries. It is key to understand the end consumer and what they view as a "sustainable" and "eco-friendly" so you can communicate and market effectively to your consumer.

Thursday, January 14

Textile Talk

Moderator: Sheng Lu 


The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), signed in November 2020, is the world's largest free trade agreement. Nearly half of the world's textile and apparel exports currently come from the fifteen RCEP members. How will the new "rules of the game" in RCEP shape the future landscape of the textile and apparel supply chain in Asia? Who are the winners and losers of the agreement? Why US fashion brands and retailers also need to care about RCEP? The panel will interpret the key textile and apparel provisions in RCEP and share insights about the agreement's broad implications on the textile and apparel sector.

Lenzing Seminar Series

Moderator: Kelly Drennan - Founding Executive Director, Fashion Takes Action                              


  • Ashely Gill - Director of Standards, Textile Exchange              
  • Diana Rosenberg - Product Sustainability Manager, Gap Inc.           
  • Walter Bridgham - Senior Business Development Manager, Lenzing Fibers, Inc.

Within the Great Reset, companies are making commitments and facing hard decisions about how to meet their goals in a constantly changing landscape. The industry needs a holistic approach to ensure that climate action happens at the beginning of the supply chain while connected to other environmental concerns of water, biodiversity, consumption and more. What tools are available to support?

Lenzing Seminar Series

Moderator: Tricia Carey - Lenzing Fibers, Inc.                                    


  • Gail Strickler - President of Global Trade, Brookwood Associates                            
  • Alex Penades - North America Brand Director, Jeanologia              
  • Arzu Turgay - Global Accounts Sales Manager, Coats           
  • Kutay Saritosun - Director of Fashion Brands, Bluesign        
  • Devin Gilmartin - Founder, The Canvas by Querencia

Materializing a new industry takes a pot of new ideas. Join these thought leaders for a fusion of concepts joining social, political and technology.

Summer 2020 Virtual Edition Recorded Sessions

Moderator: Kerry Bannigan | Founder | Conscious Fashion Campaign

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

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

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.

Nicole Giordano | Founder | StartUp FASHION

Kenya Freeman | Creative Director | Sylvia Mollie
Crystal Cave | CEO & Founder | Crystal Cave Style

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.

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

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: 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

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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