Future of Sustainable Fashion

September 9, 2020 | Online Panel

What will a sustainable fashion look like post COVID-19?

Can we emerge from our daily working from home sweatpants with greater intention and understanding of the impact that the world of fashion has on people and our planet?

The negative environmental impact of fashion is irrefutable. For example, did you know that 60% of all clothes will end up in an incinerator or landfill within a year of being produced (McKinsey, 2016)? This tendency toward fast fashion must come to an end, and we as consumers must understand that we have more power than we think in making an impact through our shopping decisions.

Positive change in the fashion industry is also poised to accelerate following the COVID-19 pandemic and the social justice movements of 2020. Brands can no longer remain quiet – they must take stands on issues and declare their values.

Join us during Fashion Week to hear from expert panelists regarding everyday practices we can all take on to promote sustainable fashion and the companies who are driving change in this field.

Join us to hear about:

  • Trends in sustainability
  • Positive brands in sustainable fashion
  • How to reduce your fashion footprint and increase awareness
  • What to look for when shopping
  • Innovative ideas for pressuring brands and establishing sustainable fashion as the norm

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Jessica Schreiber
Jessica Schreiber



Jessica Schreiber is the Founder and CEO of FABSCRAP, which provides convenient pickup and recycling of fabric scraps from businesses in New York City and creates opportunities for reuse.

Prior to launching FABSCRAP, she was responsible for New York City’s textile recycling and e-waste recycling contracts and programs as a Senior Manager in the Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability at the Department of Sanitation.

She has a Master’s degree in Climate and Society from the Earth Institute at Columbia University and has been featured in Forbes, Waste360, and Apparel Magazine’s Top Elite Under 30.

Ngozi Okaro
Ngozi Okaro

Executive Director, Custom Collaborative


Ngozi advocates for a fashion industry that honors planet and people. Ngozi founded Custom Collaborative, to support immigrant & low-income women launching sustainable fashion careers. Custom Collaborative serves US designers who want to design and produce locally, fashion-industry workers, and consumers who want ethical fashion.

Among other distinctions, Ngozi is a 2020 “World-Changing Women in Conscious Business” winner, from Conscious Company Media and Kate Spade, 2019 NYC Fair Trade Coalition “Changemaker of the Year”, and 2019 New York Women’s Foundation “Spirit of Entrepreneurship” awardee. She is certified by New York University’s Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising, was a 2014 Environmental Leadership Program Fellow, and is a graduate of the Coro Leadership New York program.

Ngozi is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and Morgan State University. She is licensed to practice law in Louisiana and New York.

Wendy Waugh
Wendy Waugh

SVP & Global Head of Raw Materials and Sustainability, Theory


Wendy Waugh is the SVP and Global Head of Raw Materials and Sustainability for Theory, a contemporary brand headquartered in New York City. In her 20 years at Theory, she has been a driving force for change and a talented problem solver. Wendy is a hands-on executive with a wide range of expertise and experience.

Amongst her many accomplishments are developing and putting into place two different product management systems, leading raw material and design operations teams, and implementing change towards innovation and sustainability in all aspects of the business. Wendy has a passion for creative thinking, both at work and in her life outside of work where she is an accomplished fine artist who focuses on large-scale figurative art.

Marcos Salazar - Moderator
Marcos Salazar - Moderator

CEO & Co-Founder, Be Social Change


Marcos Salazar (@marcossalazar) is a serial social entrepreneur, career coach, speaker, and community-builder. Marcos has worked in research and leadership development at the American Psychological Association, Girl Scouts, and the White House Project (promoting women to run for office). He is also the founder of two t-shirt companies, a number of social impact blogs, and the author of two books.

Through Be Social Change, Marcos taps into his entrepreneur’s creativity and social good inspiration to help people find and do meaningful work and lead more sustainable lifestyles. Marcos earned a degree from Amherst College and a Masters in Organizational Management and an Executive Leadership Coaching certificate from The George Washington University. You can learn more about him at www.marcossalazar.com.

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