The Sustainable Fashion Spotlight brings together experts, practitioners, and thought-leaders from innovative fashion companies to share new business models, current challenges and opportunities, and lessons learned while working to bring sustainable, ethical fashion products to market.
This month’s theme is Sustainable Supply Chain Management. Join us on October 30th at 7:00 PM for an interactive conversation with experts who will share their insights on how we can reduce our carbon footprint through sustainable supply chain practices. Come early to network with like-minded people from the Be Social Change community and walk away with a better understanding of where your clothes come from as well as tips + strategies on how to be more intentional about purchasing your clothing.
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- 6:30 – 7:00pm – Doors Open
- 7:00 – 7:15pm – Intro + Collaborative Q&A
- 7:15 – 8:00pm – Panel Discussion
- 8:00 – 8:30pm – Q&A
- 8:30 – 9:00pm – Networking & Closing
- Dana Davis, Vice President of Sustainability, Product & Business Strategy, Mara Hoffman
- Tabea Soriano, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, FUTUREMADE
- Ann Cantrell, Assistant Professor, Fashion Business Department, FIT
Dana Davis graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City in 2003, and immediately co-founded a design label and retail store in Brooklyn, NY. After several years, her passion in production and design led her to work across the apparel industries at various companies such as Urban Outfitters, Macys and Carlisle Group.
In 2010, Dana was recruited by Mara Hoffman to lead and grow the company’s Production Department, where she secured partnerships with facilities across the world while optimizing internal processes. In 2012, she became the Director of Production and Design and was integral in the company’s transformation into the recognizable and widely distributed brand that it is today. In 2015, Founder and President Mara Hoffman appointed her to spearhead the company’s transition towards sustainability. Since then, the Mara Hoffman brand has taken critical steps to mapping, evaluating, and reconfiguring its supply chain in order to make positive changes.
Dana, now the Vice President of Sustainability, Product and Business Strategy is also an advisor for Fashion Revolution USA and is engaged with industry organizations, educators and innovators such as Fashion Positive, Textile Exchange, CFDA, and the SAC.
Tabea is a business strategist, connecting product, process and sustainability within the apparel industry. She is a co-founder of Futuremade, a business integrity and sustainable innovation agency. There, she and her partners build strategies for apparel companies, both established and nascent, considering people, planet and profit. Besides strategic consulting through Futuremade, she mentors two digitally-native apparel startups, focusing on product and customer experience. She is also co-founder of AFO Collective, an intimate content series for industry professionals, offering three unique perspectives on challenges and possible solutions within the fashion industry.
For the first decade of her career, Tabea worked almost exclusively within the start-up fashion space. As former Head of Product at Reformation, she served as the connector between design and tech, product development, supply chain and sustainability. In 2012, she published several articles about the then-nascent topic of sustainability within the fashion industry in her “Ethical Style” column for GOOD magazine. Tabea has a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University.
Tabea was raised in Germany and the United States and recently moved back to Brooklyn after a 7 year sojourn in LA.
Ann Cantrell is an Assistant Professor in the Fashion Business Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), specializing in Sustainability in Fashion Merchandising. With an (S)MBA concentrating on the fashion supply chain and the historical connections to the current state of the lifecycle of our fashion goods, she is working to teach the next generation of thought leaders.
Ann is also an entrepreneurial influencer and owner of Annie’s Blue Ribbon General Store in Park Slope Brooklyn where she works to support other locally owned businesses through retail, and is passionate about promoting independent businesses whenever possible. She just finished a rewrite for a Bloomsbury textbook on Fashion Entrepreneurship (out early next spring) and consults with growing businesses around the world.
Marcos Salazar (@marcossalazar) is a social entrepreneur, career + life coach, consultant, speaker, and community-builder. His passion is working with professionals, entrepreneurs, and creatives to help them find and do purposeful work, connect with like-minded people, and lead sustainable lifestyles. He does this through 1-on-1 coaching, nonprofit and businesses consulting, and on a larger scale as CEO of Be Social Change where he’s built the largest social impact community in New York City. Marcos earned a B.A. in Psychology from Amherst College as well as 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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