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SOLD OUT! ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS: Patagonia, Nike & Eileen Fisher Speak to Leading Change

Sponsor Pratt Institute | BF+DA
MAY 18th, 2015
BF+DA 630 Flushing Avenue, 7th Floor, Brooklyn, NY

Moderator: Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator Executive Director, Debera Johnson

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Solving economic, social and environmental challenges is hard. While many brands are positioned to directly influence solutions at a large scale, more and more companies are looking to new ways of collaboration and partnership to leverage change. Patagonia, Nike and Eileen Fisher are three brands leading breakthrough innovation aimed at improving the environmental impacts of their products on society. Join senior strategists from Nike, Patagonia and Eileen Fisher in a critical discourse that will explore the need for new technologies, new materials, experimental models for reducing waste and the key drivers critical to implementing and accomplishing real change for a better world.


More about our panelists:

Jill Dumain, Patagonia, Director of Environmental Strategy

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Jill Dumain attended UC Davis and majored in Textiles and Clothing. The studies at Davis included textile science, marketing and production courses. Her tenure at Patagonia has spanned positions in the fabric testing lab, to leading the Fabric Development responsibilities for the company to her current role as Director of Environmental Strategy.

Projects have included the transition to organic cotton, the Common Threads Recycling Program, introduction of Bluesign Technologies, and the award winning Footprint Chronicles. She has held leadership and board positions for the Organic Exchange (Textile Exchange), Sustainability Working Group at the Outdoor Industry Association and Bluesign Technologies. Throughout her tenure at Patagonia, she has traveled extensively through Asia, Europe, South America and the United States visiting farmers, fabric manufacturers and interfacing with other companies committed to environmental responsibility.

Ed Thomas, Nike,Inc., GM of Material Science & Innovation for Sustainability

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Ed Thomas
is the GM of Material Science & Innovation for Sustainability at NIKE, Inc. Ed has spent the last 30 years creating innovative, diverse, and technically advanced material solutions for the footwear and apparel industries. During his time at Nike, he has led the material science and material research departments for both the apparel and footwear divisions.

A passionate advocate for sustainability and environmental responsibility, Ed has created and nurtured an agenda in materials that supports the dual goals of pinnacle performance and environmental protection. Living and working internationally has given Ed an appreciation of the entire product creation process and an intense understanding of managing and working in a global, multicultural environment. This experience has supported his continued vision around creating a diverse work place and his highly creative approach to problem solving.

Candice Reffe, EILEEN FISHER, Core Concept Leader

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Candice Reffe is a Core Concept Leader and member of Eileen Fisher’s lead executive team, Candice’s work crosses many areas of the company—business, creative, culture—picking up one strand, then another, to thread them together as a whole. In the Creative Officer role, she’s charged with guiding the brand essence from its inception, starting with design, to its outward expression to the customer.

As a co-lead of VISION2020, the next five years in our path to get to 100% sustainability, she plays both a visionary role and a strategic one: How can Eileen Fisher shift the way we do things and collaborate with others to change the way clothes are made? Candice co-led an award-winning Launch innovation challenge around a paradigm shift in manufacturing. She’s been with Eileen Fisher for 21 years. During this time she has also continued her work as poet. Candice’s poems have appeared in many literary magazines and have won awards and fellowships, including the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.



Monday, May 18, 2015
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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