2024 Sustainability Conference banner: Reimagining Our Future

FIT's 18th Annual Sustainable Business and Design Conference 

Reimagining Our Future

April 9 and 10, 2024

10 am - 6 pm 

REGISTER

The 2024 Sustainable Business and Design Conference will focus on concrete methods to reshape our future, highlighting practices and partnerships that disrupt the global supply chain.  The key pillars of sustainability in both design and business will be addressed by this year’s conference theme Reimagining Our Future. Join us to hear from leaders pioneering innovative solutions to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and global sustainability benchmarks. Sessions and keynotes will spotlight partnerships and collaborations that marry science with design and manufacturing to implement a circular economy and put cutting-edge advances into the hands of the consumer.

Featured Sessions:

  • The Supply Chain and Businesses of the Future
  • Communication and Global Commitments in Sustainability 
  • Design and Eco-Responsibility
  • Collaborations and Partnerships for Change

Learn More About This Year's Speakers

View Conference Schedule

Featured Speakers

Stacy Flynn

Stacy Flynn

CEO and Founding Partner, Evrnu

Christopher Bevans

Christopher Bevans

Fashion Designer

Amber Valletta

Amber Valletta

Fashion Model, Actress, Entrepreneur, Activist, FIT’s Sustainability Ambassador

Hillary Taymour

Hillary Taymour

Founder, Collina Strada

April Calahan

April Calahan

Fashion and Art historian, Writer, and Podcaster

Rachel Slade

Rachel Slade

Author

Frederico Brugnoli

Frederico Brugnoli

Founding Director and CEO, Spin360; Scientific Director, Fashion Sustainability and Industry Evolution, Accademia Costume and Moda

Melody Serafino

Melody Serafino

Co-founder of No. 29 Communications

Dr. Tuwanda Green

Dr. Tuwanda Green

Architect and Educator

Robert Hammond

Robert Hammond

President and Chief Strategy Officer, Therme Group US

Rajiv Joshi

Rajiv Joshi

Economist, Community Organizer, and Entrepreneurial Leader
Sophia Kianni

Sophia Kianni

Founder, Climate Cardinals
Kimberly Jenkins

Kimberly Jenkins

Founder, The Fashion and Race Database and Artis Solomon

Julie Mastrarrigo

Julie Mastrarrigo

Director of Leadership Development, Remake

Gabriele Camozzi

Gabriele Camozzi

Head of Marketing, Albini Group

Chui-lian Lee

Chui-lian Lee

Co-founder and CEO, Werewool

Schedule of Events

Events will be held in person, along with pre-recorded and livestreamed sessions for the FIT community and registered attendees. Please check back for updated speakers and schedule information. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

FIT Sustainability Conference: Reimagining Our Future

9:30 am

Conference Check-In and Coffee Networking

FIT Sustainability Conference: Reimagining Our Future

10:00 am

Opening Remarks and Land Acknowledgement

Dr. Joyce F. Brown, President, FIT 

Dr. Karen R. Pearson, Chair, Sustainability Council, FIT

The Suppy Chain and t=Business of the Future graphic

10:15–11 am

April Calahan and Rachel Slade

Making It in America 

Dressed:The History of Fashion podcast (live podcast)

April Calahan, Executive Producer/Co-Host, Dressed: The History of Fashion podcast

Rachel Slade, Author, Making It in America

Design and Eco-Responsibility green graphic

1111:40 am

Environmentally Conscious Design

Hillary Taymour, Designer, Collina Strada 

Andrea Diodati, Assistant Professor, Fashion Design, FIT

The Suppy Chain and t=Business of the Future graphic

11:40 am12:15 pm

The Supply Chain and Businesses of the Future

Gabriele Camozzi, Head of Marketing, Albini Group

Moderator: Salvatore Giardina, Assistant Professor, Production Management, FIT

Sustainable Production and Supply Chain Traceability: Albini Group—a look at how textile mills support sustainable solutions and production in the fashion industry

FIT Sustainability Conference: Reimagining Our Future

12:15–1 pm

Lunch Break

FIT Sustainability Conference: Reimagining Our Future

1–2 pm 

Opening Keynote 

Stacy Flynn, CEO and Co-Founder of Evrnu; FIT alum, Textile Development and Marketing 

The Nucycl | Bevans Hoodie Partnership

Christopher Bevans, Creative Director; FIT alum

Stacy Flynn, CEO and Co-Founder, Evrnu; FIT alum, Textile Development and Marketing

Moderator: Whitney Crutchfield, Assistant Professor, Textile Development and Marketing, FIT

FIT Sustainability Conference: Reimagining Our Future

2:30–3:30 pm 

Reimagining our Future by Taking Care of the Present

Rajiv Joshi, Economist, Community Organizer, Entrepreneurial Leader

Vic Barrett, American Climate Activist

Sophia Kianni, Social Entrepreneur and Activist

Moderator: Amber Valletta, Fashion Model, Actress, Entrepreneur, Activist, FIT’s Sustainability Ambassador

Discussing the importance of cultivating inner resilience, self care, and connection to nature as a way to deepen one’s work in the climate crisis. Finding and sharing peace in challenging times.

FIT Sustainability Conference: Reimagining Our Future

3:45–4:30 pm

Anticipation and Global Commitments in Sustainability

Frederico Brugnoli, Founding Director and CEO, Spin360

FIT Sustainability Conference: Reimagining Our Future

4:30–5 pm

Building a New Business: Sustainability in Beauty and Fashion 

Jesper Gudbergsen, Editor-in-Chief, Submission Beauty

Tania Ali, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Cadre Style, Inc

Moderator: Jennifer Walsh, Entrepreneur

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

FIT Sustainability Conference: Reimagining Our Future

9:30 am 

Conference Check-In and Coffee Networking  

FIT Sustainability Conference: Reimagining Our Future

10 am

Conference Day Two Welcome

Dr. Colleen Hill, Curator of Costume and Accessories, The Museum at FIT

Andrea Diodati, Assistant Professor, Fashion Design, FIT

Eco-Responsibility

10–10:45 am

Innovation for EcoDesign 

Gabriele Camozzi, Head of Marketing, Albini

Aleks Gosiewski, Co-Founder and COO, Keel Labs  

Chui-Lian Lee, Co-Founder and CEO, Werewool 

Moderator: Dr. Casey Lardener, Lab and Operations Manager, Genspace 

Communication and Global Commitments in Sustainability

10:50–11:20 am

Agents for Change 

Melody Serafino, Co-Founder, No. 29 Communications

Design and Eco-Responsibility

11:25 am–12 pm

Designing Eco-Inspired Spaces

Dr. Tuwanda Green, Adjunct Professor, Virginia Tech College of Architecture, Arts, and Design 

Robert Hammond, President and Chief Strategy Officer for Therme Group US

Moderator: Ethan Lu, Professor and Assistant Chair, Interior Design, FIT

FIT Sustainability Conference: Reimagining Our Future

12–2 pm

Focus Group Lunch 

Great Hall 

Dr. Theanne Schiros: National Geographic Explorer Classroom, Bio-Design (Video) 

Michael Ferraro: Executive Director, FIT Design and Technology Lab (DTech)

Caroline Gordon: “Ladies Who Launch” and ESG’s 

Lindsay Humphreys: Policies, transparency, and traceability within the supply chain

Collaborations and Partnerships for Change

2–2:45 pm

Fashion Accountability, Social Justice, Call to Action 

Kimberly Jenkins, Founder, CEO and Principal Researcher, The Fashion and Race Database 

Julie Mastrarrigo, Managing Director, ReMake New York

  Collaborations and Partnerships for Change

3–3:45 pm

Fashion Innovation Center 

Dr. Theanne Schiros, Associate Professor, Science and Math, FIT 

Andrea Diodati, Assistant Professor, Fashion Design, FIT

Cecilia Tkaczyk, Sheep Farmer and Owner of CeCe's Wool

Eric De Feo, Co-Founder, Made X Hudson

Sergio Guadarrama, Co-Founder, Made X Hudson

FIT Sustainability Conference: Reimagining Our Future

4 pm

Closing Speaker (TBA)

FIT Sustainability Conference: Reimagining Our Future

5–7 pm

FIT Changemaker Award 

Closing Reception

Sign up to receive the latest updates about the conference. 

For general information or questions, email [email protected].

Conference Overview

Each year, the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) organizes and hosts a sustainable business and design conference. The event is recognized as a platform for collaboration and discussion across the creative industries, highlighting advances in sustainable design and cutting-edge thought leadership. By sharing innovative student projects, cross-institutional research, and industry partnerships, the conference explores solutions to the most pressing environmental and social challenges of our time. In recent years, session topics have included the farm-to-fashion movement, biomaterials innovation, a sustainable supply chain, mindfulness in design, and recyclable packaging materials. The wide-ranging program features keynote speakers, panels, and projects that delve into pressing issues and exciting developments in the industry.