• FDRA's Shoe Sustainability Summit will be held Monday–Friday, August 31–September 4 where you can view videos featuring top leaders and experts at your own pace.

    Join from anywhere around the world on this website to get access from your laptop, desktop, phone or tablet. Register now, and we will email your login details the week prior to the event start date along with access instructions for the event, plus reminders and instructions leading up to and on the morning of the event. You will return to this site each day of the series (August 31–September 4) to login and access timely content and data.

    Draft Event Schedule

    (last updated August 7)

  • Day 1

    Monday, August 31

    All videos launch by 9:00 am EST

    A Look at Sustainability Where your Shoes First Hit the Shore—The many sustainable ways the Port of Long Beach gets your shoes off ships

    Ken Duncan, Managing Director, Commercial Operations, Port of Long Beach

    All-In on Sustainability and the Need for Collaboration

    Speakers TBA

    Are Comfort AND Sustainability Built into Your Insoles?

    Thomas Bogle, Product Development Manager, Dynamic Foam

    KEYNOTE:

    A Robust Discussion on Practical Sustainability Strategy, Management, Programs and Organizations

    Chris Enlow, Senior Director, Philanthropy, Advocacy, Sustainability, KEEN

    Hands on Sustainability Through Local Production

    Sean Scott, Co-Founder & CEO, COMUNITYmade

    Caroline de Baere, Founder, Laforma, Co-Founder, BENDY
  • Day 2

    Tuesday, September 1

    All videos launch by 9:00 am EST

    Material Suppliers View on Sustainability—their challenges brands need to understand—new tools to educate and engage suppliers

    Chad Ellis, Head Of Global Sales, Material Exchange

    A Quick Discussion on How Optimized Packaging is Super Sustainable

    Ryan Gaither, International Sales Executive, BillerudKorsnäs

    A New Factory Sustainability Program You Can Adopt—A deep-dive on FDRA’s Shoe Waste Program Training Factories on How to Recycle All Their Waste

    Matt Priest, President & CEO, FDRA

    Shoe Waste Data Sheets

    PDFs drop on event day

  • Day 2 LIVE! 2:00 pm EST

    Tuesday, September 1

    Zoom begins at 2:00 pm EST. Registered members, please contact info@fdra.org if you did not receive your Zoom invite. Zoom video recording will be posted here by 5:00 pm.

    LIVE WEBINAR WITH Q&A:
    Sustainability at the Start: Trends in sustainable design, development, and the push towards circularity

    • Chris Hillyer, Director of Innovation, DECKERS Brands
    • Nicoline van Enter, Founder, The Footwearists
    • Pete Lankford, Industry Consultant, Design & Sustainability
    • Jean-Marc Pedeboy, Partner, Strategies/Romans CAD
  • Day 3

    Wednesday, September 2

    All videos launch by 9:00 am EST

    Sustainable without Sacrifice: Exceeding customer expectations with eco-friendly shoe performance

    Geoffrey Alan Gray, President, Heeluxe

    Sustainable Benefits of 3D Design From Less Samples to Less Waste

    Shane Griffith, Director of Product, Foundry Digital Design

    KEYNOTE:
    An Honest Discussion on All Things Footwear Sustainability Featuring Teva and Other Industry Leaders

    Anders Bergstrom, Global GM, Teva

    Beth Goldstein, Executive Director, Industry Analyst, Footwear & Accessories, NPD Group

    Xavier Vital, Global Environmental Services Manager, SGS

    Darren Glenister​, CEO, Material Exchange

    Where to Begin When Launching Sustainable Product: A Keds Case Study

    Suzie Glover, Design Director, Keds 

    Tracy Graham, Senior Director Product Development, Keds

    7 Steps to Sustainability Article—Footwear Plus Interviews FDRA’s Andy Polk

    Andy Polk, Senior Vice President, FDRA

  • Day 3 LIVE! 2:00 pm EST

    Wednesday, September 2

    Zoom begins at 2:00 pm EST. Registered members, please contact info@fdra.org if you did not receive your Zoom invite. Zoom video recording will be posted here by 5:00 pm.

    LIVE WEBINAR WITH Q&A:
    Managing Sustainability: Tips and best practices around team structures, strategy and execution

    • Brooke Beshai​, Director of Sustainability and Compliance, DECKERS Brands
    • Beth Cieslik, Senior Director Responsible Sourcing and Sustainability, Target

     

  • Day 4

    Thursday, September 3

    All videos launch by 9:00 am EST

    Supply Chain Sustainability Considerations When Moving Your Footwear

    Kerry Rasmussen, Manager, Major Accounts​, Farrow

    Mike Piza, Senior Vice President, Corporate Business Development & Customs Brokerage, Apex Logistics

    Production to Retail—Simple steps to shoe sustainability at no real cost

    Xavier Vital, Global Environmental Services Manager, SGS

    Trends in Recycled Materials

    Melissa Martin, Global Brand Sales Manager, Unifi Manufacturing, Inc.

    Caroline de Baere, Founder, Laforma, Co-Founder, BENDY

    A Journey Towards Zero Waste—Meticulous Shoe Sustainability

    Lavion Gibson, Senior Design Manager, Rothy's

    Caroline de Baere, Founder, Laforma, Co-Founder, BENDY

  • Day 4 LIVE! 2:00 pm EST

    Thursday, September 3

    Zoom begins at 2:00 pm EST. Registered members, please contact info@fdra.org if you did not receive your Zoom invite. Zoom video recording will be posted here by 5:00 pm.

    LIVE WEBINAR WITH Q&A:
    Measuring Sustainability: Organizations, technologies, and programs aimed at increasing transparency and better measuring environmental impacts across the full supply chain

    • Erin Augustine​, Director, Responsible Sourcing, Wolverine Worldwide
    • Darren Glenister​, CEO, Material Exchange
  • Day 5

    Friday, September 4

    All videos launch by 9:00 am EST

    Leadership and Sustainability—A talk with Reebok’s Brand President Matt O’Toole

    Matt O’Toole, President, Reebok

    Marketing Shoe “Sustainability”—What you can, cannot, and shouldn’t say about your sustainable shoes

    Bao Vu, Of Counsel, Stoel Rives

    Anne Glazer, Partner, Stoel Rives

    Fashion Footwear’s Sustainable Push

    Luigi Longobardo, Founder, Fashion Connection/DSGN Blocks

    Caroline de Baere, Founder, Laforma, Co-Founder, BENDY