2023 Apparel Importers Trade & Transportation Conference

November 8, 2023

Fashion Institute of Technology

New York, New York

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The 35th Annual Apparel Importers Trade and Transportation Conference will run from 8am until 6pm.

This agenda is preliminary and subject to change prior to the event.

Morning Agenda

8:15 AM - Registration & Networking Breakfast – Lower Level, Katie Murphy Amphitheater

9:00 AM - Welcome Remarks

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  • Julia K. Hughes, President, United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA)
  • Shannon Maher, Dean at FIT Baker School of Business and Technology
  • Chris Lucas, Senior Director and Associate General Counsel for American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. and Vice Chair of the USFIA Board of Directors

9:20 AM - Trade Policy, Customs Policy and the 2024 Elections

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  • Julia K Hughes, President, USFIA
  • David Spooner, USFIA Washington Counsel and Partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP
  • John Pellegrini, USFIA Customs Consultant 

10:00 AM - PwC Holiday Outlook

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  • Kelly Pederson, Partner, PwC Retail Practice  

10:30 AM - Networking Break – Lower Level, Katie Murphy Amphitheater

10:50 AM - Biden Administration Textile Policy 
*off the record for press*

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  • Jennifer Knight, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles, Consumer Goods, Materials Industries, Critical Minerals and Metals, Commerce Department
  • Natalie Hanson, Deputy AUSTR for Textiles, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

11:15 AM - Guatemala: Your Nearshoring And Sourcing Destination

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  • Carlos Arias, President, VESTEX 

11:45 AM - Keynote: A Fireside Chat About The Future For Forced Labor Enforcement

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  • Rob Silvers, Under Secretary for Policy, Department of Homeland Security, Chair, Forced Labor Enforcement Task Force

Afternoon Agenda

12:15 PM - Networking Lunch - Reeves Great Hall

1:20 PM - Roundtable On Forced Labor: Insights From CBP And Key Industry Experts

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  • Featured Speaker: Felicia Pullam, Executive Director, Office of Trade Relations, Office of the Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Roundtable Participants:

  • Erin Williamson, Senior Director of Customs Brokerage Product, GEODIS
  • Maytee Pereira, Customs and International Trade Co-Leader, PwC
  • Anne Marie Lacourse, Global Trade Industry Advisory, Sayari

2:20 PM  - Networking Break – Lower Level, Katie Murphy Amphitheater

2:35 PM - The State of Cotton

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  • William Kimbrell, EVP and COO, Cotton Incorporated

3:10 PM - Innovators for the Fashion Industry

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  • Samantha Galltin, VP Commercial Operations, Fleetzero
  • Michael Fernandez-Ferri, Co-Founder and Managing Director, VELA
  • Todd Smith, Founder CEO, KYG Trade
  • Hong Mei, Senior Director of Program Integrity, WRAP

4:10 PM - Insights from FIT: The Future Is Multi-sensory, Brand Storytelling in the Age of Experience Design

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  • CJ Yeh, Professor, Creative Technology & Design at FIT, Founder and Executive Creative Director, Cynda Media Lab
  • Christie Shin, Associate Professor, Creative Technology & Design at FIT Design Director, Cynda Media Lab

5:00 PM - Networking Reception – Reeves Great Hall




Our Sponsors & Partners

 Interested in sponsoring the Apparel Importers Trade & Transportation Conference?
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2023 Conference Platinum Sponsor

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