The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) is pleased to present the

2022 Washington Trade Symposium

Join USFIA in Washington DC for an in-person event.  Meet with policy-makers and colleagues to talk about the key issues and politics affecting the fashion industry. From forced labor enforcement to textile policy to the future of the China 301 tariffs, don't miss this opportunity to hear insights and solutions.   

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What to Expect

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

All Symposium attendees are invited to join us for an evening cocktail reception hosted by Barnes & Thornburg LLP at The Zo from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. 


Wednesday, July 13, 2022

The Main Event: USFIA Washington Trade Symposium

Don't miss out on your chance to join USFIA and hear:

  • Updates from U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the State Department
  • Up to the minute information about the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act and enforcement
  • The latest in textile news
  • Trade facts and sourcing trends for the fashion industry
  • And discover what the Washington insiders know

This is a great opportunity for new staff to get a quick policy overview and network with the decision-makers at other companies.

We also offer discounts for multiple attendees from the same company. Please email to inquire about a multi-attendee discount.



The Symposium runs from 9:00AM until 4:45PM

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

8:30 AM to 9:00 AM
Registration & Networking


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9:00 AM - Opening Remarks

  • Julia K. Hughes, President, United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA)
  • Anna Walker, VP of Public Affairs at Levi Strauss & Co. and Chair of the USFIA Board of Directors


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9:15 AM - 10:00 AM
The Washington Insiders on Trade Policy & Politics
Moderated by Anna Walker, USFIA Board Chair

  • Scott McCandless, Principal, Washington National Tax Services, PwC
  • David Spooner, USFIA Washington Counsel and Partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP
  • Josh Teitelbaum, Senior Counsel, Akin Gump


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10:00 AM - 10:40 AM
Perspectives on Textile Trade Policy in the Biden Administration

  • Bill Jackson, Assistant USTR for Textiles, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
  • Jennifer Knight, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles, Consumer Goods, and Materials, Department of Commerce

10:40 AM - 11:00 AM



11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
KEYNOTE: Next Steps in the Fight Against Forced Labor

  • Robert Silvers, Under Secretary for Strategy, Policy, and Plans at the Department of Homeland Security and Chair of the Forced Labor Enforcement Task Force

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11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Responsible Business Conduct: From the State Department's National Action Plan to the OECD Guidelines

  • Lynn Sicade, Director of the Office of Multilateral and Global Affairs, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Department of State
  • David Sullivan, U.S. National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises on Responsible Business Conduct and Sr. Advisor on Corporate Social Responsibility, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, Department of State

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
KEYNOTE: Trade Facts for the Fashion Industry

  • Ed Gresser, Vice President and Director for Trade and Global Markets at PPI


1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Update from U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Moderated by Ed Fitzgerald, GEODIS

  • AnnMarie Highsmith, Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM



2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
Trade and Sourcing Trends for 2022: Results of the Fashion Industry Benchmarking Survey

  • Dr. Sheng Lu, Associate Professor at the University of Delaware Department of Fashion & Apparel Studies

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3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Material Exchange's POV: A Totally Digital Industry in 2027

  • Andrew Olah, Chief of Textiles, Material Exchange
  • Emily Olah, VP of Strategic Partnerships, Material Exchange

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3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Workshop: Building the CAFTA-DR Fabrics and Apparel Souring App

  • Francisco Estrazulas, Inter-American Development Bank, Integration and Trade Sector

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4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
The New Era of Human Rights Enforcement: Practical Approaches to Reducing Risk

  • Avedis Seferian, President & CEO, Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP)


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