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Opening & Closing Sessions

Insight, Inspiration, and Motivation Delivered Directly to You

No matter your specialty, PSX opening and closing sessions are the perfect bookend to three days of intense learning. Not to be missed, these sessions provide insight, inspiration, and motivation to achieve your professional goals.

Opening Session: Black Swans and Product Stewardship
Tuesday, September 15
8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m. ET

Olaf Isele, Founder, Metaxi SimBioSys LLC

In the aftermath of a major crisis, a little research often uncovers missed warnings of such events and their consequences. Colloquially, these kinds of circumstances are referred to as "Black Swans."

What does "Black Swan" theory tell us, and how does it relate to global disasters in recent history? Can we build and demonstrate robustness for such cases in hindsight and in the future?

Learn from our esteemed opening keynote speaker, Olaf Isele, as he discusses the central role product stewardship can play in navigating "Black Swan" disasters.

Closing Session: Getting Sustainability Right
Thursday, September 17
10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. ET

Connie Hensler, Director of Environmental Management and Product Stewardship, Interface
Dr. James Fava, Executive Director, Anthesis Group
Bruce Vigon, M.S. Water Chemistry, Breveja Environmental Consulting LLC
Al Iannuzzi Jr., Vice President, Sustainability, The Estée Lauder Companies

Before you leave PSX behind, wrap up your conference experience with a spirited discussion regarding “Getting Sustainability Right” from our closing keynote panel.

This interactive panel will address the disconnect between the clear importance of decision makers fully understanding entire value chain impacts, and how the product stewardship and environmental community can best provide the relevant information in efficiently and effectively. You’ll leave with a better understanding of communicating sustainability needs and examples of success stories, which you can leverage when you return to the office.