Sustainable Business and Design Conference: 2022 Pathways to Impact: Empowerment Through Education and Collaboration

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Sustainable Business and Design Conference: 2022 Pathways to Impact: Empowerment Through Education and Collaboration


FIT’s 16th annual Sustainable Business and Design Conference: Pathways to Impact centers on four core themes that highlight the intersectionality of sustainable practices. Over the course of two intensive days, attendees will be immersed in keynotes, talks, and panel discussions providing pathways to Social Justice x Social Responsibility, Environment x Materials, Consumption x Waste, and Design x Business. The speakers are trailblazers in numerous facets of sustainability and emphasize the FIT community’s commitment to best practices in all its operations—including student projects, faculty and staff initiatives, and campus facilities.
Pathway Speaker: Patrick Duffy, founder, Global Fashion Exchange; Moderator: Dr. Karen Pearson, Professor, Science and Math
Global Fashion Exchange founder Patrick Duffy is an expert at developing networks and activating ideas, guiding creative teams that partner globally with institutions like the V&A in London and New York City’s Bryant Park. He has produced events and created marketing and PR campaigns for some of the world’s most recognized brands in art, fashion, and tech. His work in the fashion industry catalyzed industry titans to create positive action working alongside the UN to implement the Sustainable Development Goals. Patrick has managed global partnerships for Common Objective, an intelligent business network for the fashion industry, and launched “Mr. Duffy,” a 100 percent circular and sustainably focused clothing collection, with partner Fashion 4 Freedom in Vietnam.
Karen Pearson, PhD, is a professor of Science and Math at FIT and is the co-chair of the college’s Sustainability Council. She has won a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, has been noted as one of the 100 Most Inspiring Women in STEM, and is a recipient of FIT’s President’s Award for Excellence. Pearson has done extensive work in the development of interdisciplinary STEAM curricula and programming at FIT and is the recipient of multiple research and program awards, including those from the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts. Her research outside of the classroom is focused on the design, synthesis, and application of new materials that have potential in low-energy devices, such as thin-film transistors (TFTs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs).


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