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Sustainable Business and Design Conference: 2022 Pathways to Impact: Spreading the Message for Change
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.
Spreading the Message for Change panel discussion with Jennifer Grove, Founder & CEO, Rijois; Tina Hedges, CEO & Founder, LOLI; and Chris White, Partner & Executive Director, America's Best Cleaners.
Jennifer Grove is a serial entrepreneur and female founder with a strong commitment to corporate social responsibility and environmental social governance.She is the CEO of Rijois, a social commerce marketplace designed to make shopping sustainably a joyful and rewarding experience by uniting eco-conscious consumers with eco-responsible brands. Prior to Rijois, Jennifer was the CEO of Repeat Roses, the first and only circular floral repurposing company she founded in 2013 as an innovation for profit, zero-waste, circular solution business which diverted materials from landfill while maximizing positive social impact. Jennifer is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology. Throughout her business career, Jennifer has earned numerous entrepreneur, venture, sustainability, and social impact awards. She has been featured in The New York Times, Bloomberg, NBC Nightly News, CNBC, Vogue, Oprah magazine, the CBS Special “Harry & Meghan Plus One” primetime television special, and multiple international media outlets.
Tina Hedges, the “beauty medium,” blends her skills as a product innovator with her passion for botanical alchemy to build beauty and wellness brands. Of Cuban descent, Tina grew up in Jamaica, where she learned to use botanicals to restore balance to both body and soul. Tina spent many years at Estée Lauder and L'Oréal before launching her first award-winning start-up: a vegan, sulfate-free, hair-care brand featured on Bravo’s Blowout in 2005. Her most recent launch, LOLI Beauty, is the world's first zero-waste, superfood skincare brand. LOLI's products are upcycled from organic food supplies and are waterless, vegan, and cruelty-free.
As executive director of America’s Best Cleaners, Chris has made the organization a leading institution of the textile care industry. Since its founding in 2000, America’s Best Cleaners has been at the forefront of sustainable initiatives that include reducing single-use plastic, implementing eco-friendly cleaning systems, and investment in technologies to reduce energy and water consumption. Partnering with the Green Business Bureau, Chris created eco-friendly certification and guidelines for textile care operations. Chris’s relationships in the fashion world have allowed his clients to learn directly from elite names in fashion, such as Hermes, Ermenegildo Zegna, Bogner, Brooks Brothers, and Swarovski Crystals.
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