Wednesday, October 25, 2023 (During the Opening General Session)
Plastics have been under attack for several years. We hear new stories and accusations every day, but how can we be sure whether they are true? We need sound information in order to make wise choices. Chris DeArmitt read 3000 scientific articles and life cycle analyses to fact-check what we have all been told. It is probably the only independent review of all the interrelated topics spanning material use, waste, litter, ocean plastics, degradation, microplastics, potential effects on marine wildlife and more. So, do we eat a credit card’s worth of microplastics per week? Science says no. Will there be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050? Again, science says no. It turns out that almost everything we have been told is disproven by peer-reviewed science. In this talk, you will find out the facts, who misled us and why.
Thursday, October 26, 2023 (During the Closing Session)
About Joe Theismann
Education Session Speakers
Hosted by Women in Plastics
Tuesday, October 24, 2023 • 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
In today's rapidly evolving workplace, it's crucial to bridge the gap between different generations and foster an inclusive culture of understanding.
By fostering open communication, empathy and respect between different age groups, we create a tapestry of wisdom and experience that transcends time. Embracing the unique perspectives of each generation enables us to learn from the past, live in the present and envision a brighter future.
Isaac Wambua is the founder and president of Dynamo Methods, a leadership coaching and management training business. He is a professional speaker, trainer and author of a newly-published bestseller called Now that I’m a Manager, WHAT DO I DO NEXT? Wambua specializes in working with leaders at every level to improve organizational efficiency, communication and employee engagement. His purpose is inspiring and empowering people to step into their greatness by discovering and using their God-given potential.
His life is a true testament to the power of persistence, perseverance, tenacity and self-leadership. Wambua’s passion for personal development and coaching began at an early age, growing up in one of the most remote and resource-deprived villages in Kenya. He had always dreamt of one day leaving the village, receiving an education and getting a job so he could help his mother, who was raising seven kids single-handedly. After working as an engineer for eight years, he decided to venture into the world of business coaching, speaking and training to inspire leaders and professionals to conquer their fears and step into greatness.
Thursday, October 26, 2023 • 12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
With a split government in D.C. this past year, the performance plastics industry has not had to fight off threatening legislation as we had in recent past years. This has given IAPD and its new government relations firm, Ogilvy Government Relations, an opportunity to set up introductory meetings with new key policymakers and footprint Member offices in both the House and Senate to introduce and build upon IAPD’s Hill relationships and educate those offices about performance plastics. Ogilvy GR will present IAPD’s legislative agenda and strategy during this session as well as provide an outlook into what’s ahead in the coming election cycle.
Gordon Taylor brings more than 25 years of Capitol Hill and government affairs experience to Ogilvy Government Relations. For the past fifteen years, he has represented an impressive list of domestic and international companies and trade associations before the legislative and executive branches of government. Prior to joining Ogilvy Government Relations, Gordon held senior Congressional staff positions that covered the political spectrum. He served as the chief of staff for a centrist Democratic Member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee where he worked on a range of policy issues including energy, health care, and telecommunications
Con Lass brings 30 years of private and public sector experience to the team at Ogilvy Government Relations. Since Con first stepped foot in the Capitol, he has built a far-reaching network of relationships that he utilizes to the benefit of Ogilvy’s clients even in increasingly polarized political environments. Con is regularly called upon by Fortune 500 companies, coalitions, and influential trade associations to provide strategic counsel and political strategy on important legislative matters including energy, environment, trade, defense, and transportation issues