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Monday, September 25
7:30 am–5:30 pm Registration Open
1–5 pm Specialty Fabrics Cover Tour
Tuesday, September 26
7:30 am–5:30 pm Registration Open
8 am–7 pm Advanced Textiles Conference  
8 am–7 pm Specialty Fabrics Conference  
Noon–3 pm Industrial Fabrics Foundation Bowling
5:30–7 pm Conference Reception

Wednesday, September 27
7:30 am–5:30 pm Registration Open
9:30–11 am
IFAI Annual Meeting followed by keynote presentation
From Homeless Refuge to Living the American Dream

The nobility and power of Derreck Kayongo’s story and how he used it to arrive at his innovative Global Soap Project will leave audiences awe-inspired. Kayongo believes that not every bad experience in life has to end up horribly — sometimes bad experiences happen so they lead us to a problem we need to solve or to our true calling in life. Drawing on the hardships of his refugee experience, Kayongo shares how he went on to manufacture a solution to a global problem, the life lessons he learned along the way, and how they apply to one’s ability to stay relevant in today’s market.
11 am–5:30 pm
400+ Exhibits
New Products
Education Demonstrations
Campfire Sessions
Fabric Sourcing Center
Industry Awards Gallery
IFAI Hub / Membership Lounge
Advanced Textiles Lounge
Testing Demo Zone
Market Segment Round Tables
E-Textile Workshop
Mentor Meetings
5:30–8 pm Opening Reception: National World War II Museum
Thursday, September 28
7:30 am–5:30 pm Registration Open
9:30–11 am
Awards Ceremony followed by keynote presentation
The Future of Work Today: Insights from the New World of WorkWe are entering the greatest period of business transformation the world has ever known. The constant state of disruption we are experiencing mandates a bold new approach to leadership. This program is designed to help leaders prepare to navigate a new business landscape where the pace of change is elevating and collaboration is the key ingredient to unleashing the innovation required to compete and win. Supported with cutting edge research and category leading case studies, Seth will prepare audience participants today for what is going to be required to compete and thrive tomorrow. Audiences will gain:
– Deep insights into what’s coming next in the new world of work for leaders at all levels
– Unique perspectives on the macro drivers of change and a deep understanding how employees attitudes and behaviors evolve
– A new framework to see beyond the fads and more clearly understand the trends certain to impact the business landscape over the coming decade
11 am–5:30 am
400+ Exhibits
New Products
Education Demonstrations
Campfire Sessions
Fabric Sourcing Center
Industry Awards Gallery
IFAI Hub / Membership Lounge
Advanced Textiles Lounge
Testing Demo Zone
Market Segment Round Tables
E-Textile Workshop
Mentor Meetings
5:30–6:30 pm Young Professionals Happy Hour
Friday, September 29
8 am–2 pm Registration Open
9 am–2 pm
400+ Exhibits
New Products
Education Demonstrations
Campfire Sessions
Fabric Sourcing Center
Industry Awards Gallery
IFAI Hub / Membership Lounge
Advanced Textiles Lounge
Testing Demo Zone
Market Segment Round Tables
E-Textile Workshop
Mentor Meetings
11:30 am–1 pm FREE LUNCH

 

IFAI Disclaimer: Although every reasonable effort is made to provide the speakers, topics, and sessions listed, some changes or substitutions may occur. Speakers and sessions are subject to cancellation or change up to and including the day the session(s) are scheduled to be held. Changes or cancellations are made at the discretion of IFAI and may be done without notifying attendees. If sessions are changed or cancelled no refunds should be expected. Agreement to attend the IFAI Expo acknowledges acceptance of this provision.