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Preparing for change: How the sustainability landscape is rapidly evolving


8:00-9:00 Check In / Breakfast / Network

9:00-9:30 Welcome
Smith Lankford, General Manager – Packaging, Quad
Christine Miklosko, Packaging Solutions Strategist, Quad

9:35-10:05 Fireside chat: Sustainability trends
Paul Nowak, Executive Director, GreenBlue
Christine Miklosko, Quad

10:10-10:40 Driving your goals through data and innovation
Michelle Yuan, Avery Dennison

10:40-10:50 Morning break

10:50-11:45 Workshop: Preparing for new legislation for greenwashing part 1
Dr. Andrew Hurley, Associate Professor, Clemson

11:50-12:20 How is Kodiak looking at sustainability?
Chandra Richter, Senior Director – Product Development, Kodiak

12:20-1:20 Lunch

1:20-1:25 Welcome back

1:25-1:55 Sustainability from a retailers perspective
Matt Thorsen, CVS

2:00-2:30 Looking at recent recyclability legislation
Megan Robison & Julianna Nienart, How2Recycle

2:30-2:45 Afternoon break

2:45-3:35 Workshop: Preparing for new legislation for greenwashing part 2
Paul Nowak, Executive Director, GreenBlue

3:40-3:55 Ted talk style: Why is diversity important to your sustainability journey?
Nicole Lowry, Sr HR Business Partner, Quad

4:00-4:50 Open Q&A / Topic round-up

4:50-5:00 Closing

5:30 – 7:00 Social at Package InSight

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Smith Lankford
Smith Lankford currently serves as general manager of Quad’s Packaging Division. He oversees the sales and production teams with three locations in United States, manufacturing site in Dominican Republic and four sales offices in Asia. Smith has spent his entire career in the packaging space with focus in folded carton and label business.

Christine Miklosko
A packaging nerd with over 11 years of experience in print, brand impact and packaging manufacturing, Christine works with brand owners of all kinds to discover opportunities for sustainable improvement. She places emphasis on the importance of informed goal-setting, consumer education and impact evaluation to ensure that the effects of change are made known before final decisions are made.

Paul Nowak
Prior to joining GreenBlue as the executive director, Paul Nowak held the role of vice president of sustainability at Quad. He brings 30 years of experience in the packaging industry in a variety of roles, including general manager of manufacturing, senior director of client experience and vice president of enterprise solutions for brands. Nowak’s passion for sustainability is demonstrated through his career accomplishments, including the creation of the first Quad Sustainable Packaging Public Report, the Annual Client Sustainability Symposium and the development of the Quad Community Education Program, according to GreenBlue. He has served as a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) leader, founding the first Quad Business Resource Group for LGBTQIA+ teammates.

Michelle Yuan
In this role, she drives strategic execution in pursuit of Avery Dennison’s sustainability goals and works to create shared value through sustainable product offerings, services and collaborations.
Prior to joining Avery Dennison, she was part of the corporate sustainability team at FedEx, where she championed strategic projects to advance sustainability and led the development of the annual sustainability report. She also worked in energy consulting at ICF International, a global consulting company, managing a utility sponsored residential energy efficiency program. She earned a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management from Duke University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and Environmental Science and Policy from the College of William and Mary.

Dr. Andrew Hurley
Packaging and entrepreneurship came together at an early age for Dr. Andrew Hurley. As a young boy, he molded and sold pewter figurines, but inadequate shipping materials led to breakage. Frustrated, he set to researching better packaging alternatives … and he hasn’t ever stopped.
He has worked on projects at companies like Kraft Foods, Milliken and Quad, to name just a few. His passion for lifelong learning is evidenced by his degrees in packaging and design. What he’s learned on the job and in the boardroom, he shares with students as an associate professor and director of entrepreneurship at Clemson University. One of many ventures founded by Dr. Hurley is, a combination of his passions for packaging and learning. He teaches courses leading to the Certificate of Mastery in Packaging Management, which has been earned by many professionals in more than 40 countries.

Chandra Richter
Chandra Richter leads the Product Development team at Kodiak Cakes, where we are working to create products to inspire healthier eating and active living. Chandra has over 15 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, working across product development, quality, agricultural research, fermentation and manufacturing. Over her career she has helped bring to life many new product offerings and brands. She is passionate about creating new products with a focus on sustainability and conservation.

Matt Thorsen
As the director of store brand packaging at CVS, Matt is responsible for the planning, development and production of each and every Store Brand item that hits the shelves at your local CVS store. Charged with both short and long-term project road mapping, Matt manages both internal and external teams to ensure all projects are executed flawlessly. In his current role, Matt partners’ closely with the CVS Health CSR team in ensuring the CVS Store Brands packaging plays a meaningful part in meeting our corporate sustainability goals.

Megan Robinson
Megan Robison joined GreenBlue in December 2021 as a project manager for the How2Recycle program. Her background is rooted in science and engineering, with a passion for sustainability and a focus on compostable and recyclable packaging. Prior to joining GreenBlue, she held roles at Printpack and Techmer PM. After spending a few years in sustainable packaging development at Printpack and being involved with SPC as a member of the Executive Committee, she wanted to take that work to the next level as a technical resource for How2Recycle. She is energized by collaborative efforts to bring the supply chain together to drive meaningful change. She has a BS of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering with a focus on biotechnology from Georgia Institute of Technology. A native Georgian, she now resides west of Atlanta on a small farm. In her free time you can find her biking, hiking, gardening, cooking, or traveling.

Julianna Nienart
In October of 2020, Jules graduated with a Master of Global Public Health degree with a focus on environmental sustainability from Rutgers University. She is fascinated by the intersection of climate change and human health, and this drives her passion in working to help communities achieve a circular economy. She joined the How2Recycle team in 2021 and is eager to promote packaging recyclability, reusability and compostability through organizational partnerships. In Jules’s free time, she enjoys hiking, kayaking and exploring the outdoors.

Nicole Lowry
Nicole Lowry is an Atlanta Native currently living in Dallas. Nicole is currently a senior human resources business partner at Quad, focused on strategic HR leadership within Agency Solutions. She supports a number of large teams, sits on Quad’s DEI Taskforce, and is also a founder and leader of two Employee Resource Groups. Nicole is passionate about public speaking, training and thought leadership, specifically on the topics of DEI, sustainability, leading through generational difference and connectivity in the remote workplace.

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