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Making Cent$ of Waste: Turning Challenges into Opportunity
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Making Cent$ of Waste: Turning Challenges into Opportunity

4/17/2019
When: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
8:00 - 10:00 am
Where: Freshfields
601 Lexington Avenue
Bet. E. 53rd-54th Sts.
New York, New York 
United States
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Making Cent$ of Waste: Turning Challenges into Opportunity



What is the business case for waste reduction?

Can there be a circular economy in the supply chain and product development?

With the global landscape of waste flow changing, what’s next?



Panelists (partial listing):

•  Bridget Anderson, Deputy Commissioner for Recycling and Sustainability, NYC Department of Sanitation

•  Stephanie Benedetto, Co-Founder, Queen of Raw

•  Al Ianuzzi, Ph.D. Vice President of Sustainability, Estee Lauder Companies

•  Moderator: Mark D. Wolf, President & Chief Innovation Officer, LavaFish Advisors




Panel Focus: Trends in sustainable production and supply chain management

With countries closing their borders to foreign waste, this panel will explore the challenges and opportunities presented with the waste import ban. Join us for a breakfast panel to find out what the world’s largest municipal waste organization and innovative entrepreneurs are doing!

You'll hear expert panelists with diverse experience in recycling and waste reduction; understand key factors and motivations that guide a company’s supply chain strategy; explore trends in consumer goods development in the US and around the world; get answers to your questions in an open Q & A forum; and build your network while enjoying a light breakfast available before and after the presentation. 

The event is limited to 60 people, so sign up today!



Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Time:  8:00 -10:00 AM
Location: Freshfields, 601 Lexington Avenue (bet. E. 53rd-54th Sts.), NYC; pre-registration required, no on-site admittance!
Tickets: CBSACNY Alumni members $35; Non members $45

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Speaker Bios:

Bridget Anderson, Deputy Commissioner for Recycling and Sustainability, NYC Department of Sanitation
Bridget Anderson is the NYC Department of Sanitation’s Deputy Commissioner for Recycling and Sustainability. She is responsible for the development, implementation, and tracking of DSNY’s sustainability initiatives, with particular focus on recycling, composting, reuse, and waste reduction. In addition to traditional recycling, Ms. Anderson oversees the agency’s collection and drop off programs for HHW, e-waste and textiles. She also oversees the agency’s research and support of the local reuse sector, including the launch last year of donateNYC, a website and mobile app to connect donors and recipients of gently used and surplus goods. Most recently, she oversees the public facing roll out of NYC Organics, the city’s new organics collection program that serves 3.5 million New Yorkers.


Stephanie Benedetto, Co-Founder, Queen of Raw
Corporate attorney turned fashion tech and sustainability entrepreneur, Stephanie is the Co-Founder of Queen of Raw (Techstars '18), a blockchain-enabled marketplace that brings raw material back to life by giving the factories that over produce it and the brands that over purchase it a place to recapture its value and map, measure, and trace supply chains. Prior to starting Queen of Raw, Stephanie worked as a lawyer in the fashion, media/entertainment, start-up, and technology industries and co-founded a sustainable textile manufacturing facility. An advocate for women in business and sustainability, her companies have been featured in NYTimes, Vogue, WWD, ELLE, Cheddar, Parade, WCBS, United Nations, Fortune, Entrepreneur, WIRED, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and Fast Company. Stephanie is a NASA/NIKE/IKEA/DELL LAUNCH.org Innovator, a Grand Prize WeWork Creator Awards Winner presented by Ashton Kutcher, was nominated as a Founder to Watch by Women 2.0, and was a Finalist for the WGSN Global Fashion Awards, Rent the Runway/UBS Project Entrepreneur, and the $1M Verizon Powerful Answers Award. She is a Member of Pledge 1% and Founding Member of Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network, along with Aveda, Kering, and Stella McCartney.


Al Iannuzzi, Ph.D. , Vice President of Sustainability, Estee Lauder Companies
Al Iannuzzi is Vice President of Sustainability for Estee Lauder Companies and is Adjunct Professor at Indiana University, where he teaches Product Improvement and Sustainability. He has over 30 years’ experience in the Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability field. Prior to his tenure at Estee Lauder, he worked for Johnson & Johnson where he led Design for the Environment and Green Marketing programs and developed sustainability strategies for Consumer Product, Medical Device and Pharmaceutical sectors. He was also the chief architect of the Earthwards® greener product development program. Al has also worked as an environmental consultant and regulator for the NJ Department of Environmental Protection. He has authored 3 books, his latest, Greener Products: the Making & Marketing of Sustainable Brands (2018), and has authored numerous articles on sustainability and product stewardship.


Moderator: Mark D. Wolf, President & Chief Innovation Officer, LavaFish Advisors
Mark D. Wolf is President and Chief Innovation Officer of Lava Fish Advisors, an innovation consultancy on a mission to help organizations link insights to product innovation to keep products and services relevant to the marketplace. He has led product innovation teams at: Guardian, Castrol, Verizon Wireless and Prudential. He also worked with teams on FMCG/CPG innovation projects through Y&R, Ogilvy and Saatchi & Saatchi. He previously served as the Research Chair for the Association of National Advertisers and as Judge for both the ARF David Ogilvy Award for Research Excellence and the National Advertising Review Board. In addition, he is the Founder and Co-Chair of the NYC chapter of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, the largest global professional association for leaders across the sustainability sector. Mark has a MS degree in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.



This event is presented by the CBSACNY Sustainable Business Committee. Special thanks to organizers Joy Tumang, Anthony Mak, and Mark Wolf.



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