Paying a visit to New York City next week? Drop by the Fashion Institute of Technology on July 10 and help kick off Connecting the Dots, a three-day symposium about the positive impacts the fashion, beauty, and health industries can have on our planet and its people. Packed with workshops, demonstrations, and panels galore, an eco-fashion show, plus a sustainable fashion tour around Manhattan by yours truly, the event is a must for business owners, industry folk, students, and tree-huggers alike. Ecouterre is giving away two free passes, valued at $225 each and good for all three days, to a pair of lucky readers. Enter now to win!

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10

Pre-conference Workshops

10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Natural Dyeing with Rachel Miller

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Motivating Skin Care & Mineral Makeup with Jodi Usher

3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Starting a Sustainable Beauty Brand with Kristen Arnett

THURSDAY, JULY 11

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Breakfast (sponsored by Fashion BID)
Welcome
Christine Helm, FIT Enterprise Center
Introduction
Lisa Hendrickson, Mistress of Ceremonies

9:30 a.m.
Keynote Address
Giusi Bettoni, founder of C.L.A.S.S.

10:30 a.m.
Panel Discussion: Sustainable Color and Textile Trends
Fashion and textile industry experts discuss how designers and manufacturers are addressing sustainable solutions to color, fabric, and design for commercial fashion use.

Panelists:
Fran Yoshioka, independent color and trend forecasting consultant
Kathy Hattori, founder and president, Botanical Colors
Emily Spivack, writer, editor, artist, social entrepreneur

Moderator:
Holly Henderson, eco fashion/textile designer, consultant, assistant adjunct professor at FIT

11:45 a.m.
Panel Discussion: Ethical Fashion and Fair Trade
Our panel of fashion industry professionals will discuss how and where fashion and ethics can coexist, why it doesn’t need to be an either/or question.

Panelists:
Sophie Faris, community developer, B-Lab
Ruth DeGolia, founder, Mercado Global
Francisca Pineda, designer and creative director, Bhava

Moderator:
Carmen Artigas, sustainable fashion designer, consultant, educator

1 p.m.

Lunch

2 p.m.
Breakout Sessions (Choose one):

Promoting Your Business Online
Creating Your Digital Brand
Sustainable Knit Technology
Mood Indigo

2:45 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Sustainable Beauty: Are Your Beauty Products Hazardous To Your Health?
This panel will cover: sustainable beauty: ingredients, sourcing, regulation, labeling claims and health and safety.

Panelists:
Karim Orange, make-up artist and green beauty activist
Indie Lee, founder and CEO, Indie Lee & Co.
Ginger Potter, special education specialist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Moderator:
Rona Berg, author and editor-in-chief, Organic Spa

4 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Sustainable Business: Marketing, Packaging And Claims In Fashion and Beauty
Learn about business communication and everything from how the package gets constructed, what gets put on the package in terms of messaging, and how it’s disseminated into the world through social media and beyond.

Panelists:
Deanna Clark, fashion compliance and international trade specialist
Kristen Arnett, founder and editor-in-chief, The Green Beauty Team
Naomi Pearson, sustainable graphic design consultant
Jasmin Malik Chua, managing editor, Ecouterre

Moderator:
Jane Tabachnick, online strategy, marketing, and public relations expert

5:15 p.m.
Closing Remarks

6 p.m.
Sustainable Fashion Mixer and Fashion Show
Sponsored by the NYC Fair Trade Coalition

FRIDAY, JULY 12

Sustainable Fashion Tour of NYC
Networking Activity
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

+ Connecting the Dots at the Fashion Institute of Technology

Originally published on July 5, 2013.