Held September 27 – October 1, 2021

Held 9/27 – 10/1

Providing Product Discovery, Education and Connections

The International Housewares Association is pleased to present Connect FALL, a virtual event that brings the industry together around education, inspiration and product discovery.

Check out information on Connect FALL 2021 below, and come back soon to watch all of the sessions and virtual product demonstrations in late October!

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Digitized Sessions will be available on demand late October!

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Mon 9/27, 10:30—11:30 AM (CT)

A lot has happened since Connect SPRING - consumers have experienced several highs and lows related to the ongoing pandemic, and they are re-calibrating their spending in light of new information and availability of products. Join Joe Derochowski of NPD Group for a look at how the last several months have impacted consumer spending and what trends will drive their decision-making in the next year.

Speaker: Joe Derochowski, The NPD Group

Moderated by Peter Giannetti, HomePage News

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Mon 9/27, 12—1 PM (CT)

Independent housewares retailers, at first shaken by pandemic shutdowns, were among the first to pivot to innovative, safe and effective ways of serving their communities with necessary products and reassuring services. In this panel discussion, Peter Giannetti of HomePage News will examine how leading independent retailers are aiming beyond the pandemic with fortified merchandising and operational platforms and a determination to set a new and competitive standard for the long-term success of a channel that remains vital to the home and housewares industry.

Speakers: TBP

Moderated by Peter Giannetti, HomePage News

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Tue 9/28, 10:30—11:30 AM (CT)

A new ethos is influencing every facet of Home and Housewares lifestyles. It’s a spirit grounded in a need for simplicity, modernity and functionality, with an unapologetic passion for color and design. At the core of this movement is a desire for improving and enhancing IRL experiences adopted during the pandemic with a focus on Home and Housewares Style, Design, and Quality that supports our plans to resume in-person socializing and entertaining at home.

Nancy Fire, founder, and principal of Design Works International, brings decades of experience marrying design with commerce, specializing in trend research product development, pattern and color direction. Among her works: Guiding Food Network in the development and production of brand extensions in the kitchen and home space.

Speaker:
Nancy FireFounder & Principal, Design Works International

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Tue 9/28, 12—1 PM (CT)

The character and responsibility of today’s Home cannot be described simply. In a single day, it must expand and contract, shapeshifting to serve seemingly conflicting needs. The modern Home must be a fluid microcosm; Home is workplace, play space and home base. Above all, Home is a fortress, representing a unique sense of safety and security unattainable in the ‘outside world’. This expanding definition of ‘Home’ has meant new challenges for the Home and Housewares industries and requires a sharp awareness of expanding consumer needs and expectations.

Join a panel of industry experts in this exploration of dramatic shifts in the value equation, and the potential of this transformative period in our industry’s evolution.

Speakers:
Joe Derochowski The NPD Group Tom MirabileSpringboard FuturesLeana SalamahIHA

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Wed 9/29, 10:30—11:30 AM (CT)

For a century, the function of store windows has remained the same. Store windows were a place to feature and sell merchandise or hype the latest sale or promotion; however, like everything else— things have changed.

Store windows have evolved into a powerful communication tool for the retailer to express its character, style and values. Design, technology and social media influence our perceptions of space, and static displays no longer have the power to attract or grab the attention of today’s consumers. An understanding of advanced storytelling and experience design are integral for the surviving brick and mortar retailers. Join Anne for a new directive on Designing Windows 2022 as she considers the techniques and tactics most effective for today’s marketplace.

Stay tuned for the entire session as Anne will award the TOP WINDOW AWARD to a retailer with the best window display from around the globe.

Speakers:
Anne KongFashion Institute of Technology

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Wed 9/29, 12—1 PM (CT)

Every year, numerous consumer occasions align with the need to purchase home + housewares products —   for oneself and for others. These include weddings, child births, pet adoption and more. Many of these occasions, and the celebrations and/or new needs that typically herald them, have been dampened during the last 18 months of the pandemic. IHA and HomePage News have commissioned a study to understand the recovery of these occasions in 2022 — specifically the likelihood of these various occasions taking place in 2022 - and where appropriate, the associated home + housewares purchase expectations for those occasions. 

 Join Leana Salamah, VP Marketing for IHA and Peter Giannetti, Editor in Chief for HomePage News, for an overview of the findings from this first-of-its-kind report in advance of full publication, and gain understanding of how various categories can position themselves for growth against these consumer life events in 2022. 

Speakers:
Peter GiannettiHomePage News Leana SalamahIHA

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Thur 9/30, 10:30—11:30 AM (CT)

Futurists from Sphere Trending explore the trends and strategies accelerated by the pandemic, poised to create the new-normal of 2030. In this exciting and informative session, they will dive into:

  • Generations: Cross-influence on lifestyles & economics
  • Space: Wants & needs in a post-pandemic world
  • Localism: Across community, retail & leisure
  • Renaissance: New era of tech & creativity
  • Relevancy: Intersection of community & commerce

Speakers:
Susan YashinskyVP Innovation TrendsMandi MankvitzVP Engagement Trends, Sphere Trending

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Thur, 9/30, 12—1 PM (CT)

The world is different now…How does your brand go about aligning with the changes?  Learn how to keep your brand lively and relevant by examining the elements of building a brand.  Adrienne Weiss, brand developer, author and international speaker goes through the process of re-energizing mature brands and how to build a brand from start up.  Explore case studies from Build a Bear Workshop to Baskin-Robbins to learn the secrets to consumer connectedness. 

Speaker:
Adrienne Weiss, Adrienne Weiss Corp.

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Fri 10/1, 12—1 PM (CT)

Consumer relationships with brands have become more complex and more important than ever. That means looking at every business as a brand and evolving in a way which can adapt and survive in a market of increasingly distracted and decreasingly loyal customers. Leigh Ann Schwarzkopf of Project Partners Network will discuss the 'Three B's of Branding: Building, Buying and Borrowing', and how they work to grow relationships, cement loyalty, and create a responsive and resilient Brand You.

Speakers:Leigh Ann SchwarzkopfFounder & Principal, Project Partners Network

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Fri, 10/1, 10:30—11:30 AM (CT)

The IHA continues its mission to bring the Home and Housewares industry information and inspiration on material advances, and the opportunities they present for both retailers and manufacturers.

In this session, Material Innovation and the Consumer Experience, Tom Mirabile, Consumer Trend Analyst for the IHA and founder of Springboard Futures and Allison Zisko, Executive Editor, Home Accents Today explore material innovations and consumer expectations in an interview with Dr. Gayatri Keskar, PhD, VP of Research at Material Connexion, a global leader in material selection and product development.

Speaker:Dr. Gayatri Keskar, PhDVP of Research, Material Connexion

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Ask the Experts

Schedule Your Session(s)

The Ask the Experts program provides opportunities for retailers and suppliers to meet one-on-one with industry experts in various specialties and discuss specific challenges and strategies. These consultations with the Experts are complimentary during Connect FALL and may be booked according to the availability listed in each Expert’s calendar to follow their bio. 

 

Adrian Bredeson

Co-Owner
E/Power Marketing

Adrian Bredeson, co-owner of E/Power Marketing, is passionate about helping brands reap the rewards of thoughtful, innovative, and efficient digital marketing. E/Power has been delivering meaningful business results through digital marketing since 1998 by focusing our time and talents on the services that make the biggest impact for our clients, specializing in SEO, digital advertising, content, email, and social media.

 

Catherine Del Spina

Marketing Optometrist
Catherine Del Spina Associates

Catherine Del Spina has over 40 years of sales and marketing experience building brands and consulting to top companies in the housewares industry. An accomplished strategist, her leadership and vision have impacted growth for both retailers and wholesalers. Offering a blend of tactical and practical sales experience along with strategic and creative thinking.

 

Nancy Fire

Founder & Principal
Design Works International

Nancy offers her creative and strategic services to brands in the industry including innovative assistance to companies by creatively growing their business through various design/product practices. For 2020 Nancy had the honor of being a part of The High Point Market Style Spotters, home fashion leaders who showcase the top new styles of each Market where her focus was sustainability.

 

Jocelynn Griffis

Executive Director, Home
The NPD Group

Jocelynn Griffis is an Executive Director for the NPD Group, leading new business development efforts and supporting manufacturers within the Home industry across appliances and housewares. NPD provides point-of-sale information and advisory services to drive better business decisions. By combining unique data assets with unmatched industry expertise, she helps clients track their markets, understand consumers, and drive profitable growth.

 

Jennifer Gumpert

Vice President, Business Development & Operations
Material ConneXion

MCX is the trusted resource and advisor to start-ups and Fortune 500s in search of insights and material solutions for their cutting-edge products. As VP of Business Development and Operations, Jennifer handles the strategic objectives for MCX in addition to managing the Sales, Marketing, and Production departments. Her leadership focuses on developing and delivering outstanding services to MCX clients worldwide.

 

Brian Hackett

Business Development
The NPD Group

Brian Hackett works in business development for The NPD Group and supports NPD’s industry advisors to expand awareness of the Home industry’s trends with IHA. NPD provides a combination of best-in-class POS and consumer data, prescriptive analytic solutions, and trusted industry expertise to help manufacturers make data-driven decisions to strategically grow their business.

 

Michelle Lamb

Home-Trends Forecaster, Editorial Director
The Trend Curve

Michelle Lamb, founder of The Trend Curve™, has spent over 20 years consulting for U.S.-based and international companies, helping clients from Fortune 50s to startups translate home trends into saleable products. With a reputation for actionable insights, Michelle reports on emerging and evolving home trends, creates color- and style-trend forecasts for everyday and seasonal holidays, and develops trend strategies.

 

Tom Mirabile

Founder & Principle
Springboard Futures

Tom is Principal and Founder of Springboard Futures, a global trend services firm. Springboard specializes in delivering his clients actionable consumer insights and Home category trend research. The Springboard Team has created customized Style and Lifestyle insight reporting for Walmart, Target, Bloomingdale’s, Amazon, Meijer, Kroger, and Walgreen’s, among others. Tom Mirabile serves as Global Consumer & Style Trend Strategist to the IHA.

 

Keith Recker

Editor-In-Chief
Table Magazine

For decades, Keith Recker has provided color intelligence to clients such as Pantone, WGSN, and CAUS. Author of True Colors: World Masters of Natural Dyes and Pigments, co-author of PANTONE: The Twentieth Century in Color, and Editor in Chief of TABLE Magazine, Recker was a merchandising executive at Saks, Gump’s and Bloomingdale’s and has collaborated with artisans from 60 countries.

 

Jill Sessa

Chief Site Savior
Ultimate WP Help

Jill Sessa consults with businesses on their online systems and strategy, including websites, funnels, email marketing, payment systems, and operations, acting as a fractional CTO. Her clients rely on her as a robot who speaks human, translating pixels and code into understandable language. With over a dozen years in the digital space, Jill can detect any issues with your current system and recommend the best solution going forward.

 

Leigh Ann Schwarzkopf

Principal
Project Partners Network

Leigh Ann founded Project Partners Network to assist companies large and small.  Through work with trend, new product development and licensing, PPN assists in identifying ways to reach goals faster.  We work on strategy and execution, accessing a broad range of expertise to ensure value as well as best-in-class perspective.

 

Digitized Sessions On Demand!

You can watch all of our Connect FALL sessions on demand in late October!

The Agenda

Mon, Sept 27

8 – 10:30 AM (CT)

Ask the Experts

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10:30 – 11:30 AM (CT)

Update / Outlook with NPD Group

Speakers: Joe Derochowski, The NPD Group

12 – 1 PM (CT)

Independent Housewares Retailers: Beyond the Pandemic

Speaker: TBP
Moderator: Peter Giannetti, HomePage News

1:30 – 2:30 PM (CT)

Virtual Product Demos: Cook + Bakeware

4 – 6 PM (CT)

Ask the Experts

Schedule with Calendly

Tues, Sept 28

8 – 10:30 AM (CT)

Ask the Experts

Schedule with Calendly

10:30 – 11:30 AM (CT)

2022 Style Trend Outlook: The Reinvention of Real Life

Speaker: Nancy Fire, Founder & Principal, Design Works International

12 – 1 PM (CT)

All Roads Lead to Home: New Insights Reveal Shifting Consumer Values and the Need for Industry Transformation

Speakers: Joe Derochowski, The NPD Group; Tom Mirabile, Springboard Futures; Leana Salamah, IHA
Moderator: Peter Giannetti, HomePage News

3 – 4 PM (CT)

Virtual Product Demos: Table + Drinkware

Now being shown with Kitchen Gadgets at 3 PM (CT).

 

3 – 4 PM (CT)

Virtual Product Demos: Kitchen Gadgets

4 – 6 PM (CT)

Ask the Experts

Schedule with Calendly

Wed, Sept 29

8 – 10:30 AM (CT)

Ask the Experts

Schedule with Calendly

10:30 – 11:30 AM (CT)

Winning Visual Clicks / Top Window Award

Speaker: Anne Kong, Fashion Institute of Technology

12 – 1 PM (CT)

Occasions Report

Speakers: Peter Giannetti, HomePage News; Leana Salamah, IHA

1:30 – 2:30 PM (CT)

Virtual Product Demos: Storage + Organization

3 – 4 PM (CT)

Virtual Product Demos: Cleaning

4 – 6 PM (CT)

Ask the Experts

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Thur, Sept 30

8 – 10:30 AM (CT)

Ask the Experts

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10:30 – 11:30 AM (CT)

Are You Ready for 2030? Imminent Lifestyle Shifts will Change the Experiences of Home

Speakers: Susan Yashinsky, VP Innovation Trends, and Mandi Mankvitz, VP Engagement Trends, Sphere Trending

12 – 1 PM (CT)

Retail Branding Post-Covid 

Speaker: Adrienne Weiss, Adrienne Weiss Corp.

1:30 – 2:30 PM (CT)

Virtual Product Demos: Personal Care

3 – 4 PM (CT)

Virtual Product Demos: Home Environment 

4 – 6 PM (CT)

Ask the Experts

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Fri, Oct 1

8 – 10:30 AM (CT)

Ask the Experts

Schedule with Calendly

10:30 – 11:30 AM (CT)

Materials and the Consumer Experience

Speaker: Dr. Gayatri Keskar, PhD, VP of  Research, Material Connexion

12 – 1 PM (CT)

Brand Where You Stand: The Path to Building, Becoming and Broadcasting Brand You

Speaker: Leigh Ann Schwarzkopf, Founder & Principal, Project Partners Network

1:30 – 2:30 PM (CT)

Virtual Product Demos: Kitchen Electrics

4 – 6 PM (CT)

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Our Speakers

A Wealth of Knowledge & Experience

Andrew Dent, PhD

Executive Vice President, Research
Material ConneXion

Dr. Andrew Dent, EVP of Materials Research at Material ConneXion and Chief Material Scientist at SANDOW, is known for his integrated approach to problem solving. He has worked in both academia and industry at Cambridge University, Rolls Royce, the U.S. Navy, NASA, and the British Ministry of Defense.

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Dr. Andrew Dent, EVP of Materials Research at Material ConneXion and Chief Material Scientist at SANDOW, is known for his integrated approach to problem solving. He has worked in both academia and industry at Cambridge University, Rolls Royce, the U.S. Navy, NASA, and the British Ministry of Defense.

For over 20 years Andrew has helped clients from start-ups and Fortune 500 companies take their products and spaces to the next level through innovative material selection and a unique cross-industry perspective.

Co-author of the Material Innovation book series published by Thames & Hudson, and a frequent speaker on sustainable material strategies at events such as TEDxGrandRapids and TEDNYC, Dr. Dent is ever ready to solve design problems with unexpected material solutions.

Joe Derochowski

The NPD Group Vice President, Industry Advisor – Home
The NPD Group, Inc.

Joe Derochowski follows behavioral trends on a wide variety of categories, developing a unique perspective on what consumers do and why they do it. Driven by this insight and his own passion, Derochowski has been helping manufacturers and retailers identify opportunities for growth for the past 30 years, from product innovation to new marketing and merchandising opportunities.

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Joe Derochowski follows behavioral trends on a wide variety of categories, developing a unique perspective on what consumers do and why they do it. Driven by this insight and his own passion, Derochowski has been helping manufacturers and retailers identify opportunities for growth for the past 30 years, from product innovation to new marketing and merchandising opportunities. His background in all facets of business gives him the ability to connect the dots between the consumer and the marketplace, and help companies understand today’s trends while anticipating future demands.

In addition to working closely with manufacturers and retailers throughout the home industry, Derochowski is a frequent speaker at industry conferences where his combined consumer and industry-driven approach drives the insights he provides. He is also regularly quoted in both trade and national media publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, CNBC, HomeWorld Business and HBS Dealer.

Prior to his tenure at The NPD Group, Derochowski has experience working for General Motors Parts, AT&T, Procter & Gamble and Nielsen. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Nancy Fire

Design Works International Founder & Principal
Design Works International

An avid globetrotter, Nancy calls New York City and East Quogue NY home, but always keeps her finger on the pulse of global trends through her design company, Design passion, Derochowski has been helping manufacturers and retailers identify opportunities for growth for the past 30 years, from product innovation to new marketing and merchandising opportunities.

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An avid globetrotter, Nancy calls New York City and East Quogue NY home, but always keeps her finger on the pulse of global trends through her design company, Design Works International. She has 30-plus years of experience, was formerly the Design Director for HGTV and HGTV HOME, and recently launched her latest endeavor, Nancy Fire Designs [nancyfire.com]  Nancy offers her creative and strategic services to brands in the industry including innovative assistance to companies by creatively growing their business through various design/product practices. For 2020 Nancy had the honor of being a part of The High Point Market Style Spotters, home fashion leaders who showcase the top new styles of each Market where her focus was sustainability.

 

Nancy’s unique approach to design, coupled with her keen eye for trends, across a wide range of industries is now recognized as one of the leading life-style and design experts in the industry. With her fine art background, and her focus on curation and style, Nancy looks at the world of design through a creative lens that enables her to translate the way consumers are engaging with retail today into actual profitable products and services.

 

A certified GREEN leader and board member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council in all aspects of sustainable home furnishings including environmental concerns, consumer understanding, components, design principles, and store operations. Sustainable Council is a non-profit that supports sustainable practices by raising awareness of the sustainability issue, assisting companies with adopting practices and providing a symbol of insurance for consumers. Nancy is also a board member of the Bienenstock Library, largest furniture specialty library in the world located in High Point North Carolina just minutes away from the High Point Furniture Market.

 

When Nancy is not in her studio collaborating with her design team, you can find Fire trotting the globe in search of trend and inspiration, keynoting at some of the biggest industry events or enjoying her passion for sustainable gardening at her 19th century farm house outside NYC.

 

 

Peter Giannetti

Editor-In-Chief HomePage News

Peter Giannetti joined IHA in March 2021 as Director, Editorial, Content and Education. In his new role with IHA, Giannetti directed the development and launch of HomePage News, the authoritative B2B news platform for the home + housewares business.

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Peter Giannetti joined IHA in March 2021 as Director, Editorial, Content and Education. In his new role with IHA, Giannetti directed the development and launch of HomePage News, the authoritative B2B news platform for the home + housewares business. He has reported on the home + housewares business since 1990. Before joining IHA, Giannetti served for 14 years as Editor-in-Chief and 14 years before that as Editor of HomeWorld Business, a leading B2B print and digital publication.

Jennifer Gumpert

Vice President, Business Development & Operations
Material ConneXion

 MCX is the trusted resource and advisor to start-ups and Fortune 500s in search of insights and material solutions for their cutting-edge products. As VP of Business Development and Operations, Jennifer handles the strategic objectives for MCX in addition to managing the Sales, Marketing, and Production departments. Her leadership focuses on developing and delivering outstanding services to MCX clients worldwide.

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MCX is the trusted resource and advisor to start-ups and Fortune 500s in search of insights and material solutions for their cutting-edge products. As VP of Business Development and Operations, Jennifer handles the strategic objectives for MCX in addition to managing the Sales, Marketing, and Production departments. Her leadership focuses on developing and delivering outstanding services to MCX clients worldwide.

Gayatri Keskar, PhD

Vice President, Research
Material ConneXion

Dr. Gayatri Keskar, VP of Research, earned her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Clemson University. She leads our team of material specialists and scientists to provide clients with out-of-the-box and eco-conscious solutions.

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Dr. Gayatri Keskar, VP of Research, earned her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Clemson University. She leads our team of material specialists and scientists to provide clients with out-of-the-box and eco-conscious solutions.

A regular speaker on product development and material innovation, Dr. Keskar played a key role in establishing Material ConneXion as an industry thought leader. She holds numerous patents, issued and pending, in next-generation materials for consumer products and has served as technical advisor to start-ups and Fortune 500s such as: NBCUniversal, Hunter Douglas, and Estée Lauder.

Through her work, Dr. Keskar identifies strategic opportunities and provides cross-industry insights to global brands, arming them with best practices from ideation to production.

Anne Kong

Program Coordinator for Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design Associate ProfessorFashion Institute of Technology

Anne Kong is an educator and designer specializing in Visual Merchandising, Exhibition Design and Special Events. With over 20 years of experience, she works to develop design concepts and … solutions for

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Anne Kong is an educator and designer specializing in visual merchandising, exhibition design and special events. With more than 20 years of experience, she works to develop design concepts and solutions for retail, showrooms, trade shows and promotional events. Kong recently co-authored the 7th edition of Visual Merchandising and Display for Bloomsbury Publishing with Martin M. Pegler. As Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for the Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design Program at Fashion Institute of Technology, she is best known for innovating professional collaborations between retailers and brands to enhance the classroom experience.

Kong is a partner of A+D Kong, her design company that she shares with her husband David Kong. Together they work with a vast range of clients to produce large-scale installations and product prototypes. Design: Retail Magazine recognized her as a Design Influencer in 2012 and she received the prestigious 2018 Markopoulos Award for outstanding achievement and contributions in visual merchandising and store design. Kong currently serves as vice president of education for the PAVE Global executive board and has served on the gala committee for past six years. She has been a member of the gia expert jury since 2017.

Michelle Lamb

Home-Trends Forecaster, Editorial Director
The Trend Curve

Michelle Lamb, founder of The Trend Curve™, has spent over 20 years consulting for U.S.-based and international companies, helping clients from Fortune 50s to startups translate home trends into saleable products. With a reputation for actionable insights, Michelle reports on emerging and evolving home trends, creates color- and style-trend forecasts for everyday and seasonal holidays, and develops trend strategies.

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Michelle Lamb, founder of The Trend Curve™, has spent over 20 years consulting for U.S.-based and international companies, helping clients from Fortune 50s to startups translate home trends into saleable products. With a reputation for actionable insights, Michelle reports on emerging and evolving home trends, creates color- and style-trend forecasts for everyday and seasonal holidays, and develops trend strategies.

Tom Mirabile

Principal & FounderSpringboard Futures

Tom Mirabile serves as global consumer & style trend strategist to the International Housewares Association, and is principal and founder of Springboard Futures, a global trend services firm. Specializing in consumer insight and Home category trend research,

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Tom Mirabile serves as global consumer & style trend strategist to the International Housewares Association, and is principal and founder of Springboard Futures, a global trend services firm. Specializing in consumer insight and Home category trend research, he has created customized, actionable insight reporting for Walmart, Target, Amazon, Meijer, Kroger and Walgreen’s, among others. (www.SpringboardFutures.com)

Keith Recker

Editor-In-Chief
Table Magazine

For decades, Keith Recker has provided color intelligence to clients such as Pantone, WGSN, and CAUS. Author of True Colors: World Masters of Natural Dyes and Pigments, co-author of PANTONE: The Twentieth Century in Color, and Editor in Chief of TABLE Magazine, Recker was a merchandising executive at Saks, Gump’s and Bloomingdale’s and has collaborated with artisans from 60 countries.

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For decades, Keith Recker has provided color intelligence to clients such as Pantone, WGSN, and CAUS. Author of True Colors: World Masters of Natural Dyes and Pigments, co-author of PANTONE: The Twentieth Century in Color, and Editor in Chief of TABLE Magazine, Recker was a merchandising executive at Saks, Gump’s and Bloomingdale’s and has collaborated with artisans from 60 countries.

Leana Salamah

International Housewares Association Vice President, Marketing
International Housewares Association

Leana Salamah has more than 20 years of experience in marketing, including all aspects of fully integrated communications for trade shows, associations and events. A keen strategist and spokesperson, she is also well versed in all types of speaking opportunities from presentations to print to television.

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Leana Salamah has more than 20 years of experience in marketing, including all aspects of fully integrated communications for trade shows, associations and events. A keen strategist and spokesperson, she is also well versed in all types of speaking opportunities from presentations to print to television.

Salamah joined IHA in 2018 after spending seven years spearheading marketing for the National Restaurant Association Show and opening the Chicago office of event marketing agency mdg. Along with directing marketing activities for The Inspired Home Show, she concepted, supervised a team of experts and wrote the inaugural 2020 IHA Market Watch report, which identified five macro consumer lifestyle trends that shape how, what and where home and housewares products are being purchased. As the architect of IHA Market Watch, Salamah has been a frequent speaker during industry webinars on consumer trends and led a Market Watch series examining shifts in the trends in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, including implications for both suppliers and retailers.

Leigh Ann Schwarzkopf

Founder Project Partners Network

Leigh Ann Schwarzkopf is a founder for Project Partners Network, a licensing and marketing consultancy, and Lookout Marketing, a trend and new product development consultancy. With a start on the manufacturing side and then in the CPG world, she has been working in best practices, strategy and the practical side of trendwatching.

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Leigh Ann Schwarzkopf is a founder for Project Partners Network, a licensing and marketing consultancy, and Lookout Marketing, a trend and new product development consultancy. With a start on the manufacturing side and then in the CPG world, she has been working in best practices, strategy and the practical side of trendwatching.

Jill Sessa

Chief Site Savior
Ultimate WP Help

Jill Sessa consults with businesses on their online systems and strategy, including websites, funnels, email marketing, payment systems, and operations, acting as a fractional CTO. Her clients rely on her as a robot who speaks human, translating pixels and code into understandable language. With over a dozen years in the digital space, Jill can detect any issues with your current system and recommend the best solution going forward.

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Jill Sessa consults with businesses on their online systems and strategy, including websites, funnels, email marketing, payment systems, and operations, acting as a fractional CTO. Her clients rely on her as a robot who speaks human, translating pixels and code into understandable language. With over a dozen years in the digital space, Jill can detect any issues with your current system and recommend the best solution going forward.

Adrienne Weiss

Principal
Adrienne Weiss Corp.

Adrienne Weiss is the principle of the Adrienne Weiss Corporation (AWC) and has been called “the high priestess of pop marketing”. Since 1986, AWC develops award winning brand strategies for companies in a multitude of industries – food and beverage, retail, consumer products, convenience stores, real estate developments, sports stadiums and start on the manufacturing side and then in the CPG world, she has been working in best practices, strategy and the practical side of trendwatching.

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Adrienne Weiss is the principle of the Adrienne Weiss Corporation (AWC) and has been called “the high priestess of pop marketing”. Since 1986, AWC develops award winning brand strategies for companies in a multitude of industries – food and beverage, retail, consumer products, convenience stores, real estate developments, sports stadiums and entertainment concepts. From Coca-Cola, McDonalds, and Build-A-Bear to Target Stores, Five Below andDisney, Adrienne and her team have created and reimagined brands that have moved the meter on businesses all over the globe.

As an international speaker on branding, Adrienne has enlightened a wide variety of audiences including the National Restaurant Association Show, the National Association of Convenience Stores, the International Housewares Association and the International Shopping Center Convention, as well as entrepreneurial classes at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of
Management and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Her talks enlighten retailers and manufacturers on how to create “brand genetics” and how to deploy them and make stronger connections with consumers.

Prior to the founding of AWC, Adrienne was a Vice President of Applause, Inc., where she helped expand the Smurf’s brand to over one billion dollars in revenue. After her successful tenure at Applause, Inc., Adrienne became the President of Rage, Inc., a gift manufacturing business. Adrienne received her BFA from Syracuse University and did graduate work at American University. She has served on the boards of the School of the Art Institute, the Gene Siskel Film Center, Common Threads, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago. She is presently on the board of Metropolitan Family Services.

Susan Yashinsky

VP Innovation TrendsSphere Trending

Susan has extensive experience in corporate management covering product and brand development, research and marketing.  As VP of Innovation Trends at Sphere Trending, Susan leads the and … solutions for

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Susan has extensive experience in corporate management covering product and brand development, research and marketing.  As VP of Innovation Trends at Sphere Trending, Susan leads the analyzation and translation of macro trend insights into innovation strategies for a wide breadth of clients and industries.

Stay in the Know

Keep Consumer Experience at the Core of Material Choices

Keep Consumer Experience at the Core of Material Choices

Dr. Gayatri Keskar of Material Connexion urged home and housewares developers to keep consumer experience at the center of design and material choices in the latest episode of  “Material Matters.”