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Hey, Einstein, we all live in the same universe
It seems that everyone is into fast fashion and the idea that we should be able to make decisions close to market. But faster is not always better. The old Lewis Carroll quote from Alice in Wonderland, 'The hurrier I go, the behinder I get', could not be more true in the increasingly competitive world of apparel retailing. Poking at the idea that everything can and must be done faster, Randy will discuss the idea that the limitations we often feel we have can be turned into core strengths if we honor earlier decisions and leverage them as we go.

Jul 16, 2020 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Randy Harward
SVP Material and Manufacturing Innovation @Under Armour
Leads the Apparel and Footwear Material Innovation Teams, and Under Armour's Lighthouse Technology center. An industry veteran with over 40 years of experience in the apparel and outdoor industries, including 26 years with Patagonia, Inc. as Quality Director and Vice President of Advanced R&D. He builds management systems that are capable, systemic, and process-centered, and is fluent in the processes and systems that form the backbone of development and production. He is also a recognized textile, hardware and technology R&D expert having developed countless products, new construction techniques, factory equipment, technologies and materials. A frequent speaker, Randy is known and respected throughout the industry; he has taught numerous management seminars, and serves on several industry boards.
Mike Todaro
Managing Director @AAPNetwork
Mike Todaro is the Managing Director of the Americas Apparel Producers’ Network, based in Atlanta. Mike joined the staff in 1995. The AAPN has grown to be the only organization in the industry to have, as members, one or more of the leading companies in all 30 links of the apparel/textile supply chain ‘from the dirt to the shirt’. Today nearly 200 organizations and over 1,500 senior executives are networked with daily broadcasts and a 300 element online resource database. The AAPN is known by US brands and retailers as the only true source of production in the Western Hemisphere. The AAPN runs industry conferences worldwide including the Annual Conference, Regional Conferences, The AAPN Carolina Mill Tour, Leadership Forums and more. Mr. Todaro is a retired US Air Force LtCol and a retired IBM Apparel Industry manager.