Webinar: Higg and tentree Discuss How to Grow - and Grow Greener
December 16, 2021
2:00 PM ET to 3:00 PM ET | Online


Open industry. All apparel and footwear industry professionals, regardless of AAFA membership, are encouraged to participate.


Apparel companies are accelerating their sustainability initiatives and significantly reducing their carbon emissions - for their customers and for the planet. Join us for our upcoming conversation with Centric Software® and sustainability leaders in the apparel industry. Attendees will meet Kathleen Buckingham, Director, Sustainability at tentree; Jason Kibbey, CEO of Higg; and Joe Groves, Senior VP of Global Sales at Centric.

Together, we will explore modern strategies to meet environmental goals and benchmarks. Learn about current and future industry regulations, the most effective pathways to launch or accelerate a sustainability program, modern measurement and verification tools, and solutions for true transparency across a complex, global supply chain. Ask any questions you have during the Q&A about meaningful sustainable product development.
Attendees of this webinar will learn:
  • Current and future regulations in the apparel industry.
  • The best way to start your sustainability journey.
  • The importance of supply chain transparency.
Kathleen Buckingham
Director, Sustainability

She is the director of sustainability at tentree, an apparel brand that uses sustainable materials, practices ethical manufacturing, and plants 10 trees for every item sold. She is a research professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Geography and the Environment from the University of Oxford. Before tentree, she was a senior manager and researcher at World Resources Institute,a non-profit organization focused on solving major global challenges, including climate, energy, food, forests, and water.
Jason Kibbey

He is the CEO of Higg, a technology company helping brands, retailers, and manufacturers measure and improve their supply chain impact using the Higg Index, a universal sustainability measurement. Before Higg, Jason was the first employee and CEO of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, a group of leading brands, retailers, manufacturers, non-governmental organizations, and academic experts working to reduce the environmental and social impacts of the apparel and footwear sector. He has also been an environmental and sustainability leader at PACT and Patagonia. Jason graduated from University of California (UC) Berkeley with a BS in Environmental Economics and Policy and a BA in Religious Studies, and received his MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

Joe Groves

Senior Vice President of Global Sales
Centric Software

Joe specializes in the fast moving consumer goods and retail industries. He has deep roots in technology having held roles in companies like Sophos and SAP. He enables customers to embrace technology, resulting in improved product development efficiency.

Susan Lapetina
Senior Vice President, Education and Corporate Marketing

Susan Lapetina leads AAFA’s education, programming, and special events initiatives. An experienced executive in meetings, events, marketing, and strategic planning, she directs the association’s signature events, the Executive Summit, Hong Kong Summit, American Image Awards, as well as AAFA’s Board meetings. Susan launched AAFA’s international training conference series throughout Asia and built its webinar platform. Spearheading AAFA’s Elite sponsor program, Susan works closely with supplier members to bring them visibility and recognition among association members. Before joining AAFA in 1999, she was Principal of Marketing Evolutions, a strategic planning services firm focused on associations and nonprofits. She also served as the Director of Marketing at the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the American Society of Landscape Architects. A graduate of Canisius College, Susan is originally from upstate New York.