The following sessions can be selected as part of the “Tools of the Trade” track.

Updated February 9th, 2015. Please note: Program is subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.

Tuesday

9:30-10:45am

Understanding Green Regulations and Standards: Navigating Country Requirements from the EU to China

 

National governments around the world are mandating reduced industrial and chemical waste, as well as demanding that companies incorporate less polluting, non-toxic materials in products sold in their markets. As the international community debates universal product standards, companies are increasingly faced with looming “green” product regulations within individual countries. This dynamic inherently produces great challenges. What are the opportunities for adaptable firms to develop innovative products that can take advantage of the regulatory conditions?

 

Speakers:
Ken Boyce
: Underwriters Laboratory
Louis Fredricks
: U.S. Mission to the European Union
Kellie Holloway
: U.S. Commercial Service – Portland, OR
Robert Rogowsky
: Middlebury Institute of Intl Studies at Monterey
Tseming Yang
: Santa Clara University

Tuesday

11:00-12:15pm

Navigating Uncharted Waters: Assessing Emerging Business Risk Across the Supply Chain

 

As weather-related natural events, such as soil erosion, flooding, drought and hurricanes become more common and volatile, global reinsurers and leading corporations are factoring into their business models new categories of risk that are associated with global environmental change.  What are these risks and how are they affecting supply chains now and in the future?

 

Speakers:
Stephan Crawford
: U.S. Commercial Service – San Francisco, CA
Marianna Grossman
: Sustainable Silicon Valley
Bob Dickinson
: Argos Analytics, LLC
Russ Drinker
: HOK

Cole Roberts: Arup

Tuesday

2:15-3:30pm

The Future of Clean Tech Venture Capital: How Corporations are the Newest Funding Source

 

Clean Tech VC funding has been in significant decline during the past five years, particularly as social media-related firms have produced outsized returns with breakout successes like Facebook and Uber. Increasingly, cleantech financing is being led by non-traditional venture players – corporate and strategic investors looking outside of their R&D departments for transferrable technology. Will these alternative venture investors fund the next big cleantech breakthroughs? How can companies access these funding sources?

 

Speakers:
John Balbach
: Adapt Capital
Karl Kailing
: U.S. Commercial Service – San Jose, CA
Michael Kanellos
: Eastwick Communications
Han Shen
: Formation 8
Abe Yokell
: Rockport Capital

Tuesday

4:00-5:15pm

Getting Your Foot in the Door: Leveraging Government Resources to Win Foreign Contracts

 

Investing in sustainability is not only good for the planet, it’s also good for business-- especially if the competitive playing field is level. US companies of all sizes can leverage the US government to help ensure and facilitate access to international markets. Several agencies and offices in Washington, DC and around the world exist to advise and advocate on behalf of U.S. firms, and to open doors to market opportunity. How can U.S. companies take advantage of these resources?

 

Speakers:
Leila Aridi
: U.S. Trade Development Agency
Amy Benson
: U.S. Commercial Service – Boise, ID
Keith Curtis
: U.S. Department of Commerce (World Bank)
Rob Guthrie
: Exim Bank
Mack Tadeu
: U.S. Department of Commerce (Advocacy Center)

Wednesday

9:30-10:45am

Battening Down the Hatches: Strategies for Protecting your Company’s Assets Around the World

 

We’ve seen the headlines about companies that have lost control of their intellectual property, or been unwitting victims of payment fraud. As U.S. firms seek new markets, how can they also ensure that their strategic assets are protected? In this panel, learn how your firm can protect and enforce intellectual property rights to get the most out of doing business abroad. Gain expert advice about common pitfalls when considering online payments. Pose questions related to patents, trade secrets, trademarks, copyrights and domain names, and learn what public and private sector resources are available to help your company succeed in international markets.

 

Speakers:
Jack Christin
: eBay Inc.
John Clausen
: U.S. Customs & Border Protection
Tony Knight
: U.S. Patent & Trademark Organization
Elizabeth Krauth
: U.S. Commercial Service – San Rafael, CA
Nick Shenkin
: FBI

Wednesday

11:00-12:15pm

From Green to Gold: Implementing Sustainability in Manufacturing Processes and the Supply Chain

 

Manufacturing has been at the center of America’s economic prosperity. In the 21st Century, can a combination of technological advances and smart policy keep it “green” and “Made in USA”?  What are some successful examples of sustainability in logistics, and what role does shipping play in greening the supply chain? This panel introduces resources and business practices that US firms can leverage to innovate their manufacturing operations to optimize both sustainability and economic competitiveness.

 

Speakers:
Sanjay Baliga
: SEMI
Ryan Clark
: Liberty BottleWorks
Ryan Hollowell
: U.S. Commercial Service – Newark, NJ
Heather Tomley
: Port of Long Beach
Sudeep Motupalli Rao
: EPEA


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