Join us for our Interactive Panel Discussion on Sustainability:
    People, Planet, Profit...and Purpose?!

    Let's discuss how our industry can develop and distribute environmentally responsible merchandise while respecting our natural resources and staying profitable.

    PMANC Sustainability Panel Discussion

    Location: Lahlouh, Inc.
    1649 Adrian Rd.
    Burlingame, CA 94010

    Complimentary Lunch begins at 12:30 pm
    Panel Discussion Begins at 1:00 - 3:00 pm

    Plenty of free parking!

    Now more than ever, social and environmental trends are directly impacting business bottom lines. Innovative organizations understand the importance of not only creating awareness around these trends but capitalizing on them to create business value and to simultaneously address key societal challenges. Doing good and making money are no longer at odds.

    Let's talk about corporate social responsibility--what it means, who is watching and what is coming for the future of branded merchandise in the Bay Area. Our expert panel will tackle the topic from a range of perspectives-Living it, Learning it, Building it. 

    Please join us! We'll start with a complimentary lunch at 12:30 pm and the panel discussion will begin at 1:00 pm.

    Marine Layer has recently developed a program to combat textile waste. The Re-Spun initiative uses old tees to create new sustainable products. We'll be collecting tees at this event. You will receive a $5 gift card for every tee you donate up to the maximum of five tees.

    To read more about this innovative recycling program, Click here

    We'd love to hear your ideas! If you have questions you'd like our panelists to address, please submit them to [email protected]


    WENDY MITCHEL -  Principal Purpose (Moderator)
    After an exciting career in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors, Wendy decided it was time to collect up all the incredibly talented people she’d accumulated in her network over the years and create something different to help businesses find a social or environmental purpose as part of their business model. As the founder of Purpose by W, a consulting business focused on purpose as a business driver; she believes organizations can truly live their values AND make the world better AND make money.  

    Working in a startup environment is not new to Wendy.  She was Founder of the Ottawa Community Housing Foundation and Co-founder of Dress for Success Ottawa—both of which continue to prosper in the Ottawa community. 

    Not busy enough, Wendy’s current side hustle is Chapter Director for Shelter Movers, a volunteer-run nonprofit dedicated to providing free moving and storage services for families fleeing domestic violence.

    ANDREW GRAHAM - Director of Custom & Wholesale, Marine Layer
    Andrew started his career as the 8th employee at Groupon and had a crazy ride for 5 years as he saw the company grow exponentially and then ultimately fall after going public. Following Groupon, Andrew moved to SF to start a sales team at a software start up where he was there for 2.5 years. Then 3.5 years ago, Andrew joined Marine Layer after being a HUGE brand fan and one of our top customers. There was an opportunity to start a new department for the company that did not exist prior. His title is Director of Custom Projects and while promo is his #1 responsibility, he also manages ML's wholesale relationships and sustainability initiatives.

    SAM BROWN - Vice President of Marketing & Corporate Communications, BrandVia
    As a senior strategic leader, I enjoy the opportunity to shape the firm's operational and marketing plans with a fact-based analysis of the state of the business and its position in the market. Applying my well-developed analytical and management to assess opportunities.

    MITCH BARLAS -- President & Founder, Bagito

    Mitch Barlas is a lifelong educator, entrepreneur and sustainability practitioner. Mitch is currently the President & Founder of Revolusation Inc. (parent company of Bagito), a reusable product design, development and manufacturing company that turns single-use concepts into multi-use products and services. Previously, Mitch has founded and led Returnity Inc. maker of innovative reusable shipping packaging (where he secured several patents for his concepts and designs) and ConnectedSchools a tech/sustainability-focused charter school network.  Mitch has BA in International Relations/Political Science from UCLA, and an MA and MEd. from Colombia University in Organizational Development and Education Administration.