The speakers for the 2018 Footwear Innovation Forum have been finalized! We are honored to invite knowledgeable and influential innovation professionals to share their insights on the future of footwear creation,manufacturing and retailing.

Time Speaker Topic
9:30 am

Scott Labbe
VP, WOLVERINE

FOOTWEAR VIRTUAL INNOVATION & ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY

10:30 am

Keith Hoover
President, BLACK SWAN TEXTILES

 

METAVERTICAL – APPLYING DIGITALIZATION TO CONNECT A FRAGMENTED SUPPLY CHAIN
11:30 am

Brendon Marczan
Manager, FOUNDRY

3D DESIGN AND DIGITAL CREATION
12:30 pm LUNCH
1:30 pm

Natacha Alpert
Founder, MIRAS3D

THE FUTURE OF FACTORY AND SMART MANUFACTURING

2:30 pm

Christopher R. Lane
CEO, 3dMD

THE FUTURE OF 3D SCANNING FOR FOOTWEAR

3:30 pm

D’ASSULT,VOLUMENTAL
More to announce later

PANEL DISCUSSION – AI, MACHINE LEARNING AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR RETAIL
4:30 pm

Dr. Geoffrey Alan Gray
Founder, HEELUXE

BIOMECHANICS AND FIT FOR FOOTWEAR

Speakers

Scott Labbe
VP, WOLVERINE

Footwear Product Development Professional offering expertise driving execution through excellent cross-communication and cross-functional collaboration. Ability to thrive in a process improvement mindset while connecting with customers fully to understand needs and expectations to then establish a strategic direction. Passionate about leading teams to inspire and optimize team functionality.

Keith Hoover
President, BLACK SWAN TEXTILES

Keith Hoover is a recognized global pioneer in developing and implementing manufacturing-centric product development processes. His expertise spans creative product design through technical manufacturing execution. Most recently at Under Armour, Hoover championed Project Glory at the Under Armour Lighthouse, a new model for product development and manufacturing, based on virtualization and local-for-local sourcing.

Natacha Alpert
Founder, MIRAS3D

Natacha Alpert has been in the footwear industry working creatively for footwear brands for the past 14 years with the iconic brands Nine West, Lumberjack Italy, Allen Edmonds, Vince, Via Spiga, Franco Sarto, Naya, Bzees, Sols 3D printed insoles, Replica labs, DVF, Naturalizer, Uggs, Asics, Sam Edelman, Kenneth Cole, Timberland and Reebok in the USA and Globally.

Christopher R. Lane
CEO 3dMD

With more than 40 years of experience in the IT industry, Lane has held senior technical and chief executive positions in globally-recognized high-tech and services companies, as well as serving as a board member for both privately and publicly held companies in the US and Europe.

Susan Olivier
VP, Business Development, Consumer Goods & Retail Dassault Systèmes

Susan Olivier is the Vice President, Business Development, for the Consumer Goods and Retail Industry at Dassault Systèmes (3DS), the 3DEXPERIENCE Company. In her role she identifies industry trends, business drivers and solution opportunities for fashion, home and lifestyle brands and retailers.

Dr. Geoffrey Alan Gray, DPT
Founder, HEELUXE

Dr. Geoffrey Alan Gray is the founder of Heeluxe, Inc., a footwear testing company set on making batter shoes for everyone in the world. At Heeluxe, Geoffrey works directly with footwear brands to help them make better products. He is also the brains and lead designer for Heeluxe’s innovative “on-body” testing equipment.