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Upcoming Professional Development Sessions

PPAI Online Education offers live webinars, virtual sessions and events throughout the year. Our webinars provide the most up-to-date and relevant content to the promotional products industry, presented by expert speakers. The on-demand version will be posted immediately after the live presentation. We recommend utilizing the Chrome or Firefox browser and not Internet Explorer.


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  • Diversity Opens Doors: Selling To Major Corporations And The Fortune 500

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 12/02/2020 at 1:00 PM (CST)

    Today more than ever before, companies both large and small are realizing the value of buying their ad specialty products from distributorships that embody diversity. In fact, many Fortune 500 corporations are tasked with developing business relationships with under-represented ownership groups, including women, veterans, visible minorities, LGBT and others. To get in front of these potential buyers and take advantage of the huge growth opportunity, it’s vital to have your business officially certified. During this session with Kathy Cheng, you’ll discover the tools you need to have a fair opportunity to be considered for contracts and other purchasing requirements. Plus, you’ll hear why your choice of supplier partners that exemplify diversity can help your distributorship thrive in the years to come.

    Today more than ever before, companies both large and small are realizing the value of buying their ad specialty products from distributorships that embody diversity. In fact, many Fortune 500 corporations are tasked with developing business relationships with under-represented ownership groups, including women, veterans, visible minorities, LGBT and others. To get in front of these potential buyers and take advantage of the huge growth opportunity, it’s vital to have your business officially certified. During this session with Kathy Cheng, you’ll discover the tools you need to have a fair opportunity to be considered for contracts and other purchasing requirements. Plus, you’ll hear why your choice of supplier partners that exemplify diversity can help your distributorship thrive in the years to come.

    Kathy Cheng

    President and Founder

    Kathy Cheng is President of WS & Co., one of Canada's leading full-service apparel manufacturers, and the founder of its in-stock promotional apparel line, Redwood Classics Apparel. In addition to producing past Olympic apparel programs, Cheng’s high-quality apparel can be found at upscale, internationally renowned retailers across North America. With a growing presence in Japan and Europe, WS & Co. has combated offshore competition, putting Canada on the map as a leading destination for premium apparel manufacturing.


    Cheng has been named as an honouree of Inc. Magazine #FemaleFounders 100 for 2020! A longtime champion of North American manufacturing, in 2016 Cheng received two honours that recognized and celebrated this fact: she was selected as a Supplier Woman of Distinction by the Advertising Specialty Institute® (ASI) and named to the MBE’s Who Rock list by Minority Business Entrepreneur Magazine. The recipient of CAMSC’s 2015 Supplier of the year award, Cheng was also one of three Canadians inducted into the 2014 EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women program. In 2013, she was named as one of Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award winners. Finally, Cheng focuses on paying it forward to the next generation of Canadian designers with her role as a mentor and member of the Board of Directors for Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI).

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    1. Register and watch the session. Please note it will open in a new window. Please do not close the session launch page.

    2. Please make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off in order to access the session once you select it.

    3. Once you have completed the session, please close the event recording or webinar window and proceed to the session launch page for the Online Education Survey to receive credit. Please note, it will not be on your event recording or webinar window.

  • Supply Chain Mapping and Traceability

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 12/08/2020 at 11:00 AM (CST)

    Increasingly, companies are facing increasing demands for greater visibility into the working conditions in their supply chain beyond tier one. Supply chain mapping is a way for companies to trace the complicated network of deeper-tier suppliers and better understand the conditions workers face at these levels of their supply chain. The Fair Labor Association (FLA) will be providing guidance on how to conduct supply chain mapping for companies to better understand their complicated and intricate supply chains. This webinar will cover supply chain mapping basics, practical tips, and experiences from mapping a variety of raw materials supply chains. The training will cover guidance steps outlined in the Supply Chain Mapping, Transparency, Traceability guidance document. Join us to learn how to increase visibility into your supply chain. This session is an elective for the PPAI Product Safety Awareness initiative.

    Increasingly, companies are facing increasing demands for greater visibility into the working conditions in their supply chain beyond tier one. Supply chain mapping is a way for companies to trace the complicated network of deeper-tier suppliers and better understand the conditions workers face at these levels of their supply chain.   The Fair Labor Association (FLA) will be providing guidance on how to conduct supply chain mapping for companies to better understand their complicated and intricate supply chains. This webinar will cover supply chain mapping basics, practical tips, and experiences from mapping a variety of raw materials supply chains. The training will cover guidance steps outlined in the Supply Chain Mapping, Transparency, Traceability guidance document. Join us to learn how to increase visibility into your supply chain. This session is an elective for the PPAI Product Safety Awareness initiative.

    Richa Mittal

    Senior Director, Supply Chain Innovation and Partnerships, Fair Labor Association

    Richa Mittal is the Senior Director of Supply Chain Innovation and Partnerships at the Fair Labor Association (FLA) - a multi-stakeholder initiative with a mission to improve workers’ lives. She is currently based in FLA’s office in Geneva. Over the past 18 years, Mittal has worked closely with businesses, civil society organizations and governments. She is an ardent advocate for workers’ rights and specializes in research, labor standard due diligence and problem resolution in complex upstream supply chains. Mittal has led several FLA projects on traceability, child and forced labor, ethical recruitment, gender and youth, both in manufacturing and agricultural supply chains in Asia, EMEA and LATAM. As the head of the Supply Chain Innovation Department, she is the main architect of FLA’s programs on human rights due diligence and social compliance in the agriculture sector, raw materials traceability, and Fair Labor Agriculture Alliance (FLAA) – a platform focusing on collective remediation. She holds an MPH from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (USA) and a MS in Human Ecology from the University of Delhi (India).

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    1 Point

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    1. Register and watch the session. Please note it will open in a new window. Please do not close the session launch page.

    2. Please make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off in order to access the session once you select it.

    3. Once you have completed the session, please close the event recording or webinar window and proceed to the session launch page for the Online Education Survey to receive credit. Please note, it will not be on your event recording or webinar window.