Powering the Profession Series Sessions

NEW WEBINAR SERIES! Powering the Profession:  Emerging Trends and Topics

Our Powering the Profession:  Emerging Trends and Topics webinar series will explore emerging trends and topics of interest to Family and Consumer Sciences students and professionals across multiple content areas. The virtual sessions are led by a panel of industry experts and are designed to provide you with valuable, compelling information to become a more informed consumer and professional. 
Sessions will be recorded and made available for on-demand viewing. PDUs will be available. 

Session 1:  Emerging Trends and Topics in the Apparel, Textiles, and Design Industry

Our first session focuses on emerging trends impacting the apparel, textiles, and design industry! What do you need to know about product safety and labeling of apparel, textiles, and design products? In this session, Beth McCalister and Kim Plassche from Compliance & Risks will provide an overview of regulatory issues relating to labeling, substances, and sustainability in the industry. Join these experts to learn the basics and upcoming challenges to consider.

    Beth McCalister, MLS

    Beth McCalister, MLS, has more than a decade's worth of experience monitoring, selecting, and summarizing international consumer products regulations; compiling customized products to address strategic business needs for retailers and manufacturers, including entering new geographic markets; facilitating education and training throughout the supply chain; and developing global best practices around regulatory compliance. She is constantly developing her subject matter expertise in extended producer responsibility in addition to several types of consumer products.

    Kim Plassche

    Kim Plassche is a Senior Regulatory Consultant on the Global Market Access team at Compliance & Risks, Ltd., where she researches and monitors international product safety legislation for custom client reports. 


    Kim is a librarian by training, with 18 years of experience and a Master of Library Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY. Prior to taking on her C&R role, she served as Map Librarian at her alma mater. Kim has also worked in public and private libraries, including at a consumer products testing company, where she researched regulations and standards for internal and external clients.