2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Drive to Sustainable – Petrochemical Manufacturers role in the Future


Rett Johnson, Director, Roland Berger

Jim Becker, Vice President, Polymers & Sustainability, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP
Rob Flores, Vice President, Sustainability, Berry Global Plastics

The global petrochemical industry drives innovation. From creating technologies that optimize plant efficiency, to revolutionizing life cycle management techniques, to reinventing the global supply chain, this industry demonstrates how innovation can drive global progress. With breakthroughs in smart manufacturing, recycling technologies, and waste management, we are seeing how our industry is leading in sustainability efforts. This session will include representatives from AFPM member companies, who will talk about the vital role innovation plays in sustainability as well as the need to collaborate with our value chain partners and other stakeholders to ensure a sustainable future.

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sustainable Solutions – Engaging the Entire Value Chain to Address Future Challenges


Kristen B. Sullivan, Partner, Deloitte,

Saeed Amidi, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Plug and Play
Priyanka Bakaya, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Renewlogy & Renew Oceans
April Crow, Vice President, External Affairs & Investor Relations, Circulate Capital

For the petrochemical industry and its value chain partners, plastic waste in the environment is a very clear and present problem that threatens the industry and the health of our oceans. Petrochemical manufacturers, their value chain partners, and innovative organizations and companies are partnering and leading efforts to reduce plastic waste, working to keep waste out of our environment in the first place, and finding ways to convert waste back into the supply chain. This panel brings together leaders in the circular economy and will discuss ways the petrochemical industry can address the challenges of the future.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Beyond Lip Service to Impact: Diversity and Inclusion as a Catalyst for Innovation
Dr. Simone Ahuja, Marketing and Strategy Consultant, Co-Author of Jugaad Innovation

Innovation is the most powerful way for organizations to stay relevant in our rapidly evolving world. By increasing the diversity of their teams, and creating space for diverse voices to be heard, business leaders can dramatically increase their innovation output. In this energizing and optimistic address, Dr. Ahuja shares stories from her research that clearly demonstrate why diverse teams create more “out of the box” ideas and drive nearly 20% higher revenue. She also shares best practices of inclusion including the how to build a culture healthy conflict, and create the psychological safety for diverse teams that is fundamental to successful innovation and business growth.