NC State University Webinar Series Ep. 8: Ask a Virologist – Coronavirus: What We Know, What We Don’t

Learn about viruses, how they spread, infect hosts and replicate. Learn specifics about SARS-CoV-2 and how its specific properties dictate control mechanisms, including PPE for healthcare and non-healthcare settings.

Speakers: Frank Scholle, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

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NC State University Webinar Series Ep. 9: The Final Stage – Constructing and Manufacturing PPE

This webinar series has taken an in-depth look at the many stages of PPE production and we’ve now reached the final stage: construction and manufacturing. Whether its home sewn masks or level 4 surgical gowns, PPE takes many different forms and functions. This webinar will explore how the most prominent PPE are made, from automated sewing to seam welding. Our panel of experts will discuss the ins and outs of turning fabric into a finished PPE product.

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PPE Case Study Discussion

Please join us for an interview about Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) with Tom Auer, Bearse Manufacturing. Through Bearse’s experience with PPE, let’s discuss how to balance new PPE opportunities while at the same time supporting primary lines of business. Members are encouraged to come with their questions or send them ahead of time to

Speaker: Tom Auer, Bearse Manufacturing.

Pursuing Sustainability Amidst COVID-19: Tactical Tips, Tools, and an Introduction to Plastic Neutrality

Learn about i) industry trends, projections, and tools for pursuing sustainability this year, ii) the steps involved in getting your business certified Plastic Neutral, and iii) creative ideas for retaining and engaging conscious consumers.

Speaker: Svanika Balasubramanian, Co-Founder & CEO of rePurpose Global

Recovery Efforts for Small and Mid-Size Businesses

Learn how the Building Inspections Department is dealing with the pandemic surrounding COVID-19. The webinar will cover how to submit plans and if inspections are conducted, how they are conducting such inspections.


Speaker: Barbara Griffith of SCL Equiment Finance

State of the Industrial Textile Industry: Outlook, Challenges, Opportunities & Trends—NCTO & USIFI Discussion

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) and the U.S. Industrial Fabrics Institute (USIFI), a division if IFAI co-host a webinar and discussion session on the industrial textile market, focusing on the outlook for the second half of 2021, as well as the challenges, opportunities and trends in the industry, as the economy continues to rebound slowly from the COVID-19 pandemic amid a recent spike in coronavirus cases.

IFAI gives a presentation on the scope of the issues confronting the industry and provide an in-depth analysis and summary of its 2021 State of the Industry report. In addition, a diverse panel of both NCTO and USIFI member companies participate in a moderated panel discussion and address a wide range of topics, including workforce and sourcing issues, sustainability initiatives and new technologies.

Note: This webinar is intended for industry only and will be off the record.

Textile Products in Fight Against COVID-19

Join for a presentation from Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar from Texas Tech University’s Non-woven Materials Lab for timely content focusing on the use of textile product applications for defending from infectious diseases amid the COVID-19 crisis.

The New Face of PPE

A brief prelude to the changes in the way you install tents today. Learn what others are doing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic to protect their employees and their investments in installation and take down process.

Virtual Magic Making Great Presentations Online

Given the new reality of social distancing and working from home, online presentations have become a daily necessity. However, if you approach a virtual presentation the same way you do an in-person talk, your chances of success may be limited. The good news is that a great online presentation is relatively easy to create and deliver if you understand the dynamics of online audiences. Virtual Magic is a cutting-edge program that gives you the tools you need to connect with and influence others when you can’t be there in person.

Specifically, you will learn how to:
• Avoid the five common mistakes that derail most virtual presentations.
• Incorporate proven strategies to keep your remote audiences engaged.
• Increase the effectiveness of your remote presentations.

Speaker: Steve Hughes, President of Hit your Stride, LLC

When the Economy Stops – How to Get Back to the Party

The events of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the Global Financial Crisis all brought the economy to a sudden stop, particularly the hospitality industry. Now the Coronavirus has done it again, practically shutting down the global economy. As a business owner in the hospitality industry during the three previous crises, Jeff O’Hara has a unique perspective on where we are today and what businesses can do to survive to the end of the crisis. Jeff and Leadership expert Thom Singer, IFAI Expo 2019 Keynote Speaker, will dissect the current situation, and draw on personal experiences to help you build persistence and resilience and get Back to the Party.

Speakers: Jeff O’hara and Thom Singer