A summit for experienced and emerging leaders

March 3–5, 2021
Château Élan Resort and Winery, Braselton, GA

Come as colleagues and leave as friends. The goal of the summit is to strengthen the advancement of women and men through an interactive forum that provides education, networking and dialogue about important issues affecting women in business. The event will explore how women are contributing to the success of their organizations and the textile industry.

“Every woman’s success should be an inspiration to another. We’re strongest when we cheer each other on.” – Serena Williams

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*If you are registering 3+ attendees, please reach out to Jill Newman for additional group discounts.

Introducing Your Summit Emcees

We are pleased to announce that Women in Textiles Summit 2021 will have two emcees! Please meet Apurba Banerjee and Rachal McCarthy. Apurba and Rachal will help keep the discussions going and lead networking exercises to help attendees engage with one another.

Apurba Banerjee, PhD
Principal Textiles Engineer—Hand Tools, Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation

Apurba Banerjee is the Principal Textiles Engineer at Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation and leads their Textile-related safety initiative with personal protective gear. Utilizing her background in functional fabrics and protective textiles, she collaborates with several cross functional teams to develop protective products that save lives and reduce work fatigue in a variety of fields such as construction, plumbing, remolding and more.

Rachal McCarthy
President, NTI Global

Rachal McCarthy is President of NTI Global, a family owned and operated industrial plastics and textile manufacturer. She was named President at the age of 26 and has spent her tenure modernizing the manufacturing processes and shaping company goals. She co-filed her first patent at 18 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts at 20.

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Includes all education and social events.
Add’l fee for Wednesday’s add-on activity.
$575 $675 $775 $875
Château Élan Winery Tour & Tasting | Wednesday, Mar. 3
Add on this fun group activity where you’ll see the winemaking process, followed by tasting the product!
$75 $75 $75 $75
If you are interested in speaking, please send your session topic to Jill Newman at jmnewman@ifai.com.  

Your Summit Experience

Here’s your chance to join a gathering of minds determined to play a part in our industry evolution. Here’s what you can expect:

Daily programming

Discover a new landscape through thought-leadership, panel discussions, skill building seminars, story-telling sessions and other surprises!

Conversation spaces

Step into casual conversations, valuable networking and richer discussions designed to inspire creative ideas.

Meals and events

Enrich your experience and engage with a new network of female leaders during shared meals and lively receptions.

What do attendees say

“The Summit was inspiring and overall, remarkable. It was so wonderful to be surrounded by strong, independent individuals that were so motivating. I think everyone walked away with new goals and perspectives to help them on their career paths!”
– Courtney Amos, Narroflex, Inc.

“This was my first time attending the Women in Textiles Summit with IFAI. It was an enlightening few days where I was able to engage and spend time with some of the brightest women in textiles. I feel like I have expanded my network within the industry and retained a few new tools that will help me be a better asset to my company and my career in the long term. I can’t wait for next year!”
– Charlotte Ross, MBA, Tietex International, Ltd.

“This year’s Women in Textiles Summit exceeded expectations and proved to be inspirational, motivational and richly informative. I enjoy the camaraderie and sense of community and collaboration that is present throughout the event. The speakers were dynamic, the activities were engaging and the participants and organizers are incredible women, to say the least. I’m encouraged by the drive, passion and integrity that gathers for this event and grateful to have the chance for myself and my colleagues to be a part of it.”
– Robin Ritz, InCord, Ltd. 

“The conference was great – a good mix of inspiring people and knowledge. I think we all learned something, whether it be how to be more effective and confident leaders, or how to handle the various situations and people we all come across in our workplace.  The networking/social aspect of this year’s conference was also a good mix of business and pleasure, encouraging new relationships and bringing together people from a wide range of textile businesses that might not normally connect. I met many amazing women, with whom i look forward to staying in contact, and hope to see again next year!”
– Mary Reardon, TWEAVE, Inc.