NIA West Spring 2016 Speaker Sessions

May 23-25th, 2016 Montage Laguna Beach

Dr. Zhaoping Li, M.D., Ph.D

Professor of Clinical Medicine, Clinical Chief,
Associate Director, and Associate Chief
Department of Medicine at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

"Diet, Microbiome and Health"

The collection of microorganisms that populate the intestine, skin, lungs, urinary tract and many other body sites — exert considerable influence on our health.  A growing body of evidence suggests a pivotal role for microbiota in our overall health — including the possibility that an unhealthy diet can conspire with one’s genetic predisposition and lifestyle to create an imbalance of the microbiota in the gut, setting off a cascade that leads to inflammation, weight gain, insulin resistance and other conditions characteristic of the metabolic syndrome that increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke and certain cancers.

Jasson Gilmore

Vice President of Health & Aesthetics
IAC Publishing

“Marketing to Millenials: Understanding Generation Selfie”

Millennials control some $2.45 trillion dollars in consumer spending around the world. Traditional marketing channel don't reach Millennials, and their decisions to purchase are very different than those of previous generations. How do we reach this important new consumer segment and when we do...what do we say? 

Gary Swanson

Senior Vice President Global Quality
Herbalife International of America 

“Botanical Ingredient Science – Breaking the Code”

Imagine you're in charge of quality at your company in an era where the State AGs are demanding DNA proof! Now imagine your company is large, publicly owned and already in the spotlight. How do you manage quality when that's the case?

Michael Sitrick

Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of
Sitrick and Company, a PR firm specializing in Crisis Management.

“Crisis Communications: Managing Company Reputation
in the Court of Public Opinion”

A bad batch of raw material (or just the AG saying so)? A cluster of adverse events (or a class action atty with you in his sights)? When the press is on the phone and it looks bad for your company, how you handle the crisis can make all the difference. 

Dan Fabricant Ph.D.

Executive Director and CEO
Natural Products Association (NPA)

“Comb Overs and Pantsuits: How Does 2017 Look Like 1994?”

In 1994 the industry was described by some as the "Wild West". Some of the same issues remain but the attacks are coming faster and smarter from various levels of government. How do companies prepare for both the challenges but also the opportunities that come from having government more involved in your business than ever before?

Peg Toledo

Peg Carew Toledo Law Corporation

“Changes to Proposition 65: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”

Ms. Toledo will discuss the recent changes to the Proposition 65 regulations, the proposed warning regulations, and other pending regulatory proposals that will impact the food and dietary supplement industries.  She will also talk about recent chemical listings, including BPA and styrene. 

Sebastian Form

Director of Applied Sustainability, Nutrition & Health

"Sustainable sourcing – a must have or a differentiator?"

Consumer demand for sustainable products is gaining momentum rapidly around the world. Increased transparency provides consumers, NGOs and shareholders with access to information that can help them evaluate in how far the measures that companies take to act responsibly are enough. Today focus is increasing on the responsibility along the value chain. The spotlight is not just on companies and their production facilities, but also on all their partners along the value chain. Depending on the hot spots, marketers are now pressured to ensure the use of certified sustainable raw materials, reduce environmental impact and respect social standards such as fair working conditions.

But, what should companies focus on? How can sustainable sourcing be implemented? What are the real drivers behind the discussions on sustainable sourcing? What is the business case and does the customer or consumer really value it?