Agenda

Evolve 2024 conference has everything you need to get a fresh perspective on your biggest sustainability and compliance challenges: Educational workshops, entertaining experiences, enlightening speakers, and much more.

This year we’re offering you two live events, each with an agenda tailored to your specific interests, plus a same-day virtual live stream of our North American keynotes and general sessions.

Agenda at a Glance

Here’s a peek at what you can expect from this year’s conference.

*Stay tuned for more session and event details in the coming weeks.

North America & Virtual Live Stream Agenda

Nashville, Tennessee — Oct 9–10, 2024, 9 AM–9 PM CST
Virtual live stream — October 10, 2024, 9 AM–12 PM CST

Agenda

  • North America

    October 9, 2024
  • North America

    October 10, 2024
  • Streaming

    October 10, 2024
  • Europe

    October 21-22, 2024

October 9th

3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Registration Opens

Registration Opens

Pick up your conference badge before the opening night reception, and beat the morning crowds.

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Executive Leader’s Workshop

Executive Leader's Workshop

Invitation Only

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Speakeasy Welcome Reception @ The Late Great in Nashville

Whisper the secret code word to access our welcome reception and enter a world inspired by golden-era music and high-end dark spirits. This is your chance to connect with industry peers and meet new friends over creative cocktails and curated bites.

October 10th

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Registration Opens

Registration Opens

Pick up your conference badge and get a great seat.

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Breakfast

Breakfast with peers

This is a great opportunity to meet new peers and network.

9:00 AM

Evolve Welcome

Pioneering Supply Chain Sustainability in an Era of Change

Join us for our welcome keynote, where Assent CEO Andrew Waitman addresses the challenges manufacturers are facing around issues like PFAS in 2024. Get ready to proactively drive your supply chain toward a more sustainable future — starting today.

9:15 AM

Keynote Session

The Innovative Leader: Lead With Confidence in the Face of Uncertainty & Change with Josh Linkner

In this inspiring and practical keynote, Josh Linkner, a seasoned CEO and leadership expert, delivers a modern and accessible framework to help leaders thrive in the face of uncertainty and use their skills to confidently move into uncharted territory. You’ll learn how to unlock inventive thinking, creative problem-solving, and ingenuity in every box of the org chart. The most successful leaders today help individuals become champions for creativity, embedding innovation into everyday business operations. This can’t-miss session is more than a look at the future of work — it’s about the future of growth, the future of relevance, the future of leadership, and the future of success.

10:00 AM

Keynote Session

Assent's Vision: Enhancing Supply Chain Sustainability

Discover how Assent is revolutionizing the future of supply chain sustainability for manufacturers. You’ll get a glimpse into our strategy to enhance supplier relationships and ensure rapid access to essential product and supplier data when you need it most. Plus, gain an exclusive preview of upcoming advancements on our roadmap.

10:30 AM

Keynote Session

Beyond PFAS Compliance: Turning Emerging Risks Into Leadership Opportunities

In this session, we’re tackling PFAS reporting, showing you how it’s not just about compliance, but a chance to boost your business and career. We’ll cut through the complexity of evolving PFAS regulations and stakeholder expectations and show you how PFAS can be a game-changer for both your company and your career path.

10:50 AM

Networking Break

Interactive Networking Break

Join us for a networking break featuring interactive stations designed to inspire and connect attendees through experiences, live polling and fun. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn, network, and build lasting relationships with professionals across the industry.

11:20 AM

General Session

Defining Success: Customer Panel & Q&A

In this panel discussion, you’ll get an insider’s view of what drives program success in supply chain sustainability. Expert voices will share their challenges, breakthrough strategies, and personal insights on achieving deep supply chain sustainability and strong supplier relationships. This interactive session and Q&A offers a unique perspective on how leaders are navigating the complexities of the rapidly evolving regulatory landscape. Whether you’re aiming to spark change in your organization or stay ahead of industry trends, this session provides inspiration you can apply to your program today.

11:55 AM

General Session

Charting a Sustainable Path: Fireside Chat With Verdantix

Don’t miss this fireside chat with Kim Knickle, ESG & Sustainability Research Director at Verdantix. With over 20 years of experience in the IT industry and a deep focus on everything from ESG regulations to sustainable finance, Kim brings a compelling perspective on making sustainability a core part of your business strategy.

12:30 PM

General Session

Global Regulatory Trends: Protecting Your Market Access in 2024 & Beyond

This session is your guide to navigating the changing world of regulatory compliance. From emerging PFAS reporting requirements in the U.S., to global initiatives against forced labor, to the EU’s push for greater transparency in non-financial reporting, things are changing fast. We’ll explore how these changes affect your business and how to stay ahead, and help you turn compliance from a checklist item into a strategic advantage that protects your market access.

1:05 PM

Lunch Interactions: Meet Your Peers

Let’s Talk: Product Compliance & Sustainability

Don’t miss our lunch, where good food meets great conversation. We promise you won’t get lunch bag let-down as you engage with peers on the compliance and sustainability topics that matter most to you. We’re setting the table for you to talk shop with like-minded attendees eager to unpack the complexities of our space and the outcomes you hope to achieve. The colors of the tablecloths signal different interests — from improving program efficiency to enhancing your business’s competitive edge— making it easy to jump into the topics that matter most to you. You can also swing by our stations for expert advice, tips, and tricks to enhance your supply chain sustainability program, or to simply get answers to the questions on your mind. Let’s get together to build our community, share insights, and shape the future of supply chain sustainability, one conversation at a time.

2:05 PM

Breakout Sessions

From the Ground to Global Markets: Diverse Perspectives on Responsible Sourcing & Trade

Join our experts and moderator as they dive into responsible sourcing, covering everything from navigating sanctions to validating a broader set of raw materials and gaining transparency. This session is perfect for anyone eager to grasp the subtleties of responsible sourcing and its global impact. Gear up for new insights on how responsible trade can benefit businesses, communities, and the environment.

Ahead of the Curve: The Key to Creating Forward-Thinking Product Compliance Programs

In this panel discussion, we’ll explore the benefits of proactive compliance. You’ll learn how being ahead of evolving requirements not only prevents potential disruptions, but provides a competitive edge in a fierce global market to help you save time and money. Our panel of experts will break down strategies for a compliance program that anticipates and swiftly adapts to regulatory changes, ensuring your business is always prepared for what’s next. No matter the maturity level of your existing product compliance program, this session will provide advice to streamline your operations.

2:35 PM

Interactive Workshop Session A

From Insights to Impact: Hands-On Sessions to Understand Markets, Comply With Regulations & Build Effective Strategies

Dive into our workshop series, where you get to choose two out of three hands-on sessions designed to enhance your approach to supply chain sustainability. Here’s a snapshot:

Unpacking Market Drivers & Regulations – Catch up on the latest market trends and regulations shaping supply chain sustainability. This session will equip you with the necessary knowledge and strategies to navigate these changes effectively.

From Planning to Playbooks – Take your supply chain sustainability program from initial planning to actionable playbooks. Learn how to transform strategic goals into real-world action, making your initiatives both impactful and manageable.

Building Your Business Case – Learn how to convincingly present the value of supply chain sustainability to your organization. This workshop focuses on creating compelling business cases that highlight the role of supply chain sustainability in driving success and resilience.

Choose the workshops that best fit your interests and challenges, and get ready to soak up expert advice and practical tips that will take your compliance efforts to the next level.

3:50 PM

Interactive Workshops Session B

From Insights to Impact: Hands-On Sessions to Understand Markets, Comply With Regulations & Build Effective Strategies

Dive into our workshop series, where you get to choose two out of three hands-on sessions designed to enhance your approach to supply chain sustainability. Here’s a snapshot:

Unpacking Market Drivers & Regulations – Catch up on the latest market trends and regulations shaping supply chain sustainability. This session will equip you with the necessary knowledge and strategies to navigate these changes effectively.

From Planning to Playbooks – Take your supply chain sustainability program from initial planning to actionable playbooks. Learn how to transform strategic goals into real-world action, making your initiatives both impactful and manageable.

Building Your Business Case – Learn how to convincingly present the value of supply chain sustainability to your organization. This workshop focuses on creating compelling business cases that highlight the role of supply chain sustainability in driving success and resilience.

Choose the workshops that best fit your interests and challenges, and get ready to soak up expert advice and practical tips that will take your compliance efforts to the next level.

4:50 PM

Closing Keynote Session

The Realities of Risk: A Unique Perspective of the Journey to Deep Supply Chain Sustainability

Don’t miss our closing keynote in person for a deep dive into practical considerations and tips for evaluating risks in your supply chain sustainability efforts. Learn firsthand from legal and regulatory experts about the most effective strategies for managing risk. Attendees will walk away with their own risk assessment report and valuable insights, ready to tackle real-world challenges with newfound resilience.

5:20 PM

Customer Awards & Closing Remarks

Customer Awards & Closing Remarks

Cap off your day with our customer awards and closing remarks, where we celebrate standout achievments in supply chain sustainability management among Assent customers. But this is more than an awards ceremony — it’s a reflection on a day packed with learning, from Josh Linkner’s inspring keynote to our interactive workshops and deep dives into critical topics. We’ll take a moment to appreciate the insights gained, connections made, and the collective progress we’ve charted toward a more sustainabile future. Then we’ll shift gears with a closing celebration you won’t want to miss. It’s the perfect send-off as we look ahead to the challenges and opportunities on the horizon!

6:00 PM

Closing Celebration

Networking: Engage With Peers & Experts

October 10th

9:00 AM
[UTC/GMT-5]

Evolve Welcome

Pioneering Supply Chain Sustainability in an Era of Change

Join us for our welcome keynote, where Assent CEO Andrew Waitman addresses the challenges manufacturers are facing around issues like PFAS in 2024. Get ready to proactively drive your supply chain toward a more sustainable future — starting today.

9:15 AM
[UTC/GMT-5]

Keynote Session

The Innovative Leader: Lead With Confidence in the Face of Uncertainty & Change with Josh Linkner

In this inspiring and practical keynote, Josh Linkner, a seasoned CEO and leadership expert, delivers a modern and accessible framework to help leaders thrive in the face of uncertainty and use their skills to confidently move into uncharted territory. You’ll learn how to unlock inventive thinking, creative problem-solving, and ingenuity in every box of the org chart. The most successful leaders today help individuals become champions for creativity, embedding innovation into everyday business operations. This can’t-miss session is more than a look at the future of work — it’s about the future of growth, the future of relevance, the future of leadership, and the future of success.

10:00 AM
[UTC/GMT-5]

Keynote Session

Assent's Vision: Enhancing Supply Chain Sustainability

Discover how Assent is revolutionizing the future of supply chain sustainability for manufacturers. You’ll get a glimpse into our strategy to enhance supplier relationships and ensure rapid access to essential product and supplier data when you need it most. Plus, gain an exclusive preview of upcoming advancements on our roadmap.

10:30 AM
[UTC/GMT-5]

Keynote Session

Beyond PFAS Compliance: Turning Emerging Risks Into Leadership Opportunities

In this session, we’re tackling PFAS reporting, showing you how it’s not just about compliance, but a chance to boost your business and career. We’ll cut through the complexity of evolving PFAS regulations and stakeholder expectations and show you how PFAS can be a game-changer for both your company and your career path.

10:50 AM
[UTC/GMT-5]

Networking Break

Virtual Interactive Networking Break

Join us for a networking break featuring interactive stations designed to inspire and connect attendees through experiences, live polling and fun. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn, network, and build lasting relationships with professionals across the industry.

11:20 AM
[UTC/GMT-5]

General Session

Defining Success: Customer Panel & Q&A

In this panel discussion, you’ll get an insider’s view of what drives program success in supply chain sustainability. Expert voices will share their challenges, breakthrough strategies, and personal insights on achieving deep supply chain sustainability and strong supplier relationships. This interactive session and Q&A offers a unique perspective on how leaders are navigating the complexities of the rapidly evolving regulatory landscape. Whether you’re aiming to spark change in your organization or stay ahead of industry trends, this session provides inspiration you can apply to your program today.

11:55 AM
[UTC/GMT-5]

General Session

Charting a Sustainable Path: Fireside Chat With Verdantix

Don’t miss this fireside chat with Kim Knickle, ESG & Sustainability Research Director at Verdantix. With over 20 years of experience in the IT industry and a deep focus on everything from ESG regulations to sustainable finance, Kim brings a compelling perspective on making sustainability a core part of your business strategy.

12:30 PM
[UTC/GMT-5]

General Session

Global Regulatory Trends: Protecting Your Market Access in 2024 & Beyond

This session is your guide to navigating the changing world of regulatory compliance. From emerging PFAS reporting requirements in the U.S., to global initiatives against forced labor, to the EU’s push for greater transparency in non-financial reporting, things are changing fast. We’ll explore how these changes affect your business and how to stay ahead, and help you turn compliance from a checklist item into a strategic advantage that protects your market access.

1:00 PM
[UTC/GMT-5]

Closing Remarks

October 22nd

October 21
6:00 PM

Welcome Reception and Registration

Welcome Reception @ the Iconic Hyde Café

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and step into an exclusive welcome reception for Evolve 2024 guests. Connect with industry peers and network while enjoying tantalizing food and refreshments.

October 22
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Registration Opens

Coffee With Peers

Pick up your conference badge and get a great seat.

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Breakfast

Breakfast with peers

This is a great opportunity to meet new peers and network.

9:00 AM

Evolve Welcome 

Pioneering Supply Chain Sustainability in an Era of Change

Join us for our welcoming keynote, where Patrick Klaver, Assent’s Vice-President and Managing Director of Sales, addresses the challenges that manufacturers face as they tackle pressing issues like PFAS in 2024. Walk away ready to proactively drive your supply chain toward a more sustainable future.

9:20 AM

Keynote Sessions

Defining Success: Fireside chat & Q&A

In this fireside chat, we will take a deep dive into a successful deep supply chain sustainability program. One of your peers will share their daily challenges, breakthrough strategies, and personal insights on how they achieved this. This interactive session and Q&A offers a unique chance to hear how leaders are navigating the complexities of the rapidly evolving regulatory landscape. Whether you’re aiming to spark change in your organization or stay ahead of industry trends, or are simply curious about how top performers operate, this discussion will provide fresh perspectives and actionable insights

9:55 AM

Keynote Sessions

Global Regulatory Trends: Protecting Your Market Access in 2024 & Beyond

This session is your guide to navigating the evolving world of regulatory compliance in the EU. From emerging initiatives against forced labor to the push for greater transparency in non-financial reporting, the regulatory landscape is shifting fast. In this session, we’ll explore how these changes affect your business and how to stay ahead, ensuring compliance isn’t just a checklist item, but a strategic advantage. Join us for insights and strategies to protect your market access in the face of these new challenges.

10:30 AM

Networking Break

Interactive Networking Break

Join us for a networking break featuring interactive stations designed to inspire and connect attendees through experiences, live polling and fun. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn, network, and build lasting relationships with professionals across the industry.

11:00 AM

General Session

Ahead of the Curve: The Key to Creating Forward-Thinking Product Compliance Programs

Join us for our panel discussion, where we’ll explore the benefits of proactive compliance. This discussion will highlight how being ahead of evolving requirements not only prevents potential disruptions but provides a competitive edge in a fierce global market, saving you time and money. Our panel of experts will break down strategies for a compliance program that anticipates and swiftly adapts to regulatory changes, ensuring your business is always prepared for what’s next. No matter the maturity level of your existing product compliance program, this session will provide advice to streamline your operations.

11:30 AM

General Session

CSRD Compliance: Managing a New Era of Non-Financial Reporting

In this session, we’ll dive into the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), exploring how new requirements are reshaping non-financial reporting for businesses. This isn’t just a new set of rules — it’s a shift toward a future where sustainability reporting is an essential business practice that protects revenue and offers a competitive advantage. We’ll break down what CSRD compliance means for you, looking in more detail at the European Sustainability Reporting Standards (ESRS) and key concepts like double materiality, offering clear steps to not only meet these new standards, but also leverage them for your business’s benefit.

12:00 PM

Lunch Interactions: Meet Your Peers

Let’s Talk: Product Compliance & Sustainability

Don’t miss our lunch, where good food meets great conversation. We promise you won’t get lunch bag let-down as you engage with peers on the topics that matter most to you in the world of compliance and sustainability. We’re setting the table for you to talk shop with like-minded attendees eager to unpack the complexities of our space. The color of the tableclothes signal different interests — from PFAS to ESG — making it easy to jump into the topics that matter most to you. You can also swing by our stations for expert advice, tips, and tricks to enhance your supply chain sustainability program, or to simply get answers to the questions on your mind. Let’s get together to build our community, share insights, and shape the future of supply chain sustainability, one conversation at a time.

1:00 PM

Interactive Workshops Session A

From Insights to Impact: Hands-On Sessions to Understand Markets, Comply With Regulations & Build Effective Strategies

Dive into our workshop series, where you get to choose from two hands-on sessions designed to enhance your approach to supply chain sustainability. Here’s a snapshot:

From Planning to Playbooks
Take your supply chain sustainability program from initial planning to actionable playbooks. Learn how to transform strategic goals into real-world action, making your initiatives both impactful and manageable.

Building Your Business Case
Learn how to convincingly present the value of supply chain sustainability to your organization. This workshop focuses on creating compelling business cases that highlight the role of supply chain sustainability in driving success and resilience.

Choose the workshops that best fit your interests and challenges, and get ready to soak up expert advice and practical tips that will take your compliance efforts to the next level.

2:30 PM

Interactive Workshops Session B

From Insights to Impact: Hands-On Sessions to Understand Markets, Comply With Regulations & Build Effective Strategies

Dive into our workshop series, where you get to choose from two hands-on sessions designed to enhance your approach to supply chain sustainability. Here’s a snapshot:

From Planning to Playbooks
Take your supply chain sustainability program from initial planning to actionable playbooks. Learn how to transform strategic goals into real-world action, making your initiatives both impactful and manageable.

Building Your Business Case
Learn how to convincingly present the value of supply chain sustainability to your organization. This workshop focuses on creating compelling business cases that highlight the role of supply chain sustainability in driving success and resilience.

Choose the workshops that best fit your interests and challenges, and get ready to soak up expert advice and practical tips that will take your compliance efforts to the next level.

3:30 PM

Closing Keynote

The Realities of Risk: A Unique Perspective of the Journey to Deep Supply Chain Sustainability

Don’t miss our closing keynote in person for a deep dive into practical considerations and tips for evaluating risks in your supply chain sustainability efforts. Learn firsthand from legal and regulatory experts about the most effective strategies for managing risk. Attendees will walk away with their own risk assessment report and valuable insights, ready to tackle real-world challenges with newfound resilience.

4:15 PM

Closing Remarks

Closing Remarks

Cap off the event with a reflection on a day packed with learning, from Josh Linkner’s inspring keynote to our interactive workshops and deep dives into critical topics. We’ll take a moment to appreciate the insights gained, connections made, and the collective progress we’ve charted toward a more sustainable future. Then we’ll shift gears with a closing celebration you won’t want to miss. It’s the perfect send-off as we look ahead to the challenges and opportunities on the horizon!

5:00 PM

Closing Celebration

Let's Celebrate

Bring your Evolve experience to a close by sharing unforgettable culinary treats and small plates with your new connections. Expect great entertainment and memories!

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