Inspiring and Visionary Keynotes

WASTECON® 2018 is bringing new ideas and a keynote lineup you won’t find anywhere else. We're breaking the mold with a new line-up of speakers! You’ll hear from renowned industry leaders and new voices about how they’re creating their own “Sound Ideas”. These powerful presentations by diverse visionaries are the center of WASTECON® 2018.

Keynotes Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Keynote Event

Opening Ceremonies and Keynote

Tuesday, August 21
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Delta Ball Room

Led by Nashville-based design firm Stoked. Stoked founders, Parker Gates and Anna Love-Mickelson are Executive Education Coaches for the d.school at Stanford University. Stoked works with organizations worldwide to create cultures where innovation and creativity can thrive.

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It’s time to ignite the creative force in yourself and every person in your organization by making human centered design central to your everyday culture. When you take a human-centered approach to your work, you begin to create better customer experiences, which leads to increased engagement and growth

During our high-energy, highly-interactive Kick-Off Keynote Session, you will roll up your sleeves and participate in several activities that will help you:

  • Gain confidence to solve the most complex problems your organization is facing
  • Grow deeper connections with others in your organization and your customers
  • Actually build something impactful
  • Learn how stories help to connect people and ideas

Keynotes Wednesday, August 22, 2018

MRF Summit Kick-Off keynote

China’s Ban: What’s Next?

Wednesday, August 22
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Location TBD

Join us to kick-off the 2018 Materials Recovery Facility Summit and discuss the current issues surrounding the China Ban on recovered material and look into the next steps.

David Biderman, Executive Director and CEO, SWANA

David Biderman

David Biderman is the Executive Director and CEO of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), and has been a leader in the waste industry for more than 20 years. Mr. Biderman joined SWANA in April 2015 after 18 years with the National Waste & Recycling Association, where he was their General Counsel, Vice President for Government Affairs and Safety Director. Mr. Biderman is the former industry lobbyist in New York City and is very passionate about safety. Mr. Biderman was the recipient of Preco’s Safety in Motion award for 2016, given to an individual who is making a difference on safety. He has provided safety and compliance training to thousands of workers throughout the United States and Canada. Prior to entering the waste industry, Mr. Biderman was an attorney at the Washington DC law firm Steptoe & Johnson, where he specialized in environmental and transportation law. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Johns Hopkins University.

Robin Wiener, President, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc.

Robin Wiener

Robin K. Wiener joined the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI), in 1989 to direct the association’s environmental compliance activities. On June 2, 1997, she was appointed ISRI executive director, after serving as association assistant counsel and director of environmental compliance. In March 2000, ISRI’s board conferred on her the title of president. As president of ISRI, Robin manages the day to day operations of the 1,300 member companies operating in nearly 4,000 locations in the U.S. and 34 countries worldwide that process, broker, and consume scrap commodities including metals, paper, plastic, glass, textiles, rubber, and electronics; provides strategic direction for the association, and oversees 42 staff members. The Washington, DC-based office publishes an award-winning bimonthly magazine, manages an active federal and state lobbying program, provides environmental, health and safety guidance and training, tracks commodities markets, and provides a variety of other services to the associations member companies.

Keynote Event

Lawrence Lecture: Michael Cahill

Wednesday, August 22
10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
Delta Ball Room

SWANA’s Lawrence Lecturer award may be given annually to an individual recognized as a national/international leader and expert in the field of solid waste management, or another segment of the field of environmental protection. Recognition can come in the form of research, management, publications, teaching and/or political action, and contributions should be substantial, significant and sustained. While emphasis is placed on the recipient working in the field of solid waste management, other fields of environmental protection may also be considered.

Michael Cahill, Partner, Germano & Cahill, PC

Michael Cahill

Michael J. Cahill is a partner in the firm of Germano & Cahill, P.C. of Holbrook, N.Y. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago (1974) and DePaul University College of Law (1978). Mr. Cahill has represented municipalities and public agencies in matters involving environmental issues, public contracts, construction disputes and particularly solid waste management for over 20 years. From 1984 through 1991 Mr. Cahill served as an assistant town attorney for the Town of Islip N.Y., and later President of the Islip Resource Recovery Agency. Mr. Cahill has represented municipalities in lawsuits involving the power of local government to regulate solid waste services through “flow control” against challenges under the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. In 2007, he argued on behalf of the respondents before the United States Supreme Court in United Haulers Association et al v. Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Management Authority, et al. Since 2002, Mr. Cahill has taught environmental law at Stony Brook University.

Keynote Event

When Uberization Collides with the Solid Waste Industry

Wednesday, August 21
11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Location TBD

In a study by IBM, over 5,000 C-Suite executives stated that their #1 fear for the future was the “Uberization” of their industry or marketplace. This energetic and informative session will help provide the keys in researching and determining what future disruption is coming your member’s way. Three dynamic forces are changing every industry, as it has the taxi, real estate, publishing and music industries. No industry is exempt from Uberization. Over the last five years disruption has transformed many industries, putting the association and their members at risk. Do you know what may be heading your way, that could create havoc in your industry? Tom Morrison will share with your attendees:

  • Four visuals every executive should be looking at with future business planning
  • Three dynamic forces causing disruption
  • Three reasons why disruption is happening
  • Six places disruption occurs

This is a must-see keynote.

Tom Morrison, CEO, Florida Automotive Industry Association

Tom Morrison

Tom Morrison is the CEO of the Florida Automotive Industry Association. In addition to running the association, he is a nationally sought-after speaker on the new Uberization economy. Mr. Morrison’s presentations bring an energy that fills the room, inspires change, motivates to take action and hits the hearts of his audiences.

Keynotes Thursday, August 23, 2018

Closing Keynote

The Power of Chaordic Systems

Thursday, August 23
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Delta Ball Room

WonderRigor™ is a chaordic system that requires us to be grounded in curiosity, and regularly loop in and out of improvisation, intuition and impact. Wonder is about imagining, supposing, day-dreaming and asking “What if?”; rigor is about discipline, time-on-task and structure.

Curiosity is the context for all creative action. Intuition, ‪improvisation, and insight are the major components of creativity. They do not occur in a linear order; rather there is an integrative ebb and flow between them. Intuition, or pattern recognition, and improvisation, a “chaordic” (term coined for the flow between chaos and order) system that values structure and randomness, are critical to ignite the final insight.

Natalie Nixon, Design Strategist, Author, Fellow at Paris d.School and Lecturer at The University of Pennsylvania

Natalie Nixon

Natalie W. Nixon helps organizations accelerate innovation and growth by developing meaningful strategy through design thinking and ethnographic research. As a scholar-entrepreneur, she applies her background in service design, anthropology and fashion to help clients with culture transformation, leadership development, ideation sessions and envisioning labs. Dr. Nixon is a Fellow at the Paris d. School, a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania in social innovation and design for social impact and a senior advisor at Econsult Solutions. She is the founding director of the Strategic Design MBA program at Philadelphia University. Dr. Nixon is editor of Strategic Design Thinking: Innovation in Products, Services, Experiences and Beyond and a regular contributor to INC.com online magazine. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Vassar College with a double major in anthropology and Africana studies; a Master’s degree in global textile marketing from Philadelphia University (USA), Shenkar College (Israel) & Reutlingen University (Germany); and a Ph.D. degree in design management from the University of Westminster, London.

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