May 30, 2024

Inaugural Date for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Workshop Series Announced

DATE ANNOUNCED FOR VIRTUAL DEI WORKSHOPS

HIGH POINT, N.C. –– The International Textile Alliance (ITA) is committed to cultivating and promoting diversity within the industry. ITA is pleased to announce the launch of the Inclusive Practices Series, hosted by the CEO of Social Designs, Jada Monica Drew. Over the next few months, this virtual four-part series will cover actionable ways in which people can foster a dynamic and collaborative work environment. Studies show that organizations with inclusive cultures are three times more likely to be high performing, six times more likely to be innovative, and eight times more likely to have overall better business outcomes.

The first workshop in the DEI Series, “What is DEI? Aligning & Examining Language in Action”, will be presented via Zoom on Thursday, February 16, 2023, from 1:00-3:00 pm. The discussion will revolve around the subjects of diversity, equity, inclusion, access, and racial justice, moving into an analysis of what these terms look and feel like in action on a daily basis in the workplace. The participation fee for ITA members and sponsoring companies is $50 and $100 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased at https://shopita.org/.

This series is sponsored by Richloom, Crypton Fabric, Skyline Furniture, and STI.

About ITA Founded in 1990, ITA is a non-profit business association dedicated to promoting its members and supporting industry development. Members pay an annual fee that funds the association’s industry events and education programs. A primary membership benefit is that only ITA members are permitted to exhibit at the biannual Interwoven Textile Fair by ITA.

About Social Designs Founded in 2007 by Jada Monica Drew, Social Designs is a results-driven leadership and diversity firm. The organization seeks to help business enhance workplace culture, re-center staff on purpose and vision, and catalyze the growth of leaders. Social Designs aims to challenge, connect, and support individuals to realize their full potential for impact. Available services include consulting, executive coaching, customized training, facilitation, and workshops. Social Designs works with a wide range of industries, including arts, banking, construction, education, government, and NGOs. Learn more at https://www.socialdesignsconsulting.com/

About Richloom Richloom manufactures textiles on a global scale, offering an extensive product range from prints and wovens to decorative textiles. The company also has a hospitality component, featuring furniture and finished goods production. Headquartered in New York City with major operations in North Carolina and South Carolina, Richloom is able to serve a wide range of customers and industries.

About Crypton Fabric Crypton Fabric produces beautiful, stain-resistant, and durable performance fabric. Providing earth-friendly solutions for stylish applications, Crypton offers a multitude of fabrics, textures, and designs. With commercial and residential applications, the state-of-the-art Crypton fabrics are elegant solutions to everyday living.

About Skyline Furniture Family-owned and operated since 1946, Skyline Furniture is a wholesale furniture company. Skyline produces custom handcrafted furniture pieces in a variety of styles and upholstery. The brand partners with numerous retailers across the country.

About STI Specialty Textiles Incorporated (STI) has been making performance upholstery fabrics since 1964. Committed to crafting earth-friendly products, STI debuted the Revolution Brand Performance Fabrics in 2014 – the industry’s first chemical-free, upcycled and stain-resistant performance fabric. With headquarters in Kings Mountain, NC, STI is a family-owned company with a commitment to producing high quality fabrics at affordable price points.