Monday, April 19, 2021
12:45 -1:00pm - Welcome and Opening Remarks
1:00-2:00pm - Designed for Health
Kick off Home Reimagined with a panel of design and trend experts that will discuss how previous pandemics have shaped home design and use, and what we may expect to see in the years to come. Expert speakers will present home design through the lens of history and discuss future trends. You'll also gain an insider’s view of what home owners are looking to bring into their lives as they seek a healthier, more functional environment.
2:00-2:30pm - State of the Association & Strategic Plan Roll Out
AHAM President and CEO Joe McGuire will deliver the State of the Association and present AHAM's three year strategic plan.
2:30-2:45pm - Break
2:45-3:45pm - Keynote on Safety, CPSC
Featured invited speaker Robert Adler, acting chair of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, has been on the front lines of consumer product safety policy over the course of nearly a dozen years as a commissioner. Listen and learn as he reflects on his time and shares his thoughts on the CPSC and product safety in an evolving political and regulatory landscape.
3:45-4:15pm - Chair's Address
AHAM Board Chair, Pat Bassett, Vice President of Research & Development Home Appliances at Newell Brands, will close out the first day of Home Reimagined
with her thoughts on the past year and how AHAM is positioned to move forward.
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
10:45-11:45am - The Great Indoors: Air Quality, Policy and the Healthy Home, A Joint Division Meeting
Appliance manufacturers, with their role in creating a healthy home, are certain to feel the effects as indoor air quality evolves as a political and social issue. Hear panelists from government, the building industry, and NGOs offer their vision of the next decade in indoor air quality, and how the home appliance industry fits in.
Session I: Complexities at the Border: Canada-US Issues
Canada and the United States enjoy one of the most lucrative and enduring trade relationships in the world. Canada is the United States’ largest customer and buys more goods from the United States than China, Japan and the United Kingdom combined. Since March 2021, the two countries have agreed to extend cross-border travel restrictions to non-essential travel due to COVID-19. A secure and efficient flow of goods and people across the border is vital to both countries’ economic competitiveness and prosperity. Our panel will discuss Canada-US border issues that have arisen during COVID-19 and their impact the appliance-manufacturing sector in Canada.
Session II: The Future of Appliances: COVID-19 Appliance Impact Research
AHAM is looking to better understand how appliance use, purchasing behavior and future usage is expected to be impacted by COVID-19 and its long-term influence on consumer behavior. Since the beginning of the pandemic many new and emerging consumer trends have developed because of shelter in place and social distancing restrictions.
The resulting consumer behaviors have potential to redefine the expectations and use that consumers have in both their day-to-day lives as well as with larger macro trends that influence how appliances are purchased and used in the home.
This research will determine the impacts of COVID-19 on several larger areas as well as delving deeper into the impact that the pandemic has had on appliance related home trends. AHAM members will benefit from the shared learning on the consumer and specific aspects of the research that has been tailored to be asked among AHAM’s appliance divisions.
12:30-1:00pm - Sponsored Break
1:10-2:10pm - Keynote: Leading with a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Lens
As organizations grapple with the impact of world events inside the workplace, leaders are increasingly challenged to foster an equitable and inclusive work culture in which people of diverse backgrounds can thrive. In her talk, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE) consultant Shilpa Alimchandani will explore the stages of the DEI journey, common pitfalls for leaders, and how to use a DEI lens in decision-making.
2:10-2:20pm - Professional Stretch Break
2:20-3:20pm - CEO Roundtable
Join in on a much-anticipated highlight of AHAM's Annual Meeting. AHAM's President and CEO will moderate a discussion with CEOs from AHAM's member companies. The discussion will be interesting and insightful, covering topics such as leadership, strategic vision, the impact of COVID-19 and more.
3:20-3:30pm - Industry Achievement Awards Presentation
AHAM President and CEO, Joe McGuire, and AHAM Board Chair, Pat Bassett, will present this year's Home Appliance Industry Leadership (HAIL) award.
3:30-4:00pm - Keynote Address: Dr. Kathleen Hogan, DOE
Energy Policy has a powerful impact on how products are designed and tested. This year has seen an increase in energy policy interest at the federal level that is certain to continue for the next few years.
Dr. Kathleen Hogan, Acting Undersecretary for Science and Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, will address the DOE’s current policy initiatives and the department’s direction in the years ahead.
4:00-4:45pm - The Current State of American Politics: How to Navigate During a Period of Turmoil
4:45-5:00pm - Chocolate Tasting
Enjoy a sweet taste of chocolate with a chocolate expert! AHAM will send a box of chocolates to the first 175 registrants (limited to US and CANADA residents only), and Marisol Slater of The Chocolate House in Washington D.C. will guide you through a tasting. You will be emailed a link to submit your mailing address once you have completed event registration.
The Chocolate House is a specialty chocolate shop specializing in bean-to-bar manufacturers, fair trade and organic manufacturers, local chocolatiers, and chocolate education. Marisol Slater, owner of The Chocolate House is also founder & organizer of The DC Chocolate Festival, DC's 1st and only consumer chocolate show focused on bean-to-bar & artisan chocolate show.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Virtual Capitol Hill Visits
The pause on in-person meetings has not slowed AHAM’s advocacy. The Virtual Capitol Hill Visit is an excellent opportunity for you to share your story with members of Congress to help them understand how the decisions they make in areas like energy policy and product safety affect the appliances that consumers use every day.