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    • 12 Mar 2024
    • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Luxe Hotel

    Join Beauty Industry West members as we learn more about "The Changing Beauty Landscape: Updating Packaging and Regulatory Issues 2024."

    Navigating the waters of Regulatory Compliance and the changing trends in Packaging plus Supply Chain challenges requires a broad understanding of the complex issues and long-term outcomes.

    Two industry experts will convey new information about MoCRA  and potential pivot points needed to succeed in beauty marketing in the coming year.

    Guest Speakers

    Ronie Schmelz

    Partner, K&L Gates

    Allison Kent-Gunn

    Packaging Consultant


    Tuesday, March 12, 2024


    11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


    Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel

    11461 Sunset Boulevard • Los Angeles, California 90049

    Event Sponsor

    Ticket Prices

    Before March 6, 2024

    Member $88

    Non-member $98

    After March 6, 2024

    Member $98

    Non-member $108

    Meal Options

    Grilled Portobello & Asparagus Risotto with Mascarpone

    Moroccan Chicken Salad over Romaine Lettuce, Red Bell Pepper, Carrots, Roasted Butternut Squash, Yellow Beets, Chopped Egg and Champagne Vinaigrette.

    Warm Grilled Salmon Salad over Mixed Greens, Scallions, Carrots, Tomatoes, Cucumber and Radicchio, with Balsamic Vinaigrette.

    Gift Bag

    Each attendee will receive a small gift bag.

    About our Guest Speakers

    Ronie Schmelz
    Partner, K&L Gates

    Ronie spent the first 25 years of her career at an international law firm, defending clients in complex litigation, including consumer class actions and disputes involving reinsurance, general commercial, real estate, and healthcare-related matters. During the second half of her career, she has committed herself to advising clients on litigation-avoidance strategies so they can confidently focus on building and operating their businesses in a manner that reduces the risk of regulatory oversight or consumer challenges. These strategies include implementing best practices for complying with regulations and standards enforced by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), other federal and state regulatory agencies, as well as the National Advertising Division (NAD), and ways to reduce exposure to consumer class actions. Ronie advises clients on a myriad of topics – including the implementation of recall procedures and responding to FDA Warning Letters, Notices of Action, and MedWatch Adverse Event Reports – and she defends clients in nationwide consumer class actions.

    Ronie has deep industry knowledge and extensive experience advising clients in the consumer product industry, particularly those that manufacture cosmetics, skin and hair care products, dietary supplements, and household goods. Along with her experienced team of K&L Gates attorneys, Ronie counsels companies on compliance with the Federal Packaging and Labeling Act, California Proposition 65, the marketing of CBD and hemp products under the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (the Farm Bill), and other federal and state consumer protection, advertising, and unfair business practices laws. Ronie and her team also draft and negotiate vendor and corporate agreements and manage domestic and international intellectual property rights, helping clients achieve good business hygiene by ensuring that proper contracts and IP protections are in place.

    A leader in the cosmetics industry, Ronie serves on the Board of the Independent Beauty Association (IBA) and as legal counsel to the executive board of Beauty Industry West (BIW). She also frequently speaks at industry events, including Cosmoprof North America and Bologna, Natural Products Association (NPA), California and New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists Suppliers’ Day, and American Conference Institute. She has taught a course on Advertising Law at Loyola Marymount University Law School, UCLA Extension, and the Fashion Institute of Design & Management (FIDM). Ronie also provides added value to client relationships by conducting educational in-house regulatory training sessions.

    Allison Kent-Gunn

    Packaging Consultant

    With over 7 years of experience in packaging, Allison Kent-Gunn has collaborated with numerous beauty brands from indie to international to bring their packaging plans from ideation to final production. While currently working as a Sales Director, Allison’s passion for beauty packaging and sustainability extends well beyond her 9 to 5 duties. In addition to her full-time sales director job, she teaches a college level cosmetic packaging class at the Fashion

    Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles, offers independent consulting to brands needing professional guidance in navigating the world of packaging, and leverages her

    Instagram presence to help educate consumers and brands alike learn the nuances of sustainable packaging. Allison also serves as a member of the Independent Beauty Association’s (IBA) Supply Chain and Sustainability Committee.

    About our Industry Sponsor

    Access Ingredients

    Based in Arcadia, California, Access Ingredients supplies a diverse range of specialty materials used in skin and hair care applications. The company prides itself on providing not only the highest quality raw materials but also maintaining an in-house R&D application lab to respect and fulfill the needs of customers. With a bi-coastal capability and sales and support structure across North America, Access Ingredients ensures a high level of customer service, innovation, and responsiveness.

    Access Ingredients focuses on developing new products and services that enhance efficiency and reduce costs for customers. The company also specializes in Korean fermentation technology ingredients. Its goal is to exhibit the highest standards of integrity, ensuring that the products customers receive will satisfy their budgetary plans and exceed their expectations. Access Ingredients develops and cultivates strong relationships with suppliers to pass on significant value and savings to customers.
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