TEAMWORKS Postponed Until October 29, 2020 

MWSCC has made the difficult decision to postpone TEAMWORKS Exposition, the NEXT GEN TECH SYMPOSIUM (April 8) and Social Night based on the rapidly-evolving COVID-19 public health crisis.

The health, safety and well-being of all our attendees and members is paramount and the new date for TEAMWORKS will be
Thursday, October 29, 2020 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

Please know, the MWSCC Board and TEAMWORKS team is committed to working even harder to deliver a high-quality, safe and relevant event in October that the Midwest cosmetic/personal care and household products industries deserve.

For any questions or concerns, please contact: teamworks@midwestscc.org

As it becomes available, additional information will be available here on this website.

We appreciate this great industry’s loyalty, support and trust of Midwest Society of Cosmetic Chemists TEAMWORKS and look forward to seeing everyone in October.

TEAMWORKS 2020:  THE NEXT GENERATION

Register now to join nearly 1,000 industry professionals at THE regional showcase for the latest innovations in cosmetic/personal care and household sourcing, formulation and product development.

Thank you to our sponsor!

TECHNICAL SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE
8:30 amCoffee/Tea, Light Breakfast- located in the back of the room the entire time
9:00-9:10 amOpening remarks: Perry Romanowski, (Element 44 Inc.) MWSCC Chapter Chair, Teamworks Co-Chair
9:10-9:20 amWelcome Remarks: Gene Frank (Solo Labs) Teamworks Symposium Chair
9:20-9:30 amFitz Chem, Diamond Sponsor
9:30-9:55 am“An Introduction to the use of colorants in cosmetics and personal care products,” Kelly Dobos, (Cosmetic Chemist, Former SCC President) The selection and use of colorants in cosmetics and personal care products is part art and part science with the added complexity of
global regulatory constraints. This talk will introduce the concepts of color theory and measurement along with an overview of the physical and chemical aspects of pigments, dyes, and effect pigments.
9:55-10:20 am“All About Essential Oils Orchidia Fragrances,” Jim Powell, (Orchidia Fragrances) A comprehensive introduction to essential oils through the lens of three popular fragrance materials: orange oil, lavender oil, and rose oil. Key factors influencing the cost of essential oils, including harvesting methods and distillation yields, will be discussed. This session will also explore how the chemical composition of each essential oil impacts quality assurance and analysis.
10:20-10:30 am10-minute Refreshment Break
10:30-10:55 am“Cosmetic Recalls and the “Good Housekeeping” of Manufacturing Plants,” Alexandra Mozina, (Active Concepts, LLC) Recalls due to microbial contamination are worth being concerned about, as consumers put their trust into product brands to provide safe and quality products. However, many professionals in the Cosmetic Industry are calling out the movement towards non-traditional “preservatives” as the reason for recent microbial contamination recalls. This not the case.
10:55-11:20 am“Demystifying Water/Oil Emulsions,” Leor Fay Tal, (Gattefossé USA) This educational session will tackle both problems, looking first at the benefits that water-in-oil emulsions bring to the skin and their place amongst current consumer trends, and then offering practical tips and tricks for chemists looking to dive into the world of W/O emulsions.
11:20-12:00 pmClosing Keynote Speaker: Catherine Johns, motivational speaker and communications expert “Next Generation Leadership:
Balance Command and Connection.”
Learn how to embody leadership so that you can influence how you’re perceived —
and how others respond to you.
12:00-5:00 pmTEAMWORKS EXHIBITS OPEN

Full descriptions and info on presenters below!

Perry Romanowski
MWSCC Chapter Chair, Teamworks Co-Chair

Element 44 Inc

Session Title: Opening Remarks
Session Time: 9:00-9:10 am
Session Location: Hall B

Speaker Bio:
Perry Romanowski is an independent cosmetic chemist, who has spent over 25 years developing products in the personal care and cosmetic industry.  He has worked on both hair and skin care products. He is currently Vice President of Element 44 Inc which specialized in science education. He is a long time instructor for the SCC continuing education program and has authored or edited 6 books in cosmetic science, along with numerous articles. In 2014, Romanowski created the Practical Cosmetic Formulating online training program to provide cosmetic chemists continuing education across a broad range of formula categories.  He served as the 2018 President of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) and is currently the Chair of the Midwest SCC Chapter.  Previously, Romanowski worked for Alberto Culver serving as a senior project leader for hair care innovation. Additionally, he has made appearances on popular TV shows including the Dr. Oz show and the Rachel Ray show. Romanowski received his B.S. in Chemistry from DePaul University and also studied Biochemistry. He is the founder and creator of the ChemistsCorner.com website dedicated to teaching about cosmetic science.

Gene Frank
Teamworks Symposium Chair

SOLO Labs

Session Title: Welcome Remarks
Session Time: 9:10-9:20 am
Session Location: Hall B

Speaker Bio:

Gene Frank began his career obtaining his Bachelor’s of Science in Pharmacy from the College of Pharmacy of the University of Illinois. He went on to gain a Master’s of Science in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the Graduate College of the University of Illinois, and completed his Doctorate in Medical Chemistry from the Graduate College of the University of Illinois.

After gaining an extensive academic background, Gene went on to work as the Technical Director for Personal Care and OTC Drug Products for Kolar Labs in Chicago. Following that he was made the Director of R&D for Personal Care and Fragrance Products for Jovan. Gene then moved on to VP of R&D and Sales for Personal Care and OTC Drug Products for Raani Corp. He later on became a Senior VP of Sales and Technical Services for Personal Care & OTC Drugs for SOLO Labs. His experience has given him over forty years as a professional cosmetic chemist and pharmacist in the development, testing and sales for personal care products, OTC topical drugs, homeopathic formulations and household formulations. Gene has served as the SCC Chair three times for the MW SCC Chapter, and is currently serving as the Chair of the Education and Scholarship Committee for MW SCC. He has also worked as a Mentor and Tutor for the Chicago Chapter of the American Chemical Society and is a member of the College Education Committee of Chicago ACS Chapter.

Kelly Dobos
Cosmetic Chemist, Former SCC President

Society of Cosmetic Chemists

Session Title: An Introduction to the Use of Colorants in Cosmetics and Personal Care Products
Session Time: 9:30-9:55 am
Session Location: Hall B

Session Description:

The selection and use of colorants in cosmetics and personal care products is part art and part science with the added complexity of global regulatory constraints. This talk will introduce the concepts of color theory and measurement, along with an overview of the physical and chemical aspects of pigments, dyes, and effect pigments.

Speaker Bio:
Kelly A. Dobos is a cosmetic chemist with expertise in both skin care and color cosmetic formulation. She graduated from Oberlin College with a Bachelors degree in chemistry and obtained a Master of Science in pharmaceutical sciences with an emphasis in cosmetic science from the James L Winkle College of Pharmacy (WCOP) at the University of Cincinnati. She is a recent recipient of the GOLD (Graduate of the Last Decade) Distinguished Alumni Award from the WCOP. Kelly also holds a MBA from Cleveland State University.

Kelly has served the Society of Cosmetic Chemists in numerous roles at the local and national level including Chapter Chair, Area II Director, National Treasurer, Executive Committee, Committee of Scientific Affairs (COSA), and Committee on Chapter Affairs (COCA), Constitution & Bylaws Committee, Nominations & Elections Committee, and the Editorial Review Committee for Journal of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists. Kelly served as the Society’s President in 2019.

Jim Powell
Senior Perfumer and Research & Development Director

Orchidia Fragrances

Session Title: All About Essential Oils
Session Time: 9:55-10:20 am
Session Location: Hall B

Session Description:

Essential oil claims are expected to increase in 2020 as brands respond to consumer demand for naturally positioned products. In this session, Jim Powell, Senior Perfumer and Research & Development Director at Orchidia Fragrances, provides a comprehensive introduction to essential oils through the lens of three popular fragrance materials: orange oil, lavender oil, and rose oil. Key factors influencing the cost of essential oils, including harvesting methods and distillation yields, will be discussed. This session will also explore how the chemical composition of each essential oil impacts quality assurance and analysis.

Speaker Bio:
Jim Powell was promoted to Senior Perfumer and Research & Development Director at Orchidia Fragrances in 2008. Born and raised in Chicago, Mr. Powell received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Bradley University. He began his career at Orchidia Fragrances as a part-time college intern and subsequently served in a variety of roles in the fragrance lab. Mr. Powell began his perfumery training under Patrick O’Dea and continued under John Lajkiewicz.

Alexandra Mozina
Technical Marketing

Active Concepts, LLC

Session Title: Cosmetic Recalls and the “Good Housekeeping” of Manufacturing Plants
Session Time: 10:30-10:55 am
Session Location: Hall B

Session Description:

Social media today highlights consumer’s concerns on threats the Cosmetic Industry poses to society. The Food and Drug Administration publishes cosmetic recalls on their website in real time, drawing consumer attention and raising concerns on the microbial contaminations accounted for. Recalls due to microbial contamination are worth being concerned about, as consumers put their trust into product brands to provide safe and quality products. However, many professionals in the Cosmetic Industry are calling out the movement towards non-traditional “preservatives” as the reason for recent microbial contamination recalls. This not the case. After examination and quantification of cosmetic recalls in the United States from January 2017-June 2019, over 94% of recalls are due to microbial contaminations, most likely from poor plant hygiene, rather than ineffective preservative systems.

Speaker Bio:
Alexandra N. Mozina is in technical marketing with Active Concepts, LLC and Active Micro Technologies where she is a key technical liaison between cosmetic research development and sales. Alexandra has a Bachelor of Science in Cell/Molecular Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Appalachian State University. After gaining 5 years of research experience and a publication with her work in Microbiology and infectious organisms, Alexandra transitioned into cosmetics in 2019. She now focuses on articulating research studies into marketing materials to further product and brand development within the cosmetic industry and was recently published in the November/December issue of EuroCosmetics magazine.

Leor Fay Tal
Technical Marketing Leader

Gattefossé USA

Session Title: Demystifying Water/Oil Emulsions
Session Time: 10:55-11:20 am
Session Location: Hall B

Session Description:

Water-in-oil emulsions have many benefits to offer both formulators and end consumers. Still, many chemists are hesitant to approach this product type due to outdated perceptions of poor sensory properties and lack of knowledge on how to formulate with W/O emulsifiers. This educational session will tackle both problems: looking first at the benefits that water-in-oil emulsions bring to the skin and their place amongst current consumer trends, and then offering practical tips and tricks for chemists looking to dive into the world of W/O emulsions.

Speaker Bio:

Leor Fay Tal graduated from Rutgers University earning her Bachelor’s in biological sciences. Leor Fay has been in the personal care industry for four years, serving in R&D, regulatory, and in marketing. She joined the Personal Care division of Gattefossé USA in October 2018 as the Technical Marketing Leader. She delivers information on trends and consumers, provides technical marketing support to the company’s sales teams and agents across North America, Canada, and Mexico, and works to promote knowledge and understanding of the company’s ingredients. Prior to Gattefossé, Leor Fay had worked in the R&D Powder Laboratory for one year, followed by two years as the Raw Material Regulatory Affairs Specialist at MANA Products.

Leor Fay has been an active member of the NYSCC since 2016. She organized the April 2018 event Cosmetics in the Middle East, A Regulatory Perspective; she will be chairing the June 2020 Sensory Event, and proudly serves as Secretary of the 2020 NYSCC Executive Board.

Catherine Johns

Session Title: Next Gen Leadership: Balance Command and Connection
Session Time: 11:20-12:00 pm
Session Location: Hall B

 Session Description

Leadership used to mean do-what-I-say-and-do-it now. Those days are over. Today’s leaders balance that take-charge quality with the ability to inspire, motivate, and find common ground.

 Whether you’re leading a team, a company, or a project, real leadership is about who you are and the impression you make on those you hope to lead.

Discover how to embody leadership so that you can influence how you’re perceived—and how others respond to you. When you know how to command a room and how to connect with people, you can have a real impact on colleagues, customers, and business results.

Speaker Bio:

When it comes to communication, Catherine Johns wrote the book. And did the radio show. And gave the talk. Catherine’s audience benefits from her years of experience on the stage and in the studio. What do you say about yourself, your work, and your team? How are you perceived while you say it? She offers a practical path to making a stronger impression as a real leader when you speak in a meeting, on a conference call, even in casual conversation. A catalyst for compelling communication, Catherine can show you how to create more impact and more success

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