Hyatt Regency Minneapolis   |   Minneapolis, Minnesota   |   June 17-20, 2024

WIPES Academy

The 2024 WIPES Academy: All Wipes Content
Stay ahead in your career and advance your skills with this deep dive into the world of wipes!

Monday  |  June 17  |  8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Tuesday  |  June 18  |  8:00 am – 1:00 pm

INDA Member fee: $2,200
Non-member fee: $2,925

This course is essential for anyone working in any area of the multi-billion dollar wipes industry – including:

  • Raw materials and packaging suppliers
  • Brand and private label wipe converters
  • Retail buyers
  • Product developers

Please Note: This course is recommended for applicants who have completed the INDA Elementary Nonwovens Training Course or have two to four years' experience of basic nonwoven fabrics knowledge.

WIPES Academy registrants receive a $250 discount off the WOW full conference registration fee. Pre-registration is required.

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Heidi BeattyHeidi Beatty, Chief Executive Officer, Crown Abbey LLC
Heidi Beatty has a successful track record as an innovator and project manager. Over her 20+ year career, she has launched products for some of the world’s leading brands as well as entrepreneurial start-ups. As CEO of Crown Abbey, Ms. Beatty and her team help a global client base across consumer, health care and nutritional categories to identify and commercialize new technologies.

After gaining a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of York, UK, she worked for Johnson & Johnson for over 10 years. From there, she worked at NicePak-PDI, launching many different wet wipes into the U.S. market.

Ms. Beatty has worked in the U.S., Germany and currently lives in the UK. She has a deep commitment to the environment and to supporting the voice of women, both in the work place, as well as well the products she helps develop for them.

Paul Davies, Ph.D.Paul Davies, Ph.D., Consultant, Crown Abbey LLC
Paul Davies has more than 25 years’ experience in R&D. He started his career formulating polymers and then spent 12 years at Johnson & Johnson developing consumer insights, claims and new products for different business categories involving nonwovens; including baby wipes, period products and incontinence products.

After leaving J&J, Mr. Davies worked for Nice-Pak, Inc./PDI as marketing director, managing the P&L for their infection prevention business. He then returned to his roots to head the R&D team at Nice-Pak, Inc./PDI, leading the innovation team for all categories of wet wipes from floor cleaning products to facial cleansing wipes. After Nice-Pak, there was a brief departure from nonwovens, and into cosmetics with Schwan Cosmetics and Avon, before joining Crown Abbey as a consultant in 2019.

Mr. Davies has worked in the UK, Germany and the U.S. and has managed R&D teams located through the globe. He has a degree in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry and lives with his wife and twin boys in the UK.

Matt has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and a Masters of Engineering Administration from Virginia Tech, and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University with a heavy emphasis on the processing-structure-property relationships of polymeric materials.