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When it comes to business, volatility, disruption, and the threat of a recession are the new normal. In today's environment, companies either innovate, or stagnate-you know which side you'd rather be on. In this "Chat with Matt" virtual session, Matthew Wright, Founder & CEO, Specright shares his perspective on recession-proofing your business through packaging optimization. Bridget Grewal of Magna International joins Matthew to share her insights on optimization, without slowing down innovation or regressing on sustainability goals.

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Bringing together leaders in industry and technology to drive innovation.

Matthew Wright

Founder & CEO

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Matthew Wright is the founder & CEO of Specright, the first cloud-based platform for Specification Management. Specright has been recognized as a Gartner Cool Vendor, received the Salesforce Innovation Award and was named one of the Top Places to Work by the OC Register and Built in LA. Wright is also a published author and his book, “The Evolution of Products and Packaging,”was named to the Amazon Hot New Release List for Industrial Relations Business and has a five star rating.

Prior to founding Specright, Wright spent more than 25 years in the packaging industry, holding leadership positions at International Paper, Temple Inland, and rightPAQ — a packaging company he co-founded. He has also been involved in leading multiple M&A deals in the packaging industry and sits on the Packaging Advisory Board at Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo.

Bridget Grewal

Packaging Director, Continuous Improvement, Magna International

Bridget Grewal has been with Magna International since September 2013 and is currently assisting the 136 plants in North America with improvements and cross-group synergies that relate to packaging and transportation. She has built a Steering Committee that includes all of the Magna group leads to optimize this non-core business area and provide a platform for cooperation. They identify cost-saving opportunities using the volume of all the divisions in North America. She also serves as the Global Strategy Lead for Packaging within Magna and communicates common guidelines to Europe and Asia. Bridget has lead industry wide teams to develop automotive guidelines for packaging sustainability and asset tracking technologies. Outside of Magna, she holds the position of Great Lakes Regional Vice-President for the Institute of Packaging Professionals, has also served as President of the MSU School of Packaging Alumni Association and was inducted into the Packaging Hall of Fame in 2015. She has 20+ years of experience in the automotive industry including roles at Ford and The Budd Company, and in 2008 started Packaging Consultant Group, supporting firms like Mobis, Polaris and Caterpillar with a focus on packaging optimization. Bridget has two daughters, Chantel who is a packaging engineer at Nestle and Nicole who is a registered nurse at Pace Healthcare.

Matthew Wright

Founder & CEO, Specright

Matthew Wright is the founder & CEO of Specright, the first cloud-based platform for Specification Management. Specright has been recognized as a Gartner Cool Vendor, received the Salesforce Innovation Award and was named one of the Top Places to Work by the OC Register and Built in LA. Wright is also a published author and his book, “The Evolution of Products and Packaging”, was named to the Amazon Hot New Release List for Industrial Relations Business and has a five star rating. 

Prior to founding Specright, Wright spent more than 25 years in the packaging industry, holding leadership positions at International Paper, Temple Inland, and rightPAQ — a packaging company he co-founded. He has also been involved in leading multiple M&A deals in the packaging industry and sits on the Packaging Advisory Board at Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo.

"One thing that I have as a philosophy is that I can make a difference. It might be something that a limited amount of people know about, but I think if everybody made a difference and if they took something that they're passionate about and started getting their knowledge stronger, so that they can share it with other people, I think that that's how we're going to be able to move as fast as we need to."

Bridget Grewal

Packaging Director, Continuous Improvement, Magna International

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