The 2024 Agenda is Now Live !

2024 SPEAKERS

Our featured speakers have been announced! Meet some of the industry trailblazers and change-makers who will be taking the stage in Chicago...

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Session Types

Choose from a variety of session formats to fit each type of learning style. Whether you favor condensed, rapid-fire sessions; you can’t wait to hear from thought leaders on the main stage; or are eager to roll up your sleeves for hands-on learning, there are different session formats to fit your learning style.

Main Stage Sessions

This main stage experience is led by expert thought leaders and practitioners. Their stories will inspire you to think outside the box and widen your perspectives. You’ll leave feeling energized, motivated and equipped to succeed in 2024 and beyond.

Workshop Sessions

 Presentations from solo presenters or co-presenters will feature best practices, forward-looking strategies and resources you need to advance your business now and in the future.

Education Sessions

With multiple sessions to choose from, these sessions are packed with original content and tactical advice. Presenters will share information based on the most popular topics requested by attendees like you.

Speaker Sessions

Click on the speaker to learn more about the sessions they are a part of and start planning your conference itinerary now!

Whitney Beatty

CEO of Apothecarry Brands / CEO of Josephine & Billies / VP of Supernova Women /Advocate

Chris Ball

CEO of Ball Family Farms Inc

Guy Rocourt

Founder | Co-Founder, CEO Papa & Barkley | Expert Extractor | 20 yr. Legacy Operator | Master Cultivator | $100M Cannabis sold | 40+ industry awards

Ahmad Islam

CEO/Founder, Entrepreneur, Thought Leader, Marketer, Brand Builder, Culture Mover, Cannapreneur

Christine De La Rosa​

CEO & Co-Founder at The People's Ecosystem | Managing Member of The People's Group | Entrepreneur, Advocate, Advisor, Speaker & Thought Leader

Carlondo Mitchell

Owner 5th House Farms, a Tier 3 producer-processor in Washington

Fredricka Easley

Director of Strategic Intiatives, The People's Ecosystem | Host, The People Are Blunt Podcast | Vice President, MCBA

Rodney Holcombe

Director of Public Policy at LeafLink

Naomi Granger

Founder National Association of Cannabis Accounting and Tax Professionals (NACAT Pros),

Dr. Bridget Williams

Family Physician, Medical Cannabis Specialist, Host of “Reclaim Your Wellness”, Amazon #1 Bestselling series “Courage in Cannabis”

Neffer Kerr

Executive Director , NorthStar Minority Cannabis Association

Reese Xavier

CEO & Managing Partner of HT23 Growers

Peter Contos

Deputy Director at Cannabis Equity IL Coalition

Edie Moore

Founding Board Member of Chicago NORML, South Shore Business Community Advocate, Cannabis Business Owner (SWAY Dispensary)

Shawnee Williams

Founder of Illinois Equity Staffing, Cannabis Recruiter , HR Professional, Educator

Antoine Mordican

CEO of Native Black Cultivation

Blandine Jean-Paul

Coming Soon!

Dr. Cassandray Gosa

Chirpx Founder, Medical Cannabis Pharmacist

Chris Jackson

Executive Director at Michigan Legislative Black Caucus,State Regulations Committee for the NCIA

Dominique White

Director of People and Operations at Ivy Hall

Al Kamara

Coming Soon!

Donna Bracey

Owner of Bud Weed an Flower CEO/CoFounder of Stories of AllHemp, Upscale and VuVuV CBD Petli

Jesce Horton

CEO at LOWD, an award-winning company that embodies the art of urban craft cultivation.

Fred Spencer

Co-Founder at AYO Foods

Toni

RN, wellness practitioner, thought leader, business consultant, educator, and advocate for health equity

Dr Mila Marshall

Ecologist with a focus on the intersection between the environment and the economy.

Norman Lawrence

Founder & CEO at Carib Interactive

Aidan Syms

Designer specializing in Controlled Environment Horticulture and Biophilia

Belicia Royster​

Claims Investigator, Social Security Administration

Steven Philpotts

Anzisha Consulting

Willie JR Fleming

Community Activist Social Equity licensee

Audrey Johnson

Executive Director, Maryland Office of Social Equity

Felicia Santiago

Deputy Director, Chicago Norml

Gibran Washington

CEO, Ethos Cannabis

Charles Ball

CFO, Ball Family Farms

Steven Conville

Founder & CEO, Kronic Relief Inc.

Dario Boyce

Project Manager, Anderson Porter Design

Cameron Ward

Broker, IMA

Arianne Richards

Executive Director, Chicago NORML

Sean Ilenrey

General Manager, Strategic Markets, Dutchie

Ryan D'Wolff Munro

VP Strategic Markets, Dutchie

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Whitney Beatty

CEO of Apothecarry Brands / CEO of Josephine & Billies / VP of Supernova Women / Advocate

Josephine& Billies

Whitney Beatty is a dynamic reality television development exec turned cannabis entrepreneur. After a 15 year career that saw her raise from an assistant at the iconic William Morris Agency to a Senior Vice President of Development at WB/Telepix, she transitioned to use her knowledge of
brand and niche markets in the cannabis space.

Inspired by a lack of stylish, safe cannabis storage systems and a distain for storing medicine in a shoebox, Whitney’s first company Apothecarry Brands, Inc. was selected for the first cohort of Canopy San Diego cannabis business accelerator. Whitney subsequently pitched and won the ArcView Groups 2017 Los Angeles pitch prize and was selected at the Fall 2017 Pipeline LA portfolio company.

July 26, 2024 • 3:00 PM-3:45 PM

The Realities of Raising Capital

This session will provide a deep dive into the challenges and opportunities of raising capital in the cannabis industry. Attendees will gain valuable insights into the unique hurdles that cannabis entrepreneurs face when seeking investment, such as regulatory complexities, stigma, and market volatility. Industry experts and investors will share best practices, strategies, and lessons learned from successfully raising capital in the cannabis space. From navigating compliance requirements to attracting investors and securing funding, this session will offer practical advice and real-world perspectives on the realities of accessing capital in the cannabis industry. Join us for a candid discussion on the intricacies of cannabis fundraising and how to effectively navigate the financial landscape of this rapidly growing sector.

Chris Ball

CEO of Ball Family Farms Inc

Ball Family Farms

Chris Ball is the Founder of Ball Family Farms, Inc., the first vertically integrated, minority-owned, Social Equity commercial cannabis facility in Los Angeles. Mr. Ball is an accomplished entrepreneur and innovative cultivator.

July 26, 2024 • 9:00 AM-9:30 AM

Lessons Learned from California : Becoming Legends of the Craft

Join us for a candid session where industry pioneers share their experiences and lessons learned from starting a cannabis business in California, one of the most dynamic and competitive cannabis markets in the world. Attendees will gain valuable insights into navigating the regulatory landscape, securing licenses, building a brand, and overcoming challenges unique to the California market. Speakers will provide practical advice on business strategies, compliance requirements, and successful tactics for thriving in this evolving industry. Whether you are a new entrepreneur, existing business owner, or industry enthusiast, this session will offer valuable perspectives and key takeaways for launching and growing a successful cannabis business in California.

Guy Rocourt

Founder | Co-Founder, CEO Papa & Barkley | Expert Extractor | 20 yr. Legacy Operator | Master Cultivator | $100M Cannabis sold | 40+ industry awards

Papa & Barkley

Guy Rocourt is the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer for Papa & Barkley, a leading California cannabis wellness company.

At P&B Guy is responsible for optimizing production practices, ensuring the company complies with rigorous testing and lab standards, and developing the product roadmap as the brand continues to expand into different areas of the cannabis marketplace.

July 25, 2024 • 11:00 AM-11:30 AM

Clean Cannabis

This session will delve into the importance of clean cannabis cultivation practices and their impact on the environment, consumer health, and industry sustainability. Attendees will gain insights into sustainable cultivation methods such as organic farming, water conservation, energy efficiency, and waste management. Speakers will discuss the benefits of clean cultivation, including higher-quality products, reduced environmental footprint, and improved consumer trust. Join us to learn how clean cannabis cultivation can benefit both businesses and consumers, and explore ways to integrate sustainable practices into your cultivation operations.

Ahmad Islam

CEO/Founder, Entrepreneur, Thought Leader, Marketer, Brand Builder, Culture Mover, Cannapreneur

Ten35

Passionate experienced Senior level business/marketing leader and entrepreneur with proven track record creating, launching, and building innovative game changing companies, brands, and campaigns across numerous categories.

Expert in the process of TRANSFORMING BRANDS THRU CULTURE.
Years of extensive expertise and experience in effectively connecting Brands with diverse consumers, including Black & LatinX via innovative marketing strategies and engagements. Unique experience leveraging DE&I as a critical business and culture driver within organizations.

Coming soon!

Owning Cannabis Culture: The Intersection of

Possesses a wealth of experience and expertise in the development of marketing and communications strategy, creative, and engagement platforms.

An accomplished entrepreneur with great success launching and building start-up entities that have evolved to become category thought-leaders. Experience in starting, building, scaling, and selling successful business enterprises.

Seeking like minded entities, professionals and clients passionate about their craft and committed to taking full advantage of the unique opportunities and challenges presented by today’s ever changing marketplace.

Specialties: Integrated Marketing, Brand Strategy, Branded Content, Cultural Consulting, Emerging Business Strategy, Advertising, Promotions, Experiential Marketing, Digital/Social/Mobile Media, Entrepreneurship, Multicultural Strategy

Christine De La Rosa

CEO & Co-Founder at The People's Ecosystem | Managing Member of The People's Group | Entrepreneur, Advocate, Advisor, Speaker & Thought Leader

The People's Ecosystem

Christine De La Rosa is a cannabis entrepreneur, advocate, advisor, and speaker with over 7 years of experience as the CEO and Co-Founder of The People’s Ecosystem, a company that is revolutionizing the cannabis industry by serving the needs and preferences of the largest market segments that are currently overlooked by the mainstream players. She is also a Strategic Advisor at Nourish And Bloom Market, the first black-owned autonomous grocery store using AI and deep learning to increase access to better food choices, and a Founding Member at The People’s Group, a cannabis investment firm that focuses on BIPOC and women-led cannabis/ancillary businesses.

July 25, 2024 • 10:25 AM-10:55 AM

The New Frontier of Success : Exploring Supplier Divirsity in Cannabis

Join us for a session on Exploring Supplier Diversity in Cannabis, where we will delve into the importance of promoting diversity and inclusion within the cannabis industry supply chain. Our panel of experts will discuss the benefits of supplier diversity, share best practices for sourcing from diverse suppliers, and explore ways to create more equitable opportunities for minority-owned businesses in the cannabis sector. Learn about certification programs, networking opportunities, and resources available to support supplier diversity initiatives in the cannabis industry. Whether you are a cannabis business owner, supplier

Carlondo Mitchell

Owner 5th House Farms, a Tier 3 producer-processor in Washington

5th House Farms

Family-owned and operated, 5th House Farms, a Tier 3 producer-processor in Washington I-502 recreational cannabis. National advocate for social equity in cannabis, with a vision to create opportunities and generational wealth. Making connections through community outreach, events and partnership.

July 26, 2024 • 3:00 PM-3:45 PM

5th House Farms & Spark 9

TBD

Fredricka Easley

Director of Strategic Intiatives, The People's Ecosystem | Host, The People Are Blunt Podcast | Vice President, MCBA

Minority Cannabis Buisness Association

Frederika McClary Easley, Executive Director of Cannabis Impact Fund, Vice President of MCBA and Host of The People are Blunt podcast, is a powerhouse at creating and implementing strategy and providing a unique lens that brings an impactful perspective. She pulls from her vast experiences to bring knowledge and efforts that promote harm alleviation, community engagement, inclusivity and impact. She is an experienced strategist with over 15 years in organized labor industries, has spent the past three and a half years analyzing federal and state policies with an equity lens to identify areas of opportunity and advocacy and now will be entering the non-profit space continuing the work of educating all stakeholders around the necessity of equitable practices and tangible change. Additionally, she focuses on stakeholder engagement through leadership roles in industry associations, the creation of thought pieces, interviews, and panel discussions.

July 26, 2024 • 12:05PM-12:30PM

The New Frontier of Success : Exploring Supplier Divirsity in Cannabis

Join us for a session on Exploring Supplier Diversity in Cannabis, where we will delve into the importance of promoting diversity and inclusion within the cannabis industry supply chain. Our panel of experts will discuss the benefits of supplier diversity, share best practices for sourcing from diverse suppliers, and explore ways to create more equitable opportunities for minority-owned businesses in the cannabis sector. Learn about certification programs, networking opportunities, and resources available to support supplier diversity initiatives in the cannabis industry. Whether you are a cannabis business owner, supplier

Rodney Holcombe

Director of Public Policy at LeafLink

LeafLink

COMING SOON

July 25 , 2024 • 2:00-2:45 PM

Why Market Structure Matters in the Creation of an Equitable Market

Join us for a session on Why Market Structure Matters in the Creation of an Equitable Market, where we will explore the importance of market design in promoting fairness and inclusivity. Our expert speakers will discuss the impact of market structure on competition, access, and opportunity for businesses and consumers alike. Learn how market regulations, pricing strategies, and industry standards can shape the overall fairness and resilience of a market. Whether you are a policymaker, business leader, or advocate for economic justice, this session will provide valuable insights into the role of market structure in creating a more equitable and sustainable marketplace for all participants.

Naomi Granger

Founder National Association of Cannabis Accounting and Tax Professionals (NACAT Pros),

National Association of Cannabis Accounting and Tax Professionals

He National Association of Cannabis Accounting and Tax Professionals (NACAT Pros), provides an accelerated online program that makes accounting professionals expert in this niche. My program is open to CPAs, CFOs, Bookkeepers, Controllers and tax professionals who not only want to special in this area, but choose the clients they want, change competitive fees, and wrke remotely. With our program, our students can open their own account firms and specialize in this one lucrative area.

July 25 , 2024 • 3:00-3:45 PM

NACAT Presents:

In this session, industry experts will discuss the critical importance of understanding cannabis tax law and accounting practices in the ever-evolving landscape of the cannabis industry. Attendees will gain insights into the unique challenges and opportunities that arise from the complex tax regulations and financial reporting requirements that govern cannabis businesses.

Dr. Bridget Williams

Family Physician, Medical Cannabis Specialist, Host of “Reclaim Your Wellness”, Amazon #1 Bestselling series “Courage in Cannabis”

Green Harvest Health

I am the former founder of Green Harvest Health, a medical cannabis and life coaching integrative clinic. Now doing consultations and education under DrBridgetMD.com. I am a leader in Cannabinoid Medicine, educating professionals and patients regarding the benefits of Cannabis and CBD. Also demystifying the misconceptions. Visionary of the Courage and Cannabis book and workshop series. And developer and formulate of CBD Brands! Embody is our Beauty and Lifestyle Brand and Green Harvest Health the medicinal brand.

July 25 , 2024 • 2:00-2:45 PM

The Big 5 : Medical Conditions that Disappropriately Affect Black People and Where Cannabis Can Help

In this session, experts will delve into the prevalence and impact of five key medical conditions that disproportionately affect the Black community, including hypertension, diabetes, chronic pain, mental health disorders, and cancer. Attendees will learn about the potential benefits of cannabis in managing symptoms and improving quality of life for individuals facing these conditions.

Neffer Kerr

Executive Director , NorthStar Minority Cannabis Association

NorthStar Minority Cannabis Association

Join us for an engaging and informative panel at this year’s Black Cannabiz Conference, where industry leaders will delve into key topics currently shaping the future of Illinois’ robust cannabis industry. This session is designed for current and aspiring cannabis enthusiasts, professionals, business owners, educators, and advocates. This discussion will include employment and workforce development within the cannabis sector, best practices for running a successful cannabis business, and tips for overcoming common challenges faced by licensees. The panel will also provide attendees an overview of recent legislative developments and the potential impacts as they share the importance of being civically engaged, as social equity businesses and organizations, while remaining competitive in this rapidly evolving industry.

July 25, 2024 • 9:15-9:45 AM

The Current State of Illinois Cannabis

Join us for a comprehensive discussion on the current state of cannabis in Illinois. In this session, we will delve into the latest regulations, market trends, and industry challenges facing cannabis businesses in the state. Our panel of experts will provide insights on the opportunities and threats in the Illinois cannabis market, as well as strategies for success in this rapidly evolving industry. Whether you are a cannabis entrepreneur, investor, or industry professional, this session will equip you with the knowledge and tools needed to navigate the complexities of the Illinois cannabis landscape. Don’t miss out on this valuable opportunity to stay ahead of the curve in one of the fastest-growing cannabis markets in the country.

Reese Xavier

CEO & Managing Partner of HT23 Growers

HT23 Growers

Join us for an engaging and informative panel at this year’s Black Cannabiz Conference, where industry leaders will delve into key topics currently shaping the future of Illinois’ robust cannabis industry. This session is designed for current and aspiring cannabis enthusiasts, professionals, business owners, educators, and advocates. This discussion will include employment and workforce development within the cannabis sector, best practices for running a successful cannabis business, and tips for overcoming common challenges faced by licensees. The panel will also provide attendees an overview of recent legislative developments and the potential impacts as they share the importance of being civically engaged, as social equity businesses and organizations, while remaining competitive in this rapidly evolving industry.

July 25, 2024 • 9:15-9:45 AM

The Current State of Illinois Cannabis

Join us for a comprehensive discussion on the current state of cannabis in Illinois. In this session, we will delve into the latest regulations, market trends, and industry challenges facing cannabis businesses in the state. Our panel of experts will provide insights on the opportunities and threats in the Illinois cannabis market, as well as strategies for success in this rapidly evolving industry. Whether you are a cannabis entrepreneur, investor, or industry professional, this session will equip you with the knowledge and tools needed to navigate the complexities of the Illinois cannabis landscape. Don’t miss out on this valuable opportunity to stay ahead of the curve in one of the fastest-growing cannabis markets in the country.

Peter Contos

Deputy Director at Cannabis Equity IL Coalition

Cannabis Equity IL Coalition

Join us for an engaging and informative panel at this year’s Black Cannabiz Conference, where industry leaders will delve into key topics currently shaping the future of Illinois’ robust cannabis industry. This session is designed for current and aspiring cannabis enthusiasts, professionals, business owners, educators, and advocates. This discussion will include employment and workforce development within the cannabis sector, best practices for running a successful cannabis business, and tips for overcoming common challenges faced by licensees. The panel will also provide attendees an overview of recent legislative developments and the potential impacts as they share the importance of being civically engaged, as social equity businesses and organizations, while remaining competitive in this rapidly evolving industry.

July 25, 2024 • 9:15-9:45 AM

The Current State of Illinois Cannabis

Join us for a comprehensive discussion on the current state of cannabis in Illinois. In this session, we will delve into the latest regulations, market trends, and industry challenges facing cannabis businesses in the state. Our panel of experts will provide insights on the opportunities and threats in the Illinois cannabis market, as well as strategies for success in this rapidly evolving industry. Whether you are a cannabis entrepreneur, investor, or industry professional, this session will equip you with the knowledge and tools needed to navigate the complexities of the Illinois cannabis landscape. Don’t miss out on this valuable opportunity to stay ahead of the curve in one of the fastest-growing cannabis markets in the country.

Edie Moore

Founding Board Member of Chicago NORML, South Shore Business Community Advocate, Cannabis Business Owner (SWAY Dispensary)

Sway Dispensary/ Chicago NORML

Join us for an engaging and informative panel at this year’s Black Cannabiz Conference, where industry leaders will delve into key topics currently shaping the future of Illinois’ robust cannabis industry. This session is designed for current and aspiring cannabis enthusiasts, professionals, business owners, educators, and advocates. 

This discussion will include employment and workforce development within the cannabis sector, best practices for running a successful cannabis business, and tips for overcoming common challenges faced by licensees. The panel will also provide attendees an overview of recent legislative developments and the potential impacts as they share the importance of being civically engaged, as social equity businesses and organizations, while remaining competitive in this rapidly evolving industry.

July 25, 2024 • 9:15-9:45 AM

The Current State of Illinois Cannabis

Join us for a comprehensive discussion on the current state of cannabis in Illinois. In this session, we will delve into the latest regulations, market trends, and industry challenges facing cannabis businesses in the state. Our panel of experts will provide insights on the opportunities and threats in the Illinois cannabis market, as well as strategies for success in this rapidly evolving industry. Whether you are a cannabis entrepreneur, investor, or industry professional, this session will equip you with the knowledge and tools needed to navigate the complexities of the Illinois cannabis landscape. Don’t miss out on this valuable opportunity to stay ahead of the curve in one of the fastest-growing cannabis markets in the country.

Shawnee Williams

Founder of Illinois Equity Staffing, Cannabis Recruiter , HR Professional, Educator

Illinois Equity Staffing

Join us for an engaging and informative panel at this year’s Black Cannabiz Conference, where industry leaders will delve into key topics currently shaping the future of Illinois’ robust cannabis industry. This session is designed for current and aspiring cannabis enthusiasts, professionals, business owners, educators, and advocates. 

This discussion will include employment and workforce development within the cannabis sector, best practices for running a successful cannabis business, and tips for overcoming common challenges faced by licensees. The panel will also provide attendees an overview of recent legislative developments and the potential impacts as they share the importance of being civically engaged, as social equity businesses and organizations, while remaining competitive in this rapidly evolving industry.

July 25, 2024 • 9:15-9:45 AM

The Current State of Illinois Cannabis

Join us for a comprehensive discussion on the current state of cannabis in Illinois. In this session, we will delve into the latest regulations, market trends, and industry challenges facing cannabis businesses in the state. Our panel of experts will provide insights on the opportunities and threats in the Illinois cannabis market, as well as strategies for success in this rapidly evolving industry. Whether you are a cannabis entrepreneur, investor, or industry professional, this session will equip you with the knowledge and tools needed to navigate the complexities of the Illinois cannabis landscape. Don’t miss out on this valuable opportunity to stay ahead of the curve in one of the fastest-growing cannabis markets in the country.

Antoine Mordican

CEO of Native Black Cultivation

Native Black Cultivation

Native Black Enterprise Farm is a black-owned, certified hemp-growing farm in Birmingham, Alabama. Under the research of engineer Antoine Mordican, the company has adopted a “measured and managed” strategy to produce organic, sustainably sourced cannabis for a wide variety of needs. Using his signature hydroponics growth method, Antoine meticulously produces the best product money can buy while thoroughly educating his clients on the process from start to finish.

July 26, 2024 • 1:00 PM-1:45 PM

Awarded in Alabama : The Journey of Native Black Cultivation

The Path to Licensing: Native Black Cultivation in the Cannabis Industry

Blandine Jean-Paul

Coming Soon!

Ethos Cannabis

COMING SOON

July 25 , 2024 • 2:00-2:45 PM

Tracking Your Marketing ROI

Join us for a session on Tracking Your Marketing ROI, where you’ll learn how to measure the success of your marketing efforts with precision. Our expert speakers will share practical tips on setting clear objectives, utilizing tracking tools, and analyzing data to determine the impact of your marketing campaigns. Whether you are a marketing professional or business owner, this session will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to optimize your marketing budget and drive measurable results. Don’t miss this opportunity to unlock the secrets of effective marketing ROI tracking and take your marketing strategy to the next level.

Dr. Cassandray Gosa

Chirpx Founder, Medical Cannabis Pharmacist

chirprx

COMING SOON 

July 25 , 2024 • 2:00-2:45 PM

Spotlight on Cannabis Pharmacists

Join us for a session that shines a spotlight on Cannabis Pharmacists, where we will explore the crucial role these healthcare professionals play in the cannabis industry. Our expert panel will discuss the unique skill set and expertise that pharmacists bring to the field of medical cannabis, including dosing, drug interactions, and patient counseling. Learn about the latest research and best practices in pharmaceutical care for cannabis patients, and how pharmacists are leading the way in promoting safe and effective cannabis use

Chris Jackson

Executive Director at Michigan Legislative Black Caucus,State Regulations Committee for the NCIA

National Cannabis Industry Associatiton

Currently serving on the State Regulations Committee for the NCIA (National Cannabis Industry Association) – Board Secretary – and is co-chair for the Diversity and Inclusion sub-committee (contributing to banking, local municipality interfacing and interstate commerce).

July 25, 2024 • 1:00 PM-1:45 PM

Legislative Affairs Panel : Michigan

Join us for a session on Cannabis Legislative Affairs in Michigan, where experts will discuss the latest developments and key issues shaping the cannabis industry in the state. Learn about current legislation, regulatory changes, and market trends that are influencing the growth and direction of the cannabis market in Michigan. Our panel of speakers will provide insights into the challenges and opportunities facing cannabis businesses, as well as the potential impact of upcoming legislative initiatives on the industry. Whether you are a cannabis entrepreneur, investor, policymaker, or industry professional.

Dominique White

Director of People and Operations at Ivy Hall

Ivy Hall

COMING SOON

July 26, 2024 • 1:00 PM-1:45 PM

Beyond the Transaction: Crafting Sensory Dispensaries that Create Human-Centered Retail Experiences

This session will discuss innovative strategies for creating immersive and personalized retail experiences that resonate with customers on a sensory and emotional level. Learn how to design dispensaries that cater to the diverse needs and preferences of cannabis consumers, building loyalty and driving sales through a human-centered approach.

Al Kamara

CEO

Spark9

COMING SOON

July 26, 2024 • 3:00 PM-3:45 PM

5th House Farms & Spark 9

TBD

Donna Bracey

Owner of Bud Weed an Flower CEO/CoFounder of Stories of AllHemp, Upscale and VuVuV CBD Petli

Bud Weed and Flower

Owner of Bud Weed an Flower. Bud Weed and Flower is a boutique cannabis construction, and facility design company. Bud Weed and Flower provides consulting and owner’s rep services to the cannabis industry

July 25 , 2024 • 3:00 PM-3:45 PM

Choosing Your Team: Internal and External

Led by seasoned professionals and industry insiders, this workshop will explore the multifaceted aspects of team-building in the cannabis sector.

Jesce Horton

CEO at LOWD, an award-winning company that embodies the art of urban craft cultivation.

LOWD

CEO at LOWD, an award-winning company that embodies the art of urban craft cultivation.

July 26 , 2024 • 10:25-10:55 AM

Scaling Successful Brands through Multi-State Opportunities

Join us for a candid session where industry pioneers share their experiences and lessons learned from starting a cannabis business in California, one of the most dynamic and competitive cannabis markets in the world. Attendees will gain valuable insights into navigating the regulatory landscape, securing licenses, building a brand, and overcoming challenges unique to the California market. Speakers will provide practical advice on business strategies, compliance requirements, and successful tactics for thriving in this evolving industry. Whether you are a new entrepreneur, existing business owner, or industry enthusiast, this session will offer valuable perspectives and key takeaways for launching and growing a successful cannabis business in California.

Fred Spencer

Co-Founder at AYO Foods

Blounts and Moore

COMING SOON

July 26, 2024 • 11:35 AM-12:00 PM

The Journey to C Suite:

Join us for an insightful session on the journey to the C-Suite in the cannabis industry, where industry leaders will share their experiences and insights on reaching the top executive level. Attendees will hear from successful professionals who have navigated the complexities of the cannabis sector, overcoming challenges, seizing opportunities, and building their careers to reach the highest echelons of leadership. Whether you are just starting out in the industry or looking to advance your career, this session will provide valuable lessons and strategies for aspiring leaders in cannabis. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain inspiration and guidance from those who have successfully climbed the ladder to the C-Suite in cannabis.

Toni

RN, wellness practitioner, thought leader, business consultant, educator, and advocate for health equity

Toni - Wellness Consulting

Toni is a Registered Nurse and passionate advocate for cannabis wellness and health equity in disadvantaged communities. With personal experience using cannabis to manage anxiety and eczema, she runs two businesses promoting holistic wellness and is working on her first book to eliminate stigma around cannabis use. As a speaker and program liaison, Toni educates others on the benefits of cannabis for overall health and wellness. She is a member of various healthcare organizations and hosts a weekly YouTube show focused on wellness interviews and storytelling.

July 26, 2024 • 1:00 PM-1:45 PM

Embracing Wellness :Redefining the Perception of the Devil's Lettuce

Join us for a session on Embracing Wellness: Redefining the Perception of the Devil’s Lettuce, where we will explore the evolving landscape of cannabis as a wellness product. Learn about the latest research on the therapeutic benefits of cannabis, wellness-focused products and brands, and how cannabis is being integrated into holistic wellness practices. Whether you are a healthcare professional

Dr Mila Marshall

Ecologist with a focus on the intersection between the environment and the economy.

Herb & Planning Associates

COMING SOON

July 26, 2024 • 2:00 PM-2:45 PM

A Crash Course in Climate Change and Cannabis

Join us for a crash course in Climate Change and Cannabis, where we will explore the intersection of environmental sustainability and the cannabis industry. Our expert speakers will discuss the environmental impact of cannabis cultivation, including energy consumption, water usage, and waste management practices. Learn about innovative sustainability initiatives, regenerative agriculture techniques, and eco-friendly solutions being implemented in the cannabis sector to address climate change challenges.

Norman Lawrence

Founder & CEO at Carib Interactive

GanjaVacations

Founder & CEO at GanjaVacations is a pioneering portal for information about cannabis vacation experiences in Jamaica – the one and only place for the kind of information needed to plan a ganja vacation – cannabis friendly hotels, herb houses (dispensaries), weed tours and exclusive vacation packages, among other things.

July 25, 2024 • 1:00 PM-1:45 PM

Cannabis Tourism: The $17 B Industry that Few People Know About

In this session, we will explore the rapidly growing and lucrative world of cannabis tourism, a booming sector that is often overlooked and underestimated. Our panel of expert speakers will discuss the rise of cannabis tourism, the latest trends and developments in the industry, and the economic impact of cannabis travel on local economies. From cannabis-friendly accommodations and tours to dispensaries and consumption lounges, we will delve into the diverse range of offerings available to cannabis tourists and the unique experiences they seek. Whether you are a travel enthusiast, entrepreneur, industry professional, or policymaker, this session will provide valuable insights into the opportunities and challenges of cannabis tourism and how it is reshaping the travel industry. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about this thriving $17 billion industry and its potential for growth and innovation

Aidan Syms

Designer specializing in Controlled Environment Horticulture and Biophilia

Anderson Porter Design

designer specializing in Controlled Environment Horticulture and Biophilia, I merge artistry with science to create sustainable indoor ecosystems that harmonize with nature. With a deep passion for integrating greenery into built environments, my work transforms spaces into thriving habitats that enhance well-being and connection to the natural world.

 Through innovative design solutions and a commitment to environmental stewardship, I strive to foster healthier lifestyles and more inspiring living and working environments. With a background in both design and horticulture, I bring a unique blend of creativity and technical expertise to every project, ensuring each space I cultivate is as functional as it is beautiful.

July 25 , 2024 • 1:00 PM-1:45 PM

SEEN Presents Pitch Perfect

Join us for an interactive session on Perfecting Your Pitch. Whether you’re a startup founder, entrepreneur, or business professional, mastering the art of pitching is essential for communicating your ideas effectively and persuasively. In this session, you will learn valuable tips and techniques for crafting a compelling pitch that captures the attention of investors, customers, and stakeholders. Our experienced panel of experts will share best practices for structuring your pitch, delivering it with confidence, and engaging your audience to leave a lasting impression. Through interactive exercises and real-life examples, you will have the opportunity to refine your pitch and receive feedback from industry insiders. Whether you’re pitching a business idea, seeking funding, or networking with potential partners, this session will equip you with the skills and strategies needed to pitch like a pro. Don’t miss this opportunity to elevate your pitch game and make a lasting impact in any professional setting.

Belicia Royster​

President/ Co-Founder

S.E.E.N

Belicia reigns from Chicago, IL which is where her tenacity for Diversity Equity and Inclusion work began. She currently oversees Risk Management for a Global Recycling & Renewable Energy firm where she is responsible for North American Operations. From Fortune 500 companies to various municipalities across the United States; she has encompassed over 20 years of Insurance and Risk Management experience. Infusing her profession and knowledge of the cannabis industry. She co-founded Vice Life Ventures becoming the “Vice Life Coach” which has enabled her to provide vital Risk, Insurance & Industry coaching to Social Equity entrepreneurs.

July 25, 2024 • 1:00-1:45 PM

SEEN Presents Pitch Perfect

Join us for an interactive session on Perfecting Your Pitch. Whether you’re a startup founder, entrepreneur, or business professional, mastering the art of pitching is essential for communicating your ideas effectively and persuasively. In this session, you will learn valuable tips and techniques for crafting a compelling pitch that captures the attention of investors, customers, and stakeholders. Our experienced panel of experts will share best practices for structuring your pitch, delivering it with confidence, and engaging your audience to leave a lasting impression. Through interactive exercises and real-life examples, you will have the opportunity to refine your pitch and receive feedback from industry insiders. Whether you’re pitching a business idea, seeking funding, or networking with potential partners, this session will equip you with the skills and strategies needed to pitch like a pro. Don’t miss this opportunity to elevate your pitch game and make a lasting impact in any professional setting.

Steven Philpotts

COMING SOON

Anzisha Consulting

At nexus of cannabis, health, and wellness, Steven C. Phillpott Jr. emerges as a pioneering force, blending roles as a researcher, science educator, and entrepreneur with a singular mission: to redefine norms and perceptions across these vital industries. With a multifaceted background spanning environmental biology, sports science, cannabis cultivation research, and military service, he endeavors to illuminate the paramount significance of the endocannabinoid system and the profound implications of cannabis in this journey of exploration.

Steve’s immersion in the realm of cannabis traces back to a moment of personal challenge, when a debilitating injury sustained during his tenure as an active-duty Marine propelled him down a path of opioid-alternatives to pain. This experience sparked a transformative quest for knowledge, igniting his passion for cannabis science.

July 26, 2024 • 12:05PM-12:30PM

The New Frontier of Success : Exploring Supplier Divirsity in Cannabis

Join us for a session on Exploring Supplier Diversity in Cannabis, where we will delve into the importance of promoting diversity and inclusion within the cannabis industry supply chain. Our panel of experts will discuss the benefits of supplier diversity, share best practices for sourcing from diverse suppliers, and explore ways to create more equitable opportunities for minority-owned businesses in the cannabis sector. Learn about certification programs, networking opportunities, and resources available to support supplier diversity initiatives in the cannabis industry. Whether you are a cannabis business owner, supplier

Willie JR Fleming

Community Activist Social Equity licensee

COMING SOON

JR’s Fleming participation in the cannabis industry as a social equity applicant is to push forth a mission of re-stabilizing neighborhoods.

Entering into the cannabis industry as a winner of multiple social equity licenses for craft grow, infusion and transportation , JR utilizes his past experience to build relationships between the public, private, and governmental sectors to help ensure equity in the upcoming industry. Most recently, he served on the City of Chicago Mayor Lightfoot Cannabis Task Force and Cook County Cannabis Commission as a subject matter expert ,established Hemp for Hoods, a non-profit organization which fosters relationships between the cannabis industry and members of disproportionately impacted communities, and a trade association.

July 25, 2024 • 1:00-1:45 PM

COMING SOON

COMING SOON

Audrey Johnson

Executive Director

Maryland Office of Social Equity

Appointed by Governor Wes Moore, I serve as the inaugural executive director of the Maryland Office of Social Equity, a new independent executive agency established by the Cannabis Reform Act of 2023. The office aims to foster economic opportunities and fairness in the adult-use cannabis market, focusing on communities impacted by the War on Drugs.

With a decade of experience, I previously led economic innovation and impact investing at Johns Hopkins University and Health System and held leadership roles in strategy, enterprise systems, supply chain, and diversity at Kaiser Permanente. Active in civic leadership, I serve and contribute to various advisory boards and nonprofits.

July 26, 2024 •2:00 PM -2:45 PM

Fostering Equity and Inclusion in Maryland’s Cannabis Industry: Insights and Actions from The Office of Social Equity

Join us for a dynamic session where the Maryland Office of Social Equity will share insights and actions aimed at fostering equity and inclusion in the state’s cannabis market. Attendees will learn about the initiatives, programs, and policies in place to promote diversity, equity, and opportunity for marginalized communities in the industry.

Felicia Santiago

Deputy Director

Chicago Norml

Felicia Santiago serves as the Deputy Director for Chicago NORML, leveraging her expertise in healthcare management and project management. With a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management and an MBA specializing in Project Management, Felicia is deeply committed to advocating for access to holistic healthcare services, alternative medicine, and women’s health issues.

With over 5 years of experience in non-profit management and cannabis advocacy, Felicia is a dedicated advocate for progressive change. She is the proud owner of Diskrete Management, a management firm providing essential project management and executive support services to Chicago NORML and various cannabis ancillary businesses, among others.

July 26, 2024 • 9:35 AM-10:10 AM

Cannabis Advocacy in The Black-Community: Challenges and Opportunities

This session will focus on the important role of cannabis advocacy within the Black community, exploring the unique challenges and opportunities that exist in promoting equitable access and representation in the cannabis industry. Attendees will hear from community leaders and advocates who are working to address systemic barriers and create pathways for Black entrepreneurs and consumers in the cannabis space. Speakers will discuss the impact of historical injustices, disparities in ownership, and the importance of social equity programs in fostering a more diverse and inclusive industry. Join us for an engaging discussion on how advocacy efforts can drive positive change and empower the Black community to thrive in the cannabis sector.

Gibran Washington

CEO

Ethos Cannabis

Seasoned Operations Executive with proven sales success in the restaurant industry, a career spanning over 16 years. Turnaround strategist with track record of spotting operational deficiencies, executing action plans, repairing brand image, and creating long-term customer satisfaction. Demonstrated history of leadership in building and managing cohesive teams, driving profit increases, and reducing costs. Building teams and implementing strategies ensuring efficiency and cohesiveness. Becoming an expert in conflict resolution through these experiences with teams

July 25, 2024 • 11:35 AM-12:00 PM

The Journey to C Suite:

Join us for an insightful session on the journey to the C-Suite in the cannabis industry, where industry leaders will share their experiences and insights on reaching the top executive level. Attendees will hear from successful professionals who have navigated the complexities of the cannabis sector, overcoming challenges, seizing opportunities, and building their careers to reach the highest echelons of leadership. Whether you are just starting out in the industry or looking to advance your career, this session will provide valuable lessons and strategies for aspiring leaders in cannabis. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain inspiration and guidance from those who have successfully climbed the ladder to the C-Suite in cannabis.

Charles Ball

CFO

Ball Family Farms

Charles Ball is the Chief Financial Officer of Ball Family Farms (BFF) and younger brother to Chris Ball. Charles has nearly a decade of corporate experience and focuses on the daily business operations and development strategy for BFF.

Growing up, Charles had a baseball talent. His skills allowed him to attend Cal Poly Pomona on a full scholarship, where he earned a Psychology Degree with an emphasis in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Determined to graduate, Charles supported himself through a commission-based retail job, all while
maintaining a full course load and the demanding schedule of a student-athlete.

July 26, 2024 • 9:00 AM -9:30 AM

Lessons Learned from California : Becoming Legends of The Craft

Join us for a candid session where industry pioneers share their experiences and lessons learned from starting a cannabis business in California, one of the most dynamic and competitive cannabis markets in the world. Attendees will gain valuable insights into navigating the regulatory landscape, securing licenses, building a brand, and overcoming challenges unique to the California market. Speakers will provide practical advice on business strategies, compliance requirements, and successful tactics for thriving in this evolving industry. Whether you are a new entrepreneur, existing business owner, or industry enthusiast, this session will offer valuable perspectives and key takeaways for launching and growing a successful cannabis business in California.

Steven Conville

Founder & CEO

Kronic Relief Inc.

Steven George Conville is CEO of Kronic Relief Holding Corp. KRH is an emerging Cannabis Company that has divisions in Canada and Jamaica. He consults the Entertainment, Athletic, and Financial Industries.

July 26, 2024 • 3:00 PM-3:45 PM

The Business of Cannabis: Exploring Opportunities Beyond Dispensaries and Producers

Join us for a session on The Business of Cannabis: Exploring Opportunities Beyond Dispensaries and Producers. We will dive into the diverse array of opportunities within the cannabis industry, beyond the traditional roles of dispensaries and producers. Learn about ancillary businesses, such as technology, logistics, marketing, and consulting, that support and drive the growth of the cannabis market. Discover how entrepreneurs and professionals can leverage their skills and expertise to tap into the rapidly expanding cannabis ecosystem.

Dario Boyce

Project Manager

Anderson Porter Design

Boyce is a project manager at the Cambridge-based architecture firm, Anderson Porter Design, Inc., with local, national, and international experience in architecture and design. Anderson Porter Design brings strategy and design to high performance buildings and spaces. They engage clients in a data driven incremental approach which enables organizational learning around the human activities which drive creation of architecture and interior spaces.

Boyce has a Bachelors and Masters degrees in Architecture from Wentworth Institute Technology, a Masters in Program Management from Harrisburg University of Science and Technology with a focus on Agile Lean and the impact it can have on the architectural design process, and has his Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification. Boyce combines expertise in strategic thinking, master planning, multiple-
discipline coordination and designing for controlled-environment agriculture to the local, national and international Cannabis industries.

July 25, 2024 • 1:00-1:45 PM

Brand Integration in Store Design

Join us for an engaging session on Brand Integration in Store Design. In this session, experts in retail design and branding will explore the crucial role of store design in shaping and reinforcing a brand’s identity and messaging. We will discuss the importance of creating cohesive and immersive brand experiences through strategic design elements, spatial layout, signage, lighting, and more. Through case studies and real-world examples, attendees will gain insights into how successful brands effectively integrate their identity and values into their physical retail spaces to enhance customer engagement and loyalty. Whether you are a retailer, designer, marketer, or business owner, this session will provide valuable strategies and best practices for leveraging store design as a powerful tool for brand communication and differentiation. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to create impactful and memorable brand experiences through effective integration of design elements in your retail space.

Cameron Ward

Broker

IMA

I am an experienced risk management consultant and insurance broker with a deep knowledge of the risks facing businesses in the nonprofit, education, social services, and cannabis industries. I’m a trained communicator and messaging specialist, and I’m passionate about using my skill set to serve my community, and have done so as an instructor, as a non-profit executive, and now as an commercial lines insurance broker. I hold a Communication Studies degree with an emphasis in Argumentation and Persuasion from California State University-Fullerton.

I am currently working as a commercial lines broker at IMA. IMA is a full service insurance brokerage and risk management consultancy helping clients to secure the property & casualty, workers comp, employee benefits, and indidivudual lines coverages that they need to thrive. We work collaboratively with clients to identify risks, and use risk management and insurance tools to empower them to fulfill their missions.

July 25, 2024 • 3:00 PM-3:45 PM

Managing Risk in Cannabis

Join us for a session on Managing Business Risk in Cannabis, where industry experts will provide insights on navigating the complex and evolving landscape of the cannabis industry. Learn strategies for identifying, assessing, and mitigating risks in various aspects of cannabis business operations, from regulatory compliance and financial management to supply chain and security concerns. Our panel will discuss best practices for developing risk management plans, implementing compliance measures, and adapting to regulatory changes in the cannabis market. Whether you are a cannabis entrepreneur, investor, or industry professional

Arianne Richards

Executive Director

Chicago NORML

Arianne (Ari) Richards, founder of Chicago Cannabis Concierge, is an advocate for social equity in cannabis; a personal cannabis consultant and educator; and Certified Professional Interpener (cannabis sommelier). She has a degree in African American Studies and worked as a community activist and educator since the 90s. The former rites of passage and summer camp director at the Chicago Wisdom Project, she currently sits on the board of Wisdom Projects, Inc. Today, she has combined her lifelong love of and commitment to her people with her passion for cannabis to dedicate herself to de-stigmatizing, legalizing, and educating about cannabis in order to give equal access to the emerging industry and to create opportunities for underrepresented communities. She is the Executive Director of Chicago NORML, working to build relationships with lawmakers to create more equitable and just laws in cannabis in Illinois.

July 26, 2024 • 9:35 AM-10:10 AM

Cannabis Advocacy in the Black-Community: Challenges and Opportunities

This session will focus on the important role of cannabis advocacy within the Black community, exploring the unique challenges and opportunities that exist in promoting equitable access and representation in the cannabis industry. Attendees will hear from community leaders and advocates who are working to address systemic barriers and create pathways for Black entrepreneurs and consumers in the cannabis space. Speakers will discuss the impact of historical injustices, disparities in ownership, and the importance of social equity programs in fostering a more diverse and inclusive industry. Join us for an engaging discussion on how advocacy efforts can drive positive change and empower the Black community to thrive in the cannabis sector.

Sean Ilenrey

General Manager, Strategic Markets

Dutchie

Sean Ilenrey went from a homeless high school dropout to an award-winning Executive in Tech and Keynote Speaker. Turning his life around inspired him to help other professionals achieve their own definition of personal success. He teaches professionals how to curate their personal brands, maximize growth, and develop a purposeful career.

Sean has over 20 years of experience in the Customer Experience industry ranging from retail to technical support. He has built and managed several departments Domestically, in Latin America and the Philippines. In addition, he has been entrusted to manage the profitability of accounts that generated revenues in excess of $250 Million annually.

July 26, 2024 • 11:35 AM-12:00 PM

Cannatech Chronicles Presented by Dutchie

This session will explore the latest developments and advancements in cannabis technology that are reshaping the industry. Speakers will discuss the impact of technology on improving efficiency, quality, and sustainability in the cannabis sector, as well as how it is enhancing the consumer experience and driving market growth. Join us to discover the exciting potential of cannabis tech and explore the future of technology-driven solutions in the evolving cannabis landscape.

Ryan D'Wolff Munro

VP Strategic Markets

Dutchie

Ryan D’Wolff Munro is a distinguished sales professional with extensive experience in leadership roles across various industries. Ryan currently serves as the General Manager of Strategic Markets at Dutchie, responsible for the go-to-market strategy across key markets. Prior to Dutchie, Ryan held various leadership roles at DoorDash, spanning its marketplace, robotics and first-party business units. Before his transition to tech, Ryan worked in the investment management division at Goldman Sachs in New York and Boston. Outside of work, Ryan is a member of the board of directors for the Portland Ballet and will serve as its next board President, starting in August. A resident of Portland, Maine, Ryan enjoys spending any and all of his free time with his wife and four children

July 26, 2024 • 11:35 AM-12:00 PM

Cannatech Chronicles Presented by Dutchie

This session will explore the latest developments and advancements in cannabis technology that are reshaping the industry. Speakers will discuss the impact of technology on improving efficiency, quality, and sustainability in the cannabis sector, as well as how it is enhancing the consumer experience and driving market growth. Join us to discover the exciting potential of cannabis tech and explore the future of technology-driven solutions in the evolving cannabis landscape.