Webinar series

August 13, 2020 

1:00pmEST/10:00amPST 

 

This webinar series will provide actionable content from industry experts to sustain your business through 2020. 

The symposium is a touchstone event in the cannabis industry. Each symposium event offers a unique opportunity to learn and for high level peer-to-peer networking. Featuring partnerships with government, industry and media, the Symposium is the premier platform to engage with the sustainable cannabis community. 

This symposium series connects industry executives, advocates, scientists and thinkers together to envision a sustainable future for the cannabis industry – and provides decision-makers with the tools they need to make positive changes today.

 

August 13th Agenda 

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Opening Remarks

1pm EST / 10am PST
Ben Gelt, Board Chair, Cannabis Certification Council
Sonoma County Symposium

Ben Gelt is an entrepreneur and consultant specializing in business development and strategic communications. A respected political strategist and policy expert, Ben co-founded the Organic Cannabis Association (now the Cannabis Certification Council) in 2015.

Ben has been at the forefront of cannabis policy in Colorado since 2011 when he represented the University of Colorado Toxicology Lab advocating for higher standards for testing and quality control in the cannabis industry via state rule making panels and committees. Ben currently chairs the Denver Cannabis Sustainability Workgroup and also the Certification Council which both organize the Cannabis Sustainability Symposium.

Additionally, Ben serves on the City of Denver Stakeholder Committee, the City of Denver Community Equality Committee, the State of Colorado Pesticide Stakeholder committee in addition to working with a diverse array of local, national and international clients on matters of business and public affairs.

Speakers/Panels

CSR & Social Equity Panel 

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Time

1:00pm EST / 10:00am PST
Moderator: Marc Ross, Needle Consultants LLC

Marc Ross

Marc Ross is the Chief Instigator of Needle Consultants LLC, a Corporate Social Responsibility consultancy.  He is also the former Director of Community Outreach for Harvest, a large, vertically-integrated, multi-state cannabis company. 

An experienced attorney and thought leader in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility, he is the Founder and former Executive Director of Rock the Earth, a national environmental advocacy organization that works closely with the music industry. Between 1998 and 2004, Marc was one of four in-house environmental attorneys at Alcoa Inc., serving as the company’s primary water counsel and counseling the company on a wide variety of national and international environmental compliance, permitting and remediation issues. Prior to that, Marc was Assistant Counsel in the Pennsylvania DEP Office of Chief Counsel’s Southcentral Region Litigation Office.  

Since departing Rock the Earth in early 2016, Marc has been consulting companies, most notably in the cannabis space, on matters surrounding Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”). To that end, he has been helping to build out “purposeful” brands in both the cannabis and non-cannabis space, with an emphasis on strategic, integrated, and authentic community and employee engagement, corporate philanthropy, diversity & inclusion, and sustainability. A frequent speaker and panelist on the intersection of music, sustainability and activism, as well as CSR, Marc has curated and/or led discussions and panels at the South By Southwest Music Conference, the National Conference for Media Reform, and the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. He has been a featured speaker on the subject of CSR at the NoCo Hemp Expo and at the Arcview/Aspen High conference, as well as at gatherings of the Marijuana Industry Group, the Cannabis Business Alliance, the Cannabis Sustainability Symposium, the Mile High Young Professionals, and Canopy Boulder. Marc received his B.A. in 1990 from the Pennsylvania State University and his J.D. in 1993 from the Dickinson School of Law.  In 2016, Marc obtained an Executive Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility from the Leeds School of Business of the University of Colorado (Boulder).

Speakers

Roz McCarthy, Minorities for Medical Marijuana Inc.

Roz McCarthy

Roz McCarthy is the Founder/CEO of Minorities for Medical Marijuana Inc a national nonprofit organization representing the Cannabis and Hemp industry. She is also the CEO/President of The Genesis Group a fullservice Cannabis consulting firm and Managing Partner of Plant Life Company a full spectrum Cannabis nutrient company. 

Roz displays her radiant energy, passion, and fearlessness as the Founder/CEO of Minorities for Medical Marijuana, Inc. she is responsible for the day to day operations and is the chief strategist involved in developing advocacy, education, and marketing campaigns to promote awareness, information, and education about the efficacy of cannabis and the viability of hemp. It is a varied role that includes planning, marketing, advertising, public relations, event organization, fund development, sponsorship, and research. The work is often challenging and fastpaced. When asked should marijuana be legalized for medical use, without hesitation Roz boldly says yes! In 1983 my father lost his vision due to glaucoma and in 2005 my mother passed away after a courageous battle against breast cancer. Im sure if medical marijuana were a viable option then the medicine could have made a difference and improved their quality of life.” 

 

Jenn Glickman, CannaCraft

Jenn GlickmanJenn Glickman currently serves as the Corporate Social Responsibility Manage for CannaCraft, California’s largest cannabis manufacturer. Prior to a transition to the Cannabis industry Jenn worked in the music and entertainment industry for 15+ years. Most notably Jenn tour managed and handled day to day affairs for the late Pete Seeger. Accompanying him to President Obama’s first inaugural and to his last Jazzfest performance in 2009 while also being an instrumental part of the team that organized his 90th birthday celebration at Madison Square Garden. Jenn has previously held positions with the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, David Parsons Dance Company, The Capitol Theatre and SUNY Purchase. Jenn has a BA in Theatre and Dance from Bard College and received her Master’s in Non-Profit Arts Management from the Pratt Institute. 

 

Katie Pribyl Dobbins, Wana Brands

Katie Pribyl DobbinsKatie Pribyl Dobbins is the Corporate Social Responsibility Director for Boulder-based Wana Brands, the No. 1 maker of cannabis edibles in the United States and a winner of multiple awards for its sustainability and corporate responsibility practices. She is a Boulder County Leadership Fellow and an alumna of the Elevate Young Nonprofit Professional Network. Katie earned a bachelor of science degree in public administration from Colorado State University and holds a certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility from the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business.  She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership at the University of Colorado.

 

CSR & Social Equity Workshop 

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Time

2:00pm EST / 11:00am PST

Speakers

Marc Ross, Needle Consultants LLC

Marc Ross

Marc Ross is the Chief Instigator of Needle Consultants, a Corporate Social Responsibility consultancy.  He is also the former Director of Community Outreach for Harvest, a large, vertically-integrated, multi-state cannabis company. 

An experienced attorney and thought leader in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility, he is the Founder and former Executive Director of Rock the Earth, a national environmental advocacy organization that works closely with the music industry. Between 1998 and 2004, Marc was one of four in-house environmental attorneys at Alcoa Inc., serving as the company’s primary water counsel and counseling the company on a wide variety of national and international environmental compliance, permitting and remediation issues. Prior to that, Marc was Assistant Counsel in the Pennsylvania DEP Office of Chief Counsel’s Southcentral Region Litigation Office.  

Since departing Rock the Earth in early 2016, Marc has been consulting companies, most notably in the cannabis space, on matters surrounding Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”). To that end, he has been helping to build out “purposeful” brands in both the cannabis and non-cannabis space, with an emphasis on strategic, integrated, and authentic community and employee engagement, corporate philanthropy, diversity & inclusion, and sustainability. A frequent speaker and panelist on the intersection of music, sustainability and activism, as well as CSR, Marc has curated and/or led discussions and panels at the South By Southwest Music Conference, the National Conference for Media Reform, and the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. He has been a featured speaker on the subject of CSR at the NoCo Hemp Expo and at the Arcview/Aspen High conference, as well as at gatherings of the Marijuana Industry Group, the Cannabis Business Alliance, the Cannabis Sustainability Symposium, the Mile High Young Professionals, and Canopy Boulder. Marc received his B.A. in 1990 from the Pennsylvania State University and his J.D. in 1993 from the Dickinson School of Law.  In 2016, Marc obtained an Executive Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility from the Leeds School of Business of the University of Colorado (Boulder).

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