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Representation, Access, and Opportunity in Today's Cannabis Industry

Join us for 3 powerful conversations featuring some of the leading Black and Brown voices in cannabis, community and equity.

Creating Alternative Capital Streams for Equity Licensees.

The Current Landscape of Cannabis Legalization and What It Means for Underrepresented Business.

Creating and Sustaining a Just and Equitable Cannabis Industry.

Featured 2023 Speakers

Martin Luther King III

American Human Rights Activist
Philanthropist and Advocate

Hope Wiseman

WISCEO
Founder & CEO

Omari Anderson

CEO and Founder
Best Dirty Lemonade

Tamika D. Mallory

Until Freedom
Co-Founder

Ademola Oyesefo

UFCW, International Vice President & Director of the Legislative Action Department

Ernest Tony

Founder & CEO of BIPOCann

Khadjiah Tribble

Strategic Advisor & Senior Executive

Christine De La Rosa

M.A. National Co-Founder & CEO The People’s Ecosystem

Jeannette Ward Horton

Co-Founder NuProject

Rafi Aliya Crockett

D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage & Cannabis Board

Joy Hudson

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Nimble

Belicia Royster

Risk Manager, Advocate & Cannapreneur

Linda Green

CEO of Anacostia Organics

Carlondo Mitchell

Cannabis Executive Based in The State of Washington

Dr. Bridget Cole Williams

Medical Cannabis and Integrative Officer (Ohio, Michigan)

Chris Michalakis

Senior Federal Legislative Representative, UFCW

Jonathon Ross

Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Wyld

Kristi Price

Founder of Black CannaBusiness

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Creating Alternative Capital Streams for Social Equity Licensees. In this informative and interactive session, we delve into the critical aspect of access to capital for social equity licensees in the ever-evolving cannabis industry.

Join us as we explore the challenges faced by these license holders and discuss innovative strategies to secure funding and alternative capital streams. Jeannette Ward Horton, CEO of NuProject and partner of Ben’s Best Blendz founded by Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry’s.and their commitment to 100% of its profits funding capital to social equity entrepreneurs.

Learn how other organizations like Nimble Distribution and Wyld are paying it forward by helping to fund alternative streams of capital.

The Current Landscape of Federal and State Legalization and What It Means for Underrepresented Businesses In this session, we will bring together legislative, community, and policy leaders to engage in a conversation about the current landscape of federal and state legalization and its implications for businesses.

The panel will delve into the complexities and challenges surrounding cannabis legalization and its impact on Black and Brown business.

You will walk away equipped with valuable insights and perspectives that will enable you to navigate the evolving cannabis industry with knowledge and awareness.

Creating and Sustaining a Just and Equitable Cannabis Industry In this town hall session, we will engage in an open dialogue among community members, industry professionals, and policy experts to address the challenges and opportunities associated with achieving fairness and equity in the cannabis sector.

Be prepared to explore the current state of the cannabis industry, examining the disparities and inequities that exist and the historical context and systemic issues that contribute to these disparities. We will discuss strategies and initiatives aimed at promoting justice and equity within the cannabis industry.

Featuring a special conversation with American Human Rights Activist Philanthropist and Advocate Martin Luther King lll.

Martin Luther King III

American Human Rights Activist, Philanthropist & Advocate

As the oldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King III is a thought leader on the world stage, a peacemaker, and a negotiator on some of today’s most critical national and international platforms for social change.

Amplifying his father’s work, Mr. King has devoted his life to promoting global human rights and eradicating racism, violence, and poverty, earning a reputation as a respected international statesman and one of the world’s most passionate advocates for the poor and oppressed.

Most recently, Mr. King has taken over leadership of the Drum Major Institute, the only nonprofit organization actually started by his father over 60 years ago. With a focus on continuing the King legacy through education, action, engagement with world leaders, and collaboration with socially conscious organizations, the work of the Drum Major Institute is as important today as it was then, inspiring individuals to embrace their unique contribution to peace, justice, and equity for all.

Martin Luther King III is the recipient of numerous awards and several honorary degrees, including one of India’s most prestigious honors for outstanding contributions to the promotion of human rights. Mr. King is the husband of Arndrea Waters King and the father of a young daughter, Yolanda Renee King, the only grandchild of Martin Luther King Jr. The entire family is dedicated to sharing the impactful Kingian message to inspire a collective of new collaborators and world-changers.

Hope Wiseman

WISCEO, Founder & CEO

Hope Wiseman, CEO of WISECO, is an entrepreneur, business strategist and cannabis industry trailblazer. At the age of 25, Hope established Mary & Main, WISECO’s retail brand, in her hometown of Prince George’s County, Maryland becoming the youngest, female Black cannabis dispensary owner in the United States.

A graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, where she majored in Economics in hopes of becoming an investment banker, Ms. Wiseman worked for SunTrust Robinson Humphrey upon graduation. Less than a year later, Hope reassessed her path and found herself coming back to her true purpose: to help Black people in her community and across the country through her entrepreneurial spirit.

In September, 2018, she opened Mary & Main with her mother, Dr. Octavia Simkins-Wiseman and Dr. Larry Bryant in a limited license medical market in Maryland. In 2021, WISECO secured a conditional manufacturing license in New Jersey where the company will launch WISE Brands, a brand house under the WISECO umbrella. Her vision to create opportunities for Black, Indigenous and People of Color who have been disproportionately affected by the war on drugs and excluded from cannabis business ownership drives her passion for the industry.

Omari Anderson

CEO and Founder, Best Dirty Lemonade

Omari is an esteemed alumnus of Morehouse College and the Howard University School of Law.

As the visionary CEO and Founder of Best Dirty Lemonade, he has pioneered the creation of a premium infused beverage line.

Motivated by personal experience and compassion, Omari launched his enterprise in response to his mother’s struggles with early-onset Alzheimer’s, aiming to alleviate her challenges with eating, sleeping, and agitation.

His academic prowess, combined with his entrepreneurial spirit, positions Omari as a force to be reckoned with in the beverage industry.

Tamika D. Mallory

Until Freedom, Co-Founder

Tamika D. Mallory is a groundbreaking, award-winning social justice leader and movement strategist. Tamika has risen to become the most sought-after, influential activist of her generation. Her committed work, advocacy, frontline bravery, and heroic servitude continue to fuel a solitary act into a global movement inspiring millions around the world to get involved in the fight for racial and social equality.

Tamika through the impact and gravity of her voice speaks truth to power no matter the consequences. She is hailed as one of the most influential Black voices of our generation. She served as the youngest ever Executive Director of the National Action Network and was instrumental in the creation of the New York City’s Crisis Management System, an official gun violence prevention program that awards nearly $27 million to violence prevention organizations annually. Tamika made history when she helped shepherd the largest single day demonstration, the 2017 Women’s March on Washington, serving as one of its four national co-chairs. Most recently, she co-founded Until Freedom, an intersectional social justice organization that serves as a clearing house for organizers, activists, movement attorneys, artists, celebrities, and formerly incarcerated individuals. Tamika also co-hosts alongside “Raptivist” Mysonne Linen the newly launched “Street Politicians” podcast on iHeart Radio’s Black Effect Network.

Tamika has been honored as one of Time 100’s Most Influential People and was featured on Fortune’s list of the World’s Greatest Leaders. Her deliberative vision and focused intentionality has deeply moved and motivated a new generation of spirited, engaged activists. Never hiding behind a keyboard, but motivated by her selfless convictions to advance freedom and equality. Tamika is a peerless, streetwise lightning bolt for freedom, justice and equality. The title of her first book STATE OF EMERGENCY is a reflective masterpiece born from the urgent declaration she made in the opening of her speech during the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis.

Ademola Oyesefo

UFCW, International Vice President & Director of the Legislative Action Department

Ademola Oyefeso is an International Vice President and Director of the Legislative and Political Action Department at the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), the largest private sector union in the United States. In this role, he advances the union’s legislative priorities and works with elected officials and candidates at every level of government to support the issues that matter most to UFCW’s 1.3 million hard-working members and their families.

UFCW members work in grocery stores, meatpacking, food processing, and help to put food on our nation’s tables. For multiple years, Mr. Oyefeso has led UFCW’s legislative outreach and national sponsorship surrounding the Stamp Out Hunger food drive, helping to ensure it remains the largest single-day food drive in the United States.

He also helped to pass New York City’s fresh food financing initiative, which brought grocery stores to underserved communities.

Prior to UFCW, Mr. Oyefeso was the Senior Director of Political Affairs and Strategic Initiatives at the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). He also served as the Principal Director of the Outreach and Services Unit for the Speaker’s Office of the New York City Council.

Mr. Oyefeso has extensive campaign experience and has held leadership positions on Gubernatorial, U.S. House, New York Mayoral and New York City Council races. He was also the GOTV Director for Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2014 gubernatorial campaign.

He graduated from the State University of New York College at New Paltz with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a Chemistry minor. Mr. Oyefeso lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and two children.

Ernest Toney

Founder & CEO of BIPOCann

Ernest Toney is the Founder & CEO of BIPOCann, a membership organization and consulting firm that works to improve visibility, representation, and economic equity for minority entrepreneurs and business owners in the cannabis industry.

Through advocacy, Ernest works with government, industry, and community stakeholders to remove barriers to business entry and growth for cannabis social equity and minority entrepreneurs. Since launching BIPOCann in 2020, Ernest helped more than 200 individuals access scholarships to cannabis industry conferences; facilitated editorial coverage and speaking engagements for 30+ members; generated dozens of referrals for cannabis businesses and diverse vendors; and launched a social equity mentorship program in partnership with the Cannabis Business Office, a division of Colorado’s Office of Economic Development & International Trade.

This year, his company is a nominee for Advocate Group of the Year at The Emjays International Cannabis Awards.

Prior to BIPOCann, Ernest managed global marketing initiatives for MJBizDaily. During his tenure, he grew domestic and international marketing partnerships that increased attendance at MJBizCon and events in North America, Latin America, and Europe.

Khadijah Tribble

Strategic Advisor & Senior Executive

As a strategic advisor and senior executive, Khadijah A. Tribble has left an indelible mark on the cannabis industry. With her exceptional skills in positioning, coaching, and mentoring, she has empowered hundreds of individuals to navigate the complexities of this rapidly evolving landscape and reach their full potential.

Khadijah’s leadership has fostered a culture of empowerment and excellence, propelling emerging leaders towards impactful milestones in their respective fields. Her commitment to championing equity and inclusion is at the core of her work, ensuring the industry reflects the diverse fabric of society, while breaking down barriers and creating opportunities for underrepresented voices.

Her exemplary leadership extends to her role as the founder of Marijuana Matters, where she has not only shaped cannabis policy but also created a supportive ecosystem that empowers individuals from all walks of life. Khadijah’s belief in the power of businesses to be catalysts for change is evident in everything she does.

Now, in her new endeavor, THE Agency, Khadijah A. Tribble leverages her more two decades of experience in change-making, team-building, and launching businesses and careers. With a keen eye for capitalizing on opportunities across the growing cannabis sector, Khadijah is poised to guide her clients towards success.

As a highly sought-after speaker, coach, and advisor, Khadijah inspires audiences with her vision and expertise. Her new venture is sure to make waves, so stay tuned for the positive impact she will undoubtedly continue to make.

Christine De La Rosa

M.A. National Co-Founder & CEO The People’s Ecosystem

Christine is the CEO and National Co-Founder of The People’s Ecosystem, Founder & Fund Manager of The People’s Group.

Christine De La Rosa was recently named to the Cannabis50 list as one of Game Changers in the cannabis industry. She was appointed to the California Cannabis Advisory Committee which provides valuable input to the Department of Cannabis Control on the development of regulations and standards. She is the Chair of the DEI and Access 2 Capital Committee for the Council of Federal Cannabis Regulation.

She sits on the Board of the National Cannabis Industry Association and is the former chair of their Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. She is the lead author of Gender Parity in the C-Suite and co-author of Pathways to Equity Ownership in the Cannabis Industry as part of the Gender Equity Cannabis White Papers.

She has advised both local, state, and federal governments across the US on social equity and access to capital in cannabis, as well as written position papers for New York, California, and Arizona with recommendations on their legalization and implementation of cannabis regulation. Additionally, she serves as part of the New York Cannabis Industry Association Special Advisor Group – Social and Economic Equity and Social Justice.

She was named one of the 9 Notable Hispanic & Latino Professionals in Cannabis in 2023, 22 Cannabis Leaders Who Will Shape the Industry in 2022, in 2021 she was on the list for 10 Women to watch out for: Industry luminaries and rising stars, and in 2020 one of 35 Most Influential Women in Cannabis in 2020.

As a thought leader and one of the most sought after advisors in the cannabis industry she sits on the advisory boards of Lift Events, Tetragram, Cannabis Doing Good, Nourish and Bloom, Lila Luckies and Maison Bloom.

Jeannette Ward Horton

Co-Founder NuProject

Jeannette Ward co-founded NuProject in 2018 in Portland, OR. Since founding, the organization’s services have grown from serving historically-excluded entrepreneurs with grants and technical assistance to also include mission-based funding via low-interest loans and other funding instruments.

NuProject has funded more than $2.3M in loans and grants and delivered nearly 2000 hours of entrepreneur coaching to a network of 135 cannabis business founders across the U.S and Canada. When Jeannette launched NuProject, she was also leading marketing and public relations for Akerna, a publicly-traded cannabis technology company.

Jeannette entered the cannabis industry in 2015 following 15 years in communications and marketing roles at Fortune 100 companies, including 10-years at The Coca-Cola Company. Jeannette is particularly excited about the potential of cannabis industry revenues as a pool of economic justice funding for Black communities. Arrested for a cannabis-related charge at 20 and personally impacted by the inequities in the criminal injustice system, Jeannette is passionate about addressing economic inequities for historically excluded communities.

Rafi Aliya Crockett

D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage & Cannabis Board

Rafi Aliya Crockett is happy to rejoin “civilian life” after serving as a regulator on Washington, D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage and Cannabis Board from 2019 to 2023.

As a board member, Ms. Crockett worked to drive change focused on eliminating disparities in access, ownership and participation in the city’s alcoholic beverage and cannabis industries.

Ms. Crockett serves as Treasurer to the Cannabis Regulators of Color Coalition, and is the writer and executive producer of Higher Power, a documentary film about cannabis legalization in Washington, D.C. told through the lens of racial justice and the fight for statehood.

Joy Hudson

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Nimble

Joy Hudson is a visionary who sees Nimble as a drop of goodness that ripples from its colorful Milwaukie,
Oregon headquarters into communities.

Her entrepreneurial spirit, rebellious thinking and passion for giving back motivated her to create Nimble with business partners Marissa Rodriguez and Scott Wright in 2020. They envisioned a place where misfits could feel at home.

A whimsical rebel committed to doing good A rebel who dreams big and has bucked social norms since childhood, Joy journaled at age seven about electing a woman president.
Why can’t I play in the workplace? Why can’t we narrow pay gaps between frontline employees and senior leaders? Why can’t we build our mission into the cost of our products to help Black entrepreneurs access capital? As Nimble’s chief executive officer (CEO), Joy continues questioning paradigms in business and life today.


Joy creates and manages Nimble’s colorful, whimsical, stick-it-to-the-man brand. She is the product developer behind Kites and Broomsticks, two Nimble brands that benefit local nonprofits serving women and entrepreneurs of color. Joy oversees Nimble’s financials and cultivates joint-venture opportunities.

She represents Nimble and the cannabis industry in Salem as a board member of the Cannabis Industry Alliance of Oregon (CIAO) and chair of the CIAO Political Action Committee. Joy serves as Nimble’s problem-solver in chief, calling on the experience she gained in her journey to become its CEO.

Belicia Royster

Risk Manager, Advocate & Cannapreneur

Belicia reigns from Chicago, IL, where her tenacity for Diversity Equity and Inclusion work began. She currently oversees Risk Management for a Global Recycling and 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 is affectionately known as the “Vice Life Coach” which prompted the creation of Verdant Ventures a service that has enabled her to provide vital Risk, Insurance, and industry coaching to Social Equity & Minority entrepreneurs.

In conjunction with her full-time position, she’s also a zealous advocate, lobbyist, and licensee in the cannabis industry. Immersing herself in the industry she became overwhelmingly concerned with the State of Equitable opportunities in the cannabis industry. In 2018, her passion led her to create the Social Equity Empowerment Network known as SEEN. A business/ trade association created to work earnestly against the disparities and inaccuracies of justice. Her work aims to ensure sustainability and equitable ownership in this emerging industry nationally. As the Chief Empowerment Officer, she empowers equity advocacy across the country as SEEN now operates in seven states and continues to provide invaluable and credible resources to Social Equity & BIPOC businesses in the cannabis space.

In 2022, she was appointed as a board member of the Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA) expanding her work in the industry. As a voice for social equity, she remains at the forefront of the equity movement in the cannabis industry. By continuing the push for ownership, and creating mechanisms of support for Social Equity applicants, licensees, and operators. As well as forging pathways and creating a Lane for Legacies by way of SEEN’s upcoming project a cohort for legacy brands called “Legacy Lane”.

Linda Green

CEO of Anacostia Organics

Linda is also the Owner, Co-Founder, Chair of the Board, and CEO of Anacostia Organics, the first medical cannabis dispensary to open East of the River in the District of Columbia.

Anacostia Organics celebrated its’ opening with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with the Mayor of the District of Columbia, Muriel Bowser, and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, (D-DC) on January 24, 2019. BCG Holdings, Inc. t/a Anacostia Organics is incorporated in the District of Columbia as a DSLBD CBE corporation, DC’s first cannabis company to be CBE certified in 2018.

The company actively focuses on the emerging cannabis industry with her active involvement in several national cannabis organizations. In 2022, Anacostia Organics was named the #1 Best Dispensary, the #1 Best Place to Buy CBD, and the #1 Best Smoke Shop by The Washington City Paper’s Best of DC.

Anacostia Organics has also been named one of the top 3 medical cannabis dispensaries by The Washington City Paper’s Best of DC 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2023 in addition to being named the winner of the DC Inno on Fire 2020 Award in cannabis by The Washington Business Journal which also selected Linda in the 2023 Power 100 class.

She was also honored as one of the top 50 women in Washington, DC by Women We Admire in 2023. The I-71 Committee honored her as Trailblazer of the Year and named the award after her in perpetuity in 2023.

Carlondo Mitchell

Cannabis Executive Based in The State of Washington​

Carlondo Mitchell is a Cannabis Executive based in the state of Washington. He has achieved great success with his tier 3 cannabis operation, 5th House Farms, despite facing various challenges due to systemic racism and inequality as an African American man.

Carlondo’s determination and hard work have allowed him to overcome these adversities and climb the ladder of success in the industry, despite significant gatekeeping on people of color. While Carlondo has achieved remarkable success, he remains grounded and connected to his roots.

He deeply cares for his family and community, and he advocates for social equity in the cannabis industry. He firmly believes that underserved communities of color should have equal opportunities to succeed.

In addition to his advocacy work, Carlondo has a strong passion for music. He finds solace in creating and consuming music, recognizing its power to bring people together and heal the soul. Carlondo’s commitment extends beyond his own endeavors.

Whether he is working alongside his team at the farm, developing community partnerships, or supporting local music artists as they refine their craft, he is dedicated to inspiring others and using his success to make a positive impact on the world.

Dr. Bridget Cole Williams

Medical Cannabis and Integrative Officer (Ohio, Michigan)​

Dr. Bridget is a medical cannabis and integrative office and services in Ohio and Michigan. We do cannabis differently.

Dr. Bridget Cole Williams, former CEO of Green Harvest Health, believes in medicinal cannabis by approaching patients with empathy, empowering the patient in their journey and providing education.

As a board certified family physician, Dr Bridget not only consults and provides cards for patients but integrates holistic practices with care.

As the author of the best selling book series “Courage in Cannabis”, Dr Bridget brings stories of cannabis and CBD to the forefront of the cannabis industry conversation and the significance of maintaining medical cannabis for patients.

She currently works with cannabis schools, creating curriculum , providing valuable talks across the country and the host of the “Reclaim Your Wellness with DrBridgetMD” segment on Black Star Network.

Kristi Price

Founder of Black CannaBusiness

Kristi Price, the founder of Black CannaBusiness, has dedicated herself to creating a platform that offers a range of business resources, information, and experiences specifically catered to empower Black and Brown cannapreneurs and professionals.

As the brain behind the esteemed Black CannaBiz Expo and Conference, she has established the only national B2B event that brings together BIPOC professionals, entrepreneurs, and founders involved in the cannabis industry. Kristi is a proud graduate of her HBCU, the Southern University and A&M College.

Drawing from her extensive 20-year experience, she has successfully cultivated communications and spearheaded change initiatives in formerly prohibited and highly regulated sectors such as alcohol, tobacco, and functional beverages.

Acting in the capacity of a principal leadership advisor, she has lent her expertise to globally recognized brands including Nike, Red Bull NA, Diageo Guinness USA, Phillip Morris, Kimberly Clark, and other prominent business organizations.

Through her strategic guidance, these brands have witnessed transformative growth and success.