Catalyst Conversations | 06.06.23 | It Takes an Educational Ecosystem to Empower a Community


NCIA’s #IndustryEssentials webinar series is our premier digital educational platform featuring a variety of interactive programs allowing us to provide you timely, engaging and essential education when you need it most. NCIA’s Catalyst Conversations series is an advanced webinar series curated to give enrollees in our Social Equity Scholarship program the opportunity to network and gain access to valuable knowledge that will help them excel in the cannabis industry.

Looking for ways to empower your community? Trying to figure out a way to build an impactful business in cannabis? It’s going to take dynamic and intentional ecosystems to get the most out of the generational opportunities cannabis is opening up.

In this edition of our Catalyst Conversations series originally aired on Wednesday, June 6, members of NCIA’s Education Committee and Health Equity Working Group were joined by San Francisco’s Office of Cannabis, City College of San Francisco, and Green Enterprise’s HBCU College to Careers Tour.

The institutions shared their experiences, lessons learned, best practices, and perhaps most importantly demonstrated the importance of collaboration to create truly holistic educational ecosystems that will create both long and short term impact, particularly in communities harmed by the War on Drugs.

Learning Objectives

• Gain insights into how educational institutions, government agencies, the business community, and the private sector are collaborating to foster Equity in cannabis and the community at large
• Understand the obstacles and how to navigate them when creating a college to careers pipeline for greater DEI in cannabis
• Learn about what types of educational programming exists for people interested in entering the cannabis industry


Toni – Consulting and Wellness

Cherron Perry-Thomas
Director of Social Impact | Founder
Diasporic Alliance for Cannabis Opportunities (DACO) | Black Cannabis Week

Jeremy Schwartz
Deputy Director
Office of Cannabis for the City and County of San Francisco

J Dawgert Carlin (they/them)
Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Behavioral Sciences, Ethnic Studies, and Social Justice
City College of San Francisco

Kevin Greene
Vice President
Cleveland School of Cannabis

Mike Lomuto (Moderator)
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Manager

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