Yale Business of Legal Cannabis Conference

February 16, 2018, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. EST

On Friday, February 16, 2018, the Yale School of Management will be the site of the student-run Business of Legal Cannabis Conference, the first-ever cannabis conference held at a U.S. business school. The objective of this one-day  event is to convene leaders from all sectors of society—private, government, and nonprofit—to discuss the opportunities and challenges of the business of legal cannabis.

The morning sessions will present conference attendees with a broad overview of the cannabis industry, while the afternoon sessions will provide a deeper dive into specific topical areas, including diversity, women in cannabis, healthcare, private equity and venture capital, and branding and marketing. Our diverse speaker lineup includes Jesce Horton, Emily Paxhia, Nancy Whiteman, Evan Eneman, Todd Mitchem, John Hudak, Alan Gertner, Tahira Rehmutallah, and Marvin Washington. Attending organizations include Privateer Holdings, Women Grow, The Hood Incubator, Viridian Capital, New Frontier Data, Province Brands, MedReleaf, The American Cannabinoid Clinics, and the Minority Cannabis Business Association.

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Ticket Information

Morning Session Tickets

Full Day Session Tickets

 We will have two ticket types available for purchase: 1) a full-day access ticket and 2) a lower-priced ticket which gets you access to the morning session only (includes lunch). Full-day access ticket holders will be able to select their preference of breakout panels in the afternoon (attendance based on capacity).
 
Ticket prices are as follows (they do not include processing fees):
Early bird student full-day ticket: $65
Early bird student morning-only ticket: $45
Early bird non-student full-day ticket: $120
Early bird non-student morning-only ticket: $80
 
Regular student full-day ticket: $75
Regular student morning-only ticket: $55
Regular non-student full-day ticket: $145
Regular non-student morning-only ticket: $100

Agenda
 

Morning Session

8:00 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast & Registration
8:45 - 9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks
9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Keynote Address by Privateer Holdings
9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Cannabis 101 : The Science of Cannabis
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. The Cannabis Landscape
10:30- 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 - 11:45 a.m. Legalization and Regulation Panel Conversation
11:50 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. Lunch & Networking

Afternoon Session

Breakout Panels
1:00 - 1:50 p.m.
Women in Cannabis Healthcare & Wellness
Breakout Panels
2:00 - 2:50 p.m.
Diversity & Racial Equity Branding & Marketing
Breakout Panels
3:00 - 3:50 p.m.
Venture Capital & Private Equity Sustainability
4:00 - 4:45 p.m.
 
Careers in Cannabis Panel Conversation
4:50 - 5:10 p.m. Closing Remarks
5:15 - 6:00 p.m. Reception

Edward P. Evans Hall
165 Whitney Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
United States
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Speakers

Tahira Rehmatullah

Managing Director, Hypur Ventures

Tahira Rehmatullah has been MTech Acquisition Corp’s Chief Financial Officer since September 2017. Since June 2017, she has served as Managing Director of Hypur Ventures, where she is responsible for portfolio company management as well as...

Tahira Rehmatullah has been MTech Acquisition Corp’s Chief Financial Officer since September 2017. Since June 2017, she has served as Managing Director of Hypur Ventures, where she is responsible for portfolio company management as well as investment sourcing and execution. She is also a Director of Dope Media, a cannabis media company and portfolio company of Hypur Ventures. Tahira has been named one of the most powerful women in the cannabis business by Fortune Magazine and Complex, and has a passion for developing female leadership in the industry. Prior to joining Hypur Ventures, Tahira served as General Manager of Marley Natural, where she was responsible for the brand’s launch and managing day-to-day operations of the company, and was an Investment Manager at Privateer Holdings. Prior to the cannabis industry, Tahira was a Portfolio Manager at City First Enterprises managing CFE’s community development investment portfolio. Before CFE, Tahira was an associate at Perry Capital where she led research initiatives for the asset-backed securities team. Her career began in Ernst & Young’s Financial Services Advisory practice. Tahira earned her MBA from the Yale School of Management, where she was a Yale Entrepreneurial Institute Venture Creation Advisor. She holds a B.S. in Finance and Life Sciences from The Ohio State University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and was a Presidential Scholar.

Brendan Kennedy

CEO, Privateer Holdings

Brendan Kennedy is CEO of Privateer Holdings, the world’s first private equity firm investing exclusively in legal cannabis, which has raised $140+ million to launch global cannabis brands – including portfolio companies Tilray (a global...

Brendan Kennedy is CEO of Privateer Holdings, the world’s first private equity firm investing exclusively in legal cannabis, which has raised $140+ million to launch global cannabis brands – including portfolio companies Tilray (a global leader in medical cannabis production and research), Marley Natural (the official Bob Marley cannabis brand), and Leafly (the world’s largest cannabis information resource). Mr. Kennedy is a sought-after thought leader on the cannabis industry, business, and entrepreneurship and has been featured in publications like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Financial Post, as well as on stage at Web Summit, Collision, RISE Conference, and SXSW. He holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley; an M.S. from the University of Washington; and an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management.

Ebele Ifedigbo

Co-founder and Co-executive Director, The Hood Incubator

Ebele is co-founder and co-executive director of The Hood Incubator, a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase the participation of Black and Brown communities in the legal cannabis industry. Ebele spearheads the organization’s...

Ebele is co-founder and co-executive director of The Hood Incubator, a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase the participation of Black and Brown communities in the legal cannabis industry. Ebele spearheads the organization’s economic development and fundraising efforts. Ebele is a Yale MBA graduate committed to using business to foster innovation and racial equity in cannabis. Ebele has served as an NAACP Economics Fellow, working to develop federal and state policies and programs aimed at closing the national Racial Wealth Divide. Ebele’s other professional experiences include working as an analyst at Ameriprise Financial, a legal and compliance summer analyst at Goldman Sachs, and an MBA summer intern for the worker cooperative development organization Project Equity. Ebele received a joint BA in Economics and Philosophy, with a minor in African Studies from Columbia University in New York City. In June 2017, Ebele received the highly-competitive Echoing Green global social entrepreneurship fellowship. In October 2017, Ebele was honored by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of 2017's Most Daring Entrepreneurs, along with Jeff Bezos, Issa Rae, Elon Musk, and other global innovators. In November 2017, Ebele was named to the 2017 Full Color 50 List and the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 List.

Jesce Horton

Co-founder and Chairman, Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA)

Jesce Horton is the co-founder and Chairman of the Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA), the first non-profit organization founded to create equal access and economic empowerment for cannabis businesses, their patients, and the...

Jesce Horton is the co-founder and Chairman of the Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA), the first non-profit organization founded to create equal access and economic empowerment for cannabis businesses, their patients, and the communities most affected by the war on drugs. The organization has members in over 35 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, USVI, and Canada. Jesce earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. Following graduation, he pursued a career with Siemens USA. While there, Jesce had multiple roles, including Certified Energy Manager (C.E.M). Within this role, Jesce traveled the U.S. and Germany working closely with the U.S. Department of Energy and local utilities to identify and execute projects that reduced energy usage and environmental footprint. He was honored by Peter Loscher, Siemens AG CEO, with the Siemens Values Award in Munich, Germany for his team’s work at some of the nation’s largest industrial companies. During nearly seven years with Siemens, Jesce held positions in various roles, including sales, finance, field service engineering and global strategy. In 2013, soon after moving to Portland, OR, Jesce began growing medical cannabis in his home for two elderly patients who were suffering with cancer, pain and insomnia. After seeing the benefits of medical cannabis, Jesce founded Panacea Valley Gardens, an indoor and greenhouse cultivation facility in metro Portland. Jesce and his team developed proprietary methods of cultivating and processing Portland Craft Cannabis that garnered Panacea Valley Gardens a nomination for a regional CANNaward for the Best Sustainability Initiative and a Dope Cup Award for Best Savory Edible. Along with partners, Jesce founded Panacea, an adult use dispensary that gives back 10% of profits to social causes. In 2015, The Weed Blog voted Panacea as Dispensary of the Year in Portland.

Dr. Jeff Chen

Director, UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative

Dr. Jeff Chen MD/MBA is the Director of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative, where he leads a team of over 20 faculty members to conduct education and groundbreaking research into the effects of cannabis on society, including health, legal,...

Dr. Jeff Chen MD/MBA is the Director of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative, where he leads a team of over 20 faculty members to conduct education and groundbreaking research into the effects of cannabis on society, including health, legal, economic, and social impact. He is a thought leader on the intersection of cannabis policy, science, and business, where he has worked for the last four years to accelerate cannabis research. Dr. Chen is a David Geffen Fellowship Recipient, UCLA Anderson Fellowship Recipient, and UCLA Wolfen Entrepreneurial Award Recipient. He is a U.S. patent holder, a published author in cancer research, and sat on the Admissions Committee at the UCLA School of Medicine. He is a graduate of the MD/MBA program at UCLA and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cornell University where he studied Biology, Business, and Music, and managed the microbiology lab of the Chair of the Microbiology Department, Dr. William Ghiorse.

Confirmed speakers:

Alan Gertner (CEO, Tokyo Smoke)
Dr. Chanda Macias (Founder, National Holistic Healing Center)
Dasheeda Dawson (President, MJ Strategy)
Dave Vosburg (CFO, Crop One Hodings)
Deanna Clark-Esposito (Attorney, Clark-Esposito, PC)
Derek Smith (Executive Director, Resource Innovation Institute)
Dooma Wendschuh (CEO, Province Brands)
Ebele Ifedigbo (Founder, Hood Incubator)
Emily Paxhia (Managing Partner, Poseidon Asset Management)
Evan Eneman (CEO, ELLO)
Gia Morón (PR Director, Women Grow)
Giadha Aguirre de Carcer (CEO, New Frontier Data)
Dr. Jeff Chen (Director, UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative)
Jeanne Sullivan (Co-Founder, Starvest Partners)
Jesce Horton, (Co-Founder, Minority Cannabis Business Association)
John Hudak (Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution)
John Kagia (Executive Vice President, New Frontier Data)
Jon Jacobs (Attorney, Jacobs Law Firm)
Kebra Smith-Bolden (Founder, CannaHealth)
Kristina Garcia (CEO, Women Grow)
Lauren Rudick (Attorney, Hiller, PC)
Marvin Washington (Entrepreneur)
Mauricio Agudelo (Managing Director, Dioscorides Global Holdings)
Mona Zhang (Editor, Word on the Tree)
Nancy Whiteman (Founder, Wana Brands)
Natalie Ginsburg (Policy Director, MAPS)
Dr. Rachel Knox (Co-Founder, American Cannabinoid Clinics)
Ralph Risch (COO, Phylos Bioscience)
Scott Greiper (President, Viridian Capital Advisors)
Shanel Lindsay (Founder, Ardent Cannabis)
Shannon O'Hearn (Clinical Researcher, MedReleaf)
Tahira Rehmatullah (Managing Director, Hypur Ventures)
Todd Mitchem (CEO, TMC Partners)

Contact Information

If you have any questions about the conference, please reach out to Connie Lee ’18 and Billy Marks ’18.