Resilient Harvests Conference organizers Resource Innovation Institute (RII) and Endeavor Business Media have announced that Shanita Penny, founder and CEO of Budding Solutions, will keynote during the Day 2 session, “Public & Private Solutions Toward Resilience.”
Penny, an alum of North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, has certifications in project management and Lean Six Sigma practices as well as a master’s in business administration from the University of Baltimore and Towson University. For more than a decade, she has consulted with Fortune 500 companies such as Pepsico, McCormick and Company, and JDA Software to develop contemporary management strategies that improve business performance.
Related article: Resilient Harvests Conference announces two keynote speakers
Penny has demonstrated her passion for entrepreneurship, social equity in business, and eliminating the stigma of cannabis by serving as a senior advisor to the Coalition for Cannabis Policy, Education and Regulation. In addition to providing boutique cannabis business consulting through Budding Solutions, Penny recently joined bipartisan Washington, D.C. firm Forbes Tate Partners as a senior vice president of public affairs, counseling clients and partners on the evolving cannabis market sector. She continues to advocate for equitable U.S. cannabis regulations that support responsible consumption, clinical and scientific research, and access to capital that will fuel industry growth.
Back in 2019, Penny spoke with CashColor Cannabis podcast during the New Orleans MJBizCon regarding the intersection of the cannabis industry with diversity, equity, and inclusion issues. She cited impacts on communities that were “devastated by the War on Drugs” that have been unable to capitalize on more recent economic opportunities presented by legalized cannabis operations. Her call to action was to “be an advocacy champion” and discard outmoded conceptions about cannabis consumers, business practices, and financial support to assess and create more opportunities for legalized cannabis operations to thrive.
On November 2, Penny will present “Achieving equitable outcomes via an efficiency workforce strategy,” building from her experience and perspectives on cannabis advocacy and social activism to explain ways to position businesses to grow by engaging local economies with cultivators.
The Resilient Harvests Conference will be held Nov. 1–2, 2022 in Long Beach, Calif. Additional off-site CEA tours will be planned for Nov. 3 and are to be announced.
Register for the Resilient Harvests Conference by September 16 for early bird rates.
CARRIE MEADOWS is managing editor of LEDs Magazine, with 20 years’ experience in business-to-business publishing across technology markets including solid-state technology manufacturing, fiberoptic communications, machine vision, lasers and photonics, and LEDs and lighting.
For up-to-the-minute LED and SSL updates, follow us on Twitter. You’ll find curated content and commentary, as well as information on industry events, webcasts, and surveys on our LinkedIn page and our Facebook page.