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Call for Proposals to Speak at NCIA Conferences in Boston and San Francisco

Do you want to solidify yourself as a thought leader in the cannabis industry? NCIA invites cannabis industry experts, elected officials, authors and researchers to share innovative, relevant and practical cannabis knowledge at one of our upcoming conferences. We’re currently accepting speaker applications for our Northeast Cannabis Business Conference (Boston, MA - February 19-20, 2020) and Cannabis Business Summit in San Jose, CA (San Jose, CA - June 15-17, 2020).

The National Cannabis Industry Association is a nonprofit organization run for and by its membership, so we hope you’ll consider this opportunity to apply for a seat on the NCIA Board.

Serving on NCIA's Board of Directors is no small task. Board members are responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the largest and most influential cannabis industry organization in the country. Board Members are also responsible for building membership, fundraising, and ensuring that NCIA continues to be the strongest force advocating for the fair and equal treatment of the industry on Capitol Hill. 

Who Qualifies To Run For A Board Position?

To qualify for board election, a candidate must be a fiduciary (e.g. owner, president, CEO) of a current dues-paying Member business at any level of membership. 

What Are The Requirements For An NCIA Board Member?

Board members serve two-year terms and are responsible for overseeing the association’s overall strategy and budget, and as ambassadors of NCIA, they represent nearly 2,000 member businesses.

What’s New About This Year’s Process For Nominations?

NCIA no longer requires candidates to be Sustaining Members, nor must candidates be nominated by another NCIA member company. Candidates may apply directly for a board position during the open application process. The application form asks for information about the candidate’s professional background, unique talents, skills, and viewpoints, and ability to contribute or raise financial resources for NCIA.

The selection process will now be overseen by a Nominations Committee and a slate of candidates will be chosen. Candidates not chosen during the selection process may seek an independent nomination to go before a vote of the NCIA membership. 

How Are The Board Positions Selected?
The Nominations Committee chair will assemble a Nominating Committee to review candidates. The Nominating Committee selects a slate of candidates to fill nine available board seats. The nominating committee will review and score candidates based on their qualifications, experience, skillset, and ability to bring diversity to the board. 

Membership is then notified of the slate and provided instructions for obtaining an independent nomination.

Independent candidates must get the signatures (electronic) of 5% of the membership (owners & principles only) in order to qualify for the ballot.

If no qualified independent candidates are received by at least 60 days before the Annual Board Meeting, the slate of nominees recommended by the Board of Directors shall be declared members of the Board of Directors and shall commence their term at the Annual Board Meeting.

If one or more qualified independent candidates are received, all candidates will be presented to the membership for election, which will be conducted for no less than thirty (30) days.

Votes will be weighted according to membership level. The votes of Basic Members will be weighted at face value; Sponsoring Members’ votes will carry twice the weight of Basic Member votes; and Sustaining Members’ votes will carry five times the weight of Basic Member votes.

Elected board members serve two-year terms and elections are staggered, occurring annually. 

The newly elected members will join the board at its next meeting in January 2019.

Call for Proposals to Speak at NCIA Conferences in Boston and San Francisco

NCIA invites cannabis industry experts, elected officials, authors and researchers who are able to share innovative, relevant and practical cannabis knowledge at one of our upcoming conferences. We’re currently accepting speaker applications for our Northeast Cannabis Business Conference (Boston, MA - February 19-20, 2020) and Cannabis Business Summit (San Francisco, CA - June 15-17, 2020).

Submission Process:. Any applicable proposals submitted will be considered for the Northeast Cannabis Business Conference and Cannabis Business Summit. Please do not submit a proposal for a session that you have already presented at another trade event (even at a previous NCIA event) unless the information is updated.

References: All first-time applicants to NCIA must include 3 professional references; this can be from a client, colleague, or an event organizer from a previous event.

Criteria: Proposals that are collaborative, with diverse voices, and provide an interactive learning experience will be highly preferred. We’re looking for presentations on cannabis industry case studies and research that provide practical takeaways to industry professionals. Please explain how you’d contribute to a panel session in 100 to 150 words and provide 5 learning objectives.

Topic Suggestions:

  • Cannabis Business Services
  • Cannabis Investing
  • Cultivation
  • Lab Testing
  • Manufactured Infused Products
  • Distribution and Retail
  • Regulations, Compliance and Advocacy

Membership Requirement: Speaker proposals from individuals operating a business in the cannabis industry must be members of NCIA. Exceptions to the members-only rule are only given to academics, elected, and other public service officials. Find out more about NCIA’s membership or join online today at https://thecannabisindustry.org/join-now/.

Review Process Once you have completed this form, your submission will be reviewed and evaluated by NCIA staff and NCIA’s member-led committees. Speakers selections will be announced at least 3 months from the start of each conference.

No Self or Product Promotion: Speaker(s) will not promote, market or advertise any business during their session. Feedback on this matter will be solicited during individual session evaluations. The program is for educational purposes only.

Speaker Compensation Speakers will receive complimentary admission to the event. Please note that NCIA does not provide a speaking fee or compensate for travel or accommodations. Exceptions are given only to academic and certain public service officials.

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