Written by: R.W. Navis, Contributing Writer
An elite group of largely millennials gathered this past weekend for “The World’s Preeminent Ideas Festival” in DTLA. SummitLA19 was a huge success once again and cannabis played a role.
Attendees came from all over the world for intimate sessions with famous luminaries from all walks of life. Where else can you rub elbows with Harrison Ford, Lindsey Vonn and Ray Dalio all in an afternoon. There was an emphasis on health, wellness and developing the mind. Dalio addressed this by describing his thought matrix on key decisions. Vonn was part of a panel on the future of food. She confided that if she had learned earlier what she now knows regarding nutrition her career could have been lengthened. There were thought provoking presentations throughout the 3 days and certainly something for everyone.
The Cannabis Industry was well represented especially on the medical side. Tracy Ryan CEO of CannaKids moderated a panel bringing attendees up to date on recent developments. There were actually two Cannabis Meetups drawing some of the brightest minds in the industry. Zach Martin President of Versa, Courtney Barnes with Vicente Sederberg, Luke Stanton Founder of Skytree Capital, Heather Boyd of Acreage and Kellen O’Keefe from Flower One were just some of the well-known cannabis executives in attendance throughout the event.
Summit attendees were very interested in meeting anyone and everyone. Among the people I met were leaders in the worlds of philanthropy, technology, and hedge funds. All were readily available for a short introductory chat. To a person they were all very interested in the cannabis industry.
The food at Summit was extraordinary with an emphasis on farm fresh and sustainable. The Marketplace was the primary venue for three meals a day with rows of tables that were open to any and all. This proved to be another great spot for networking. Each attendee was also treated to a private dinner one night at a local restaurant.
Blue Stone Lane served Australian style coffee drinks throughout the day at the Broadway Lobby. Starting at about 5pm each day there were multiple bar set ups that served until the wee hours of the morning. Most of this activity was centered in The Orchard which included live bands.
Published: November 12, 2019
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