(Denver, Colorado)— On January 19th, 2017, Vangst Talent Network will launch a first-of-its-kind Cannabis Career Summit and Product Showcase in Denver, Colorado. After the success of the three Vangst Career Fairs in 2016 in multiple states, Vangst is now creating a new class of cannabis career events that will integrate networking with industry education and professional advancement. The Vangst Cannabis Career Summit is designed for workers looking to sharpen their current industry expertise and job seekers looking to connect with brands who are hiring. The goal of The Vangst Cannabis Career Summit is to advance career-enriching knowledge and better business practices within the entire professional cannabis industry. With more and more states building cannabis markets, it is the mission of the Vangst Cannabis Career Summit to prepare and place the most skilled and educated workforce possible.
Bud Tender Panel
Bud tenders from four of Colorado’s largest dispensaries will give insider tips and insight into their profession. Whether you’re looking to pick the brain of a bud tender or just an aspiring dispensary worker, this panel will provide invaluable information about one of the largest and most influential positions in the cannabis industry.
Learn Your Industry
Businesses in this category will be showcasing their products, broadening potential job seekers awareness of cannabis companies, while simultaneously allowing workers to pay it forward by establishing contacts at companies that will potentially be hiring in the future.
There will still be a large traditional career fair presence. 40+ companies, from dispensaries to ancillary businesses, will be looking to fill hundreds of roles from entry to the executive level.
Representatives for the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division will be on hand to help answer any questions about acquiring a MED badge.
Maureen McNamara, Founder and Chief Facilitator with Cannabis Trainers™.
“High Impact Connections: Tips for Landing an Interview”
Maureen McNamara has led hundreds of workshops and leads business professionals and entrepreneurs to have more success in their lives. With 20+ years of professional training experience, McNamara has trained and certified 10,000+ employees, managers and owners in national certification programs.
Karson Humiston, CEO and Founder of Vangst
“Keep Your Career, Change Your Industry: How to Break into the Cannabis Industry”
Karson Humiston, founder of Vangst, will discuss how traditional careers, such as accounting, marketing or information technology, exist within the cannabis space. Karson’s goal is to dispel misconceptions that the cannabis industry consists of solely marijuana enthusiasts, and will showcase some of the talented working in this exciting new industry.
Heather Despres, Head of Science at Yofumo
“Science Careers in Cannabis”
Heather Despres has presented her methods at conferences such as the National Cannabis Industry Association, International Pharmaceutical Academy, and Waters Corporation. Most recently Heather has her potency method accepted at the International Cannabinoid Research Society and the American Chemical Society. Careers in cannabis science can involve working at grows, manufacturing, and laboratories. The first step is determining which path to go down.
Bob Hoban, Principal and Owner at Solana Business Solutions
“Keeping it Legit: Compliance Jobs Will Define the Future of Cannabis”
At Solana Business Solutions, Hoban offers comprehensive consulting, management, regulatory, and product solutions services for the entire commercial cannabis industry. In 2016, Hoban was selected as a member of the Boulder Colorado inaugural Marijuana Policy Advisory Committee. Hoban is a professor at the University of Denver in the Law and Society Program and regularly instructs regarding cannabis and hemp related legal and policy topics.
Native Roots, LivWell, Trimming America, Dixie Elixirs, O.pen Vape, Leafly, MiNDFUL, Keef Cola, Cannabis Industry Institute, Würk, Nerve Cannabis Consulting, Good Chemistry, Baker, Frosted Leaf, Wana Brands, Incredibles, SanSal, LeafLink, Canna Advisors, Grow for Vets, Green Man Cannabis, Blue Line Protection, Cannabis Trainers, Security Grade, Dank Essence, SSDP, Impact Network, The Farm, Cannabrand, NORML, Highest Reward & many more.
Vangst is the world’s largest talent agency focusing specifically on the booming cannabis industry. Launched by Karson Humiston in 2014, Vangst connects all manner of cannabis and ancillary businesses across the legal market with the skilled talent they need. From entry level to executive positions, Vangst has harnessed its vast network to connect over 300 of companies with over 1,000 of employees to date. Vangst also founded and operates The Cannabis Career Summit, the largest and most comprehensive cannabis career fair in the world. With offices in Denver, Colorado and Los Angeles, California (and more to come across the globe), Vangst is on a mission to add 10k employees to the cannabis sector between now and 2020
About Vangst Talent Network, CEO & Founder, Karson Humiston
At the age of 24, Karson Humiston is a precocious entrepreneur and cannabis career expert. While studying abroad in Copenhagen at the age of 20, Karson founded On Track Adventures. It turned into a successful, student-run travel organization that she sold two years later so she could jump into the rapidly emerging cannabis industry. At 22 years old, Humiston founded Vangst Talent Network to connect professionals across all sectors into the cannabis industry. Vangst has since been recognized as the cannabis industry’s leading staffing agency, filling over 1,000 positions in 2016 ranging from entry to executive across the country. Vangst has hosted career fairs in Colorado and California, which have attracted hundreds of companies and thousands of job seekers. Vangst currently has offices in Colorado and California and Humiston is working to expand her business into new markets through developing a new technology that will streamline the job-hunting process in the cannabis industry.