Explore the future of cannabis and CBD at Ad Age Next

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Future blockbusters including legal cannabis and CBD will be a focus when Ad Age Next, our biggest event of the year, convenes at New World Stages in New York this Nov. 13 and 14.

Our program of innovators, investors, founders and marketing leaders will include:

David Dancer, CMO at MedMen

on the cannabis boom to come

Tony Magee, founder of Lagunitas

on the next buzz, including cannabis in Lagunitas drinks

Jason DeLand, founding partner and joint global CEO at Anomaly

on cannabis, science and the hot startup Dosist


Claudia Mata, co-founder of Vertly

on CBD in beauty.

Next as a whole is all about the near future being shaped by innovation–the best kind of marketing, but much more than that too.

Day One features an afternoon of stimulating keynotes and conversations, culminating in Next Titans, a new live experience about six startups seeking funding and marketing support. They will pitch live to former Mondelēz chief media and e-commerce officer Bonin Bough, BlueRun Ventures General Partner Cheryl Cheng, former GE chief marketing officer Beth Comstock and VaynerX chairman Gary Vaynerchuk.

Day Two will feature midday tracks to let attendees drill down on areas that particularly matter to them, including esports, retail and ecommerce, mobility and next media tech. And there will be networking.

Other Next speakers include:

Sophia Amoruso, CEO and founder at Girlboss

on connections as the future of currency

Sharmeen Browarek, senior director of viewer engagement at Twitch

on using machine learning to fight bias in gaming

Kass Dawson, global head of marketing at Softbank Robotics

with the Pepper robot, on the future of human-robot interactions

Amy Emmerich, chief content officer at Refinery29

on content's next mission

Ryan Kelly, head of marketing and communications at Virgin Hyperloop One

on policy pile-ups in mobility and the public-private solution

Jason Mars, CEO and co-founder at Clinc

on the rise of conversational AI

Megan Maloney, investor at General Catalyst

on the real future for blockchain

Pras Michél, founder of Blacture

on creating while black

Natalia Oberti Noguera, CEO and founder of Pipeline Angels

on changing the "white bro" culture of Silicon Valley

Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit and general partner at Initialized Capital

on finding, evaluating and driving innovation

Bozoma Saint John, chief marketing officer at Endeavor

on Next Reinvention—how people and businesses can stay head of disruption

Ralph Santana, CMO at Harman

on the 65-mile-per-hour living room

Rachel Shechtman, CEO and founder, Story

on experiential retail, online and off

David Shing, digital prophet at Verizon's Oath

on screens and our mental health

Brandon Snow, senior VP and chief revenue officer at Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues

on esports' next play IRL

Meiling Tan, head of marketing at Waymo

on bringing self-driving cars to the public

Dara Treseder, chief marketing officer at GE Ventures

on how to accelerate change

Randall Wilkinson, CEO and co-founder of The Wilkinson Group

on the future of food and his company's robotic Wilkinson Mini Bakery

Jen Wong, chief operating officer at Reddit

on the future of community trust

Be there too on Nov. 13 and 14. All the info is here, including the agenda.

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