Speaking topic: Social Equity In The Cannabis Industry: Looking at Social Equity From a Lens of Responsible Community Development and Nonprofit Uplift
Michael Fields is a Corporate Social Responsibility, social equity and inclusion executive with 20+ years’ experience leading global social responsibility efforts with an expertise in developing program strategy, driving employee engagement, and executing large-scale social equity and inclusion initiatives for companies and nonprofit organizations committed to driving change in communities across the U.S. and abroad. As a social equity and inclusion consultant, Michael leverages his skill set and knowledge to build sustainable programs for both public and private organizations operating in the cannabis industry. His experience working closely with non-profits and corporations of all sizes, allows him to build high-impact relationships resulting in the organizations success in meeting their social impact goals. Michael previously served as the Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Green Thumb Industries. He was responsible for the development and execution of Green Thumb’s program focusing on Social Equity and Justice, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Community Engagement and Environmental Stewardship. In this role, he developed a strong collaboration model with key business functions allowing the group to create and execute programs and initiatives that fell under the umbrella of the CSR Program. His focus was both on driving internal and external engagement, through partnerships and business partners, across supply chain, marketing, people operations, and legal. Prior to starting at Green Thumb, Michael spent nine years as the Director of Corporate Citizenship at Xylem, a leading global provider of efficient and sustainable water technologies and applications. While at Xylem, he was responsible for the development and implementation of Xylem Watermark, a global initiative focused on providing and protecting safe water resources for communities in need around the world. Watermark had a goal based around sustainable connection and support of international non-profit organizations and community groups to implement efficient, cost effective and sustainable water and sanitation solutions. He was also instrumental in the development and implementation of Xylem’s employee engagement program which joined their employees across the globe and led to them logging more than 100,000 hours of volunteerism over a three-year period.