Speaking topic: What Cannabis Stakeholders Need to Know About the Federal Regulatory Agencies
Sarah has dedicated her professional career to working behind the scenes to champion both public and private projects that are mission-driven and have a clear focus on improving communication in order to advance social justice. She is honored to serve as the first Executive Director for the Council for Federal Cannabis Regulation (CFCR). For more than 15 years, Sarah has worked primarily with start-up companies in the media, broadcast, and communication space. She has held various COO, CFO, Communication, and Business Development positions and worked closely with executive teams in the United States, Europe, and Asia to translate high-level visions into realized corporate entities. From 2016 to 2020, Sarah served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Alda Communication Training Company (ACT), helping her mentor (legendary actor, writer, and director), Alan Alda, bring his proven improv and communication methods to the world. Working closely with Alan, Sarah established the first-of-its-kind public-private partnership (PPP) with the State University of New York (SUNY). The company grew from $0 to more than $2.5M in net profit within the first 2-years. Because of this growth and success, Alan was able to realize his dream of donating the profits directly back to the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. This created a win-win scenario for the Alda Center, Stony Brook / SUNY, and Alan. Sarah also served as the Executive Producer, writer, and voice-over artist for Alan's podcast, Clear+Vivid, which has had over 15-million downloads. She produced over 100 episodes with notable guests including Tom Hanks, Paul McCartney, Julie Andrews, Madeline Albright, Tina Fey, Michael J. Fox, Judge Judy, Isabella Rossellini, and many more. Sarah has led communication and media training workshops for corporate clients, as well as at the United Nations, NASA, the Nature Conservancy, and various "Shark Tank" events. She has served as an executive committee member of the National Small Business Association in Washington, DC, and as a featured panelist and consultant with the Global Coalition for Aging and the Council on Foreign Relations. Before moving back to the United States in 2013, she worked from international office locations in both London and Frankfurt, where she advised a diverse range of clients and companies. She enjoyed being a featured political commentator on Sky News and BBC Radio while living abroad.