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Dr. Michelle Wang, PsyD is an Emotional Intelligence (EQ) coach and international traumatologist. She holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and has been trained in state-of-the-art clinical settings including VA medical centers, centers for survivors of torture, and center for survivors of genocide. For the last decade, Michelle has specialized in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and PTSD. With her extensive research and clinical background, Michelle has been an international trauma consultant for various disaster-relief organizations, assisting with the development of a somatic, body-centered treatment protocol aimed to mitigate the effects of PTSD in school-aged children. Michelle has advanced training in Attachment Theory, Somatic Psychotherapy, Jungian Psychology, Mindfulness and Meditation, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Relational and Interpersonal frameworks, Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies, and Time-Limited Psychodynamic Therapy (TLDP). She is co-founder and Chief Psychology Officer at NewPathVR.

John Gilmore
John Gilmore is an entrepreneur and civil libertarian. He was an early employee of Sun Microsystems, early free software and open source author, and co-created Cygnus Solutions, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Cypherpunks, the DES Cracker, and the Usenet’s “alt” newsgroups. He’s spent 40 years doing programming, hardware and software design, management, advocacy, philosophy, philanthropy, and investment. Along with being a board member of MAPS, he is also on the boards of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Marijuana Policy Project. He is trying to get people to think more about the society they are building. His advocacy on encryption aims to improve public understanding of this fundamental technology for privacy and accountability in open societies. His advocacy on drug policy aims to reduce the immense harms caused by government attempts to control the mental states of free citizens.

Andrea Brooks
Andrea Brooks is a cannabis advocate, lobbyist for social change, and entrepreneur with a passion for health and wellness. Following a disabling injury in which cannabis played a crucial role in her recovery, Ms. Brooks was inspired to enter the cannabis space. Building on previous experience working with NGOs around the world on program development, she applies her expertise in conducting needs assessments, developing strategic partnerships and creating new revenue sources to her latest venture - SAVA. SAVA is an online marketplace for curated, high-quality cannabis goods that provides access to and education about cannabis medicine, and is based in San Francisco.

Steven J. Gelberg
A child of the Sixties, I turned on, tuned in, and dropped out of college in 1970 to pursue non-chemical enlightenment as a Hindu monk – eventually teaching, writing, and traveling widely throughout the U.S. and India. In 1987 I left the ashram to study comparative religion and mysticism at Harvard Divinity School (MTS, 1990), while also reviving my interest in psychedelics. In 1994, I discovered a creative passion in analog B&W fine art photography, which has continued to the present (www.stevengelberg.com). In 2012, inspired by personal experiences, I began immersing myself in a rather ambitious, full-time project: to curate/create a library of music (and sound) for use in expanded states of consciousness (extensive playlists can now be found on Spotify, under username “stevengelberg”). Discovering early on that the profound and dynamic role of music in altered states has received surprisingly little sustained attention in the psychedelic literature, I set about gathering as much material as I could find, along with excursions into writings on music-related consciousness studies, aesthetics, metaphysics, and healing. All this has culminated in an annotated collection titled Sacred Synergy: Music & Psychedelics, which continues to expand and evolve. A key focus is synesthesia, whereby sound and music create virtual realities, highly elaborated visionary states, often of a healing nature.

Heidi Groshelle
Over the past three decades, Heidi has consulted with 200 technology startups and growth stage companies from the US, Europe and Asia. She is active in the cannabis community and supports women (and men) in educating the market about emerging cannabis businesses. Her clients appear in top-tier, mainstream-media outlets including ABC-TV, Businessweek, Forbes, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Time Magazine, USAToday and The Wall Street Journal, and in target-right cannabis news outlets like Culture, SF Chronicle Green State, 420media, Emerald Magazine, POHIBTD and TechCrunch. In 1997, Heidi introduced the first plasma flat-screen televisions in the U.S., working closely with Fujitsu, Hammacher Schlemmer, and Starbucks. Heidi has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Her passions also include creating raku (a Japanese technique of ceramic firing) and high-fired pieces of ceramic art. She lives and works in the middle of San Francisco, where she grew up. Heidi is a co-founder of Ingrid Marketing, a cannabis-focused PR and Marketing firm. Current and former clients include PLUS Products, Dr. Kerklaan Therapeutics, Swerve Confections, Kalogia, Solful Dispensary, and many others.

Gina Golden
Gina Golden is the founder of Golden Goddess Botanicals, a Bay Area company known for luxurious, organic edibles and topicals. GG has spent the last 10 years collaborating with cannabis and other plants to relieve pain and elevate pleasure in Prop 215 patients. She considers cannabis one of many plant allies in her pharmacopeia. She owns a holistic lifestyle shop in Oakland called Wild Child, where she offers CBD apothecary, crystal pipes and other finely crafted tools for healing.

Micah James Zayner
As the principal advocate for the Proper Dose Kit, Micah has found a system that works and has helped him find healing in both physical and mental aspects. As director of Sales and Marketing for The ODIN Micah learned about the biohacking movement and played a major role in shaping the community alongside his brother the CEO. Here he learned the controlled methods of microscience and self-experimentation and applied them to the Proper Dose concept. He also is a virtual reality artist performing live at many events in Mixed Reality and is the concept artist on Oculus Launchpad Scholar NeuroExplorer VR. Micah will be offering a cooking demo for his alcohol-based tinctures at the event.

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