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J.E.D.I. 3.0 Session 3: Removing barriers to economic prosperity for all

In this session, equity advocate MaryAnne Howland shares the cultural and personal effects of living in a society that doesn't value equity or equality.

Victoria A.F. Camron, Digital content specialist

September 13, 2022

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J.E.D.I. 3.0 Session 3 - Removing Barriers to Economic Prosperity For All

MaryAnne Howland is dedicated to making the world a more just, equitable and inclusive planet on which to live.

For New Hope Network's Natural Products Business School, Howland hosted a session, Diversity of America Defines the Food Industry, a preview of which is available here. In addition, she created a series of eight J.E.D.I. 3.0 workshops that are free to watch for anyone who registers on the platform. Watch this preview of the third session, Equity: Removing Barriers to Economic Prosperity For All


A leader in inclusive marketing and branding communications aimed at creating equitable social impact, Howland works with CPG brands in the natural products industry to create culturally inclusive missions, which in turn help improve food systems and promote a regenerative economy. A free preview of the first two workshops—Brand bolding: Intentionality and the language of leadership and Full inclusion: Zero waste of talent—already are released. 

The other sessions, listed below, will be rolled out on over the next several weeks:

  • Defining equity from scratch: What are you willing to gain?

  • Success in rare air: Opportunity from fresh perspective.

  • Building equity in a reputation for “?”: The power of influence and partnerships, who should you know?

  • Influencing public policy: Who are you willing to fight for?

  • Accountability: It’s not just public, it’s personal.

  • The new you.

As the president and CEO of Ibis Communications and the founder and CEO of Global Diversity Leadership Exchange,  Howland frequently speaks on J.E.D.I. issues—justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. At Natural Products Expo West in March, Howland led a panel discussion, Keep J.E.D.I. in mind when building supply networks. Read a summary here.

Howland's Natural Products Business School session is available to NPEV All-Access members. (See below.)

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To learn more about this program and others, as well as a broad variety of brands, head over to NPEV. Not yet registered? Register for free here. For more information about becoming an All-Access Member of Natural Products Expo Virtual Community and to obtain access to premium on demand and live content, industry benefits, buyer meetings and more throughout 2022, please click here


About the Author(s)

Victoria A.F. Camron

Digital content specialist, New Hope Network

Victoria A.F. Camron was a freelance writer and editor contracted with New Hope Network from 2015 until April 2022, when she was hired as New Hope Network's digital content specialist—otherwise known as the web editor.

As she continues the work she has done for years—covering the natural products industry for and Natural Foods Merchandiser; writing up earnings calls and other corporate news; and curating roundups of trends and information for the website—she is thrilled to be an official part of the New Hope team. (She doesn't mind having paid holidays and vacations again, though!) Victoria also compiled and edited newsletters, and served as interim content director for Delicious Living in 2016.

Before working as a freelancer, she spent 17 years in community newspapers in Longmont, Colorado, and St. Charles and Wheaton, Illinois. Victoria is a Colorado native and a graduate of Metropolitan State College of Denver.

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