NEW JERSEY: Women Grow, the cannabis industry’s largest professional networking organization, announces leadership changes. Leah Heise, Chief Executive Officer and Maryland regulatory compliance attorney has stepped down effective immediately. Heise is the recipient of a Maryland Dispensary pre-approval and will depart from her role as CEO to focus on the requirements to open her family-owned business. She will retain equity in the company and continue to vote along with Women Grow stakeholders on certain major decisions regarding its organization and expenditures.
Jane West, Founder of Women Grow said, “We fully support Leah on her decision to step down as CEO. Although saddened we respect her decision and wish her the best as she focuses on her dispensary. We see this opportunity as yet another example of women making powerful moves within this industry.” West continues, “During Leah’s time with Women Grow she made incredible strides in restructuring our organization and elevating our mission to another level. We greatly appreciate her leadership and look forward to hearing more from her in the near future.”
The interim CEO will be Kristina “Kay” Neoushoff the organizations current Chief Operating Officer. Neoushoff will continue to cover the day-to-day operation as well as implement the plans to expand the organization’s mission of educating, connecting, inspiring and empowering diverse leaders for the cannabis industry. She will continue to develop the company’s infrastructure, overseeing the development of financial and marketing strategies, and implement growth-oriented changes while remaining true to the Founders mission.
Neoushoff joined Women Grow in 2015 as Director of Operations. She has worked solely to manage several areas including Human Resources, Technology and Customer Support. Her role is to identify processes, select tools, and implement strategies to support the company’s rapid growth. Neoushoff has more than 15 years of experience studying and designing systems within various companies such as Apple, Tekserve and Estee Lauder Companies. Neoushoff is a New Jersey native and Rutgers University graduate.
“Kay is the best person for this role as we go through transition. She is familiar with the organization and continues to exercise her leadership skills,” said Heise. “Kay has been instrumental in our plans to build an incredible platform for market leaders across Women Grow. We have full confidence she will do well and has our full support during this time.”
In February, Women Grow held its fourth Leadership Summit attracting close to eight hundred attendees in Denver, Colorado. Since its inception in 2014, Women Grow has seen rapid growth, demonstrating a distinct demand for organization design to support women leaders in the cannabis industry. Under this new leadership, the organization will continue to rollout plans for expansion to create a robust business model for all markets in the U.S. and Canada.