Taking The Lead On High In Times Square: Billboard Ad Spotlights Women In Cannabis

Women in the cannabis industry are pioneering their messages further into the mainstream than ever before. Last year Honeysuckle Magazine, an award-winning, women-owned internationally distributed media company spearheaded an historic initiative that empowered cannabis brands to run on Times Square billboard for the first time in history. Among their landmark partners was luxury accessories company My Bud Vase™, another female-run business in the space and a global leader in custom-made bongs (but of course, the word “bong” was unusable in the ad).

For 2020, Honeysuckle and My Bud Vase™ have made history again, this time by partnering with brands on an innovative Times Square billboard montage featuring the first NASDAQ-esque cannabis news ticker and “The Bong Song,” a music video collaboration from My Bud Vase™ and the female-focused video agency High Herstory. Additional partners spotlighted in the campaign at 1500 Broadway have included NoCo Hemp ExpoCongregateAsheville HempTurnStyle NYCTonic CBDU.S. Hemp BrokerageHamptons Medi Spa, and acclaimed filmmaker Samuel Clemens Long.

The Honeysuckle billboard montage also features an ad for the company’s new cannabis-exclusive publication, Honey Pot. Readers will see more from Doreen Sullivan, founder of My Bud Vase™, in the upcoming Honey Pot print edition Under the Female Influence, releasing mid-March 2020 for Women’s History Month. This issue will profile women in leadership across all aspects of the cannabis industry, with femme-identified key players such as Emmy-winning television icon Ricki Lake (producer of Weed the People); Jeanne M. Sullivan, General Partner of The Arcview Group; Jamie Pearson, CEO of Bhang Corporation; Tahira Rehmatullah, President of T3 Ventures; Dr. June Chin, internationally-renowned medical cannabis expert and founder of MedLeaf RX; and RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Laganja Estranja.

View the Times Square campaign now through Friday, February 7th at 1500 Broadway (the intersection of 43rd Street and Broadway), a premium spot directly across from the NASDAQ. For more information, follow @honeysucklemagazine and @hshoneypot on Instagram.

Cannabis Advocacy Organization M4MM To Launch Licensing Boot Camp For Minority & Women-Owned Business Owners in New Jersey

NEW JERSEY: On the heels of the success of its groundbreaking cannabis licensing boot camp in Missouri, advocacy organization Minorities for Medical Marijuana  (M4MM) proudly announces three kickoff events for its New Jersey Cannabis Licensing Boot Camp (CBLB) program.

M4MM’s New Jersey Cannabis Business Licensing Boot Camp (CBLB) is an unparalleled opportunity for those interested in entering the cannabis industry who may not have access to critical information and resources. New Jersey recently expanded its Medical Marijuana program to better serve  the state’s medical patients, which now has more than 50,000 enrollees. CBLB provides intensive training and support, empowering participants with the knowledge, connections and support necessary to successfully obtain a license.The support provided by Trulieve, Inc.-Presenting Sponsor, Oaksterdam University-Education Partner and New Jersey Cannabis Industry Association-Industry Partner allows M4MM to prepare potential licensees quickly and efficiently prior to the next open application period.  The CBLB, slated for Oct 19th and 26th, is a two day intensive training developed specifically to help minority- and women-owned businesses prepare for the licensing process in the Garden State.

In March 2019, the CBLB debuted in St. Louis Missouri with over 50 minority, women, and veteran small business owners participating. Over 40% of the attendees applied, partnered, or formed joint ventures in pursuit of a cannabis business license.“Our program has already helped dozens of people overcome multiple obstacles and successfully navigate the licensing process, says M4MM Founder and CEO Roz McCarthy. “Our proven method can replicate the same success in New Jersey, helping minorities and women entrepreneurs enter the legal cannabis industry in record numbers.”

The three kickoff events are scheduled on September 17th 6pm-9pm EST, at LaunchPad Newark,nSeptember 24th at Historic Trenton Masonic Temple, and October 1st at NJ Cowork Street in Camden NJ will give an overview of New Jersey’s licensing process, address questions and concerns, preview the CBLB instructional curriculum, and meet key medical cannabis experts who will be teaching at the CBLB in October. The CBLB KickOff event fee is $25. Aimed at tackling inequity and the lack of minority- and women-owned business operators in the cannabis industry, the CBLB is scheduled for October 19th and 26th from 8:30a- 6:00pm EST at LaunchPad Newark. This integrative multi-week workshop will be open to 150-200 qualifying business license applicants. Attendees can expect to gain a clear understanding of the licensing process, access Oaksterdam University’s nationally renowned educational tools and experts, learn key strategies, receive specialized training and resource development through M4MM, gain exclusive access to industry professionals necessary to build businesses that succeed, and access to additional pre- and post license support. For more information and registration go to www.m4mmunited.org.

 

420MEDIA Trailblazers In Cannabis: Adelia Carrillo, CEO Of Direct Cannabis Network

Trailblazers In Cannabis

Digital marketing agency 420MEDIA and the Marijuana Business Association (MJBA) have joined forces to create a series highlighting entrepreneurs trailblazing the cannabis scene. Each week, we’ll profile a noteworthy business pioneer, and ask each 5 questions.  This week’s featured trailblazer is Adelia Carrillo, CEO of Direct Cannabis Network

Tell us about your company

Direct Cannabis Network is the leading digital news network highlighting the latest tech, startups and innovative companies in the cannabis industry. DCN’s mission is to build an ecosystem for the entrepreneurial community that provides a voice for the startups, a platform for the professionals and a community for the entrepreneurs.

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Why did you choose the cannabis business?

Honestly, I never knew I could or would have a career in the cannabis industry. My path was leading me towards a successful career in the consumer electronics industry. However, life has a funny way of working out and cannabis found me. It found me and helped me physically and emotionally during a time when my health needed it the most. During my transition as a patient, I became curious about the areas that interest me, which were tech, entrepreneurship and startups. I couldn’t relate to the resources available and saw a real need for an ecosystem catering to the entrepreneurs, startups and innovation. That was when the idea began evolving and we launched a test pilot in 2015 to see if DCN was something people would resonate with and now here we are today.

What change will your first address in this industry? Does it address an unmet need?

When looking at DCN, there are many things I see us addressing however the two that were the main points for DCN were the following: I wanted DCN to be able to make sure we didn’t lose the heart of this industry. I wanted to make sure the DCN continued to share WHY people have believed in this plant for so long, why people have risked their lives for it, and why people left amazing careers and moved their families for this plant. As cannabis turned into an industry, there is a lot that has and will continue to change, but I believe we have the opportunity to make this industry better than any other industry out there and a bit part of that will be because we don’t forget the WHY and we don’t forget the history or the OG’s along the way.

The second reason was to build a community for these new entrepreneurs and startups, I wanted them to have a trusted resource and ecosystem, where business owners can connect, learn and grow together. This industry is going ahead some big industries and by us working together and building the foundation together we can make sure we continue to allow the opportunity for even the small businesses, farmers and startups to continue to grow.

DCN Adelia CarrilloWhat has been the reaction to your product/service/technology?

I am honored to say the reaction has been positive and very welcoming. It amazes me to see something that started in my bedroom evolve into a global ecosystem. Even with us still as a startup, and with no marketing budget, we have been able to continue to grow and evolve. To be it shows proof that DCN is needed and as we continue to grow our audience, it allows me to learn their pain points so we can continue to learn how to provide them with offerings and opportunities that can help them succeed.

Are there any upcoming milestones for your company?

We have quite a few milestones we are looking to reach this year and a few that I am excited about are: we finally released our membership which we are proud of that offers amazing opportunities for our B2B audience, we also are finally able to expand our team- we are now looking at bringing in sales team members and hire a few more internal roles, and we also are looking to reach 20k subscribers.

Where can readers learn more?

To learn more about Direct Cannabis Network and to stay updated on the latest startups, entrepreneurs and innovative companies in the cannabis industry, they can visit:

www.directcannabisnetwork.com

www.facebook.com/dcnmediainc

www.instagram.com/_dcnetwork_

www.twitter.com/_dcnetwork_

Cura’s Global Expansion Team Now Lead by All-Star Female Executive Team

OREGON: Cura Partners, one of the largest cannabis companies in the world and maker of the Select brand, today announces further development of its international expansion team. As a part of the company’s growth plan, Amy McClintick moves from Chief Operating Officer to Chief Expansion Officer and Jenny Diggles joins the team as Vice President of International Expansion.

In partnership, the team is working to identify new markets across the globe for expansion, build international and domestic operations and develop relationships with key manufacturing and distribution partners. Cura Partners, Inc. and its affiliate companies are currently active in Oregon, California, Nevada, and Arizona, and are growing into new states including Oklahoma, Michigan and Massachusetts. Additionally, Cura’s Canadian affiliate Cura Select Canada, Ltd. is actively preparing to make waves in the Canadian market, positioning the company for international exports. Now with a team of more than 505 employees, Cura has been recognized as the fastest-growing company in Portland’s history by Portland Business Journal, and it placed no. 45 on the 2018 Inc. 5000 List of Fastest-Growing Private Companies.

“I’ve been consistently blown away by Amy’s ability to manage obstacles and build the most incredible team possible,” said Cura Chief Executive Officer Cameron Forni. “With Amy’s new role and the hiring of Jenny Diggles as Vice President of International Expansion, I’m confident our international expansion team is the strongest in the industry.”

McClintick has been a key player on the Cura team since its inception. After starting in Sales Operations, McClintick is a shining example of what it looks like to grow with the company and industry. Moving from her previous role as Chief Operating Officer, McClintick is a critical member of the Cura team and comes with in-depth knowledge of the cannabis industry, operations, compliance and regulations. In addition, McClintick has proven the ability to fast track the company into new markets. “The role of Chief Expansion Officer allows me to apply my experience and expertise to take Cura to the next level. Our team is focused on providing the highest quality oil domestically and globally,” said McClintick. Under McClintick’s direction, the now internationally-based team has become a focused and powerful team of superstars achieving history-breaking sales numbers.

Diggles comes to Cura with vast experience in business development, fundraising, investments and marketing in the cannabis and technology industries. Coming from her most recent role as President of Global Expansion at MacArthur Capital LLC, Diggles has been at the forefront of Oregon’s legal cannabis movement from the beginning. Her entrepreneurial drive inspired multiple successful startups over the last decade, including a digital agency subsequently acquired by Deloitte. As an active believer in the power of cannabis, her advocacy efforts have made her a top influencer in the industry.

“Strong leadership, incredible products, clear values and a solid team of people is what brought me to Cura,” said Diggles. “I’ve always been a person who jumps at the opportunity to build something great, and this role will allow me to do just that, in an industry I care deeply about. I have so much respect for the way that this team has been built from the ground up under Amy and Cameron’s leadership, and I look forward to bringing the Cura’s ‘Everything is Possible’ values with us around the world.”

 

 

Minority-Focused Cannabis Business Accelerator Accepts Its Inaugural Round Of Applicants

First participants made up exclusively of women, economic empowerment, and minority owned small businesses.

MASSACHUSETTS: Sira Naturals, a Massachusetts-based registered marijuana dispensary (RMD) group, has accepted the inaugural class of applicants into the Sira Accelerator program, its small-business accelerator designed to help entrepreneurs navigate and succeed within the emerging regulated cannabis industry.

From an initial response of more than 400 applicants, three groups were chosen based on the quality of the teams and viability of the products. The three companies include: Healing Tree Edibles, a women-owned producer of craft cannabis infused edibles and pet snacks based on Cape Cod; Hothouse Holyoke, an aspiring craft cannabis cultivator and product manufacturer based in the disproportionately impacted community of Holyoke; and 612 Studios, an Economic Empowerment applicant based in Boston that produces a women’s and couples’ cannabis infused product line.

“We looked at hundreds of inspiring and enthusiastic entrepreneurs during our application process, and these three successful applicants have demonstrated a vision and dedication to their work that is second to none,” said Michael Dundas, president and chief executive officer of Sira Naturals. “Sira Naturals is grateful to have the opportunity to share what we have learned throughout our journey as an organization, and to accelerate these small businesses to enormous success. Many of the other groups that applied showed tremendous potential and we hope to work with many of them in the future.”

“We are very excited about this opportunity and I can’t wait to start working,” said Leah Samura, one member of the husband and wife team that makes up 612 Studios. “As an Economic Empowerment applicant, the barriers to entry in the cannabis industry are extremely high. This program is so unique and valuable in how it can help our company make the transition to the regulated marketplace.”

“When we moved to Massachusetts we deliberately chose Holyoke as our new community,” said Audrey Park, co-founder of Hothouse Holyoke which has applied to the Cannabis Control Commission for Cultivation and Product Manufacturing licenses. “We believe that the cannabis industry has the economic potential to give back to disproportionately impacted communities and we want to be a part of this movement.”

“This is truly a historic moment in the cannabis industry,” said Michelle Bennett, founder of Healing Tree Edibles. “For a small business like mine, the Accelerator offers the potential to reach a much wider market than I could achieve on my own,” she said. Healing Tree currently manufactures cannabidiol-infused pet treats.

The goal of the program is to provide cannabis entrepreneurs an immediate path-forward in product development, slicing through barriers to entry, and accelerating them to profitability. The Sira Accelerator provides access to world-class lab technology, workspace, and executive mentorship. Additionally, each small-business receives an allotment of Sira Naturals-produced cannabinoid substrate, or cannabis oil, that is invaluable to product development, and often the most prohibitive hurdle for these small businesses to overcome.

 

420MEDIA Trailblazers In Cannabis: Keiko Beatie

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Digital marketing agency 420MEDIA and the Marijuana Business Association (MJBA) have joined forces to create a series highlighting entrepreneurs trailblazing the cannabis scene. Each week, we’ll profile a noteworthy business pioneer, and ask each 5 questions. This week’s featured trailblazer is Keiko Beatie, Director of Education for Coral Cove Cannabis Jamaica.  A practitioner of Ayurvedic, Chinese and Holistic Medicine since the 1970’s, Ms. Beatie’s passion for the plant has expanding with focusing on education to the community for patient care. She speaks at many mainstream and cannabis conference across the country on topics of edibles, topicals, patient care, minorities in cannabis, how to create a business in cannabis.

1. Tell us about your Company

I see myself as one who shares and provides an outreach of the cannabis and hemp opportunities, this is Green Wave Relations. I am a speaker, writer, consult and assist in judging various completions, primarily edibles and topicals. Coral Cove Cannabis Jamaica, I’m the Director of Education. We are the first of its kind all-inclusive cannabis resort focused on education of cannabis for better health and well-being. With cultivation on site with the Rastafarian Church with 3 private lagoons, spa treatments, relaxation and with education programing being offered on various topics.

2. Why did you choose the cannabis/hemp business?

I first started out with relating to cannabis as am activist after seeing people needs for this plant as a medicine. I knew from personal experience the comforting aspects that the cannabis plants are capable of achieving. But the medical breakthroughs were far more beneficial to the community and patients in need were being denied. I wanted to be there to spread the word, share, educate and support awareness of the plant. I feel it’s more a passion to share that has transpired into a business. Maybe the cannabis/hemp industry chose me, as it’s an honor to be a part of it share for those to have access to a simple amazing plant.

3. What change will your firm address in the industry?

Does it address an unmet need? What I personally address in the industry is the desire to focus on de-schedules of the plant, education to the mainstream to demystify about cannabis use for health and well-being. For Coral Cove Cannabis is being one of the first of its kind all-inclusive cannabis education resorts that include kayaking, snorkeling and various types of cannabis education elements on the sandy beaches of the Caribbean waters. What both these aspects have to offer is to continue the normalization of utilizing the plant in an acceptable format and hopeful betterment for all who so desire.

4. What has been the reaction to your product/service/technology?

Since I’ve been part of the industry and community for a few years, I’ve had the pleasure to be part of various presentations. The reaction to my part within the industry and community has been positive for the most part. I’ve pushed the envelope as its only by moving forward within the confines of social awareness we may demystify the plant and the past propaganda that was established again it back from the 1937 Marijuana Tax Bill. Some are tentatively to make comment and others are egger to make queries. I’m here for the mainstream to ask, as we all learn together. For Coral Cove Cannabis the reaction has been very exciting, to many it’s a life-long dream come true. For a facility to be made available to enjoy cannabis while in a welcoming resort setting and education of cannabis with top notch professionals offering their knowledge to guests in a lovely setting of tranquil blue waters. The reactions have been absolutely exuberating!

5. Are there any upcoming milestones for your company?

For myself personally, I’m the Head Judge of Edibles at the prestigious Emerald Cup 2018, and a contributing writer for one of the most visited websites for cannabis education Marijuana.com. Regarding Coral Cove Cannabis we will be presenting in 2019 Autism and Cannabis Seminar with the Whole Plant 4 Autism Non-Profit organization, Cannabis Nurse Continuing Education Weekend and the establishment of our on-site facility “The Park” at Coral Cove for events and gatherings supporting our mission of health and wellness education of cannabis.

Where can readers learn more?

Readers may find out more information at our website www.coralcovejamaica.com or feel free to contact me at greenwaverelations@gmail.com

The Cannabrander With Ben Weinberg: Lessons From The Women Grow Leadership Summit

By Benjamin Weinberg

COLORADO: Hundreds of established and up-and-coming cannabis industry leaders came together to share stories and insights in Denver, Colorado, on February 1-2, 2018, at the Women Grow Leadership Summit (WGLS). During two intense days of learning and networking, they connected, educated, and empowered each other at the largest industry largest gathering focused primarily on women. I’m also sure that deals were being made because finding capital is an important element of all business verticals, and Women Grow (WG) helps connect ideas with funding.

As a non-traditional impact investment vehicle, WG fulfills a social mission using a for-profit structure. This is an increasingly important branding strategy in both cannabis and the at-large business world.

Women Grow 

Women Grow was created in Denver, Colorado, in 2014, and serves as a catalyst for women to influence and succeed in the cannabis industry. As the end of marijuana prohibition in the U.S. comes into clearer focus, WG connects, educates, inspires, and empowers the next generation of leaders by creating programs, community, and events for a diverse set of business executives and leaders in all segments of the cannabis industry.

Together, members have started more than 1,000 women-owned businesses in the marijuana industry, and there are monthly events in 35 cities across the U.S. and Canada. A popular Speakers Bureau ensures diversity at industry events and in media coverage, and an online Video Education series creates timely access to relevant content.

The Summit

Women control 85 percent of consumer spending, so it isn’t a stretch to say that female consumers will also come to dominate cannabis purchasing decisions. Therefore, marijuana products and services that women love are bound to rise to the top. But women and minorities are substantially underrepresented in cannabis leadership roles. Hence the need for WGLS.

There were several overlapping threads to this year’s Summit, including equality (women and minorities are underrepresented in cannabis, especially in positions of power), leadership (including the benefits of being together for the Summit), diversity, and navigating the legal issues of cannabis as a mainstream business.

While there was some content distributed on Wednesday, January 31, it was confined to Women Grow Market Leadership and Women Grow Members and consisted primarily of a special workshop, a welcome reception, and a professional development session. Thursday kicked off bright and early with a series of lightning talks. All sorts of topics were covered in short order, including such notables as Climbing in Heels – The Art of Exceeding Self-Expectation, From Target to THC: Confessions of a Corporate-to-Cannabis Crossover, Diversity in Cannabis Report, How-To For Women (Cannabis 101), The Intercultural Conversation – Cannabis Between Cultures, and Why Science Matters.

Friday was devoted to breakout sessions, small panels that included topics such as Addressing Sexual Harassment in The Workplace, Big Brand Insights to Guide Your Canna-business Marketing, Know The Law, Cannabis & the Feminine, Careers in Cannabis After 50 – How to Market Yourself, Investing in the Cannabis Industry, and How Women Grow.

Was It Worth It?

Sister Kate, Sisters of the Valley, an organization that sustains farm operations and compassionate activism by making products for people in a spiritual environment, related that the spiritual healing environment of WGLS, “The entire two days were a euphoric walk in the clouds with angels on angel-missions. Except these angels are of the bad-ass-warrior variety, carrying the most beautiful combination of femininity and strength. Here I found women who do not deny their scars, nor make excuses for their victimizers. Here I met women who re-purpose their own suffering in order to better help and understand others – to better connect and heal others.”

As for her thoughts on how WG approaches empowering underrepresented groups, Sister Kate is not sure what they are doing, but they are doing it well, “because we were so pleased to see the mix of colors and genders and ethnicities and religious beliefs. It was a beautiful tapestry of color in the conference. The women of color that we spoke with – many have had terrible hardship to overcome. Amazing stories that made my life look like a cake-walk. Their pure-bred warrior strength and courage is something to salute and something that brought tears to my eyes. We will definitely be back every year.”

Just Show Up

Sister Kate further advises newbies to “Show up. Just show up. You will heal from the experience. You will be healed, you will be strengthened, you will leave a Viking Warrioress intent on claiming her own bliss. Just show up. That’s all you have to do. The energy bath is incredible and might remain with you the rest of your life.”

Toward that end, this year’s Women Grow Leadership Summit focused on transforming careers in the cannabis industry. At the end, attendees left with a plethora of meaningful connections and vital industry knowledge that should ignite much success.

Conclusion

While there were some significant changes in the command structure of Women Grow that were announced at the Summit (Dr. Chanda Macias, CEO of National Holistic Center, has been named as Women Grow’s new Chairwoman of the Board of Managers, and Garcia’s second-in-command, Director of Communications Gia Morón, will be assuming a new position as Executive Vice President), the organization’s mission remains the same – to empower women and others who want to make a difference in the world of legal cannabis. It’s a textbook example of how an impact investment approach can be a highly successful branding strategy while also doing good in the world.


Ben Weinberg, JD, MBA, the President of Ben Weinberg Consultants, has more than 30 years of experience in harnessing his creativity to tell your company’s story, including strategic and tactical marketing, sales, operational, and administrative consulting for small- and medium-size businesses across diverse industries such as law, medicine, wellness, leisure, and hospitality.

Women In Cannabis Launch Campaign Against Domestic Abuse

ARIZONA: The Giving Tree Wellness Center, one of Arizona’s leading medical marijuana dispensaries, has announced a partnership with three other women-led Phoenix-based organizations to launch a Confident Woman campaign to raise awareness about domestic violence.

The Giving Tree Wellness Center, Monarch Wellness Center, Kindred and Huxton, have partnered to create a collaborative medical marijuana product to benefit a nonprofit organization. This collaboration is the first time two dispensary organizations and cannabis brands have come together to launch a hybrid product, called Confident Women. The Confident Woman campaign and the proceeds from the Confident Woman product sales will benefit Chrysalis Domestic Abuse Shelter.

The Giving Tree’s pioneering partnership between Huxton and Kindred, two of the highest quality cannabis brands in the U.S., and Monarch Wellness Center, Scottsdale’s premier medical marijuana dispensary, have merged two of their most prominent cannabis strains to create the Confident Women blend. Confident Woman is a blended product of The Giving Tree Wellness Center’s “LA Confidential” and Huxton’s “Wonder Woman,” which are both Indica strains regarded for their quality and remedy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety and restlessness. These two prominent Indica strains have been harvested, blended together, and packaged to be sold in Pre-Rolls.

“I launched The Giving Tree in 2013 with the mission to make a difference in the community,” said Lilach Mazor Power, the co-founder and managing director of The Giving Tree Wellness Center. “Partnering with Monarch Wellness Center, Kindred, Huxton and Chrysalis continues that mission. It is important that women empower and support each other to make a difference, not only in the cannabis industry, but in the world.”

Confident Woman Pre-Rolls will be sold at Monarch Wellness Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, and The Giving Tree Wellness Center’s locations in Mesa and Phoenix, Arizona until January 19th, 2018.

 

CEO Leah Heise Resigns From Women Grow

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.

Q&A With Mother’s High Tea Founder Susan Squibb

An MJ News Network Exclusive

Mother’s High Tea is a non-consumption event celebrating women and mothers in the cannabis community. Founded by Susan Squibb in 2011 to honor her own mother, this event is the longest running women’s cannabis event in the U.S. and the only one to welcome children.  MJ News Network had a chance to speak with Ms. Squibb, just days before the big event. 

Q: What are you trying to accomplish with Mother’s High Tea?

A.  Mother’s High Tea, is the signature social event for the cannabis advocacy and business communities. It is a family friendly, public high tea, designed to normalize legalized cannabis and those who work in the cannabis industry and advocacy arenas.  

Q. You’ve been hosting the event for Colorado’s cannabis industry for some years, how’s your mission, and the cannabis industry you serve, changed?  

A. The first Mother’s High Tea was in 2011.The industry has developed and changed a lot since then. My mission was to create a feminine, family friendly event for women in the cannabis community.  The signature parts of Mother’s High Tea is an educational speaker program, fun, creative activities for all ages, tea cups and tea and unique social time with friends, family and colleagues.

Q. Beyond your annual Tea, is the MHT organization active throughout the year?  

A. Mother’s High Tea is an event that fosters the community of women who work in cannabis business or advocacy. It is planned by a committee of talented women! Most of us have full time positions outside of the planning community.  

Q. Are you looking for volunteers or sponsors? 

A.  We need volunteers and sponsors for the spring tea party! The Fifth Annual Mother’s High Tea is right around the corner on Friday May 12. The sponsorship drive starts in February!