Women Grow was created to connect, educate, inspire and empower the next generation of cannabis industry leaders by creating programs, community and events for aspiring and current business executives. Founded in 2014 in Denver, Women Grow is a for-profit entity that serves as a catalyst for women to influence and succeed in the cannabis industry as the end of marijuana prohibition occurs on a national scale.
Personal connections are the key to professional success. Through the wide variety of events offered to members of Women Grow, trustworthy business relationships sprout from the face-to-face interactions of our members. We produce professional networking events, local social events, regional education symposiums and national speaking circuits where aspiring professionals can connect with current cannabis business leaders.
Our Speakers Bureau Events offer the opportunity to engage and connect with the visionary leaders whose combined effort and ingenuity prove the argument that prohibition failed. The daily business challenges faced by our Speakers Bureau members as they navigate our burgeoning industry adds to the depth of knowledge and business acumen their presentations offer.
Continuing education is crucial to success in the cannabis industry. With government regulations and market forces constantly shifting, timely and accurate information is critical to build profitable and socially responsible business models. Through local Educational Symposiums and national Women Grow Speakers Bureau Events, we provide our members with relevant content from experienced leaders on current topics in the cannabis industry.
Together we have more power. As the cannabis industry grows on a national and global scale, women have the opportunity to build a new American industry from inception and redefine the workplace to create environments in which we can flourish and define our own destiny, and cultivate the next generation of industry leaders.
The Women Grow Team
Chief Executive Officer
Kristina Neoushoff is the Chief Executive Officer at Women Grow. With more than 15 years of experience studying and designing systems that enable individuals to reach their full potential, Kristina is dedicated to exploring what makes people tick and how we can use that to our advantage.
Raised in New Jersey, Kristina is a graduate of Cook College at Rutgers University. In 2002, she began her career with Apple. There, she learned branding, efficiency, and innovation from some of the best leaders in business, an experience that fueled her desire to create simple solutions to everyday problems.
Kristina credits Women Grow Co-Founder Jazmin Hupp with teaching her about the powerful potential of social advocacy. Kristina moved to New York City in 2009, after Jazmin hired her at the independent Apple retailer Tekserve and encouraged her to relocate. In New York, she worked with Tekserve and an entertainment industry startup before joining Esteé Lauder Companies to focus on technology implementations within the Global Retail Channel.
Kristina joined Women Grow in 2015 as Director of Operations. In this role, she works closely with several departments including HR & Training, Technology, and Customer Support to identify processes, select tools, and implement strategies to support the company’s rapid growth. She takes pride in helping the intelligent and self-motivated Women Grow team do their best work.
Kristina’s life goal is to make a positive impact on the world in whatever form that takes. She runs a pet-sitting and animal behavior consulting business, and is particularly interested in therapeutic applications for cannabis in the veterinary community. An avid traveler, she enjoys coffee in Parisian cafés, Sunday roasts at London pubs, and crossword puzzles in bed on Sunday mornings at home.
Candice Owens draws on more than 13 years of experience as an “artrepreneur” and music industry marketing expert to help rebrand cannabis, shatter stereotypes, and inspire women to become entrepreneurs and leaders in the industry.
A native New Yorker, Candice holds a degree in advertising & communications from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She began her music industry career in retail marketing for rock artists like KISS, Nirvana, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and was the road manager for the Latin ska/reggae band King Changó. Driven to use her creative impulse for good, she ultimately began creating music to elevate and educate as the songwriter and recording artist “Candice Cannabis.”
Candice believes that branding, design, and marketing are crucial to the process of reshaping public perceptions around cannabis. She sees the effort to rebrand cannabis as a battle against an 80 year campaign of misinformation, and is passionate about shifting public perceptions as legalization occurs in the U.S. and worldwide.
Candice directs Women Grow’s branding, design, and marketing efforts. She creates the company’s weekly newsletter, which reaches more than 38,000 subscribers, and manages its website content, video education channel, email marketing, merchandise and print collateral for dozens of chapters nationwide—no small task as Women Grow, and the cannabis industry, develop at warp speed.
Gia Morón is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of GVM Communications, Inc., a boutique public relations, brand development and personal development consulting firm. Since launching her firm in 2012, Gia has worked with various small to mid-sized businesses, non-profit organizations, entrepreneurs, speakers and authors. Gia’s client base covers many industries, as during her tenure at The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. one of the leading investment banks, where she was a Media Relations Officer for fifteen years, she oversaw several business lines. Her areas of focus ranged from Urban Investment/Private Equity, Investment Research and Technology to the firm’s organizational focus In Corporate Engagement, Diversity, Recruiting, Human Resources and Corporate Services. Prior to working on Wall Street, Gia worked for several years in the entertainment industry for The Fremantle Corporation as Director of Promotions and Publicity.
With a natural ability to cross and blend industries, in 2015, Gia expanded her business model to include business development. She is also the Public Relations Director and PR Chair for national organization Women Grow. Gia has partnered with many organizations and hosted dozens of workshops and events targeting women entrepreneurs. She has facilitated workshops, participated on panels to organizing events. With a career over 20+ years of experience in corporate within the entertainment industry to financial services, she has a special niche for bridging gaps and connect dots between industries. Using her public relations background, media training and personal development skillsets Gia works closely with corporate women and women owned businesses to provide tools to help balance work/life and succeed in our growing economy.
WOMEN GROW FOUNDERS
Jane West is the Founder & National Events Director of Women Grow, which connects, educates, and empowers the next generation of cannabis industry leaders by creating programs for aspiring and current business executives. She is the CEO of Jane West Enterprises curating a socially responsible, American made family of cannabis brands. Jane also owns Edible Events Co., Colorado’s premiere cannabis event production company.
Building upon twenty years of experiential event production and a MSW Degree in Global and Community Outreach, she is a pioneer of initiatives that promote the positive potential of cannabis for both personal wellness and local community development. In 2014 her breakthrough collaboration between the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the cannabis sector made international headlines. She passionately pursues endeavors that enable female-led companies, small business owners and American made products to succeed in our next great industry. Respect for the plant, social responsibility, and normalization are key components of Jane’s ventures, harnessing this force of nature as a force for good.
Named a “genius entrepreneur” by Fortune Magazine and a top businesswomen in the cannabis industry by Forbes, Jazmin Hupp is the Founder & CEO of Women Grow. Women Grow connects, educates, and empowers diverse cannabis industry leaders. She educates women and men through monthly events in 30+ cities, a national leadership summit, and online resources. Jazmin’s goal is to have 1,000 women launch cannabis businesses at the foundation of America’s fastest growing industry.
Prior to entering the cannabis industry, Jazmin launched six companies in retail, eCommerce, business services, and media. Her core practice is customer experience design, which combines product design, branding, and business operations. Recently, she served as the Director of Digital Media for Women 2.0, which helps women start high-growth ventures. During her tenure, the brand expanded from the Bay Area to hold events across six countries for over 100,000 business women.
Jazmin believes that business is the strongest force of change in our world, so she works to create responsible cannabis businesses to help us change outdated laws and stereotypes. Her passion for cannabis legalization is inherited from her parents. She’s privileged to have been educated to choose cannabis as a safer alternative to alcohol. In combination with yoga & meditation, she consumes cannabis to relax & focus.
Jazmin holds a Management Information Systems degree from the State University of New York. She splits her time between New York City, Denver, and Oakland, while visiting every major cannabis market regularly. Follow @jazminhupp on twitter or @jazmin_grow on instagram to ride along.
During her tenure, Women Grow Co-Founder Julie Batkiewicz brought a diverse background in marketing, video production, and sales to her work as the company’s partnership director. A sales and marketing veteran, Julie managed the broad portfolio of strategic relationships that provided the network with financial support and unparalleled access to industry expertise. Under her guidance, she completed the FIRST50 campaign and launched membership programs that proved vital underwriting for Women Grow’s rapid expansion in 2015.
Before entering the cannabis industry, Julie worked in video production, design and marketing for more than a decade. She recently launched Monte Content, a production company that creates educational video content for cannabis consumers that is broadcast directly into marijuana dispensaries.
Julie began her academic career in Germany at Universität Potsdam where she studied Political Science and taught English for five years. She also earned a B.A. in Media Management from Columbia College in Chicago.
Women Grow Alumni
Leah Heise – CEO
Linsey Pecikonis – Social Media Coordinator
Jenn Short – Membership Coordinator
Josh Crossney National Events Director
Sonia Espinosa Administrative Assistance
Shanon Melick, Membership Director
Maureen McNamara Education Director
Candice Owens Branding & Marketing
Ingrid Henderson Event Director
Dylan Schwartz Strategist
Lee Hart National Chapter Developer
Natalie (Simone) Roberson Membership Coordinator
Liz Blaz Pacific Northwest Sales
Kristin Ehasz Reno Tahoe & Central California Sales
Cyo Nystrom Northern California Sales
Jenn Dowdy National Chapters Director
Paige Cecchi Business Development
Jazmin Aguiar – National Chapter Developer
Jess Cosca Business Development
Kendal Norris Events Maven
Amy DiIullo National Sales Director
Jennifer Covington Chief Marketing Officer
Lauren Cutright Cisneros National Chapter Director
Amy Drayer Social Media Support
Greg Wilson CFO
Melissa Vitale Bookkeeper
Julie Batkiewicz VP of Partnerships
Lauren Gibbs Social Strategy Director
Karin Clark Southern California & Southwest sales
Jazmin Hupp Co-Founder
Jane West Co-Founder
Susannah Grossman Public Relations