Stormy Simon

Stormy Simon

Former President, Overstock.com Stormy joined Overstock.com in 2001 during the formative years of e-commerce, when the company’s revenue was less than $20M and employees numbered under 100. In the beginning, Stormy developed PR in-house, the Books, Music & Movie store, ran the warehouse, and many other processes, positions and departments. She was promoted to VP of Branding in 2004 after writing and producing the iconic “Discover the Secret of the Big O” campaign which contributed to Overstock becoming a household name. She became an SVP in 2007, and oversaw many departments, including Customer Care, Partner Care, Supply Chain, and all marketing divisions, culminating with her becoming president of the company in 2014 with approximately 1600 employees. Stormy is an established e-commerce innovator, pioneer, as well as a proven business leader. In summer 2016, she stepped down as President of Overstock to explore the emerging American cannabis industry. During her tenure, Overstock became an top 25 e-tailer by traffic and grew to nearly $2B in revenue. Under Stormy’s leadership, Overstock was recognized by numerous associations; 4 consecutive years for Mobile Web Awards, and others for customer care including ranking in the top 4 AMEX/NRF Customer choice awards for the final 6 years the honor was given. Stormy was also personally recognized as a Customer Champion by Gartner 1to1 Media. In 2014 the company was named to Forbes’ list of “America’s 100 Most Trustworthy Companies”. Stormy was named a Power Player by the NRF’s 2016 The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future, and awarded Top Innovator by Utah Women in Tech awards in 2015. She’s dedicated time to local non-profit boards,...
Tara Lynn Foster

Tara Lynn Foster

Founder, TaraLynnFoster.com Tara is a leadership development speaker, consultant and coach. After twenty years climbing the corporate ladder, she took the risk to start a new career helping other professionals push past barriers and accelerate success in practical and meaningful ways. Tara has presented concepts of confidence, charisma and leadership to audiences ranging from Fortune 500 companies to regional organizations and non-profits. When she isn’t speaking, consulting or coaching, Tara enjoys spending time at home with her husband and three kids – or on a sandy shore in a beach chair alone with a pen and paper, contemplating her future best-seller....
Chanda Macias

Chanda Macias

Owner of the National Holistic Healing Center Medical Marijuana Dispensary (NHHC) and Medical Marijuana Consultant in Washington D.C Chanda Macias, PhD, MBA is the Owner of the National Holistic Healing Center Medical Marijuana Dispensary (NHHC) and Medical Marijuana Consultant in Washington D.C. NHHC is a patient advocated company dedicated to providing individuals with debilitating medical conditions, and specific illnesses with alternative allopathic medicine.  NHHC provides patient education and support, medical marijuana, and medical marijuana infused products to patients in compliance with the DC Department of...
Laila Makled

Laila Makled

DC Chair Leader, Women Grow For the past 3 years, Laila Makled has worked at Stones’ Phones, a progressive political consulting firm in DC where she heads up their criminal justice, environmental, drug policy and LGBTQ reform work. Inspired by Stones’ Phones work in 2014 on Initiative 71 in DC, in May of 2015 Laila started a DC chapter of Women Grow– a women’s business cannabis networking organization dedicating to empowering an intersectional group of women to start businesses and take on management positions in the cannabis movement by hosting monthly events with renowned speakers and networking activities. In 2016, Laila was a part of the first ever National Cannabis Festival as the Advocacy and Federal Relations Outreach Chair, where she rallied 18 drug policy, DC Statehood and harm reduction organizations, 2 US Congress people, and local DC councilmembers to participate in the 5,000-person festival. Laila also does contract work in event planning with c3 Presents, where she has participated and organized panels and exhibitors for Michelle Obama for the United State of Women Summit and the White House for the first annual SXSL. Laila grew up in the Great Lakes state of Michigan and is a first generation policy buff in her family. She graduated with honors from Michigan State University at James Madison College with a degree in Social Relations and Policy in June 2014. Laila’s convictions lie in creating a sustainable, socially equitable...
Karyn E Wagner

Karyn E Wagner

Serial Entrepreneur cum Cannabis Entrepreneur Serial Entrepreneur cum Cannabis Entrepreneur, Karyn E Wagner (KEW to friends and associates) has never been one to “wait her turn.”  She’s a prime mover, inevitably the first to act, making an opening when all ways forward seem to be blocked. Her lists of “firsts” in the field of cannabis is impressive: – FIRST branded – and sustainable – Humboldt County collective, the Tea House Collective (2010) – FIRST women owned – and transparent – processing and extraction facility in Humboldt County (2014) – FIRST women centric cannabis products from Humboldt County, including SEXXPOT, the blockbuster developed by “women for women” that’s a natural alternative to the so-called “Female Viagra” (2015) Wagner was a pioneer in organizing cannabis cultivators. She succeeded in aligning small family owned farms who in turn committed to adopt environmentally sustainable agricultural and processing practices – an accomplishment that was all but miraculous, considering the fiercely independent nature of cultivators just a few years ago. She was the first to see the wisdom of operating her extraction facility “in plain sight” completely transparent to local, state and environmental officials. Wagner sensed the rapidly shifting mood before anyone, realizing that transparency was going to be essential as cannabis went mainstream. Events have proven her foresight accurate. Utilizing state of the art pharmaceutical grade equipment to process CO2 oils, Wagner led the way in cannabis product development and branding. Her pioneering distribution company, Paradigm Cannabis, now markets under several increasingly familiar and respected brand names, HOME, Super Critical THC, as well as Tea House Collective. Her trailblazing in cannabis is a natural...