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....
Caela Bintner

Caela Bintner

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Faces Human Capital Management Caela Bintner brings more than two decades of communications, marketing and senior sales experience to Faces Human Capital Management (“Faces”), a Human Capital Management (HCM) company of which she is the co-founder. Faces is an organization for entrepreneurs and small and medium sized businesses with a competitive edge: it is the leader in providing human resource solutions to the cannabis industry.  Prior to founding Faces, Ms. Bintner was an award winning sales and marketing executive at Insperity, and was a Vice President at Diversified Human Resources, a HCM with a geographic focus on medium sized businesses in the Southwest United States.  In these roles, she was known for her tenacity, deep client relationships, and ability to create customizable and scalable solutions. Ms. Bintner began her career as a public relations specialist in The Bush Administration, where she became an expert in complex policy communications and working with national and international media.  She leveraged that experience into her own public relations company, Bridger Communications, where for over a decade she was the President and Founder of a strategic communications firm serving multi-national companies and political operatives in and around Washington, DC. Caela is involved in a number of industry and policy organizations, including the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO), Women Grow, The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) and Marijuana Business Association (MJBA). Caela is a Colorado native and graduated from University of Maryland College...
Kara Bradford

Kara Bradford

Co-Founder and Chief Talent Officer Viridian Staffing Kara Bradford, MBA, MM, is Co-Founder and Chief Talent Officer of Viridian Staffing. Founded in 2013 as the first professional, full-service staffing, recruiting and HR consulting firm in the Cannabis industry, Viridian Staffing provides temporary, temp to hire, direct placement and HR outsourcing services. Kara has been an HR professional, specializing in Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Workforce Planning, Employer Branding, Compliance, Federal/State Employment Laws, and Organizational Design for over 15 years. Her career has spanned multiple Fortune 100 companies and start-ups in a wide variety of industries. Kara has an MBA in Human Resources & Organizational Behavior and is PRC, CIR, and CSSR Certified. She also has a Master’s degree in Marketing and Non-Profit Management Administration and sits on the Board of a Global Recruiting organization. Kara is active in many women’s organizations in the industry including Women Grow, Women of Weed, Norml Women of Washington, etc. Kara has spoken and is slated to speak at National conferences in both the Cannabis and HR industries. Main Speaking Topics (Among others): Talent Acquisition / Recruiting, Talent Management, Workforce Planning, Employer Branding, Compliance and HR, Federal/State Employment Laws, Organizational Design, Performance Management, Recruiting & Employment Challenges in the Cannabis Industry, Working in Teams, Leadership Development, Human Resources, Recruiting in...
Karson Humiston

Karson Humiston

Founder and President, Gradujuana Karson Humiston is the Founder & President of Gradujuana. Gradujuana, a cannabis staffing agency, connects great cannabis companies with the skilled talent they need. Gradujuana offers direct hire, contract to hire and temporary staffing solutions to dispensaries, grow facilities, infused product and ancillary companies. Karson started Gradujuana from her dorm at St. Lawrence University and the company has since grown into one of the industry’s leading staffing agencies....
Liana Held

Liana Held

Chief Executive Office, Liana Limited Liana Held is the Chief Executive Office of Liana Limited (Ltd), a company that provides accounting services and human resources, located in Oakland, California. Ms. Held specializes in financial, tax, managerial, nonprofit, trust and cost accounting. She has spent considerable time working with governments, collectives, dispensaries, growers and patients. Ms. Held also currently designs curriculum and has written a course entitled Cost Accounting for Cannabis, at Oaksterdam University as an instructor in Oakland, CA.  Ms. Held has been a featured speaker on the topic of Medical Cannabis Legislation and taxation, for the Seattle Hemp Fest in Seattle, Washington, Canna Fest Prague in the Czech Republic and the High Times Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Participated in the organizing of the  California National Organization of Marijuana Laws “Cannabis in California: Ending the 100 Year War” in San Francisco, CA , and moderated The State of the Medical Marijuana Industry panel during the conference. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the California National Organization of Marijuana Laws (D.B.A. California Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws).  An associate with the American Bar Association, Ms. Held is a member of the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers, National Cannabis Industry Association and the Medical Cannabis Association. Additionally, she has served as a Commissioner on the City of Berkeley Medical Cannabis Commission, Berkeley, CA. Furthermore, she facilitated the only recount in the nation on the Diebold Election System electronic voting machines, which resulted in the measure being placed back on the ballot.  Ms. Held attended the University California Berkeley Extension...