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...
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...
Tracy Ryan

Tracy Ryan

CEO, CannaKids & SavingSophie.org Tracy Ryan is the CEO and lead consultant for CannaKids, a California Cooperative Cooperation that specializes in the creation of lab tested, and PhD scientist extracted cannabis oils. Since her infant daughter’s brain tumor diagnosis in June of 2013, Tracy has dedicated a huge part of her life to educating herself on the medicinal powers of medical marijuana in treating her own daughter’s disease, as well as all other pediatric and adult cancers, epilepsy, autism and beyond.  Tracy has worked on a global scale with families who are seeking education, and treatment options for their loved ones, and has guided many patients to unheard of success. Tracy and her team at CannaKids have recently entered into a collaboration with the Technion Institute in Israel where they are legally studying the effects of cannabinoids on many cancer types.  CannaKids is sharing all of their patient data that they have been meticulously collecting with Technion.  CannaKids is also working with another team of scientists in Israel, and will be opening up a national campaign that would give patients all over the US access to genomic sequencing, and cannabinoid recommendations based on the patient’s genetic mutations found in their tumor or blood sample. Tracy is also the Vice Chair for the Women’s Grow LA Chapter, and as a public speaker, can be found speaking at medical cannabis and pediatric cancer events all over the country in her quest to educate the mass public on the power of this incredible plant. In addition, the Ryan family is the key focus of the Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake documentary, “Weed the...
Gail Rand

Gail Rand

Chief Financial Officer and Patient Advocate, ForwardGro, LLC Gail Rand is a certified public accountant, serving as chief financial officer and patient advocate for ForwardGro, one of the fifteen companies given a pre-award to cultivate cannabis in Maryland. As a former auditor and consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers and telecommunications companies, Rand has experience in finance, systems, and process improvement. Rand first immersed herself in medical cannabis advocacy as a parent advocate on behalf of her son who suffers from epilepsy, autism, and ADHD. Since 2013, she played an integral role in helping to pass the medical cannabis legislation in Maryland. She has been passionately involved in the Maryland cannabis laws and regulations as a co-founder of StopTheSeizures.org. In 2015, she received the Courage Award given by Americans for Safe Access. Also in 2015, Rand joined the management team of ForwardGro, LLC, serving as Chief Financial Officer and Patient Advocate, as well as lead on the application for both Stage 1 and Stage 2. In her management role, Rand is committed to executing on ForwardGro’s mission to enhance the lives of patients through creating best of class medical...
Aundre Speciale

Aundre Speciale

Aundre Speciale began her cannabis advocacy in 1990 when her neighbor, Jack Herer, asked her to join him on the Hemp Bus, touring California promoting hemp for fuel, food, fiber, fun, and medicine. Thus began her lifelong love and dedication to cannabis reform. Aundre has been involved in countless cannabis campaigns and projects, including being a founding member of Americans for Safe Access, and serving on the board of the Marijuana Policy Project. In 2004 Aundre’s desire to introduce a dispensary model focused on compassion, patient services, and community responsibility led her to open the first of several dispensaries across the state of California. She currently shares her vast operational experience by sitting on the boards of a number of licensed dispensaries throughout California, works with community service providers and city government to create enlightened cannabis policy, and funds cannabis research and reform projects. Most importantly, Aundre is the mother of two amazing...