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...
Nicole Kennebeck

Nicole Kennebeck

Director of Retail Operations, Ajoya Nicole Kennebeck began working for Ajoya in December 2011. Formerly Compassionate Pain Management, Ajoya is transforming the cannabis experience by providing individualized care to help customers choose quality products and accessories that meet their needs and preferences. Kennebeck worked her way up through the organization and now serves as Ajoya’s Director of Retail Operations. In this position, she hires, trains and manages staff; develops and implements standard operating procedures to improve employee performance and retail sales; and manages social media and marketing, networking and public relations. Nicole combines her keen interest for the cannabis industry with knowledge and experience she’s gained from attending numerous leadership trainings. She is constantly looking for innovative and creative ways to inspire her staff, increase sales and give back to the community. Previously, Kennebeck worked for 15 years in the service industry, where she became an accomplished customer service representative and developed a passion for solution-based problem solving. Kennebeck holds an Associate of Fine Arts from McHenry County College as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Studies from Columbia...
AC Braddock

AC Braddock

CEO, Eden Labs AC Braddock is a career entrepreneur. Her ability to recognize market trends and establish a profitable enterprise within a short time frame has been a hallmark of her success. Ms. Braddock met Fritz Chess, Founder of Eden Labs, in the late ‘90s. Sharing a keen interest in plants as medicine, she was impressed with his botanical extraction knowledge and his ability to engineer highly sophisticated extraction systems that were easy to operate and affordable. At this point, he had already developed the Coldfinger design and Eden’s first generation CO2 system, becoming the first person in the US to extract Kava Kava and Cannabis with CO2. In 2007 Ms. Braddock left her position as Sales and Marketing Director for a multi-million dollar Built Green construction project to become Head of Sales and Marketing at Eden Labs. In 2010 Ms. Braddock became CEO of Eden Labs and has successfully transformed the company into a highly respected multi-million dollar extraction technology powerhouse. A member of two of Washington’s Cannabis Business Women’s groups; WOW (Women of Weed) and the MJBA’s Women’s Alliance, Ms. Braddock is dedicated to creating a new way of corporate structure in this emerging industry. She is also a board member of the Council of Responsible Cannabis Regulation and NCIA. She resides in Seattle...
Meg Sanders

Meg Sanders

CEO of MiNDFUL Meg Sanders, as CEO of Mindful, heads the largest woman-led cannabis company in America. Mindful is one of the most respected and most recognized cannabis producers and infused products manufacturers with medical and recreational dispensaries operating across the state of Colorado in Colorado Springs, Black Hawk, Denver, and Berthoud, and soon expanding with licenses to operate in Aurora, in the State of Illinois and more in the works. Meg is also a General Partner in Marimind Cannabis Engineering, a national and international cannabis consulting company providing a wide range of services within and around the cannabis industry throughout the United States. Mindful is engaged in an aggressive growth strategy and is on track to double production and distribution outlets over the next six months. Mindful’s driving philosophy is enshrined in the company name (courtesy of Meg’s creativity and brilliance), which is to be mindful of yourself, your co-workers, your community, the plant, and the patients and customers in everything we do. Meg continues to be a leader in the legal cannabis movement and industry and has been featured in media globally including 60 MInutes, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Le Monde, NPR, NBC, Der Spiegel, The Wall Street Journal,BBC, High Times, CBC and many more. She was a key part of the establishment of regulations for the legal marijuana industry in Colorado, having been the only industry representative appointed by Gov. Hickenlooper to be involved in their creation. She is a sought after resource to assist countries, states, counties, and municipalities a in forming their Medical Marijuana Programs. Meg has been with Mindful management since the...
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...