Julie Berliner

Julie Berliner

Founder & CEO, Sweet Grass Kitchen Julie Berliner is the Founder and CEO of Sweet Grass Kitchen, a Denver-based edible cannabis manufacturer founded in 2009. Sweet Grass Kitchen specializes in cannabutter-based edibles, and distributes to over 150 centers throughout Colorado. In addition to her role at Sweet Grass Kitchen, she is also a founding member and chair of the Cannabis Business Alliance Edibles Council. Julie has represented the edibles industry as a panelist on workgroups organized by the Marijuana Enforcement Division to develop policies on infused product serving size and potency levels and packaging. Julie graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in education and psychology in 2008. When a friend asked that her popular chocolate chip cookie recipe be infused with cannabis for sale at his dispensary, she decided to take a left turn and launched Sweet Grass Kitchen. The company’s products are  infused with single strain, full-flower cannabis plant, grown in house to ensure a consistent, safe, and reliable crop-to-table confection....
Drayah Sallis

Drayah Sallis

Founder of Our Cannabis Culture Drayah Sallis is the founder of Our Cannabis Culture and has successfully launched the first Women Grow chapter in Texas. Her desire for clear cannabis conversations within her community has led her to address the overwhelming need for regional education, promoting disenfranchised inclusion in the cannabis space and the right of patients to safe access. Over the years, Ms. Sallis’ social awareness has led her to work with nonprofit agencies to assist in the adaptation process of ex-offenders within society through reentry programs.  Her many efforts include advocating for the decriminalization of marijuana and addressing the socio-economic disadvantages of communities of color; with attention placed on the family core, life-skill transitioning and environmental solutions.  Our Cannabis Culture aligns the common-thread of social activism, faith-based education and the creation of business model outreach programs in the global legalization of marijuana. As Founder and Executive Director of UrbanCann Exchange and Cannabis Culinary Concepts, Drayah applies over 15 years experience in real estate development, investor relations and event production, to bridge the gap between cannabis, commerce and community. Through her dedication and long standing relationship with governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations and professional associations, she has extended her skills, expertise and talented team in consulting with entrepreneurs on cannabis business development, licensing assistance, standard operating procedures and in real estate with retail and culinary...
Sara Batterby

Sara Batterby

CEO, HiFi Farms & Founding Chair of the Portland Chapter of Women Grow Sara is a recent Venture Capitalist and early-stage technology veteran with 20 years of marketing, operations and business development experience in high growth, innovative environments. Prior to entering the cannabis industry, Sara co-founded an early stage venture fund in Silicon Valley with the goal of helping investors understand the powerful business case for investing in women as part of a well-diversified portfolio. Now as the CEO of Hifi Farms, a cannabis cultivation company, and Founding Chair of the Portland Chapter of Women Grow, Sara’s priorities are diversity, sustainability and organics.  She is excited to bring her business experiences to bear supporting those who wish to enter this industry and ensuring that cannabis becomes a market that enriches and empowers a diverse group of entrepreneurs in Oregon and throughout the...
Greta Gaines

Greta Gaines

Founder & CEO, The Hempery Ms. Gaines is a well-known businesswoman in the industry. She is known as an innovator especially in her favorite niche—the hemp market. She believes in the use of hemp and proudly develops hemp-based solutions. She has the deepest faith in hemp as a valuable and healing commodity. Greta served on the national board of NORML for 3 years and remains on its advisory board. She is also on the advisory board of Patients Out of Time and Tennesseans United. Greta has displayed a lifelong pattern of success in business from her early days as the first women’s extreme snowboarding world champion to running her own snowboarding camps for women. Greta went on to produce her own television programming on the shows she hosted for Oxygen and ESPN 2. She furthers her success in the entertainment industry with multiple southern-rock album releases. Ms. Gaines has owned and operated her own record label since 1999, through which she has learned marketing, distribution and production. Greta is an artist and has used that talent in her branding and company marketing campaigns, including social media. Ms. Gaines’ opinions are nationally respected in the industry and beyond. She routinely speaks at national industry conventions and educational forums. Ms. Gaines appreciates the historical relevance of hemp and how it can positively impact the American economy on a number of levels, from farming to product development and sales. Women are believed to purchase as much as 80% of household products. This makes Ms. Gaines’ renowned voice in the market vital to the Company, as the Company believes that women will be...
Corinne Malanca

Corinne Malanca

Co-Founder, United Patients Group Corinne Malanca is the Co-Founder of United Patients Group, the unparalleled online resource and trusted leader for medical cannabis information and education for physicians, patients and health-related organizations. Corinne had spent most of her professional life working within the music industry, which dates back nearly 30 years to when she began working for one of the industry’s leading music producers. Her path led to the publishing side of the business and she remains an active Grammy member. As a California native, she was born into a family that supported their community and well beyond, learning about compassionate service at an early age through her volunteerism with the 4-H organization and whose pledge “Head, Heart, Hands and Health” continue to be a cornerstone she has shared and fostered with her children, and now into her life as a business leader. As many great movements often come out of adversity, Corinne’s path to the world of medical cannabis began when her father was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer that quickly metastasized to his brain. Medical cannabis emerged as not only a way to potentially dignify her father’s last days, but in fact resulted in a complete remission of the cancer, and he is alive today. As a result, Corinne’s experience served as the catalyst to bring information, education and continued research on medical cannabis and the result is United Patients Group. Her work in the private and non-profit sectors is squarely focused on bringing innovation and progress to the medical cannabis movement while always remembering to hold “the virtual hand” of suffering patients and their families...