Wanda L. James

Wanda L. James

CEO, Simply Pure Dispensary Ms. James is the CEO of Simply Pure Dispensary and the managing partner at the Cannabis Global Initiative (CGI), a marketing and consulting firm that specializes in public relations, regulation and political outreach. surrounding the decriminalization and legalization of cannabis. Ms. James is a leading advocate in the cannabis industry. She and her husband were the first African Americans licensed to own a medical marijuana dispensary in Colorado, and the cutting edge cannabis edible company, Simply Pure, which is now a recreational and medical dispensary. Wanda’s political, professional and financial work on cannabis reform has led to her being named the 2010 Marijuana Advocate of the Year by Westword Magazine and has featured her in numerous national and international shows including: Smile Jamaica, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, CBS Sunday Morning Holiday Special, “Eat, Drink and be Merry” and on CNBC’s Marijuana USA. Ms. James past clients have included Jared Polis for Congress in Colorado’s CD2 and Lt. Colonel Jay Fawcett for Congress in Colorado’s CD5.  In 2008, Ms. James was appointed to President Obama’s National Finance Committee and became one of the largest bundlers of donations for President Barack Obama in Colorado. Prior to starting her own venture, Wanda was the Corporate Director of Marketing at Southern California Presbyterian Homes and the Southwest Regional Sales Director for two Fortune 100 companies, Unum Insurance and Avery Dennison. Wanda graduated from the University of Colorado in 1986. Upon graduation, she was commissioned an officer in the United States Navy.  Her position in Naval Integrated Underwater Surveillance (IUSS) transferred her to Virginia Beach, Bermuda and New...
Alice Globus

Alice Globus

Founder and General Partner of Globus Growth Alice Globus is the Founder and General Partner of Globus Growth (a Fund in formation) focused on the large and growing Cannabis industry. Alice has deep financial management experience and has been a director of a boutique investment banking firm and a co-founder of a financial advisory and business development firm with focus on the bio-tech and healthcare small-cap space. Other areas of investment knowledge include FDA, compliance, retail and technology. She also has strong operating experience in manufacturing and operations as Executive Chairman of family company, Winky & Dutch, a premium fashion and gift accessories brand. Alice Globus is a fierce supporter of women and role model for millennials. She is active as Co-Chairwoman of the Emerging Leader’s Committee of the Financial Women’s Association and as a member of Women Grow, an organization that is an advocate for women for opportunities and connections in the Cannabis industry. Alice has traveled extensively as part of her academic studies, conducting research in astrophysics via a grant from the National Science Foundation at the Cerro Tololo Inter- American Observatory in Chile. She has also continued her research at the American Museum of National History, Princeton University and Columbia University. Alice holds a B.S. in Physics from Wells College and Ph.D studies and research at Rochester Institute of Technology. Ms. Globus resides in the Flatiron District of Lower...
Alicia Syrett

Alicia Syrett

Alicia Syrett, Founder and CEO of Pantegrion Capital Alicia Syrett is the Founder and CEO of Pantegrion Capital, an angel investment vehicle focused on seed and early stage investments. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of New York Angels, as the Chairman of the Board of HeTexted, and is a member of WomenCorporateDirectors.  Her past and present Advisory Board roles include Enerknol, iFunding, Cuipo, The Pitch Deck, Beauty Booked, Cissé Trading Co. and Willa.  She is a frequent mentor, writer, and speaker in the startup ecosystem and tweets @AliciaSyrett. Ms. Syrett is a recurring panelist on CNBC’s Power Pitch and has also appeared on CNBC’s Cash Crowd, MSNBC’s Your Business, and Fox Business’s Risk & Reward.  She was named as one of the “25 Angel Investors in New York You Need to Know” by AlleyWatch  and as one of Wharton’s “40 Under 40” young alumni by Wharton Magazine.  She has been featured in Inc., The Huffington Post, and USA Today and also served as an Instructor with Steve Blank in his Lean Launchpad course at Columbia Business School. Prior to founding Pantegrion, Ms. Syrett spent over 10 years in the financial industry, which included her entrepreneurial journey as the first employee and CAO of a multi-billion dollar private equity firm.  She graduated early from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Economics (magna cum laude) and concentrations in Finance and Accounting. She also possesses two MBA degrees from the London Business School (with distinction) and Columbia Business School where she received Beta Gamma Sigma...
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...
Jeanne Sullivan

Jeanne Sullivan

Jeanne M. Sullivan, Chief Inspiration Officer, Sullivan Adventures, Co-Founder, StarVest Partners Jeanne M. Sullivan is passionate about delivering ideas – information – and inspiration to entrepreneurs – and is a fierce advocate for women (and a few good men).  Jeanne is a co-founder of StarVest Partners, a venture capital firm in NYC raising $400 million to invest in tech enabled business services companies.   Prior to her venture experience with StarVest and Olivetti Ventures, Jeanne gained her operating experience with AT&T and Bell Labs while serving in product and industry marketing roles. Ms. Sullivan has served on the board of multiple technology companies and has extensive experience creating “go to market” plans for growth and expansion stage companies.  Her expertise also includes strategy, an understanding of the tech landscape and industry trends. Ms. Sullivan is a sought-after industry speaker on the subject of “how to get the wallets out of investors’ pocket” and on the “Experienced Economy” showing people of any age that they, too, can be an entrepreneur, taking next steps for a second and third “act”. Jeanne serves on the board of the New York Venture Capital Association; is a member of the Women’s Leadership Board at the Harvard Kennedy School and is an Athena Entrepreneur Fellow for Barnard College. She also serves as advisor for many women-focused organizations that work to “fund and fuel” women entrepreneurs and is on the Global Board of Trustees of Astia, an organization that funds high-growth women entrepreneurs.  Forbes cited Sullivan as “one of the women VCs changing the world – grooming the next generation of female entrepreneurs”.  The New York Angels organization...