Jennifer Hanser

Jennifer Hanser

Vice President of Business Development, Tilray Jennifer brings a strong background of strategy and deal-making to Tilray, where she is responsible for developing the business globally through supply chain and distribution deals, as well as supporting strategic product, marketing, sales, and operations initiatives. After starting her career on Wall Street, Jennifer amassed over a decade of experience in licensing and product development from roles at AOL, MLB Advanced Media, FIFA, and other leading organizations. At Tilray, she continues her record of transforming industries by working with category-defining brands to leverage their assets and craft accretive partnerships. While on the executive team at Bitly, Jennifer led the company’s key strategic initiatives and business development including data licensing and platform partnerships. She launched Bitly’s Platform Partner Certification Program to align with the leading marketing technology companies like Adobe around product integration, sales, and marketing. At Sony Music, Jennifer was responsible for precedent-setting deal activity in the music industry and working with industry groups like the RIAA. She negotiated a partnership with Spotify to launch the on-demand streaming music category, and represented Sony in industry-level broadcast and internet radio...
Samantha Campos

Samantha Campos

Communications, Harborside Health Center Six years ago, Samantha Campos entered the cannabis industry as a communications consultant, assisting in writing licensing permit applications for dispensaries, and ultimately providing media services for Harborside Health Center, the nation’s largest model medical cannabis dispensary. As part of the media relations team, Samantha (along with Gaynell Rogers) helped Harborside secure positive coverage from major news outlets around the world, including CNN, the BBC, New York Times, Fortune magazine and the Discovery Channel–which aired a documentary series featuring Harborside in December 2011. Her marketing work with Harborside involves conveying their extensive knowledge of cannabis history, products, science, innovations, politics, legal compliance and best business practices. She also helps regularly update departmental training and operations manuals, assists in maintaining social media accounts, and edits monthly newsletters for patients and staff. Harborside now has three locations—in Oakland and San Jose, Calif. as well as Portland, Ore.— and will soon open another location in San Leandro, Calif. They currently employ about 150 staff members, with over 200,000 patients in their database. Harborside is dedicated to diversity in the workplace, and is one of the “First 50” sponsors of WomenGrow. With over a decade of experience in journalism, Samantha has written and edited for daily, weekly, monthly and online publications based in Hawaii and California. Her articles feature a vast array of subjects including the arts, education, health, agriculture, dining, sex/relationship, business, and lifestyle coverage. Because of this experience, Samantha offers editorial support for a wide range of communication needs. She currently resides in Oakland, Calif., with her longtime partner, Andrew DeAngelo. For Harborside-related inquiries, email her at Samantha.campos@harborsidehealthcenter.com. For...
Dona Ruth Frank

Dona Ruth Frank

Owner and Operator, Organicann Dona Ruth Frank is the owner/operator/curator of Organicann, Oakland Organics and Menocann cannabis dispensing collectives. She is creator of The Natural Cannabis Company product line as well as the edible company Suspiciously Delicious. Dona also created the online cannabis superstore ShopMarijuana.com. In 2014 she created a crowd-sourced global cannabis art contest that attracted almost one thousand artists from 60 countries. Her latest venture is working with celebrity talent via affiliate marketing and social media to promote her upscale High Life and High Society cannabis flower product line. Dona lives in the heart of Northern California where she is dedicated to working with small artisan cannabis cultivators from the different growing appellations of the Emerald...
Nicole Smith

Nicole Smith

Founder & CEO, Mary’s Medicinals Nicole is the founder and CEO of Mary’s Medicinals. She also leads Mary’s Foundation for Caring, a 501(c)(3) foundation dedicated to patient education and outreach. Nicole has created solutions for hundreds of companies across diverse industries, from start-ups to Fortune 500 enterprises. An accomplished entrepreneur and marketer, she has worked globally to evolve ideas and grow businesses for the past twenty years. She is passionate about the power of a strong brand, creating customer loyalty and bringing products and companies to life through thoughtful marketing execution. Nicole’s entrepreneurial spirit has catapulted Mary’s Medicinals to the forefront as the producer of pharmaceutical-grade cannabis products. Her experience in research and development led to the discovery of transdermal applications for cannabis including patches, gels and balms. With the unique high bioavailability delivery techniques developed by Nicole and her team, limited amounts of raw material can be stretched into many doses to help as many patients as possible. Nicole pioneered and was first-to-market the useful benefits of THCa and CBN; discovered harvesting techniques for the isolation of CBC, and continues to develop new cutting edge approaches for isolating, manufacturing and marketing medicinal cannabis. Her patient-first mentality ensures all of the products Mary’s Medicinals develops are not only accurately dosed and cleanly delivered, but comprised of everything nature...
Lauren Gibbs

Lauren Gibbs

Social Media Strategist, Rise Above Social Strategies Lauren Gibbs has spent more than a decade planning and executing audience specific communications with a focus on cause-related marketing. Lauren has a deep expertise in social media and blogging, and a passion for using these tools strategically to advance good causes and responsible businesses. Lauren has a track record of success in the launch and management of numerous blogs and business/mission promotion in social media. Since founding her business, Rise Above Social Strategies, Lauren has supported small businesses and nonprofits across the country in developing and executing optimized social media strategic plans. Lauren has provided the Women Grow community with multiple social media trainings, including Live Tweeting for Impact and Instagram for Impact: Improving Your Posts & Expanding Your Reach with Hashtags. Lauren and her business, Rise Above Social Strategies were featured in the Denver Post: Cultural attitudes, images of marijuana users evolve in Colorado. You can follow Lauren...