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...
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...
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...
Autumn Rose Karcey

Autumn Rose Karcey

President, Cultivo, Inc. Industrial Cultivation, Facility Designer, and Optimization Specialist Autumn Karcey is the President of Cultivo, Inc., a design and engineering firm specializing in industry specific solutions for cannabis cultivation and retail dispensaries.  Cultivo, Inc. designs OSHA certified GMP indoor cultivation facilities and greenhouses for all legal markets. Cultivo’s innovations are based on clean room methodologies while streamlining agricultural productivity. Cultivo, Inc. also manufactures state of the art custom fabricated equipment and automation technologies seen nowhere else in the industry. As one of Los Angeles’s leading medicinal cannabis cultivators for over a decade Ms. Karcey was in charge of vertically integrating medical cannabis to over twenty Pre-ICO dispensaries in and around Los Angeles, CA. This model created a zero tolerance for crop failure. This model made it imperative for Ms. Karcey to create optimal indoor environments in which cannabis can be grown in a healthy, stable manner free of pests and pathogens without the use of harmful pesticides and chemicals. Ms. Karcey takes a logical, consistent, and scientific approach when she designs cultivation sites. She combines the use of modern clean room technology, industrial agricultural equipment, custom fabricated equipment, high-end security systems, and sensor systems in order to create world-class facilities of enduring value. To date, Ms. Karcey has built, designed, and consulted on facilities in over ten states and thee countries. In addition, Ms. Karcey has consulted on the licensing, staff augmentation, design and construction of over 25 dispensaries. As a case study, Ms. Karcey’s largest design consisted of a 315,000 square foot facility in Nova Scotia. During this project, Ms. Karcey worked closely with the PhytoSciences...
Kristin Novotny

Kristin Novotny

Operations & Business Development Manager, MAD Farmaceuitcals Project management and business development are just a few of the things that Kristin works with the founders of MAD Farmaceuticals on as their Business Development Manager. In addition, she manages the development of their proprietary grow software. The software mitigates risk and controls environments at the cultivation and production facilities. At the Cultivation and Production facilities, Kristin enjoy directly working with the Master Cultivators and Extractors to ensure the highest quality and consistency of product.  Having put together multiple training programs for Cultivation, Production and Dispensary employees; she helps to facilitate the continuous training of employees. In addition, Kristin uses her past experience in marketing and knowledge of the industry to support the team in developing community outreach campaigns. These campaigns not only introduce the community to MAD Farma but also to help educate patients on new laws, products and developments in the industry. Kristin has been heavily involved in the application process in multiple states. Having managed multiple marijuana consulting projects in Colorado, Oregon and Nevada, she also managed the build-out and organization of multiple facilities. Kristin’s career has included being Director of Sales and Marketing at a Retirement Planning Software company where she worked directly on the development of the software for participant use. Kristin is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary and is a Certified Retirement Plan Specialist. She earned her degrees in Finance and International Business from the Cleveland State University. She currently volunteers for an Ovarian Cancer Research Non-Profit in Cleveland, Ohio as their Director of Social Media doubling their outreach. Kristin lives in Bay Village, Ohio where she enjoys...