March 1st-2nd, Denver, Colorado

Once a year, hundreds of current and up-and-coming industry leaders come together in Denver to get connected, educated, and empowered at the largest gathering of cannabis industry women anywhere. Women and men from across the country will come together to share their stories and insights during two intense days of learning and networking in the Mile High City. Join us at this year’s Leadership Summit to transform your cannabis industry career. After two days of lightning talks, panels, and social events, you’ll leave with meaningful connections and vital industry knowledge that will ignite success in the year to come.  Don’t miss your chance to join America’s fastest growing industry! Location: All events will be held in Downtown Denver. On Thursday, March 1st, Lightning Talks will occur and Friday will be for break-out sessions.  Lodging:  TBA

Schedule & Travel Arrangements

If you are making arrangements to travel to Denver for the event, General Admission ticket holders should plan on arriving the evening of February 28th for hotel check-in after 3pm. The General Admission schedule begins early Thursday morning March 1st at 7:00AM and continues through Friday March 2nd til 4pm.

(Wednesday’s content is for Women Grow Market Leadership and Cornerstone Members only) If you are a Women Grow Cornerstone Member, please join us on Wednesday for a special workshop and welcome reception. If you’re a WG Market Leadership Team, please arrive by 10am Wednesday for the professional development session.

Summit Sponsorship Opportunities

Partner with us and get your company featured at the most important annual event for diversity in cannabis. Sponsor opportunities starting at just $500. Click below to view the deck and find a spot that’s right for your brand.




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Wednesday February 28 – Schedule TBA

Thursday March 1 – Schedule TBA

Friday March 2 – Schedule TBA


Wielding POWER! Well Behaved Women Seldom Get Written About

Wanda james, Simply Pure Dispensary


A Moms Fight to Save the Sick

Tracy Ryan, CEO & Founder, CannaKids & Saving Sophie

Buy In… Don’t Sell Out

Stormy Simon, Former President, Overstock.com

Becoming A Magnet Employer: Drawing Dynamic Talent To Your Team

Betty Aldworth, Executive Director, Students for Sensible Drug Policy


Breaking Free from the Big Pharma Lifetime Loyalty Program: My Journey & Decision to Leave Corporate America HealthCare to Take an Active Role In My Own HealthCare

Alexis D’Angelo, VP, Business Development, Precise Cannabis

Demanding Diversity: Creating a More Inclusive Workplace 

Laila Makled, Women Grow D.C. Leader

Telling Your Canna-Story

Kiana Hughes, Partner, Two Dope Chicks

Finding Your “Red Lipstick”: How to Embrace Your Femininity While Building An Empire

Jaime Lewis, Founder & CEO Mountain Medicine

Solutions on How the Cannabis Industry & Female Cannabis Entrepreneurs Can Influence & Expand Representation Into Emerging Sectors of the Industry

Cassandra Farrington, CEO & Co-Founder, Marijuana Business Daily

Coming Out of the Cannabis Closet

Sarah Grew, Women Grow Gold Country Leader, Cannabis Cultivator

Stop. Step Aside & Get Out of Your Own Way!

Maureen McNamara, CEO, Cannabis Trainers

Half-Baked External Validity

Daniela Vergara PhD, CU Boulder/ Agricultural Genomics Foundation

The Rainbow Connection : How Weed, Gay Rights, Healthcare & Drug Culture Intersect

Renee Gagnon, CEO, Cannabis Centre Internsyional Inc.

What I Know Now

Jane West, Co-Founder, Women Grow


It IS The People You Know!  The Power Of Connecting.

Meg Sanders, CEO & Managing Partner, BeMindful


Sexism in the Workplace

Caela Bintner, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Faces Human Capital Management

Being At The Top Starts From The Ground Up

Joe Perry,  Supernatural Brand
Steve Franczuz, Supernatural Brand


The Perfect Edible for Your Body

Julie Dooley, CEO, Julie’s Natural Edibles

Boundless Confidence, Embrace The Power Of The Unknown

Tara Lynn Foster, Founder, TaraLynnFoster.com

The Art of Matchmaking

Kara Bradford, Chief Talent Officer, Viridian Staffing

Marketing Yourself Authentically

Gail Rand, CFO, ForwardGro

Overcoming Obstacles One Step at a Time: The Story of an African American Dispensary Owner in Washington, DC.

Chanda Macias PhD, MBA, National Holistic Healing Center Medical Marijuana Dispensary (NHHC)

How to Survive a Lawsuit & Structure your Business so Lawsuits don’t Happen

Karyn Wagner, CEO, Paradigm Cannabis

The Importance of Performing Thorough Due Diligence & Maintaining Clean Corporate Hygiene

Lauren Rudick, Partner, Hiller, PC

Fear is Temporary, Regret is Permanent

Amy Dilullo, Vice President, CMH Brands/Willie’s Reserve

The Path To F*cking Failure & How To Get Off Of It

Megan Rogers, Founder, Hallaway


Embracing the Bitch

Ashley Heddy, Training Manager, BioTrack THC

How To Grow Your Pitch Into An Investment

Wendy Robbins & Karen Paull, The Marijuana Show


Breaking Through PTSD With CBD

Dr.Phil Blair, Elixinol


Secrets to Streamlining Your Business

Isamarie Perez, Meadow




NEW! Fighting Social Media’s Censorship of Cannabis

Lauren Gibbs, Founder & President, Rise Above Social Strategies


Changing the Conversation of Cannabis with Effective Marketing / Branding For National Expansion (Panel)

Jamie Goswick, CEO, Canna Media Works
Beth Waterfall, Beth Waterfall Creative
Linsey Pecikonis, CEO, Refined Bud
Rosie Mattio, Founder & Principal, Rosie Mattio Public Relatons & CMO, High There!
Olivia Mannix, Cannabrand
Kayla Cook, Leafly
Candice Owens, Women Grow

The Art of Female Leadership in the Cannabis Industry (Panel)

Chloe Villano, President & Founder, Cloverleaf University (Moderator)
Lily Colley, Director of Marketing for MC Brands (maker of incredibles) & Founding Director of Marketing for Kalyx Development
Stormy Simon, Former President, Overstock.com
Diane Czarkowski, Canna Advisors

GxP compliance in Cannabis – Why It’s Critical to Market Success

Colleen Hittle, Managing Director, Healthcare and Life Sciences Disputes, Regulatory, Compliance & Investigations; Navigant

What You Need to Know About Compliance & Regulation (Panel)

Rachel Gillette, Partner, Greenspoon Marder PA
Kimberly Simms, Law Office of Kimberly Simms
Renee Gagnon, CEO, Cannabis Centre Internsyional Inc.
Ashley Heddy, West Coast Training Manager, BioTrackTHC

Cannabis Cultivation

Sarah Grew, Chair, Women Grow Gold Country
Michelle Moore, Solexx
Daniela Vergara, PhD, CU Boulder/ Agricultural Genomics Foundation
Shelly Peterson, VP of Urban-Gro

Investing and Raising Money From Those Who Have Done It (Panel)

Troy Dayton, Co-Founder & CEO, The Arcview Group
Jeanne Sullivan, Co-founder, StarVest Partners
Sara Batterby, HiFi Farms
Liz Stahura, Arcview

Therapeutic Extractions and Infused Products (Panel)

Bob Eschino, Incredibles
Genifer Murray, Genifer M Cannabis Inspired Jewelry
Constance Finley, Constance Therapeutics
Alison Ettel, Treatwell Health

Creating A Powerful Team (Panel)

Maureen McNamara, Founder & Chief Facilitator, Cannabis Trainers
Kara Bradford, Viridian Staffing
Shaleen Title,  Partner, THC Staffing Group, Trustee, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Founding Board Member, Minority Cannabis Business Association, Founding Board Member, Marijuana Majority
Alexis D’Angelo, VP, Business Development, Precise Cannabis

Fighting For Your Child’s Rights: Advocacy Through The Eyes of Cannabis Moms (Panel)

Tracy Ryan, CEO & Founder, CannaKids & Saving Sophie
Gail Rand, CFO, ForwardGro
Mo Barnhart, Cannamoms
Janie Maedler, DE CannaKids & Rylie’s Smile Foundation

Holistic Blueprint for Women’s Heath: Cannabis, Nutrition + Aromatherapy

Donna Shields MS, RDN, Co-founder, Holistic Cannabis Academy
Laura Lagano, MS, RDN, CDN, Co-founder, Holistic Cannabis Academy
Michele Ross, PhD, Neuroscientist, HCA Faculty & President, IMPACT Network
Jessica Baker, LAc, Herbalist, HCA Faculty & Founder, Jade Dragon

Parenting in the Cannabis Industry: How To Talk To Your Kids (Panel)

Leah Heise, CEO Women Grow
Carrie Kirk, Cannaline
Chanda Macias, PhD, MBA, National Holistic Healing Center Medical Marijuana Dispensary (NHHC)
Jennifer Culpepper, Brand Joint

Modern Healing & Ancient Plant Wisdom (Panel)

Nurse Heather Manus, President, Nature Nurse Products & Services
Nurse Juhlzie Monteiro, Nature Nurse Products & Services
Lisa LeFevre, President, Stonefield National

Sex, Intimacy & Cannabis (Panel)

Kym Ferrari, Systemic Cannabis 4 Love Oil Creator
Antuanette Gomez, Women’s Sexual & Reproductive Rights Activist, Pleasure Peaks
Raea Campbell, Founder, Bosm Wellness

Boundless Confidence: Conquer Networking

Tara Lynn Foster, TaraLynnFoster.com

Winning My Cannabis Business License (Panel)

Jazmin Hupp (Moderator)
Sara Gullickson, Dispensary Permits
Sally Kent, Attorney, Vincente Sederberg

Growing The Supernatural Way

Joe Perry, Supernatural Brand

Launching & Fundraising A Cannabusiness

Meghan Larson, CEO Adistry
Elizabeth Stahura, Co-founder and COO of BDS Analytics
Natasha Irizary, CEO of Stashbox
Patrick Rea, CEO of Canopy
Sponsored By Canopy

Your Compliance & Ethics Program As Sword & Shield: Mitigating Legal Risk

Amy McDougal, President, Clear Resources
Sponsored By Clear Resources

Re-branding Cannabis: Growth Hacking the Main Stream Market with Real Talk & Inclusion

Dasheeda Dawson, VP, Managing Partner, UnDoo
Sponsored By Undoo

Be You With UNDOO: Hacking into Mainstream America with Real Talk & Inclusion

(Moderator) Dasheeda Dawson: VP-Managing Director – UNDOO, LLC | Founder & President – MaryJane Marketing LLC (MJM) | President – SW Chapter, Minorities for Medical Marijuana (M4MM)
Sarara Corva: President – UNDOO, LLC | Executive Director – Canna Heal Now | Co-Host, “Jimmy’s Joints”
Parisa Mansouri-Rad: Head of Digital Marketing – UNDOO, LLC | VP, Strategy & Partnerships – MaryJane Marketing LLC (MJM) | Board Member & Fundraising Chair, MomForceAZ
Sponsored By Undoo



Title Sponsor: Supernatural Brand

Say hello to our Leadership Summit Title Sponsor! Supernatural Brand offers a completely reinvented, redefined, revolutionary way to excel in the commercial medical crop production industry with the highest crop performance products and most groundbreaking grow technique available today. Easily reach a much greater level of purity, quality, and productivity than you ever dreamed of. To find out more about Supernatural Brand and why no one has ever switched back, check it out here To see their commercial division, check it out here.

Executive Production Sponsor: Medical Cannabis Report

Don Barto, Jr., Executive Producer
The Medical Cannabis Report. A helpful collection of news, reports, testimonies, and documentaries on the medical marijuana movement. Great research material on cannabis as medicine.

Official Dispensary Sponsor: The Clinic

By staying at the forefront of cannabis genetics, cultivation techniques, rigorous tracking methods & impeccable quality control, The Clinic provides the best cannabis on the market and has won more than 50 awards, more than any other marijuana dispensary in Colorado.

Media Sponsor: Sensi Media

Here at Sensi, we have two missions: to chronicle the new normal and to shift the culture. To accomplish this, we’ve compiled a group of leading media industry professionals who are dedicated to making a magazine that showcases the people and the places at the heart of the exciting cannabis industry.

Official Printing Sponsor & Networking Lounge Sponsor: Printing Done Quickly

In the print industry for 25 years. In that time, working for other companies, I’ve seen what is good and what is not good, especially when it comes to customer service. PDQ’s motto is “To serve our customers as we wish to be served”. These are not just words but rather the golden rule of our business!

Communications, Bag Drop & Table Sponsor: Weedmaps

Weedmaps is the world’s first marijuana technology and media brand; and the first and most comprehensive marijuana directory on the planet.

Media Sponsor: Leafly

Leafly is the world’s cannabis information resource. Millions use Leafly to discover nearby strains and dispensaries, new cannabis brands and products, and the latest cannabis news and information.

4:20PM Networking Party Co-Sponsor: Firefly

Welcome to first class. You deserve the best vapor experience in the world. This is it. Our completely unique heating technology delivers the absolute freshest, most satisfying vapor from your favorite plants or concentrates. It’s incredibly fast, completely customizable, and practically effortless. It’s also a whole lot of fun.


Speaker Training Sponsor: Cannabis Trainers

Cannabis Trainers: Bringing 20+ Years of Training Experience.Marijuana selling involves many risks. Failure to act responsibly and proactively could result in fines, imprisonment, and suspension of licenses, increased insurance costs, or getting shut down. Let’s avoid that!. We’ve customized our courses with feedback from and collaboration with industry professionals, enforcement divisions, attorneys, insurance agents and the health department to ensure the information you receive contributes to moving our industry forward with the safe production and responsible consumption of cannabis.

Lightning Talk Sponsor: The Marijuana Show

Through The Marijuana Show’s business accelerator model, the participants have access to accredited investors, mentors, celebrities, distribution, financing, and can utilize the Show’s extensive global marketing platform to expand their businesses. Whether they win investment on the show or not, the marketing exposure is massive. The Sponsors all agree; which is why the show is financed 100% by sponsors whose commercials are written into the episodes in a contextually relevant fashion. Plus, for locally focused brands, the shows digital platform provides a call-to-action in sharing the video to any demographic or location.

Media Sponsor: Merry Jane 

Media Sponsor: Dope Magazine


Breakfast Sponsor: Elixinol


Bag Drop & VIP Party Co-Sponsor: W Vapes

We are Purists, plain and simple. W Vapes believes the vaping experience should be the inhalation of the concentrated soul of a plant, with no additives, synthetics, flavorings, or adulterants in the mix. This is why we do single-origin, strain-specific CO2-extraction of lab-tested, pesticide-free, potency-proven cannabis flowers. Gold In/Gold Out.

Official Market Leader Training Sponsor: Vital Resources International

VIP Party Co- Sponsor: CWCBExpo

Planning & Logistics Sponsor: Cannabis Science Conference

Cannabis Science Conference is the world’s largest cannabis science expo. Our conference pulls together cannabis industry experts, instrument manufacturers, testing labs, research scientists, medical practitioners, policy makers and interested novices. Our annual event is aimed at improving cannabis science. Join us in Portland, Oregon, for an exciting conference with keynotes, presentations, round table discussions and exhibits. At our inaugural event we hosted over 750 attendees from all over the world!

Official Ticketing Sponsor: ImpactFlow

ImpactFlow was born from the need to break down barriers between the business and nonprofit worlds to form effective partnerships that strengthen communities. We work with nonprofits, businesses, and individuals at the forefront of technology to drive innovative ways for organizations to connect and form mutually beneficial partnerships. Over time, we have evolved into a world-class event management platform and partnership engine — and are truly revolutionizing how organizations host and organize events.

Swag Bag Sponsor: Boveda

Boveda is the global leader in 2-way humidity control. Boveda can be executed in a full range of relative humidity levels (13-95%) to preserve the precise humidity atmosphere for any item with which it’s packaged. Boveda packs are zero-maintenance, they don’t need activation or special storage conditions and we make them in a variety of sizes to seamlessly integrate into your current storage containers and packaging.



Bag Drop Sponsor: Wink



Workshop Sponsor: Navigant

Navigant’s professionals apply deep industry knowledge, substantive technical expertise, and an enterprising approach to help clients build, manage, and protect their business interests. Delivering actionable solutions that address complex regulatory challenges.

Bag Drop Sponsor: Sweet Grass Kitchen

Sweet Grass Kitchen is a small batch bakery that produces and distributes fresh, cannabis-infused edibles to over 400 dispensaries throughout Colorado. Since 2009, our kitchen has been serving Colorado’s top centers with flavorful, fresh baked confections. Our in-house cultivation ensures a consistent and reliable crop-to-cookie delivery. All products are made using our own slow simmered, triple strained, full-flower cannabutter.’

Table Sponsor:

GENIFER M was founded in 2016 by Genifer Murray and her father, gemologist Glenn Murray. Murray is internationally recognized as an industry leader advocating for legalization and regulation to ensure cannabis product quality and safety assurance. As a founding member of Women Grow, Murray has also become a trusted resource for the industry, governments, and national media.


Bag Drop Sponsor:
Canyon Cultivation



Bag Drop Sponsor:
Willie’s Reserve


Bag Drop Sponsor:

Cannaline was founded in 2009 by Arnold Heckman and Andy Rickert with a vision of providing innovative packaging solutions for the emerging cannabis industry. Since that time, we have grown to service dispensaries, growers, producer/processors across the nation and its’ borders. We are continuously striving to invent new products and keep compliant to stay ahead of the ever-evolving cannabis market.

Bag Drop Sponsor:

Founded in 2010, incredibles is recognized as the number one infused edible in Colorado. Known as experts in both infused edibles and extracts, incredibles has become synonymous with quality and consistency throughout the country and around the globe. With experienced leadership having over 20 years of combined food and product manufacturing experience, its no surprise that incredibles’ mission is to consistently provide high-quality, handcrafted infused products that taste great. incredibles products, which include a wide variety of chocolate bars, gum-e bites, and e-pens for both medical and adult-use are carried by more than 760 Colorado dispensaries.

Table Sponsor: Solis-Tek


Bag Drop Sponsor: Altus Labs/Lucky Edibles

With a medical focus, Altus labs is on the forefront of cannabis innovation. Altus works to combine whole plant medicine with the proper ratios of phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and other catalysts for therapeutic effect.



All events will be held in Downtown Denver Feb 1st-3rd. On Thursday, February 2nd, Lightning Talks will be taking place at the iconic Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Friday’s break-out sessions on Feb 3rd will be held at the Curtis Hotel.


Wednesday & Friday events are being held at the The Curtis Hotel at 1405 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80202. Thursday programming is across the street at the Ellie Caulkin’s Opera House. For rooms at the Curtis Hotel, The standard room rate is $159 a night. Book your hotel reservations here for our discounted room rate. Hotel room prices increase Jan 10th.


What are my transportation options?

Denver International Airport is 26 miles from the conference location. A car is not required for any activities during the conference. Downtown parking runs $20-$50 per night. Here are a few of your ground transportation options between the airport and The Curtis Hotel (1405 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80202) : Uber (private car hailed from your smart phone) runs about $40 to downtown Denver. Taxicabs at the airport are $55.57. A private car will take about 40 minutes to arrive at the hotel. Public Bus is $11, runs about once per hour, and will take you about an hour to arrive at the hotel. Super Shuttle is $25 and can take up to 2 hours.

Where are the events taking place?

Location: All events will be held in Downtown Denver. On Thursday, February 4th, Lightning Talks will be taking place at the iconic Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Wednesday night’s welcome reception and Friday’s break-out sessions will be held at the Curtis Hotel.

Are tickets refundable or transferrable?

Tickets are not refundable. You may transfer tickets to a colleague if you are unable to attend.

Are men allowed to attend?

Yes, our events welcome men, women, and all different gender expressions.


YOU...Yes YOU - Are The Game Changer.



I Feel Motivated & Thrilled To Throw Out The Rule Book & Pursue My Dreams...


Loved What I Learned & The People I Met.. A Great Vibe Among Dynamic Women...


It's Hard To Compare It To Anything I've Experienced...


Priceless - One Of The Best Programs I Have Ever Attended!





You Inspire Me! I Am So Grateful For The Connections I've Made Here...


Can't Believe I Got High With My Mom.... Thanks For All Of It!












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2016 Lightning Talk: Mom Really Does Know Best

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2016 Keynote Speaker: The Cannabis Paradigm

Melissa Etheridge on The Cannabis Paradigm at the 2016 Leadership Summit.





2016 Lightning Talk: Is Comparison Thieving Your Joy?

Maureen McNamara of Cannabis Trainers at the 2016 Leadership Summit.







2016 Lightning Talk: Hemp History

Greta Gaines at the 2016 Leadership Summit.