2017 LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

Feb 1st-3rd, 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 three 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 three 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– now is the time!

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

Lodging:  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.

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Discounted Room Rates For Attendees At The Curtis Hotel

You don’t just stay at The Curtis, you experience it! From entering the lobby doors, you are immersed in everything a Denver hotel can offer. You’ll find cartoons playing in our lobby and a Five & Dime store filled with treats from the past. Each of our guest room floors has a personality all its own and every detail has been planned to make your experience with us amazing. We aim to create a boutique, one-of-a-kind downtown Denver Colorado hotel experience. Enjoy a signature warm DoubleTree Cookie at check-in.

For rooms at the Curtis Hotel, The Women Grow room rate is $159 a night. Book your hotel reservations here for our discounted room rate. Hotel room prices increase Jan 10th. See you there!

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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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Schedule & Travel Arrangements

See detailed schedule below. If you are making arrangements to travel to Denver for the event, General admission ticket holders should plan on arriving the evening of Feb 1st for hotel check-in after 3pm. The General Admission schedule begins early Thursday morning Feb 2nd at 7:00AM and continues through Friday Feb 3rd at 5pm.

(Wednesday’s content is for Women Grow Market Leadership Teams and Cornerstone Business Members only) If you are a Women Grow Cornerstone Business Member, please join us starting 5:30PM – 8:00PM on Wednesday for a special welcome reception. If you’re a WG Market Leadership Team, please arrive by 10am Wednesday for sessions.

2017 SUMMIT SCHEDULE

Tuesday, Jan 31st

3:00PM Hotel Check-in at The Curtis for WG Market Leaders
7:00PM – 10:00PM Pre-Registration for WG Market Leaders at The Curtis Hotel

Wednesday, February 1st

7:00AM – 8:00PM Registration at The Curtis Hotel
8:00AM – 9:00AM Breakfast at The Curtis Hotel
10:00AM – 4:00PM Market Leader Sessions & Lunch at The Curtis Hotel (for Women Grow Market Leaders ONLY)
3:00PM Hotel Check-in at The Curtis
4:00PM – 4:45PM – Photo For Leadership Teams
5:30PM – 8:00PM Leaders Celebration & Cornerstone Business Members B2B Reception at The Curtis Hotel (Chapter Leaders & Business Members Only)
Networking Lounge Open 24 Hours at The Curtis Hotel

Thursday, February 2nd

7:00AM – 8:00AM Yoga at The Curtis Hotel
7:00AM – 9:00AM Breakfast at The Curtis Hotel
8:00AM – 2:00PM Registration at The Ellie Caulkins Opera House
7:00AM – 7:00PM Networking Lounge Open at The Curtis Hotel
9:30AM – 4:00PM Lightning Talks at The Ellie Caulkins Opera House
4:20PM – 7:20PM Get Connected Party at The Curtis Hotel

Friday, February 3rd

7:00AM – 8:00AM Yoga at The Curtis Hotel
7:00AM – 9:00AM Breakfast at The Curtis Hotel
7:00AM – 2:00PM Registration at The Curtis Hotel
7:00AM – 7:00PM Networking Lounge Open at The Curtis Hotel
9:00AM – 4:45AM Breakout Sessions at The Curtis Hotel


TICKET SALES NOW OPEN: REGISTER NOW!

Special Offer: Purchase A Cornerstone Leader or

Ally Membership with Summit Ticket Included and Save!

See Memberships with Included Ticket Options Below…

 

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Stand UP!

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

 

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

 

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NEW! Fighting Social Media’s Censorship of Cannabis

Lauren Gibbs, Founder & President, Rise Above Social Strategies

 

Changing the Conversation of Cannabis with Effective Marketing (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!

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
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, Gems By Gen
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 (Panel)

Leah Heise, CEO Women Grow
Carrie Kirk, Cannaline
Chanda Macias
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

Branding for National Expansion (Panel)

Josh Crossney, JCanna
Olivia Mannix, Cannabrand
Kayla Cook, Leafly
Candice Owens, Women Grow

Conquer The Room

Tara Lynn Foster, TaraLynnFoster.com

Winning My Cannabis Business License (Panel)

Jazmin Hupp (Moderator)
Sara Gullickson, Dispensary Permits

 


THE 2017 LEADERSHIP SUMMIT IS SPONSORED BY

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.’

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.

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 & Chapter 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 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.

Bag Drop Sponsor:
Incredibles

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.

Bag Drop Sponsor:
Cannaline

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.

Table Sponsor:
Gennifer M

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.

Official Market Leader Training Sponsor: Vital Resources International

EVENT DETAILS

 LOCATION

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.

 LODGING

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.

FAQ

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.

SUMMIT FEEDBACK

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WHAT HAPPENS AT THE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT?

CHECK OUT A FEW LIGHTNING TALK HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR 2016 EVENT…

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MORIAH BARNHART

2016 Lightning Talk: Mom Really Does Know Best

Watch this compelling presentation by Moriah Barnhart of CannaMoms at the 2016 Leadership Summit.

KIANA HUGHES

2016 Lightning Talk: Changing The Cannabis Conversation

Kiana Hughes of Women Grow Chicago at the 2016 Leadership Summit.

 

MELISSA ETHERIDGE

2016 Keynote Speaker: The Cannabis Paradigm

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

 

 

 

MAUREEN MCNAMARA

2016 Lightning Talk: Is Comparison Thieving Your Joy?

Maureen McNamara of Cannabis Trainers at the 2016 Leadership Summit.

 

 

 

 

 

GRETA GAINES

2016 Lightning Talk: Hemp History

Greta Gaines at the 2016 Leadership Summit.