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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. Watch 33 expert speakers share their stories and insights during TED-style Lightning Talks at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, Colorado for the Women Grow 2017 Leadership Summit. Ignite your passion and your career with over 4 Hours of exclusive footage from some of the most inspirational talks in cannabis. Find your place in the fastest growing US industry and join us as we build a multi-billion dollar industry from scratch!
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WOMEN GROW LEADERSHIP SUMMIT LIGHTNING TALKS 2017
My Journey – Leah Heise
Leah speaks about how her interest in the cannabis industry was piqued just two years ago with the passage of Maryland’s medical cannabis legislation; about her struggle as a longtime chronic pancreatitis patient, and how she successfully applied & received a license to operate a dispensary in Maryland. Leah Heise tells her story.
Wielding Power! – Wanda James
Play Large. Enlighten people. Wanda James of Simply Pure Dispensary wants you to LEAD & shares why well behaved women seldom get written about. It’s your light, not your darkness that frightens you. Don’t be afraid to be badass. We are no longer accepting the things we cannot change – we’re going to change the things we cannot accept.
A Mom’s Fight to Save the Sick – Tracy Ryan
Tracy’s daughter Sophie was just 8 months old when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Dr’s said chemotherapy was the only option. They also said she would likely be blind. So Tracy researched, and researched, and researched some more, then she discovered cannabis oil medicine. What happens next is miraculous. Tracy Ryan, CEO of Cannakids & Saving Sophie.
Finding Your “Red Lipstick” – Jaime Lewis
Why do we apologize for the traits we have that make us so f*cking exceptional? Stop apologizing. A confident woman in charge inspires and cultivates confidence with her team. These are not weaknesses, they’re competitive f*cking advantages. Too red? Go redder. Don’t forget you’re the one who got you here. Jaime Lewis, Founder & CEO Mountain Medicine
Solutions For The Cannabis Industry – Cassandra Farrington
Cassandra has a confession – she’s an accidental entrepreneur AND an accidental feminist… two traits that found a home in the cannabis industry. She also knows the next phase of cannabis is TECH. which requires FINANCE. Tech & finance are heavily male dominated, so watch to learn how the cannabis industry and female entrepreneurs can influence & expand representation into emerging sectors of the industry. Cassandra Farrington, MJ Biz Daily.
Fear Is Temporary, Regret Is Permanent – Amy Diiullo
A few years ago, Amy was living a nightmare. She found herself questioning everything, her dreams, her goals, her reality. Then she started to think bigger. WAY bigger. She just had to take that leap. She decided to stop falling and start flying. It was at the first Women Grow Leadership Summit she found support, strength and encouragement and never looked back. Look where she is today! Amy Diiullo, Vice President, CMH Brands/Willie’s Reserve.
How To Survive A Lawsuit – Karyn Wagner
“Don’t worry, trust me”. Heard that one before? Karyn has. Find out if you’re working with the right type of lawyer and learn how to be prepared for anything. How to survive a lawsuit & structure your business so lawsuits don’t happen. With Karyn Wagner, CEO of Paradigm Cannabis.
Secrets To Streamlining Your Business – Isamarie Perez
Consolidate, automate, innovate. Amplify what you’re doing using the right systems. Let Isamarie tell you some secrets about streamlining your business and keeping customers coming back for more. Isamarie Perez of Meadow.
Marketing Yourself Authentically – Gail Rand
“To thine own self be true.” Authenticity in how you present yourself in business is when you have a connection between an entrepreneurs words and actions. are you telling a coherent story? Find out the 4 points of focus to be authentically successful in your business. How to market yourself authentically with Gail Rand.
Ganjasana Guided Stretch With Rachel Carlevale
Wellness break! Although she’s the picture of health now, five years ago, Rachel was diagnosed with cancer. She healed her body using plant medicine, cannabis, yoga and meditation. Let her guide you through a stretch of your mind and body with some Ganjasana guided stretching and visualization of your future in cannabis.
The Art Of Matchmaking – Kara Bradford
Recruiting top talent is an art. And as with any work of art, you start with the tools and materials. Kara is a master matchmaker and shows us the canvas, the paint, the brushes and how to align it all with what is most important in life and business. Mission, vision, values, ethics.- tattoo it on your brain! Kara Bradford of Viridian Staffing.
Overcoming Obstacles With Chanda Macias
As a dispensary owner, Chanda Macias has experienced first-hand the unique challenges of being an African American woman in the cannabis industry. Her partnerships with other Women Grow members helped her to make the connections she needed to spur her success in becoming the number one dispensary in Washington D.C.. This is her amazing story! The Story of an African American Dispensary Owner in Washington, DC. Chanda Macias PhD, MBA, National Holistic Healing Center.
It IS The People You Know! The Power Of Connecting – Meg Sanders
“There’s at least 10 people in this room who are kept up at night thinking about the same problem as you – and then there’s one who’s sleeping like a baby because they figured it out!” How do you find that person? For Meg Sanders, the greatest gift cannabis has brought her is the people. Watch to find out how she endured an epic crisis with the help of the canna-community and how to connect to tap into the amazing power of our tribe. Meg Sanders, CEO & Managing Partner, BeMindful
The Perfect Edible For Your Body – Julie Dooley
When Julie was diagnosed with celiac disease, she researched everything she could find about how to manage it. She knew the cure was in the kitchen and she also knew of a medicine she could use with it, cannabis! Combining gluten-free and healthy food with cannabis and making natural edibles became her passion and today she runs the highly successful Julie’s Natural Edibles. Learn how to find the perfect edible for YOUR body and enjoy the effects you want without over-doing it. Julie breaks it down and explains how.
Breaking Free from Big Pharma – Alexis D’Angelo
Alexis is highly accomplished and has previously struggled with many challenges including pain, addiction and pharmaceuticals. She knew something had to change. Then she found the cannabis industry. Watch to hear the story of her decision to leave corporate America and take an active role in her own healthcare, how she now leads one of the largest Women Grow markets in Los Angeles and how she came to be the 420 diva she is today. Alexis D’Angelo, VP, Business Development, Precise Cannabis
Telling Your Canna-Story With Kiana Hughes
At the Women Grow Signature Networking Events in Chicago, the energy is just charged with excitement about the cannabis industry. Some are newcomers looking for ways to get involved, while others already in the industry are looking for ways to further the cannabis cause. No matter where you are on this spectrum, telling YOUR canna story can be a empowering and enlightening experience for both the speaker AND the audience. Is your story worth sharing? Does anybody care or even want to hear your story? YES! Kiana breaks down three crucial tips for telling your story as an effective presenter to truly connect. Telling Your Canna-Story – Kiana Hughes, Partner, Two Dope Chicks
Half-Baked External Validity – Daniela Vergara PhD
As a scientist, it is crucial that scientific data be accurate, reliable and honest. To do research, cannabis scientists are forced to use federally approved cannabis grown by the University of Mississippi for research. and tested by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). But there’s a problem – federally produced cannabis does not reflect the real data from legal markets in private industry and the differences in the results are just downright shocking. Daniela Vergara shows the hard facts.
Boundless Confidence With Tara Lynn Foster
Be bold. Be Strong. Be brave. Embrace the power of the unknown and harness it to make change. You may be facing your own unknown today. You may be thinking about changing your job, switching your career or getting into the cannabis industry and are terrified. You may be making important decisions right now that will shape your future, so don’t be held back by fear. Be boundless! Tara shares how she used the thing that scared her the most to make the leap. Tara Lynn Foster, Founder, TaraLynnFoster.com
I Believe In You – Jazmin Hupp
Do YOU believe in you? Jazmin Hupp believes in you. Stop putting yourself last and start putting yourself first. Believe in yourself and believe in each other. Learn the three things Jazmin did to change her life, the way she operates her businesses and how she lives every day.
What I Know Now – Jane West
Jane West knows a ton she wants to tell you…and her former self one year ago. As a cannabis entrepreneur, it’s going to be far more than you thought, but with the help of the Women Grow tribe, you’re gonna figure it out!
The Importance of Thorough Due Diligence & Clean Corporate Hygiene – Lauren Rudick
There’s many different types of lawyers. Lawyers that get you out of trouble when you’re already in it and lawyers that help keep you out of trouble in the first place. Lauren tells us what it means to practice clean corporate hygiene, respect the corporate form, and why it’s so important. Lauren Rudick, Partner, Hiller, PC
Being At The Top Starts From The Ground Up – Steve Franczuz
Drawing from the knowledge and history of the ancient Aztecs, Steve Franczuz of SuperNatural Brand discusses the best gardening system ever devised and how it affects cannabis quality and annual crop yields. It’s seriously amazing and totally terraponic.
The Path To F*cking Failure & How To Get Off Of It – Megan Rogers
Megan Rogers can tell you from experience a few things about chasing your dreams, what you can learn from failures and what you can do to get off the path of doom. Stop chasing things. Chasing things often means deviating from your own skill set and your strengths to follow a path you’ve thought up that you think sounds good. But beware of stumbling towards greatness. Megan Rogers, Founder, Hallaway talks about The Path To F*cking Failure & How To Get Off Of It.
Stop. Step Aside & Get Out of Your Own Way! – Maureen McNamara
Has anyone told you yet, you are amazing! This world, the cannabis industry, is thirsty for your brilliance, your unique product idea, your talent, & thoughtfulness that can move us forward to the wellness that cannabis can be an invitation for. The world needs us! But if we can’t get out of our own way, we can’t unveil our greatness to make change in the cannabis industry and in our businesses. Maureen McNamara, CEO of Cannabis Trainers teaches us how to get out of our own way.
Embracing the Bitch – Ashley Heddy
Ever been asked to “tone it down” at work? Ever been called a bitch? How did that make you feel? Bad about yourself? If hearing that word makes you feel badly, check out Ashley’s 4 guidelines to embracing your inner bitch. And if you have a job that negatively affects how you see yourself, then maybe a shift to the cannabis industry is right for you. Ashley says – Be the bitch. Embrace the bitch. Love the bitch. With Ashley Heddy, Training Manager of BioTrack THC.
Sexism in the Workplace – Caela Bintner
Sexism in the Workplace. Yes. It still exists. But you probably already knew that as 80% of us women still experience it and have a story. What do we need to do? We don’t want heroes, we want allies. Caela Bintner, Co-Founder & Managing Director of Faces Human Capital Management talks about sexism in the workplace.
How To Grow Your Pitch Into An Investment – Wendy Robbins & Karen Paull
The Marijuana Show is the “Shark Tank” of cannabis. Karen and Wendy have raised over 13 million dollars of investment for start-up cannabis companies. Learn how to turn your pitch into an investment with the women who know how to get you there. Don’t listen to your fear, own the numbers, and own your power. How To Grow Your Pitch Into An Investment with Wendy Robbins & Karen Paull of The Marijuana Show
Demanding Diversity: Creating a More Inclusive Workplace – Laila Makled
Don’t just think about diversity, DEMAND IT. And together we’ll create the most innovative, diverse, inclusive and profitable industry this world has ever seen. Laila Makled discusses how to go about demanding diversity to create a more inclusive workplace in cannabis. Laila Makled, Women Grow D.C. Leader.
Coming Out of the Cannabis Closet – Sarah Grew
As long as prohibition exists at any state or federal level, people will continue to be prosecuted. This is why we MUST come out and stand together. Sara shares how she’s helping to educate the uninformed and disprove the myths that perpetuate prohibition. Staying silent means keeping someone else from a life changing, life enhancing or even life saving experience. It’s up to us to change that by coming out of the cannabis closet. Watch to find out how Sarah did just that. Sarah Grew, Women Grow Gold Country Leader, Cannabis Cultivator.
Becoming A Magnet Employer: Drawing Dynamic Talent To Your Team – Betty Aldworth
“Kids these days, am I right?” Have you struggled with hiring millennials and creating a dynamic team? Betty Aldworth of Students for Sensible Drug Policy shares insights on understanding the needs of millennials and becoming a magnet employer by using a whole person approach to employ extraordinary change makers. Becoming A Magnet Employer: Drawing Dynamic Talent To Your Team with Betty Aldworth, Executive Director, Students for Sensible Drug Policy
The Rainbow Connection: How Weed, Gay Rights, Healthcare & Drug Culture Intersect – Renee Gagnon
What do the LGBTQ and cannabis communities have in common? Many things. One thing is it’s the same people that discriminate against us and try to stop our development. Learn how we can protect each other, GROW together, and the things learned from a long history of discrimination and prohibition on both fronts. We have to make some serious decisions on what we will tolerate. The era that got us through to where we are now is not the same as the one that’s going to get us to the next phase. We’re facing an unprecedented era of change and Renee is a leader at the forefront. Renee Gagnon, CEO of Cannabis Centre Internsyional Inc.talks about how weed, gay rights, healthcare & drug culture intersect.
Movement Medicine with Jessica Dugan
Body wisdom knockin’ at your door! Jessica Dugan bets you’re ready for some movement. A call that goes unanswered several times a day. Evolution didn’t design us for the sedentary lifestyle. And because modern culture breeds chronic inactivity, it’s up to us to incorporate movement into our daily life as much as possible. Movement is medicine. Let Jessica Dugan help you self-medicate.
Breaking Through PTSD With CBD – Dr. Phil Blair
Imagine waking up from a nightmare absolutely terrified. Sweating, heart pounding, hyper alert, fearful, and anxious,. Now imagine that’s happening over, and over and over again, 10 times a day and night and maybe you can begin to imagine PTSD. Post traumatic stress is a terrible unrelenting affliction and the prescribed method of mainstream treatment is currently counseling and prescription drugs. LOTS of prescription drugs. How can cannabis help? It’s related to an endocannabinoid deficiency that’s happening and here’s what we can do about it. Learn how the endocannabinoid system regulates these responses and how and why cannabis can help treat PTSD so effectively. Breaking Through PTSD With CBD – Dr.Phil Blair of Elixinol.
Buy In… Don’t Sell Out – Stormy Simon
Stormy Simon, Former President of Overstock.com lives by the motto of buying in and not selling out. She also talks about fascinating lessons learned from Overstock, business, cannabis and what she learned from the film “Straight Outta Compton” that changed her life!
And On That Note… A Closing Statement From Leah Heise
It is time for us to take action! Leah Heise closes the day and tells us how we can make change.