2015 Leadership Summit

May 15-17, 2015: The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera, Edwards, Colorado.



Our founding members asked for an exclusive weekend to learn, connect, and rejuvenate.





Every entrepreneur struggles to keep pace with an industry on the forefront of national legalization and eventually international legalization. There is no textbook for this journey but we’ve brought together your industry peers to learn from each other. 


With only 80 women in attendance you will become acquainted with every single participant. No crowded networking events, just structured activities to foster long-lasting connections. The cannabis industry will never be this small again. Trusted partnerships created now will lead to vital connections for brands to contend for eventual national placement.


Short lectures followed by break-out sessions with individual speakers guarantee an intimate workshop environment. We’ll go beyond theory and work through your specific issues in a confidential space. You’ll leave with a better understanding of your business and yourself as an entrepreneur.

Hosted discussion groups allow peers to gather and give advice to each other. Practice your public speaking and moderating skills by hosting a topic of your choice for 4-30 women to discuss. 

Our vision is that these events will bond together women in all sectors of cannabis to support each other for years to come.  

Thank you,
Jazmin Hupp and Jane West
Co-Founders, Women Grow

All-Inclusive Tickets Available Now

This all-inclusive resort experience is strictly limited to 80 female executives, making it an invaluable opportunity to bond with other colleagues leading the cannabis industry nationwide in an intimate setting. You’ll leave with the support of a new network of successful entrepreneurs and friends. The entire property is exclusively booked for us to hold professional & personal development sessions and after a productive day, accommodate cannabis friendly campfires. The weekend will provide time for reflection, renewal and relationship-building in a supportive environment.

Beyond just access to the summit & sessions, your ticket includes:

  • Luxury bedroom for two nights
  • Award-winning meals and snacks with vegan, vegetarian, & gluten-free options
  • Wine & craft beer pairings
  • Wi-fi and parking
  • Access to pools, hot tubs, saunas and fitness center
  • Daily yoga classes


Our Professional Focus: Cannabis Company Valuation & Raising Capital

Our 2015 Summit will address the challenges we face given the industry’s short history, high volatility, and complex regulatory structure. Avoid the most costly mistake in an entrepreneur’s life by properly valuing your work and understanding how to raise capital.


Featured Speakers:

Jessica Geran

Director of Corporate Finance, Dutchess Capital

Dutchess Capital has been funding companies for 15 years. Based in Boston, MA, Dutchess made their first investment in the space in the summer of 2013. To date, they’ve invested in 12 cannabis-related opportunities and continue to look to grow their portfolio. Jessica has been with Dutchess Capital for over 5 years. She sources and vets new deal flow within the cannabis industry by speaking to entrepreneurs, reviewing business plans and financials and presenting to the Dutchess Investment Committee. In addition, once funding is provided, Jessica works with portfolio companies to help scale their business by leveraging Dutchess’s network of connections and overall business expertise.



Andrea Goldman

Healthcare Banker, Cannabis Investor

Andrea is a healthcare banker and has been screening, underwriting, valuing and managing investments for more than 20 years. Her experience spans both debt and equity investments, private and public, across an array of industries applicable to the cannabis industry and has invested in several cannabis-related companies. Andrea also mentors companies with their capital-raising pitches and financial models and has assisted the due diligence process for cannabis industry investors. Andrea recently spoke on a due diligence educational panel at the San Francisco ArcView cannabis investing conference and is a new member of Women Grow. Andrea is a former corporate and securities lawyer and has held various strategic and advisory roles.


Emily Paxhia

Founding Partner & Director of Relations Poseidon Asset Management

Emily spends her time analyzing cannabis companies and building relationships with entrepreneurs and investors. With 10+ years of experience working as a brand consultant and researcher, her work spans multiple categories and industries. She consulted the re-branding of the Independent Film Channel to increase viewership and revenue and to develop Emmy-nominated programming. Emily’s clients have included McKinsey, Time Warner, Viacom, HBO, Participant Media, and Comcast.

For over six years, Emily had an ongoing relationship consulting with American Express, both on their business and consumer sides. Her work with them has led to the reshaping of their brand focus and messaging, and the creation of a host of new financial products, services and instruments.


Nicole Casanova

CEO and Connection Catalyst, Casanova Ventures

Nicole Casanova’s 1995 Masters was on Targeted Marketing on the Web and she was an early founder in three San Francisco startups, Homestore (Move.com), Lycos and Mypoints. All went public. All are still in business. From employee number three to a team of 2000+, overselling a $350k quota by $6.5 mil and negotiating one licensing deal that surpassed a decade’s worth of total revenue, she’s seen rapid growth first hand.

Intrigued with behavior change, she created Shift, a game that shows people why they do what they do. It was sold in hundreds of stores, used in psychology practices, offered in workshops and as an online game with multi-player video chat. And, after working with clients from HP and Coca-Cola to Stephen Covey, she knows the best ways to change behaviors and make them stick – critical for developing the rock star entrepreneurial mindset.

In the cannabis space, Nicole, was the third license holder in Boulder and built Boulder Vital Herbs with a 12,000 square feet grow. She is a startup junkie that loves working with Digital, Tech, Media, LOHAS, socially conscious and women-led companies to uncover and execute on the lever points that will catapult them to success. Whether it’s strategic monetization, messaging or partnerships, Nicole gives them the tools to create massive traction and drive serious revenue. An all out advocate for serving rather than selling, she believes that when we cultivate great relationships we develop the best businesses.



Lauren Gibbs

Founder & President, 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 @LaurenJGibbs



Cordillera Indoor PoolAn All-Inclusive Experience Just For Us

Perched on a mountaintop, the Lodge weekend comes complete with all-inclusive perks: Award winning food, wine, craft beer pairings, outdoor yoga on the Alpine Lawn, fitness area and spa menu, free wi-fi and parking, and indoor-outdoor heated pools, hot tubs and sauna. Women Grow has reserved the entire resort and in the evenings will host a cannabis friendly fire pit serving s’mores and cocktails – the perfect way to unwind after a productive day. Connect with the top women in cannabis across the US as we prepare to take this industry nationwide. The alliances and friendships you make now could shape your business opportunities for years.




TOTAL RETREAT COST: $2,000 per person, including two nights hotel and all meals & snacks.
$1,750 per person for members of companies who sponsor Women Grow.

There will be no on-site registration.

Register Now

2015 Leadership Summit Agenda

Friday, May 15

11:30AM Noon Shuttle Departs Denver International Airport at NOON from the East Side at Door 511.
12:40PM 1:00PM Shuttle Departs Denver at 1PM (Park & Ride Lot at 4401 E. Evans Ave)
1:30PM 1:50PM Shuttle Departs Golden at 1:50PM (Wooly Mammouth Parking Lot, US-40)
3:40PM 4:10PM Shuttle visits New Hope Dispensary (210 Edwards Village Blvd., B-110, Edwards)
3:00PM Late Hotel Check-in
4:30PM 4:30PM Shuttle Arrives at Cordillera Lodge (2205 Cordillera Way, Edwards)
5:00PM 7:30PM Opening Reception
7:30PM 9:30PM Inaugural Dinner with Keynote Address from Jazmin Hupp, Women Grow, and Betty Aldworth, Students for Sensible Drug Policy
9:30PM Midnight S’mores Fire Pit

Saturday, May 16th

7:00AM 10:00AM Breakfast
8:00AM 9:00AM Yoga
8:30AM 9:30AM Guided Hike
8:30AM 10:00AM Chapter Chair Breakfast (Women Grow Chapter Leaders Only)
8:00AM 9:30AM Headshots: get a quick professional photo taken
10:00AM 10:15AM Welcome with Jane West, Women Grow
10:15AM 10:45AM Panel: Going Big & Going National
10:45AM 11:05AM Crafting Your Elevator Pitch
11:05AM 12:55PM Creating Your Investment Deck & Offering: The top women in cannabis investing will teach you how to get your business funded. We’ll cover how to present: your business idea, market size, competition, regulation, strategy, team, financial highlights, valuation, investment types, and deal structures.
12:55PM 1:30PM Panel: Choosing the Right Investor for Your Business
 1:30PM  3:00PM Lunch
 3:00PM  3:45PM 3PM Options: Creating a National Cannabis Brand; Clarifying Your “Why”; Financials for Money-Raising and Managing Your Business Help Desk
 4:00PM  4:45PM 4PM Options: Instagram for Impact: Improving Your Posts & Expanding Your Reach with Hashtags; Fundraising: Valuation, Sources, Exits & Timeframe Help Desk; Timely Issues in Cannabis Law
 5:00PM  5:45PM 5PM Options: How to Use MailChimp Email Marketing; Media Training
 6:00PM  7:30PM Beers & Buds at the Grouse on the Green Mountain Top Pub
 7:30PM  7:35PM Group Photo
 7:30PM  9:00PM Closing Dinner
 9:00PM  Midnight Dance Party

Sunday, May 17th

7:00AM 10:00AM Breakfast
8:00AM 9:00AM Yoga
8:30AM 9:30AM Guided Hike
10:00AM 11:00AM Hosted Conversations (Topics are chosen by you and hosted by your colleagues): Kicking Ass As a Conference Speaker; Fundraising as a Women in a Man’s World; Mentoring the Next Generation; Women Grow Chapter Chair Best Practices
Noon 2:30PM Airport Shuttle Departs at Noon & Arrives at DIA at 2:30PM
Noon 2:30PM Local Shuttle Departs at Noon & Arrives in Golden at 1:45PM and Denver at 2:30PM
Noon Noon Hotel Check-out


Thank You To Ideal 420 Soil For Providing Six

Full Scholarships To Our Leadership Summit!

The Women Grow team would like to sincerely thank Ideal 420 Soil for funding SIX full scholarships. Ideal 420 Soil has gone above and beyond, not just supporting women-owned businesses but supporting the next wave of female entrepreneurs too. We celebrate forward-thinking men who support inclusion in the cannabis industry! The summit is nearly sold out and we’re grateful to be able to include six more women who would have otherwise been unable to attend.

About Ideal 420 Soil: Ideal 420 Soil is home to a team of talented scientists responsible for research, testing, and engineering. Ideal 420 Soil is simply, the best soil for cannabis. Cutting Edge Science. Proven Technology. Superior Growth.


Trip Details & FAQs

Event Schedule

Preview the Event Schedule (PDF). You’ll receive a final version when you arrive.

Cordillera Lodge and Spa 2205 Cordillera Way, Edwards, CO 81632 Tel (970)-926-2200
Social Media

We encourage you to share your experience on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Please add #WomenGrow to your posts for our friends following along from home. You may share content from our speakers. Do not share other’s participants information without their consent.


Denver International Airport– 142 miles, 2 hours and 32 min to The Cordillera Lodge and Spa. Traffic should be minimal as mid-May is shoulder season for this region.

Eagle County Regional Airport-34 min to The Cordillera Lodge and Spa. 219 Eldon Wilson Road, Gypsum CO. 81637. Direct flights from Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul and New York/JFK, Newark and Toronto.


The resort is located in the high country at around 8500ft so please make sure you are hydrating during your stay to avoid altitude sickness and dehydration.

Arrival & Departure

Check-in and registration starts at 3PM. Plan to arrive at the resort by 5pm on Friday May 15, 2015 the evening will begin with a cocktail hour leading directly into a seated dinner with our first speaker of the weekend, Jazmin Hupp, Women Grow, Executive Director who will set the stage for this fabulous weekend.

Content will conclude at 11AM on Sunday morning with a hotel check-out of Noon. The shuttles load at 11:30AM for a Noon departure.

Attendee Information

Check your email for links to our private attendee directory. Use the directory to connect to attendees before and after the event.


We encourage you to wear whatever you feel beautiful in! Whether that’s jeans and a blazer, a skirt and flats, a dress and heels, or yoga clothes — it’s entirely up to you. Dress to feel comfortable and fabulous, whatever that looks like for you. There is a group photo on Saturday night at 7:30PM.


You may consume cannabis outside on the hotel grounds, please adhere to all non-smoking regulations of the hotel and only consume in designated areas. Cannabis WILL NOT be provided.

Cell Service

You will get cell service at the lodge and surrounding homes.

Do I Need Cash?

This is an all inclusive event, all meals and beverage (including alcohol), tips, activities and content is included in the cost of your registration. If you choose to have a spa treatment or buy items in the gift shop this will be an additional charge that you can take care of directly with the hotel.

Late Night Snacks

There will be a snack station in the lodge with a refrigerator for late night snacks in the Living Room, near the Lobby.

Onsite Store

In case you forgot something, there is a store located in the hotel to purchase, drinks, snacks, personal care items and gifts.

Shoulder Night Lodging

If you would like to come 1-3 days early or stay 1-3 days late you can extend our group rate. Exact rate depends on room type. E-mail Kendal Norris [email protected] for more information.

Shuttle Information

Register for the shuttle.

Spa Appointments

For reservations, please call the Spa directly at 970-569-6359 Reservations can be made Monday – Friday, 9:00 pm to 5:00 pm MST. Please mention you are with “Women Grow” to receive the discounted rates listed above.

Appointments must be reserved with the Spa on, or prior to, April 15th 2015. Services are subject to availability on a first come, first serve basis.

Cancelation Policy: Spa appointment cancellations must be made 72 hours prior to the appointment time. Missing, canceling or rescheduling an appointment within 72 hours will result in a fee assessed at the full value of the missed appointment.

  • Cordillera Custom Mini Massage –$56.00 (25 minutes)

Create an experience unique to your individual therapeutic needs by selecting from the following traditional therapies:

    • Relaxing Swedish – firm effleurage or long massage strokes promote circulation and stress relief
    • Deep Tissue – with focus on more specific areas, the deep pressures helps break up stored toxin and relieve chronic muscle stress and tension
  • Warm Stone Release (Hands & Neck) $56.00 (25 minutes)

Let the warmth of Basalt river stones enrich your relaxation

  • Cordillera Custom Mini Facial – $56.00 (25 minutes)

Our experienced estheticians will customize your facial to combat elemental and aging effects

  • Pressure point facial scalp and shoulder massage –$43.00 (20 minutes)
  • Reflexology hands or feet – $60.00 (25 minutes)
  • Hair & Scalp Treatment – $22.00 (20 minutes)

Scalp massage with Agave nectar hydrates and nourishes the roots to promote healthy hair and scalp.


Horse back riding from 1 hour to 4-day trips can be arranged with the hotel concierge (970) 926-2200.

Tips for Hotel Staff

Bell service and maid service tips are included in the cost of your registration but if you have someone who performs excellent service please feel free to tip as you see fit.


Check out the Weather Forecast. Temps will be in the 30s to 60s with rain and possible snow. Bring warm clothing for fireside and outdoor activities. Bring your yoga mat or hiking shoes for morning activities.


We will have daily Yoga classes, please bring your mat.