Jane West

Jane West

CEO, Jane West CNBC has called her the “Martha Stewart of pot.” Inc. Magazine says she’s “The most widely recognized female personality in cannabis.” Forbes named her among the top businesswomen in the cannabis industry, while International Business Times declared her among the most influential people in cannabis. Jane West, Colorado-based CEO of the eponymous cannabis lifestyle brand, has emerged as a central figure on the legalization landscape, one who’s working to build a diverse industry that’s filled with companies, products and values that define the emerging cannabis culture. When West lost her job as a corporate event planner in 2014 after her employer saw her consuming cannabis on CNBC, the working mother dove headfirst into the cannabis industry. She launched Edible Events, Colorado’s premiere cannabis event production company, one whose breakthrough “On a High Note” collaboration with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra captured international media attention from the New York Times to CBS This Morning to the UK’s Sunday Times. She also founded Women Grow, the cannabis industry’s largest professional networking organization, an operation dedicated to changing the perception of women in cannabis, both as consumers and as business leaders. Now, as CEO of Jane West, she’s developing accessories and home goods that invite all women to experience cannabis, and building a global online community that celebrates the new legal lifestyle. In 2017, West partnered with a women-owned grow to bring the first Jane West flower to the Colorado market. Designed for longtime enthusiasts and first-timers alike, her sophisticated, user-friendly products are intended to elevate the cannabis consumer experience and ignite broader social change. As an experienced executive with...
Jazmin Hupp

Jazmin Hupp

Jazmin Victoria Hupp co-founded Women Grow, the largest professional network in the cannabis industry. Since it’s launch in 2014, Women Grow has connected over 25,000 entrepreneurs at events in 45 cities across the US & Canada. The organization hit $1 million in revenue in 2015, with no outside funding. In 2016, they earned 6 billion media impressions. Jazmin was named a “genius entrepreneur” by Fortune Magazine and Forbes considers her one of the “top businesswomen” in the cannabis industry. Inspired by Women Grow’s impact, Newsweek ran the headline “WOMEN IN WEED: HOW LEGAL MARIJUANA COULD BE THE FIRST BILLION-DOLLAR INDUSTRY NOT DOMINATED BY MEN.” Jazmin’s mission to support female entrepreneurship began in 2011 when she took the role of Director of Digital Media for Women 2.0, an organization that helps women start high-growth ventures. During her tenure, the brand expanded from the Bay Area to hold events across six countries for over 100,000 business women. Jazmin’s background is in Theater and Management Information Systems. She creates magical transformative opportunities that scale with new technology. In the last half of 2016, Jazmin dropped 40 pounds without dieting by learning how to process stress effectively. She creates happiness through a practice of yoga, meditation, cannabis consumption, and self-love. Keep up with Jazmin on Linked...
Julie Berliner

Julie Berliner

Founder & CEO, Sweet Grass Kitchen Julie Berliner is the Founder and CEO of Sweet Grass Kitchen, a Denver-based edible cannabis manufacturer founded in 2009. Sweet Grass Kitchen specializes in cannabutter-based edibles, and distributes to over 150 centers throughout Colorado. In addition to her role at Sweet Grass Kitchen, she is also a founding member and chair of the Cannabis Business Alliance Edibles Council. Julie has represented the edibles industry as a panelist on workgroups organized by the Marijuana Enforcement Division to develop policies on infused product serving size and potency levels and packaging. Julie graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in education and psychology in 2008. When a friend asked that her popular chocolate chip cookie recipe be infused with cannabis for sale at his dispensary, she decided to take a left turn and launched Sweet Grass Kitchen. The company’s products are  infused with single strain, full-flower cannabis plant, grown in house to ensure a consistent, safe, and reliable crop-to-table confection....
Diane Czarkowski

Diane Czarkowski

Founding Partner, Canna Advisors Diane and her husband Jay are the founders of Canna Advisors, a cannabis enterprise consulting firm which has spent the last two years advising clients through the competitive state application process for cannabis business licenses. Her guidance has helped Canna Advisors earn one of the best track records in the industry, winning licenses in every state where they’ve consulted. Their national perspective on the evolution of the industry and experience as operators makes them uniquely qualified to design, build, and manage operations for their clients as new states come to market. Before their work at Canna Advisors, Diane and Jay founded one of the first medical cannabis dispensaries in Colorado in 2009—Boulder Kind Care (BKC)—which received the 7th license in the state. At BKC, Diane was responsible for managing the dispensary while Jay focused on cultivation operations. Under her management, BKC quickly earned a reputation as one of the most professional and patient-focused dispensaries in the state. They sold BKC in 2012 to focus on business consulting and advocacy. Diane is a founding member and benefactor of Women Grow. She is also a founding member of the National Cannabis Industry Association, and has served many roles within the organization as it has grown, including participation in the Lobby Days in Washington DC and writing an industry report entitled, A Tale of Ten Cities. She was a board member of the former Women’s CannaBusiness Network (WCBN), and is a current member of Americans for Safe Access, the Marijuana Policy Project and Students for Sensible Drug...
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...