Women Grow Hosts Leadership Summit February 3-5
Women Grow, an organization founded to foster the influence and success of women in the legal cannabis industry, will host a three-day leadership conference in Denver on February 3 -5. For many in the business, this is the big go-to conference. The agenda is packed, to put it mildly.
Jazmin Hupp, Founder and CEO of Women Grow told TwoTenTwice,
The differences between the Women Grow Leadership Summit and other events start with our values. Our entire company is dedicated to connecting, educating, and empowering women in the cannabis industry, so every moment of this event fine-tuned to do just that. The women who attend will leave with an incredible knowledge base, connections to the nation’s top experts and a support system of colleagues for the journey.
The summit will feature activist and entertainer, Melissa Etheridge, on “The Cannabis Paradigm,” as well as 24 workshops, 30 ten-minute “Lightning Talks,” dispensary visits, yoga breaks and a dance party to benefit Students for Sensible Drug Policy.
Among the keynote speakers are:
- Betty Aldworth, Executive Director, Students for Sensible Drug Policy;
- A.C. Braddock, CEO, Eden Labs;
- Meg Sanders, CEO, Mindful;
- Moriah Barnhart, Founder and CEO, CannaMoms;
- Steve Fox, Esq., Director, VS Strategies and Of Counsel ,Vicente Sederberg LLC;
- Amanda Reiman, Manager of Marijuana Law and Policy at the Drug Policy Alliance;
- Kara Bradford, Co-Founder and Chief Talent Officer, Viridian Staffing;
- Shea Gunther, Producer, Marijuana Today;
- Jane West, Founder, Edible Events Co. & Co-Founder, Women Grow; and
- Jazmin Hupp, Founder & CEO, Women Grow.
February 3 is largely devoted to networking events and special sessions for Women Grow Chapter Chairs. The Lightning Talks will begin on February 4 and will cover topics such as “Building a Brand and Company Culture,” “Five Stupid Things that Entrepreneurs Do Over and Over Again,” “Be Your Own Trophy Wife,” “Cannabis and Pets,” and “Tokin’ Women: a 4,000 Year History.”
The workshops roll out on Friday, February 5 and will focus on “Getting Women’s Businesses Funded,” “Creating Female Focused Cannabis Brands,” “3 Hour Changes to Make Monday,” “Trademarking Your Cannabis Brand,” “Gracefully Navigating Negativity,” “Inclusion is an Active Verb: Partnering with Diverse Communities” “Edibles: Keeping Your Patients & Customers Safe,” Medicating and Educating the Baby Boomer,” and “2016 National Policy Strategy,” among other topics.
Laila Makled, Chair of Women Grow DC is excited to be on her way: “I hope to come back with a new body of knowledge on how to continue empowering an intersectional palette of women entrepreneurs and activists in DC.”
Women Grow was founded in Denver in 2014 by 20 successful female entrepreneurs in order to help women in the cannabis industry build professional networks. In part, the founders were inspired to prevent the emergence of the kind of heavily male dominated workplace that many had seen in the tech industry. Today, Women Grow boasts more than 20,000 members, 30 percent of whom are men. The organization has chapters in more than 35 cities in the United States and Canada, many of which hold “Signature Networking Events” on a monthly basis.