Barbie Sommars: COO of Mary Jane University talks high end cannabis-infused dining, the intersection of art & science and the love of cannabis through adornment
This week I’m talking to Barbie Sommars, COO of Mary Jane University who brings over twenty years of corporate operations experience, with a background in high net-worth asset management. After a medical diagnosis in 2008, she sought alternative ways of healing and pain management and found cannabis. From patient to activist to educator, she now resides in the beautiful Mojave desert near Joshua Tree, CA and commits herself to a life of healing, activism, and education to restore this ancient healing herb to its rightful place. Barbie is also the Chief Experience Creator for High Dining where she takes fine dining to new heights with upscale events infused with education; and she is the President of Faerie Jane, a cannabis lifestyle brand that celebrates activism through the art of adornment. She’s also the Founding Co-Chair of Women Grow Orange County.
In our chat, we dig into: Why educational cannabis events are a critical part of the industry’s transition and growth; How her events are creating an art form around cannabis-infused dining and a feast for all senses; The challenges that cannabis event organizers face and how Barbie manages them for her own events; The importance of taking the time to thoroughly research and vet potential business partners, vendors, exhibitors or sponsors to ensure their business practices are aligned with your values and standards; and more!
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