All in Education

Stephanie Graziano: Co-Founder of Green Flower talks leadership, transitioning from Film/TV to the cannabis industry and establishing the world’s #1 resource for trusted cannabis knowledge

In our chat, Stephanie and I dig into: Her incredible 30-year career in the Entertainment Industry; Transitioning from Film & TV to online media; The production and team behind the Green Glower videos; What motivates her and why; Why her partnership with Max Simon works so well; Leadership skills she honed in her animation career that transferred to running a business in the cannabis industry; and more!

Solonje Burnett: Co-Founder of Humble Bloom talks humanizing experiences with cannabis, going beyond social justice awareness, and creating inclusive brands and businesses from the start

In our chat, Solonje and I dig into: Her previous work for non-profit organizations, creating multi-cultural music events, and consulting on diversity and inclusion; Humble Bloom's work creating educational and advocacy based experiences, while also elevating brands with integrity through partnerships and activations; How brands can move from just talking about social justice awareness, to actually taking action; Why the white-washing of culture in cities and unconscious/unsustainable consumerism is an ever growing problem; How Humble Bloom is using its platform to disrupt, collaborate and connect via content generation, innovative events, brand strategy and community to help move the cannabis industry forward; The amazing events Humble Bloom has going on in April that you don't want to miss; And more!

Joline Rivera: Founder of Kitchen Toke talks health & wellness through culinary cannabis, visual storytelling, Kickstarter and surprise inspiration

In our chat, Joline and I dig in to: How Kitchen Toke got started and what prompted her to make this career shift; Joline’s vision for creating the definitive voice of cooking with cannabis; How rapper, TV Host & culinary enthusiast, Action Bronson, has inspired her; What the reception has been like thus far from chefs and the food world; Kitchen Toke's new kickstarter campaign and why you should be a part of it; What it takes to put out a print magazine and produce beautifully stylized educational food videos; Exciting things Joline has seen come out of canna kitchens and where the future of canna cooking is headed; And more!

Orleatha Smith: Co-Founder of InclusivePay talks Cannabis payment processing, the CBD Summit and spotting niche business opportunity

In our chat, Orleatha and I dig into: Her career as a serial entrepreneur and how each business has informed the next; The state of payment processors in the cannabis industry today; The launch of her free upcoming CBD Summit and why it's an invaluable resource for anyone looking to get into the booming CBD industry; How to spot a gap in the market and follow up to see if it’s an opportunity worth pursuing; Researching a biz niche before jumping in; Orleatha's top tips for productivity and connecting with people in any industry!

Beryl Solomon: Founder of Poplar talks CBD e-commerce, parlaying business skills from one industry to another & the importance of using one's privilege for social justice

In our chat, Beryl and I dig into: How she went from being a 20 year fashion industry vet to canna entrepreneur; Recognizing her vast business experience in operations, supply chain, finance, merchandising, marketing & strategy and parlaying these skills into a new industry; Working out the kinks to create a seamless buyer experience on an e-commerce site; The importance of being meticulously legally compliant and thoroughly vetting all the products; The power of connecting, treating others with kindness and not burning bridges; Recognizing the ways the war on drugs has disproportionately affected communities of color and using her platform and privilege to focus on bail reform for low level marijuana offenses; And more!

Jennifer Skog: Founder of MJ Lifestyle talks unexpected career evolution, lessons learned founding the first ever luxury cannabis publication and the importance of female community

In our chat, Jennifer and I dig into: Her career evolution from soccer-mom/photographer to magazine founder; Coming out of the canna closet over and over; Bootstrapping her venture from start to finish and collaborating with like-minded women; The one thing she'd go back and change about her process/mindset when she first started MJL; The power of all-women work spaces; The unexpected lessons she's learned thus far running a print & digital magazine; And more!

Naomi Granger: Co-Founder of Dope CFO talks the state of accounting for cannabis business, the most common canna-biz financial woes, protecting your biz & becoming a canna accounting professional

In our chat, we dig into: the state of accounting for cannabis related businesses today and why Experienced bookkeepers, accountants and tax professionals are needed in a big way to service the cannabis niche; the most common financial woes plaguing cannabis business owners today, and how to avoid falling victim to them; being in the know of the ever-growing list of compliance concerns, banking issues and federal tax limitations for growers and dispensaries; what to look for in a cannabis business accountant and the questions to ask; how someone interested in serving the cannabis accounting niche can get into business
and more!

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

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!

Lyna Thompson: Founder of the 420 Book Society talks the ups & downs of biz partnership, podcasting about cannabis and creating community online

In our chat, Lyna and I dig into the story behind how she & Nick started podcasting together about their ‘normal’ and having open and honest conversations about cannabis in daily life; Launching the super cool 420 book society and how it all works; Considerations when thinking about or going into a business partnership with someone; Building a business as a solopreneur and creating community online; Lyna's favorite cannabis book recommendations and more! Tune into our chat now!

Emma Chasen: Cannabis Educator & Industry Consultant talks relationship management, the problem with the indica/sativa binary and the new budtender & retail on-boarding training she's created

In our chat, Emma and I dig into her really cool family tie to Penne alla vodka; The origin of her love for plants and how that led to her formal medicinal plant research; How she jumped into the world of cannabis and became portland’s best budtender of 2016; Why Emma believes relationship management is crucial to success in any area; Why the industry needs to stop perpetuating indica/sativa binary and instead focus on chemotypes to determine effect; She talks about the new online & in person on-boarding training she’s created for budtenders and the retail community (so awesome!); And lets us in on her new cannabis radio show, her current CBD experiment and more!  Tune into our chat now!

Cynthia Villamizar: Founder of Cyntivee talks quitting Google, reeducating folks on CBD & Cannabis and building a business from scratch

In our chat, Cyn and I dig into what it was like leaving her career at Google behind to focus on her passion for wellness & cannabis; How Cyntivee came to be and the experience of being a new entrepreneur in a nascent industry; How Cyn pushes herself to experiment with different platforms online and do what needs doing for her biz every day (even when she doesn’t feel like it); How one can start to integrate cannabis or cbd into their fitness; Moving from NYC to the Bay area and her big plans for Cyntivee; And so much more!

Mary Pryor: Co-Founder of Cannaclusive talks chronic illness as a woman of color, the white-washing of cannabis, and de-stigmatizing cannabis in black & brown communities

In our chat, Mary and I dig into her experience being chronically ill and a woman of color; How cannabis has drastically improved her health and helps her manage her Crohn's Disease symptoms; The white-washing of the cannabis industry; Working to de-stigmatize cannabis in black and brown communities and educating on the health benefits of cannabis; Her work helping underrepresented business owners connect to funding; The different opportunities in cannabis for minorities; The responsibility of white entrepreneurs in the industry to highlight the racist history of canna prohibition, acknowledge its ongoing impact and use their privilege to challenge hypocrisy; And so much more!

Kristen Yoder: 13 year Cannabis Industry Vet & Founder of Soil to the Oil talks candidly about industry issues, market trends, and business best practices

In our chat, Kristen and I dig into her road from hair dresser to modern cannabis renaissance woman; Her experience working in cannabis during the non-reg years; What makes a trusted budtender and dispensary experience; Shysters in and coming into the industry just for the money; Operational considerations every canna business should be making; Sexism, harassment and major shady shit happening in cannabis that’s not talked or written about in the mainstream pubs; And her upcoming podcast topics (sizzling hot!), which I’m so excited for! Kristen doesn't tell you what you want to hear, but what you need to hear, to protect yourself and your investments.

Anna Duckworth: Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Miss Grass talks writing, conscious cannabis consumption, fundraising and creating the go-to platform for the modern woman consumer

In this episode, Anna and I dig into the moment she knew she wanted to become a writer and the path that led her to eventually becoming Head of Content at Dosist; Anna’s personal story with cannabis and becoming a conscious consumer of the healing plant; Miss Grass’s mission and why she and co-founder Kate felt it was so important to create this platform for women; How Miss Grass is using it’s platform to educate, advocate and amplify diverse minority voices in cannabis; the juxtaposition of fundraising for a consciously diverse woman focused company when most investors are not women or culturally diverse and more!

Cassandra Farrington: Co-Founder of Marijuana Business Daily talks entrepreneurship, biz fundamentals for success, tech & finance in cannabis and why women in the industry need to stay vocal

In this episode, we chat about how MJ Biz was born and the business pivot it made early on to serve customer needs better, growing MJ Biz from newsletter to multi-million dollar media organization, the core fundamentals that define how MJ Biz is run and that make it so successful, the unique opportunity women have both as business owners & consumers in the cannabis space and the opportunity for businesses to serve women consumers, the growing role of tech & finance in cannabis and the need for women to grow a greater presence in those areas, drawing your line in the sand as a company and defining what your company stands for.

Maureen McNamara: talks safe cannabis retailing, setting yourself apart from the competition, common mistakes in cannabis-food safety and staying focused & positive in an uncertain industry

In this episode, we chat about getting throat punched (and how to avoid that scenario), the importance of safe marijuana retailing, how to begin integrating compliance into your cannabis business & staying on top of the rules & regs, common mistakes made when it comes to food safety & things to know about mixing cannabis and food, what makes a trusted dispensary or budtender & how many are missing the mark when it comes to customer experience, and the power of humor in life and business.

Dr. Junella Chin: Founder of MedLeafRX talks running a medical marijuana practice, educating the medical community and why cannabis works so well for so many

In this episode, we chat about how cannabis helped relieve her chronic pain, starting a medical marijuana practice, her work educating colleagues about the science and medicine of cannabis, how a physician in New York gets certified with the medical marijuana program, the vast array of ailments she’s seen cannabis be helpful for and why it works so well, how her practice works and why it’s so important to maintain meticulous note taking, reporting and medical records, and where she sees cannabis fitting into the broader medical model.