Gillian Levy: Co-Founder of Humboldt Apothecary talks effective customer messaging, the impact of some cultivation practices and pivoting fast to meet changing regs while still serving your customer

In our chat,  Gillian and I dig into her path from botanist, environmental consultant and herbalist for 20 years to cannabis entrepreneur; The way in which some cultivation practices have impacted the environment & watersheds in the Humboldt community and how compliance/permitting with agencies can be a great opportunity to restore balance to ecosystems that have been impacted by grows; Jumping into business from a place of passion and figuring it out along the way; Learning how to effectively communicate your message to your customer; The value and enriching experience of connecting with your customer and receiving real time feedback; Pivoting quickly to reformulate thousands of dollars worth of inventory to comply with a new regulation and while continuing to meet customer needs; How Gillian and Susan brought their tinctures to market; Rebranding product packaging to convey trust, quality & consistency while meeting the demands of new regs and critical consumer feedback; Things to consider if thinking about getting into the tincture business; And more! Tune into our chat now!

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!

Whitney Beatty: Founder & CEO of Apothecarry Brands talks career transition, taking a product from concept to market and why more investments need to go to companies led by women and people of color

In our chat, Whitney and I dig into her transition from reality TV producer to Canna industry CEO; The process of bringing a product to market for the first time and the challenges she encountered along the way; Why Whitney went the accelerator route for her company and what she learned; What new entrepreneurs should be focusing on before taking any money at all; Whitney's experience as a woman of color in the cannabis industry, the lack of investments going into companies led by women and people of color  and her work supporting and mentoring women coming into the space; Why the cannabis community shouldn’t just be focused on just building another industry, but be focused on building the best industry; 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!

Lisa Weinberger: Co-Founder of MarijuanaRates.com talks cannabis pricing, finding the consumer sweet spot and healing with CBD

In our chat, Lisa and I dig into how she & her co-founder parlayed finance backgrounds into a canna biz and essentially became personal finance bloggers for cannabis focused on pricing, consumer spending and buying; Her and her daughter’s healing journeys with CBD; How cannabis pricing works and what gets factored in; The differences in pricing from state to state; Discovering the MarijuanaRates.com consumer sweet spot (hint: averages); Getting their channel booted off of youtube; And mucho mas!

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!

Holly Alberti: Head of Integrated Customer Experience, Flrish Marketing Team (Harborside Family) talks customer experience, business relationship building & how to amplify your cannabis brand

In this episode, we chat about Holly’s journey into cannabis business and how she’s honed in on her business sweet spot; the power of connecting, fostering and maintaining relationships - not only as you build your business but in life; Holly’s experience marrying passion & skill set and choosing to work only with companies whose mission and philosophy are aligned with hers; how to market & amplify brands within the current federal restrictions; getting down to the 'why' behind your biz and creating a meaningful story your consumer can connect with; how your brand can be a vehicle for change and education to help alter perceptions and miseducation about cannabis; and the importance of women taking the initiative lift each other up and invest in one another.

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.

Diane Czarkowski: Co-Founder of Canna Advisors talks current state of the cannabis industry, the beginning process for opening a dispensary, lobbying congress and advice for women entrepreneurs

In this episode, we chat about Diane's pioneering work in the cannabis industry and her experience leading the premier canna consulting firm. She shares her thoughts on the current state of the industry, and where she sees it going. We talk about what one needs to do to begin the process of opening a dispensary and a common mistake often made on licensing applications. Diane also shares her vision for the future of cannabis, her advice for women interested in getting into the space, how to get involved in lobbying congress with the National Cannabis Industry Association and more. 

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.

Laurie Wolf: Co-founder of Laurie & MaryJane talks elevated edibles, throwing a cannabis infused dinner party and the new cannabis consumer

In this episode, we chat about how the edibles category has evolved over the years since Laurie began and how it's produced a new category of cannabis user, how Laurie uses her chef & a food editor background to create her elevated edibles, the dos and don’t of throwing a cannabis infused dinner party, how to choose & eat an edible and Laurie's philosophy and vision as a chef/entrepreneur in the cannabis space.

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.

Andrea Burnett: Founder of 4twenty Group talks PR for cannabis startups, how to be a networking rockstar and strategies for getting product/brand buzz

In this episode, we chat about why publicity matters, the importance of PR for cannabis startups, the dos and don'ts of networking, how to “show up” in the best possible way, strategies for getting buzz around your product/brand, why you should be an ally to other women in the industry, and our mutual love for squishy animals.

Chanel White: Director of Client Relations at WikiLeaf talks resilience in the face of an incurable diagnosis, how cannabis gave her quality of life and her mission to erase the stigma around cannabis

In this episode, Chanel shares her story of being diagnosed at age 20 with an incurable rare and super aggressive autoimmune and connective tissue disease, Systemic Sclerosis. We chat about her brave journey through extremely harsh medical treatments and undergoing a risky human clinical trial, her choice to publicly share every bit of her reality on video to inspire others also adjusting to a new normal, how cannabis provided her with quality of life (and eventually new career), and her tireless mission to erase the heavy stigma surrounding cannabis and bring recognition to its incredible medicinal properties.

Adelia Carrillo: Founder of Direct Cannabis Network talks being a first-time CEO, finding the voice of the company, fundraising and supporting women in the cannabis space

In this episode, we talk about how DCN came to be and the process of finding its true voice, Adelia's experience being a first-time CEO while building a team and developing company culture, the ups and downs of fundraising, and how we can support other women in or interested in the cannabis industry.

Ophelia Chong: Founder of StockPot Images talks confronting her own bias, working to change the face of cannabis, and advice for women wanting to get into the industry

In our convo we talk about confronting her own bias about marijuana and how that eventually led to creating StockPot Images, what it's been like as a Asian-american female in the cannabis industry, some of the hurdles she encountered getting her business off the ground (even as an ancillary company), working to change the face of cannabis and her outreach work within the LGBTQ, Veterans, Women, Minorities and disabled communities, and her advice for women interested in getting into the industry.

Sister Kate: Founder of Sisters of the Valley talks cannabis medicine, empowering other women to succeed and growing her business to over a million dollars in sales

In this episode, Sister Kate and I chat about her pre-Sister life as an international consultant, she shares how the sisterhood was born out of the occupy movement, what it takes to run the Sisters of the Valley operation, it’s growth to making 1.1 million dollars in sales last year and her plans to make it a 50 million dollar business in the next 5 years.