Emily_Paxhia – Poseidon Asset Management
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Emily Paxhia is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Poseidon. She has reviewed thousands of companies in the cannabis industry and has worked with countless founders in many capacities and has held board seats for three portfolio companies and participates as an adviser to multiple teams. Extremely active in the investment decision making and ongoing investment oversight processes, she works closely with her partners to create meaningful deal structures, ensuring that proper governance is carried out at the company level. Further, Emily has dedicated time and energy to supporting policy groups and has served on the Board of Directors of the Marijuana Policy Project as well as the Board of Athletes for CARE and Treehouse Global Ventures.
Emily graduated from New York University with an M.A. in Psychology in 2008. She graduated from Skidmore College with a B.A. in Psychology in 2002.
Chanda Macias WomenGrow
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Chanda Macias, MBA, PhD is the Chairwoman of the Board of Managers and CEO for Women Grow. She is also the CEO and the owner of National Holistic™ a cannabis and hemp healthcare enterprise. Dr. Macias also expanded her footprint through Ilera Holistic Healthcare which partnered with Southern University, which is one of two cultivation/processing facilities in the state of Louisiana. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Minority Cannabis Business Association, Treasurer and Secretary of DC Medical Cannabis Trade Association and is a proud member of Americans for Safe Access.
Dr. Macias earned a PhD in Cellular Biology from Howard University, and earned her MBA from Rutger’s University in Supply Chain Management. As a Research Scientist, Dr. Macias investigated oral diseases and possible treatment options at Colgate-Palmolive Company, a Fortune 500 Company. She contributed to the launch of several billion-dollar brands. Her innovations have resulted in numerous scientific achievements including publications, compilations, U.S. and Global Patients (World Intellectual Property Organization).
Cynthia Salarizadeh House Of Saka
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Cynthia is the Founder & President of the luxury brand: House of Saka, Inc. as well as the Founder of the cannabis industry’s newswire and entrepreneur tech suite, AxisWire, the Co-founder of Green Market Media which is currently most recognized for its cannabis finance news publication Green Market Report and its conference series Green Market Summit, as well as Co-founder of the network Industry Power Women. KCSA Strategic Communications acquired her leading cannabis and hemp public relations firm Salar Media Group in 2018. She is a council member on Forbes Communications Council as well as a contributing writer for Entrepreneur Media on the leading women and business of cannabis. Cynthia also sits on the advisory board of the innovative hemp and sustainable hospitality company MoonCloth Designs.
Cynthia received her degree from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a certificate in journalism from Georgetown University.
Mara Gordon – Aunt Zelda’s-1
Mara Gordon is a cannabis advocate, entrepreneur, and researcher who openly shares her knowledge about the therapeutic benefits of the cannabis plant – whether consulting with medical teams, hosting TEDx Talks or calling out hyperbole in the industry she cares so deeply about. She has spoken around the world and has been featured in the films The Medicine in Marijuana, Mary Janes: Women of Weed, and award-winning documentary Weed the People. Mara rose to prominence through the company she co-founded, Aunt Zelda’s, in pursuit of data-driven, plant-based medicine. Beginning in 2011, Mara standardized her most popular therapeutic oil blends, making them commercially available to patients through the respected Aunt Zelda’s brand. She later launched Calla Spring Wellness in order to serve patients and Zelda Therapeutics in order to conduct research.
She has harnessed her background as a process engineer to create therapeutic dosing regimens for thousands of patients around the world, drastically improving their quality of life and longevity.
Ophelia Chong PotStockImages
Ophelia Chong, community activist, educator, graphic designer & photographer. She is the founder of Stock Pot Images and Asian Americans for Cannabis Education (AACE). As of April 2019, Ophelia joined Green Sky Strategy with her partners Brian Quigley and Jim McAlpine. Green Sky Strategy will also be partnering with two incubators in the US and EU. As well as leading StockPot Images, she also served as the Community Outreach liaison for THC Design, one of the top premium cannabis growers in CA, where she was responsible for LGBT, Veterans, Women, Minorities and Disabled outreach. As an artist, her work has been published by Harper Collins, Gestalten (3 books) and other major publishers of books and magazines.
Her latest collage work was commissioned by Simon & Schuster and debuted in the Fall of 2018.
Rosie Mattio – Mattio Communications
Rosie launched MATTIO Communications in 2004 as a one-woman PR firm in Seattle. She quickly realized emerging cannabis brands had specific marketing needs, and challenges, and has since become one of the most influential public relations specialists in the industry. Ranked the #1 cannabis PR firm by Greenmarket Report, Rosie is a strategic powerhouse, industry connector and influencer. Based in New York City, her firm MATTIO serves over 32 marquee cannabis clients, including Harborside, Headset, Canndescent, LeafLink, Flowhub, Vangst, Green Mile, Henry’s Original, and Ascend Wellness Holdings. Before bringing her talents to the cannabis space, Rosie promoted several clients in the technology and food & beverage industries. Rosie has helped usher in the New Cannabis Age, garnering global media coverage in mainstream publications for clients, including the first cannabis article ever published in Oprah Magazine. Over the past year, her firm has grown alongside the industry, adding several marketing and communications services for clients, including content, SEO, event planning and influencer marketing.
Kristin Jordon – Mannada Events
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Kristin L. Jordan is senior counsel with the Cannabis Law practice group at Greenspoon Marder LLP. She has over 20 years of real estate, state licensing, and governmental regulatory experience. In addition to her legal practice, Ms. Jordan is a Co-Founder of the Cannabis Cultural Association and served as its first Executive Director. She is also the Founder of Mannada, a NYC-based professional event production company serving the cannabis industry, which produces the Cannabis Law Summit, Cannabis Media Summit, Cannabis Real Estate Summit, and The Maze, a weekly event listing newsletter. Kristin is a member of the Committee on Cannabis for the NYS Bar Association, serves on the Public Policy Committee of the Minority Cannabis Bar Association, facilitates the Asian Cannabis Roundtable, and acts as the East Coast Representative for Asian Americans for Cannabis Education.
Erin Gore – Garden Society
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Erin Gore is founder and CEO of Garden Society, a California-based, cannabis-focused benefit corporation serving women in search of new, more holistic ways to rejuvenate from the rigors of their daily lives. Prior to Garden Society, Erin worked with her husband Tom on their joint venture with Constellation Brands on Tom Gore Vineyards, an award-winning farmer’s wine. Before the wine business, she had a decade-long corporate career at Henkel, where she managed a global adhesive business valued at nearly $100 million. Her time at Henkel provided a solid foundation in leadership, development, and achieving exceptional financial results.
Currently, she serves on the Board of the Healthcare Foundation Northern Sonoma County as well as the Healdsburg District Hospital Board of Directors, and International Cannabis Farmers Association. She is also a member of the Sonoma County Growers Alliance and belongs to the Circular Board, The Collaborative Accelerator for Women Entrepreneurs.
Debra Borchardt_ Green Market Report
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Debra Borchardt is the Co-Founder and CEO of Green Market Media (GMM), a holding company headquartered in New York that is most recognized for its flagship cannabis financial news site Green Market Report and conference series Green Market Summit. Borchardt was one of the first journalists to bring the cannabis story mainstream with regular columns in Forbes, TheStreet, and Seeking Alpha. She has appeared on The Today Show, Yahoo Finance, CNBC, CNN as well as numerous radio shows and podcasts. Before entering the burgeoning cannabis market, Borchardt held her last position as a Vice President at Bear Stearns. She left this station to earn her Master’s Degree in Business and Economic Reporting from New York University. After completing her program, She honed her skills as a journalist earning an award from ASPBE.org (American Society of Business Publication Editors) in 2014 for Best Video – News, “Guess Where People Want To Buy Pot.”
Gia Moron – GVM Communications
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Gia Morón is the President for Women Grow. With 25 years of experience in public relations, in 2012 Gia launched GVM Communications, Inc., a public relations, brand and business development firm. Her client base ranges from small to mid-sized businesses, non-profit organizations, entrepreneurs, authors and celebrity clients. Prior to launching her firm and working with Women Grow, Gia was a Media Relations Officer in the Corporate Communications department for fifteen years at the Goldman Sachs Group Inc. While at Goldman Sachs, Gia oversaw various business areas from Private Equity, Urban Investment, Investment Research and Technology to the firm’s organizational focus on Corporate Engagement, Diversity, Recruiting, Human Resources and Corporate Services. Before joining Goldman Sachs, Gia was Director of Promotions and Publicity for six years at The Fremantle Corporation, an international television distribution and production company. She is a board member of Minorities for Medical Marijuana, Coalition Member of Start SMART NY and Member of Women Grow LLC.’s Board of Managers.
Gia attended Columbus State University and New York University. She currently resides in her hometown of Brooklyn, NY, with her daughter.
Yvonne DeLaRosa Green – 99 High Tide-1
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Yvonne DeLaRosa Green is the Co-Founder and CEO 99 High Tide. She was Named High Time’s “100 Most Influential People”, (High Times Magazine March 2018) . She is the creator of the world’s very first upscale medical cannabis dispensary, 99 High Art, which was hailed by Rolling Stone as one of the best medical marijuana collectives in California. In 2017, Yvonne continued to blaze trails by becoming the very first person to receive a cannabis business license in Los Angeles County and was honored for her achievements in cannabis by Industry Power Women, who named her “Business Woman of the Year”. Most recently Yvonne made history once more as the co-writer and powerhouse behind Measure G which made it onto the November 2018 ballot in Malibu and legalized adult use and delivery in Malibu. Outside of the cannabis industry, Yvonne has also found success in the world of television and film. Yvonne has appeared in various television shows such as NCIS, CSI: Miami, How I Met Your Mother, King of Queens, The Close, Law & Order, Longmire, NYPD Blue, Weeds, and played the lead in her very own FOX series entitled Senor White, opposite comedian Ron White.
Yvonne received a masters degree in film and television from UCLA.
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Founder of CannaRegs, Amanda Ostrowitz is a regulatory attorney and entrepreneur specializing in Cannabis regulations and banking law. Prior to conceiving, developing and founding CannaRegs, Amanda worked as a bank examiner in the Denver branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.
Amanda is an east coast native who moved to Colorado in 2004 to attend Colorado College where she earned a B.A. in Economics. Amanda received her Juris Doctor from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2013. Amanda serves as Chief Executive Officer and Founder of CannaRegs.
Amy Margolis The Initiative
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Amy T. Margolis is the Founder and Program Director for The Initiative. She is also a longtime practicing attorney and founder of the Oregon Cannabis Association, one of the largest state cannabis trade groups in the U.S. Amy advises businesses and investors on the deployment of capital, multi-jurisdictional growth, public offerings and all stages of business and corporate development. Amy’s endeavor The Initiative is the world’s first business accelerator established to help female founded cannabis businesses succeed and access funding. Amy’s been crucially involved in her home state of Oregon, sitting on almost every advisory committee for both the medical and adult use programs, while also assisting several states with implementing adult-use cannabis legalization.
Amy Margolis is named on The Political 100 and 50 Most Important Women in Cannabis by Cannabis Business Executive (CBE). Elle Magazine refers to Amy as “Pot Power Woman” and Herb.co lists Amy as one of the 10 Most Influential Women in the Cannabis Industry.
Andrea Cabral is the CEO of Ascend Massachusetts
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Andrea Cabral is the CEO of Ascend Massachusetts. Her leadership in Ascend follows a 28-year career in government and public service. Most recently, she served as the Commonwealth’s Executive Secretary of Public Safety in the Administration of Governor Deval Patrick where she oversaw 14 statewide public safety agencies, including the Massachusetts State Police, the Department of Correction, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, the Parole Board and the Massachusetts National Guard. From 2003 to 2013, she was the twice-elected Sheriff of Suffolk County and the first female sheriff in Massachusetts’ history.
Emily Skrobecki – SoRSE
Emily Skrobecki is Manager of Process Engineering at SoRSE and founder of CannSTEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math), an organization connecting female professionals in the cannabis space. At SoRSE, Emily experiments with the water solubility of cannabis. SoRSE’s technology improves the stability of cannabis, improves the bioavailability of cannabinoids, and allows for more consistent in dosing. This creates a safer and better tasting product for consumers. SoRSE creates several products from edibles to beverages, like Happy Apple, and even female sexual lubricants. The challenge of the unknown is what drives Skrobecki to search for knowledge and dive deep into this type of science.“There’s a reason this is the fastest growing industry the world has ever witnessed. Not a single plant on Earth has the same synergistic effects as cannabis does, and scientists have barely scratched the surface of its abilities. It’s great to be a part of this maturing industry, especially as a scientific influence.”