The future for cannabis is exciting and each of you has a part to play – all the time, everywhere. From grassroots activism to worldwide action, we are entering an exciting period of history where we are apart of the foundation of this industry as it finds a balance between a community and industry.

And with this month being Women’s History Month, our intention is to not only recognize but introduce to each of you, a woman who is taking a chance, making a chance, helping to pave the way for us and for the future nurturers of this plant that is bringing us all together.

In part two, DCN will be highlighting 8 women entrepreneurs for the #togetherwellmakehistory spotlight.

To kick off part two, we are honored to introduce you to….

Chloe Villano

Chloe Villano® is the President of Clover Leaf University. Ms.Villano is an entrepreneurial executive, and business consultant with 17 years of experience in business startups and turning companies toward success with consulting services. Chloe is also the owner and founder of Clover Leaf Consulting®, working for years as one of the most sought after cannabis business consultants in the industry. She has consulted for, developed, started, sold, and performed due-diligence for valuation on more successful cannabis business than any other.

After working with hundreds of dispensaries, centers, mass cultivation facilities, kitchens, and cannabis brands, she is poised to use her experience to influence the growth of the industry to be safe, well managed, and beneficial to all. As a nationally recognized cannabis expert, she has worked to expand the industry as a public speaker, policy advisor, former dispensary owner, and consultant, specializing in industry compliance, and mergers and acquisitions.

Recently she has developed certifications through Clover Leaf University® that provide safety and compliance training to cannabis vendors, cultivators, and product manufacturers. CLU® has educated, coached and trained a wide variety of business professionals, and developed countless business procedures and best practices for the cannabis industry. Recently, Villano launched her own line of wellness products called Villano Brands.

Why is this plant important for you on your journey as a woman entrepreneur?

“My 14-year-old brother died of cancer and I know cannabis can not only aid in the cure but provide quality of life. After that experience, I was never the same.”

AC Braddock

AC BraddockAC Braddock is as career entrepreneur with extensive success in business development, marketing, sales, brand development, business infrastructure and creating modern company culture. As CEO of Eden Labs she recognized the opportunity to significantly impact medical legalization by solely promoting ethanol and supercritical co2 to the industry from 2010. Her vision personal mission is the furthering of whole plant medicines, healthy extraction methodologies, socially responsible business practices and providing entrepreneur’s with the tools they need to be successful. She is Chair of BOD for NCIA, Vice Chair of Washington’s Cannabis Alliance and is well known as an industry thought leader, speaker and supporter of women and small business. She lives in Seattle WA.

Why is this plant important for you on your journey as a woman entrepreneur?

“The plant brings a culture with it that champions social justice, new medical science and the growth of a new, mission driven industry focused on health and well being on every level. Its very foundation is female in feel and intention and I am grateful to have met so many women who are strong, focused, kind, fun and professional in a way that is also foundationally feminine.”

Jilea Hemmings 

Jilea HemmingsJilea Hemmings is the Founder & CEO of Leaf Tyme and Best Tyme. Jilea is a staunch believer in the power of entrepreneurship. A successful career revamping Fortune 500 companies was not enough for her entrepreneurial spirit, so Jilea began focusing her passion into her own projects—beginning with the formation of her own consulting agency, Eshe Consulting, and the development of the innovative meatless entrée line for kids, Greenie Tots. Her passion for entrepreneurship and technology continues to flourish with the development of Leaf Tyme, an e-commerce platform that connects customers to licensed dispensaries, brands, and resources, provides information on the cannabis laws in every state and educates on how cannabis can help with common health conditions.

Why is this plant important for you on your journey as a woman entrepreneur?

“I became interested in cannabis when my cousin was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in 2013 and was told by his doctor that he wouldn’t make it to his son’s high school graduation that same year. My cousin is like a brother to me and I was determined to find an alternative for him, other than traditional medicine. I watched the Dr. Sanjay Gupta special on Cannabis and I wondered to myself, if this plant could really help my cousin. I didn’t know how to access the medicine or who to trust. I scoured google, looking for information. I was lucky to find a few referrals that included an educational trip to California to get my cousin access to the medicine that he needed.

Making that trip to California changed my life and I’m happy to say that it also changed my cousin’s life as well. He was able to gain access to the plant in oil form and not only did he attend his son’s high school graduation, but he also attended his college graduation. My cousin is alive and well because of cannabis oil and this amazing Cannabis plant. After my experience, I wanted to make sure that people around the world could also gain access to trusted information and resources about cannabis. This is why I created Leaf Tyme. This plant changes people lives for the better across several medical conditions with out the side effects of traditional medicine. When I see families getting relief from seizures or an inoperable tumor disappear because of this amazing plant that is all the confirmation I need that I am doing the right work.”

Kristen Yoder

Kristen Yoder

Kristen Yoder has managed and advised successful cannabis businesses in every sector of the cannabis industry over the past 13 years. Known as the BS Detector of the cannabis industry, Kristen is a widely respected and outspoken authority on the CA cannabis industry. Recently featured in Forbes and included in the 40 Under 40 Rising Stars of Cannabis by Marijuana Venture Magazine, Kristen is the host of a podcast, a Dash radio show and a co-host on FM radio in San Diego. When she isn’t sharing her fierce wit and sparkling personality on the air, she is advising/guiding her clients through the unique intricacies and quagmires often overlooked and unexpected by those entering the newly regulated cannabis landscape.

Why is this plant important for you on your journey as a woman entrepreneur?

“When I was 18 I got my hairdressing license instead of going to college. I wasn’t big on the way formal education was structured and tended to be more vocationally-minded. When I was 21, I was managing a 16 chair hair salon in Brentwood and had developed one hell of an eating disorder (btw, if you ever want to go on a diet, hang out with hairdressers in LA, but I digress).

When I was 21 I got my medical marijuana recommendation and went into my first dispensary. It was magical. The second time I went in and inquired about a job, and they just so happened to need help. Over 13 years later, and I’ve either managed or advised successful cannabis businesses in every sector, and now I have 2 shows, I get to nerd out with people and spread the wonderful world of terpenes and I’m actually appreciated for being my blunt, no-BS self. If it weren’t for cannabis, I don’t think I would even be an entrepreneur!”

Mara Gordon

Mara Gordon

Mara specializes in the development of cannabis treatment protocols for seriously ill patients and is a pioneer in medicinal cannabis. She is the founder of Aunt Zelda’s™, Calla Spring Wellness, Chief Research Officer of GABY, and co-founder of its subsidiary, The Oil Plant (TOP). She is a Director of multiple companies in the US, Canada, and Australia, including Zelda Therapeutics. Her work is highlighted in the award-winning documentaries, Weed the People and Mary Janes: Women of Weed.

Why is this plant important for you on your journey as a woman entrepreneur?

“Cannabis offers potential solutions in biopharmaceuticals, foods, fuels, and fibers. As a grandmother, it is imperative that I leave the world a better place than I found it. Medicines made from cannabis, designed to improve the quality of people’s lives, is how I am fulfilling that mission.”

Pamela Hadfield

Pamela Hadfield is a tech entrepreneur and co-founder of HelloMD, the largest online community of health and wellness cannabis consumers. After treating her debilitating migraines with cannabis successfully, Pamela launched HelloMD, initially as a telehealth service designed to connect medical cannabis patients with doctors from the privacy of home. As a leading female executive and passionate spokesperson for one of the fastest growing industries in the world, Pamela has been featured in Forbes, The New York Times, Elle, Rolling Stone, Huffington Post, ADR, Now This, Parade Magazine, CBS Sunday Morning, Harper’s Bazaar, LA Weekly and Tech Crunch, among others.

Why is this plant important for you on your journey as a woman entrepreneur?

“Cannabis has created many critical turning points in my life: it transformed my health and I’m passionate about sharing my story to help others, it helped to open my mind to new possibilities in the world around me and helped shift me into a critical thinker mindset. Finally, it has empowered me and afforded me a tremendous business opportunity in an exciting global arena; I believe the future of wellness includes cannabis and it’s radically shifting our paradigms about healthcare as it spreads.”

Nurse Heather Manus, RN

Heather Manus, RN is a native New Mexican and Registered Nurse specializing in all aspects of medical cannabis care. “Nurse Heather” began her career as a Registered Nurse providing psychiatric home health care to patients in New Mexico. Nurse Heather has extensive background and experience in natural healing modalities and herbal remedies, some of which she obtained from her close association with Hispanic and Native American healers in New Mexico. Her vast knowledge and holistic approach to individualized patient care has been the cornerstone of her success as a nurse, educator, entrepreneur, and promoter of health.

Why is this plant important for you on your journey as a woman entrepreneur?

“Cannabis is creating a revolution in healthcare and Nurses are leading the way.”

Jazmin Aguiar

Jazmin Aguiar brings close to a decade’s worth of experience to the cannabis industries with a specific emphasis on regulation, advocacy, licensing, strategy, and social equity. A bi-lingual business development expert within the national Spanish-speaking markets, Jazmin used her experience as a Los Angeles native to bridge the gap between business owners and government officials within California and across the border.

The Working Group and Roux Black, with Jazmin as president have found success and influence in cannabis licensing and social equity programs within the city and county of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, and Mexico. Awarded one of the first social equity licenses within the City of Los Angeles, Jazmin understands the challenges and obstacles facing the average applicant. She provides valuable expertise, consulting and support throughout the entire application process by helping empower, shape and streamline processes. Jazmin believes advocacy, education and regulation comprehension create solid platforms of success within cannabis equity development.

Utilizing event production as a way of educating segmented markets, Jazmin co-founded conferences like CannabiSalud (geared toward government officials and medical professionals, taking place in Mexico City) and Expoweed (also in Mexico City.) Both conferences are nationally recognized in Mexico and in 2018 The Federal Commission Against Sanitary Risk (Cofepris) awarded the conferences a first of its kind permit to import cannabis-derived products along with national advertising rights as a direct result of Jazmin’s expertise within the licensing and application coordinating arena.

Why is this plant important for you on your journey as a woman entrepreneur?

“Growing up in South Central Los Angeles being an advocate consumer and non-regulated entrepreneur for over 17 years, I represent the community that has been disproportionately impacted by the war on drugs. Now that this plant is transitioning into a regulated market, it is important that my community is not left out of this opportunity and that we hold our governments and emerging business owners accountable to repair the harms the drug war has done.

This is a difficult task and I understand that it will take time, resources, and capital to accomplish, but one thing has always remained clear, I have the ability and desire to help shape this industry by using my own experience and by setting the prime example.”

Did you miss part one? We highlighted 8 out of 30 inspiring, hardworking, women entrepreneurs. Want to learn more about these women? You can go here.

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