Women Grow San Diego invited Direct Cannabis Network and our CEO, Adelia to attend one of Women’s Grow’s monthly networking meetings in San Diego, California. Adelia and three other woman entrepreneurs spoke about being a woman in the cannabis industry, entrepreneurship, and diversity.
MEET THE SPEAKERS
Jazmin Aguilar – Cannabis Business Consultant
Jazmin Aguilar was previously the National Chapter Chair of Women Grow. Her passion is to educate, connect, and expand cannabis businesses into a regulated market.
Whitney Beatty – Apothecarry Brands, LLC
Inspired by a lack of stylish, safe cannabis storage systems and a distain for storing medicine in a shoebox, Apothecarry Brands CEO Whitney Beatty is a successful entertainment industry executive turned cannabis storage designer that’s spearheading her quickly growing start-ups first financial raise.
After meeting so many like minded cannabis users, who lamented about a lack of good storage system, worried about securing buds away from kids and pets and who were tired of searching around for their stash to discover it dried out from plastic baggies and non-airtight dispensary jars, Apothecarry was born. The brand seeks to redefining the image of cannabis users who take pride and pleasure in their stash, while filling a hole in the marijuana paraphernalia market for everyone from the attorneys who tokes after their high powered workday, to the “stiletto stoners” who are hosting ladies night, to the seniors using medication for health benefits and everyone in between who demands the best in all things.
Their initial offering, the Apothecarry Case, is a sleek and sexy storage and humidity system designed to safely keep cannabis at its freshest, most optimum quality while providing luxury tools and humidity control for the discriminating connoisseur. Her company Apothecarry was in the first cohort of Canopy San Diego cannabis business accelerator, and won the best pitch award at the Arcview Group’s 2017 LA investor summit.
Sapphire Blackwood – Grassroots Resources
Sapphire Blackwood, J.D. has lived in San Diego for 12 years. She graduated from San Diego State University in 2009 with a B.A. in communications, emphasis in advertising. After graduating, she excelled in sales and marketing. In 2015, she graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law.
Upon graduating law school, Blackwood began her work as a consultant in the cannabis industry, focusing on business compliance and California licensing. She advocates for the LGBTQ community within the cannabis industry. She organized LGBTQ Pride parties in 2016 both in San Francisco and San Diego. She also helped implement, along with Cynara Velasquez – former executive director of the Association of Cannabis Professionals, a San Diego-based campaign for statewide Proposition 64. The SoCal Cannabis Conference, held at the San Diego Convention Center, donated space to Blackwood for an unprecedented LGBTQ activists section. With the help from Hillcrest Social, along with some fabulous drag queens, Blackwood was able to bring some LGBTQ culture to the cannabis industry, a gap she’s noticed upon entering the field.
Blackwood divides her time with several organizations. She serves as the political co-chair for the Human Rights Campaign San Diego, the secretary for the San Diego Democrats for Equality, the Director of Community Engagement for the Association of Cannabis Professionals and is a board member of the National Cannabis Coalition
Adelia Carrillo – Direct Cannabis Network
Adelia Carrillo is the Founder & CEO of Direct Cannabis Network. Direct Cannabis Network is the leading digital B2B news network highlighting the latest tech, entrepreneurs and innovative companies in the cannabis industry.
With her roots in the corporate and consumer electronics industry, her passion for technology, startups, and innovation has been a key strength in her transition into the cannabis space. Becoming a voice for the upcoming startups, uniting the cannabis business community, Adelia is building an inspiring yet prominent voice in the world on the topic of cannabis entrepreneurship.
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WHAT IS WOMEN GROW?
Women Grow was created to connect, educate, inspire and empower the next generation of cannabis industry leaders by creating programs, community and events for aspiring and current business executives.4 Founded in 2014 in Denver, Women Grow is a for-profit entity that serves as a catalyst for women to influence and succeed in the cannabis industry as the end of marijuana prohibition occurs on a national scale. To learn more go to www.womengrow.com