By Marguerite Arnold
While recent data from New Frontier has shown that women are significantly less likely to participate in medical marijuana programs than men, women working in legal marijuana continue to actively advance the industry.
As one of the catalysts behind this advancement, Women Grow, the largest professional networking group for women in the marijuana industry, is holding its leadership summit in Denver on Feb. 3-5, 2016.
According to organization co-founder and CEO Jazmin Hupp, “The Women Grow Leadership Summit is a one of a kind opportunity to ignite your cannabis industry career in just 72 hours. We are offering a concentration of expertise and education that isn’t available anywhere else.” National Events Director and co-Founder Jane West also said, “The Summit is a chance to be a part of history. There has never been a better time or place to join America’s next trillion dollar industry.”
The event will be held at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House over three days and is billed by the organizers as “a three day event [which] will provide attendees with the knowledge and connections they need to join the cannabis industry or take the next step in their careers.”
Women Grow is a for-profit LLC founded in Colorado to create professional networks for female cannapreneurs. It was founded by 20 successful female entrepreneurs in Denver, who put up the seed money for the founding of the group in 2014. Today, the organization’s leadership and staff are made up of mostly women, who bring a range of skill sets and business experience both in the industry and beyond.
Women Grow holds regular “Signature Networking Events” in cities across the United States in addition to organizing regular retreats for cannabusiness leaders across the United States. Approximately 1,300 members attend the monthly events.
The three-day summit in Denver includes presentations from female leaders in the industry and workshops featuring experts in activism to sales, including a talk from Genifer Murray, former president and founder of CannLabs (OTC Pink: CANL), titled “Losing Your Own Company.”
Major national advocacy organizations will also be in attendance, including Students for Sensible Drug Policy, the Marijuana Policy Project and the Drug Policy Alliance.