The Initiative’s Females to the Front retreat is an event like no other. On September 12th-15th,  200+ female founders from the cannabis space will gather at a beautifully curated event at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. Broken down into two tracks, BUILD and RAISE, Females to the Front is bringing together women from all over the country to learn from the most experienced educators, mingle with venture capital and build meaningful and productive relationships.

Unlike other conferences, Females to the Front is not just panels or speakers, it is an immersive learning environment where each educational activation engages the participants. We believe in creating work product and not being lectured at. We believe in doing and collaboration. We know that attendees are looking for more out of their participation than power points and talking heads.


The BUILD track will focus on how to grow your cannabis or CBD  business. With classes on everything from intellectual property to corporate governance to bold and boundary pushing marketing strategies, these sessions are right for all stages of businesses. We are bringing best in-class educators from both in and outside the industry to workshop, ideate and BUILD.

The RAISE track has brought together the largest group of capital ever assembled specifically for women in cannabis. This track is designed for those ready to raise- no matter the stage. Classes will be taught by fund managers, high net worth individuals who touch the space, attorneys and outside capital. From pitch decks to deal structure, there has never been this kind of opportunity for feedback, strategic guidance and networking before.


Beyond the programming, Females to the Front will have tons of opportunities for sharing meals, yoga, field trips, down time and group activities all while adding more tools to your cannabis toolbox.