SPEAKERS

Females to the Front brings together the most exciting educators, funders and leaders, from both in and outside the industry. MORE SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER. Females to the Front is committed to creating a diverse speaker group because we are tired of seeing a completely homogenous speaker group. In addition to the classes, there will be time to get to know all of them throughout the four days. 


Kevin Blake

Kevin is founder and CEO of Blake Consulting, LLC, the premier business consulting and advisory firm in the cannabis industry. He has advised early, seed, and growth stage cannabis companies in all sectors as well as local government agencies. Kevin has been researching and investing in cannabis since 2015.

Joyce Cenali

Joyce leads operations at Big Rock Partners, a strategic advisory firm serving investors and companies at the intersection of food, hospitality and cannabis. Their portfolio includes PharmaCann, Cannacraft, Kikoko, Sonoma Hills Farm, Garden Society, Sava, and others.

Vikas Desai

Vikas Desai is a founder and partner at WelCan Capital, a venture capital firm focused in the cannabis industry. WelCan invests in high-impact, foundational companies across early-stage plant touching and ancillary businesses. With an emphasis on seed investing, WelCan looks to align with experienced entrepreneurs solving key problems that exist in the industry.

Kimberly Dillon

Kimberly Dillon spent the last few years leading marketing for one of California's leading Cannabis brands in the wellness space and id now consulting with a number of brands, retailers, and investors in the category. She has over 15 years of developing purpose driven brands and stories. She has worked at several Blue Chip companies like Proctor&Gamble, the NFL, and Accenture.

 

Jill Ellsworth

Jill Ellsworth is founder and CEO of Willow Industries, Inc., which provides state-of-the-art, ozone-based technology for post-harvest microbial decontamination. Upon launching Willow Industries in 2015, Jill’s aim was—and remains—to protect consumers and patients by helping producers put clean, safe product on the market.

Janice Knox

Dr. Janice Vaughn-Knox is a board-certified anesthesiologist who believes in the power of self-healing. She is one of the founding doctors of The CannaMDs, the American Cannabinoid Clinics and The American Cannabinoid Group. She brings her expertise, experience and knowledge of cannabis therapeutics to help cure and relieve symptoms of chronic disease that traditional medicine has failed to conquer.

Chris Masse

Christine Masse is a partner with the law firm of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn and the leader of the firm’s government and regulatory affairs practice group. Chris specializes in representing businesses in highly regulated industries with their transactional, regulatory, and public policy needs.

Rosie Mattio

Rosie is founder of MATTIO Communications, the preeminent cannabis marketing agency in the U. S. She 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.

 

Eric Pakurar

Eric has worked as a strategist on the agency-side in nearly every marketing discipline — brand, digital, experiential, direct response, advertising, media and shopper. As the founding partner of Dirt Marketing, he leads marketing strategy for Brand USA, Zulily, Snapchat, and other world-class brands.

Emily Paxhia

Emily has reviewed thousands of companies in the cannabis industry and has worked with countless founders in many capacities. 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.

April Pride

Creative entrepreneur April Pride is a brand, design and product innovator. In 2016 she launched Van der Pop, which quickly became North America’s leading cannabis lifestyle brand for women. In early 2019 April co-founded Of Like Minds, a mission-driven cannabis marketing brand.

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Tahira Rehmatullah

Tahira serves as MTech Acquisition Corp’s Chief Financial Officer, is Managing Director of Hypur Ventures, and is on the board of directors for Dope Media, Inc. She also is an adviser to numerous businesses and entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry.

 

Amanda Reiman

Amanda Reiman is the Vice President of Community Relations for Flow Kana, a branded cannabis distribution company that works with sun grown farmers in the Emerald Triangle. She is also on the Technical Advisory Group for the International Cannabis Farmer’s Association, which engages in education, research and advocacy around support for traditional sun grown cannabis farming. Dr. Reiman is also a Board member for the California Cannabis Tourism Association, The Mendocino County Fire Safe Council, and The Initiative, the first incubator/accelerator for women owned cannabis businesses.

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Nico Richardson

Mr. Nico Richardson serves as co-founder and Managing Director of AFI Capital Partners, a growth equity fund targeting investments ancillary to the cannabis industry. Prior to founding AFI, Nico spent four years at Privateer Holdings, the first institutional investment firm in the cannabis sector, where he led the investment team.

Nancy Whiteman

Heralded as “The Queen of Legal Weed” by Inc. (May 2017) and “The Martha Stewart of Edibles” by Entrepreneur (Jan. 2019), Nancy Whiteman is Founder & CEO of Wana Brands, the producer of best-selling products Wana Sour Gummies and WanaCapsXR. Nancy founded Wana Brands in 2010, and now Wana Brands is ranked the No. 1 edibles brand in sales revenues in the United States. Nancy directs the development of partnerships and licensing agreements domestically and internationally. She also leads the company’s strategic vision and has been instrumental in Wana Brands’ growth into new and emerging markets.

 

If you are interested in speaking please fill out the form below. We will be including a small number of speakers curated from applications.

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