WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU THINK WOMEN FACE AS A WHOLE IN THE INDUSTRY? There are many challenges that women face in this industry that are extraordinarily similar to systemic problems we face in other industries - sexual misconduct, abuse of power by men, wage gaps, and lack of equal representation. Due to media, people believe women finally do have equal representation in the cannabis industry and that creates a false sense of complacency. The amount of female CEOs in the cannabis industry is close to the abysmally low national average. We still need to fight to gain ownership. And we haven’t even talked about the immense challenges women of color have in being a part of this industry.
WHAT EXCITES YOU MOST ABOUT THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY? The potential for discovery! There is so much that we still get to uncover about this amazing plant. We’re just at the beginning and I am so excited to see all that the future holds for cannabis. I’m also hopeful for the revolutionary impact that cannabis could have on both the agricultural and healthcare industries.
ARE YOU A MEMBER OF ANY CANNABIS ORGANIZATIONS OR GROUPS? I am! There are so many wonderful organizations/groups in the Oregon Cannabis industry. One of my favorites is Tokeativity - a cannabis community for women with the intention to nurture a safe space for women to create, learn, and connect.
WHAT CAN YOU TELL OTHER WOMEN WHO WANT TO PURSUE A CANNABIS CAREER? Learn everything you can about cannabis and find your niche - what excites you, what are you great at, what can you bring to this space. Because the industry is so nascent there is so much opportunity for creativity and innovation. Trust in your genius, make connections, invest your time in people who want to elevate you, and work like hell.
FIVE THINGS PEOLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU:
People think I’m an extrovert but I actually am a big homebody at heart
I was a hardcore substance free human (like puritanical) until my second semester of college
I was cast on a reality tv show on FOX
When I was growing up I wanted to either be a surgeon or an actress
I am obsessed with French Fries
FIVE THINGS TOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT:
Chance by Chanel perfume
My phone (my family lives in NY so it’s the way I stay connected with them)
This is not a thing per say, but I can’t live without my friends and family. I am so incredibly grateful for their support.
Trees. Trees are so goddamn special and I love them so much. Plus, we all literally *could not* live without them
TOP FIVE FAV BEAUTY PRODUCTS:
Anastasia glow palette
Tarte liquid primer
Anastasia chocolate eyeshadow palette
Kiehl's facial moisturizer
WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU THE MOST AND WHY? My mom definitely inspires me the most. She is so strong, kind, loving, gracious and powerful. She raised four kids while also running a business devoted to the social/emotional wellbeing of children. She owns and operates a private school, Spark Elementary, that seeks to advance the social/emotional development of pre-k and elementary school children through literacy and creative arts therapies. Like yes, everyone should be following her lead!! I definitely hope to become as resilient and wonderful as she is.
IF YOU COULD BE ANY ANIMAL WHAT WOULD YOU BE? Probably a giraffe. I’d love to glide around and eat leaves from the tops of trees all day.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME? I love watching movies, it’s my favorite way to relax. I also love to cook. And if I’m feeling like going out my favorite thing to do is to go see one of my best friend’s perform with his band, Jame. He’s an incredible performer.
FAVORITE STRAIN TO SMOKE? I generally enjoy chemovars with higher concentrations of pinene. I love the heightened presence and clarity that come along with pinene.
FAVORITE WAY TO CONSUME? I actually love edibles. That’s my preferred method of ingestion. But I also love a joint rolled with some additional passionflower, lemon balm and peppermint.
ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE MJ READERS TO KNOW? Find me on instagram, facebook, linkedin, or through my website. Always happy to continue the conversation!
INTERVIEW BY Amy C. Witt