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StaffStaffMarch 6, 2020
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In honor of International Women’s Day, we are releasing our annual “Most Important Women in Weed” list for 2020. This list includes women in the industry that have collectively moved the industry forward with all of their hard work, continuous dedication and effort.

This year we opened up the list for nominations and received almost a thousand nominees. After consideration of each, we have developed what we feel is one of the most inclusive and carefully curated lists of the most accomplished and impressive women in the cannabis industry.

As we could not name them all, we would like to thank and celebrate all of the women who have dedicated their precious time to the advancement of cannabis globally.

It is because of each one of these ladies that this industry remains in the lead above all others as far as female leadership is concerned.

This list is in no special order. Each one of these women provide a great contribution to the cannabis industry in their own unique and badass way.

Thank you to every one of you for all that you do!

The “List”

Dr. Chanda Macias

Yvonne DeLaRosa Green

Mara Gordon

Rosie Mattio

Shawna McGregor

Lori Ferrara

Gaynell Rogers

Stormy Simon

Trista Okel 

Lori Ajax

Amy Dawn Bourlon-Hilterbran

Kim Rivers

Amanda Soens

Dona Frank

Kat King

Sara Payan

Hannah Daphna

Sandra Castaneda

Erin Gore

Wendy Kornberg

Kristin Nevedal

Wendy Turner

Parisa Rad

Brittany Nicholson

Emily Paxhia

Jessica Billingsley 

Gia Moron

Andrea Brooks

Tahira Rehmatullah

Tracey Mason

Lindy Snyder

Jasmine Rose Gunderson

Shannon Hattan

Adelia Carrillo

Karen Petersen

Wanda James

Barbara Blaser

Ophelia Chong

Amanda Ostrowitz

Pamela Nicole Epstein

Melissa Mentele

Jamie Cooper

Sarah Remesch

Jessie Gill

Erica Daniels

Lizzy Jeff

Lelehnia DuBois

Whitney Beatty

Dr. Michele Ross

Manndie Tingler

Chef Lauren Gockley

Kyra Reed

Jamie Evans

Kristin Jordan

Ellie Siegel 

Sara Brittany Somerset

Linda Marsicano

Heidi Groshelle

Amber Senter

Nique Pichette

Jennifer Price

Molly Peckler 

Bonita Money

Susan Hwang

Judy Yee

Julie Chiarello

Leah Heis

Leslie Andrachuk

Terra Carver

Nancy Whiteman

Luna Stower

Karen Paull and Wendy Robbins

Beth Stavola

Alison Gordon

Penny Green

Sara Gullickson

Dr. Lakisha Jenkins

Pamela Hadfield

Jessica Peters

Dr. Rachel Knox and Dr. Jessica Knox

Tiffany Bowden

Mary Jane Gibson

Michelle Janikian

Dr. Uma Dhanabalan

Taylor Blake

AC Braddock

Kerri Accardi

Heather Sobel

Betty Aldworth

Cathy Jordan

Suzanne Sisley

Nina Parks

Eliza Nova Maroney

Selena Xochitl Martinez

Angelika Penuela-Ruiz

Sarah Mitra Payan

Gretchen Gailey

Nikki Lastreto

Ann Lawrence

Sheena Shiravi

Christina Ianuzzi

Kassandra Frederique

Shannon Buyers

Celia Tapp

Kelly Archer

Katie Field

Randi Sether

Shannon Reed

Katrina Yolen

Ngiste Abebe

Brooke Westlake

Courtney Maltais

Katrina Tso

Anne Don0hoe

Alicia Rose Kelley

Dr. Jacqueline Harding, PhD 

Mary Pryor 

Dr. Uma Dhabalan

Olivia Mannix

Heather DeRose

Libby Cooper

Leslie Hoffman

Yvonne Perez Emerson

 

Again, thank you to all of the women who do so much in our industry day in and day out. Your work does not go unnoticed and is deeply appreciated.

Happy International Women’s Day to all women around the world!

Special shout out to our Green Market Report co-founders Debra Borchardt and Cynthia Salarizadeh on this day!


StaffStaffSeptember 30, 2019
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Judy Yee is the co-CEO and co-founder of K-Zen Beverages, a new cannabis drinkables company committed to sharing the benefits of cannabis beverages by delivering consistent formulas, crave-able flavors, and rapid, predictable effects. A seasoned executive with 20+ years in healthy food & beverage, Judy’s expertise in new product innovation along with her passion for bringing fresh and healthier products to consumers are the driving forces behind her work to create great tasting cannabis beverages and brands people deeply enjoy and trust. Prior to K-Zen Beverages, Judy served as the Executive Vice President of Marketing and Innovation for Crystal Geyser Water Company, re-igniting company growth through new products, eCommerce and new market expansions. She was an early pioneer in expanding the consumer adoption and accessibility of organic food as Chief Marketing Officer at Earthbound Farm.. Judy has served on Boards of nonprofit organizations focusing on women leadership and development, environmental stewardship and advised various early-stage CPG Companies.

Title: Co-founder and Co-CEO

Company:K-Zen

Years at current company: Less than 1 Year

 

GMR Executive Spotlight Q&A:

Most successful professional accomplishment before cannabis: My most successful professional accomplishment before coming to cannabis was establishing organics food and beverage as an iconic category. 

Company Mission: K-Zen Beverages is committed to becoming a leader in the emerging cannabis beverage category. Its mission is to share the benefits of cannabis beverages by delivering consistent formulas, craveable flavors and rapid, predictable effects. 

Company’s most successful achievement: We launched our first brand, S-Shots, since the company’s founding within the last 6 months. 

Has the company raised any capital (yes or no): Yes. if so, how much?: In 2019, K-Zen announced $5 million in seed funding from global venture capital firm DCM. 

Any plans on raising capital in the future? Yes, likely in 2020 

Most important company 5 year goal: Our foremost goal is to establish K-Zen as the most preferred consumer brands for cannabis beverages over the next five years.



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