Women's Leadership Awards Archives - Green Market Report

StaffMay 18, 2022
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1min5670

Women’s Leadership Award

C-Suite – Private Company

Ralina Shaw

Founder – House of Tyne

Ralina is the founder of House of Tyne and on the leadership team of 4thMVMT,  a leading social impact organization based in Los Angeles with a mission to support those who have been adversely affected by onerous Cannabis laws. They do this by educating, empowering, and training those adversely affected to run/operate their BIPOC-led “Sixty Four & Hope” retail dispensaries in Los Angeles (2 recently opened locations and counting).  She has kept the company and their mission top of mind while always navigating legislation AND the challenges of getting open at retail.  She is also one of the few BIPOC executives in the PR & Retail space. A true powerhouse with a growing franchise committed to their local communities.


StaffMay 16, 2022
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2min3520

Women’s Leadership Award

Marketing

Natalie Shaul

Co-Founder & VP of Marketing, Springbig 

 

In 2013 Natalie moved to South Florida and started working at springbig. At the time springbig was offering loyalty and text message marketing to small businesses. In the Fall of 2016, Nat made the push for springbig to pivot to cannabis. She identified the potential for the company to enter the cannabis space and took on the initiative to get them in the space in 2017.

Since then, Nat has been the co-founder/head of Marketing for springbig. As springbig’s co-founder, Natalie Shaul has influenced the cannabis sector by being a trendsetter, job creator and changemaker. Under her leadership, springbig has become the leading provider in customer loyalty and text message communications –transforming how thousands of cannabis brands and retailers do business. To date, Shaul has brought the platform to 50 million consumers and over 2,300 retailers. She also played a crucial role in raising nearly $20M total.

In addition to helping thousands of cannabis retailers, Shaul’s company has created more than 80 jobs across South Florida and provided discounted services to support veteran and minority-owned cannabis businesses. She has been able to achieve all of this while occupying a unique position within the cannabis sector. As reported by MarketWatch, the percentage of women in senior positions at cannabis-focused companies has dropped by nearly 15% over the last two years. Shaul strives to challenge this industry trend by creating opportunities and mentoring young women across springbig.


StaffMay 13, 2022
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2min4800

Women’s Leadership Award

Brands

 

Nancy Whiteman, CEO of Wana Brands

 

Nancy is CEO of Wana Brands and co-founded the company in 2010. Recently, Canadian cannabis giant Canopy Growth signed a deal to acquire 100% of the membership interests in each Wana entity for upfront cash payment of $297.5 million. This will trigger with federal permissibility in the US. Nancy remains CEO of Wana Brands. Headlines were made when Whiteman noted she would apply a significant amount of the Canopy option funds to CSR. And for years, Whiteman has championed social equity in cannabis. Wana supports the Last Prisoner Project’s advocacy and restorative justice work as a “Partner for Freedom.” Wana also launched the CannabisForJustice.com initiative, which provides trusted resources and guidelines to address systemic racism and social equity throughout the industry. Whiteman isn’t your typical cannabis CEO. The mother of two and former insurance marketing executive founded the company in 2010 when Colorado was getting its medical marijuana program off the ground and shifted to adult-use when the state was the first to get recreational online. She’s kept Wana’s leading-edge through innovation, launching Wana Quick, one of the most effective and popular quick onset products. She also oversaw the development of the Optimals line, including Wana Fast Asleep and Wana Fit, which leverage rare cannabinoids and proprietary terpenes blends. In March, she will lead Wana Brands in introducing the launch of Wana SPECTRUM Live Rosin Gummies in Colorado, available in four distinct flavors. With fast-acting effects, these live rosin gummies are the first of their kind in the cannabis marketplace.


StaffMay 10, 2022
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2min4540

On April 28, 2022, Green Market Report held its first-ever Women’s Summit. During the event, the Women’s Leadership Awards were announced and presented to the winners. Over the next two weeks, we will highlight each of these winners and congratulate them on their contributions to the cannabis industry.

Women’s Leadership Award

Dispensary

Wendy Bronfein, Co-Founder Curio Wellness

Wendy Bronfein is Co-Founder, Chief Brand Officer, and Director of Public Policy at Curio Wellness. As a member of the executive leadership team, Bronfein drives the company’s legislative agenda across multiple states and oversees the Curio brand and all corporate communications. Under her leadership, Curio Wellness has become Maryland’s leading medical cannabis company, securing 90% brand awareness within the first year of operations.

In 2020, Curio Wellness announced a funding program that will provide start-up capital for minority business owners to open their own Curio Wellness franchise location. Created for women, minorities and disabled veterans, Curio Wellness’s investment fund (the Fund) will allow the medical cannabis and wellness company to further its goal of serving patients with safe, effective and reliable cannabis-based medicine in multiple states through its unique Wellness Center retail business concept. A legally separate but affiliated entity from Curio Wellness, the Fund will connect diverse investors with up to 50 aspiring women, and minority and disabled veteran entrepreneurs, providing $30 million in capital funding.


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