Learn from some amazing women who are leading the way in the cannabis industry.
Ophelia Chong, community activist, educator, graphic designer & photographer.
Ophelia Chong is the founder of Stock Pot Images and Asian Americans for Cannabis Education (AACE). She is driven to help shape the new conversation of Cannabis and is guided byone mission: to advocate for the legalization of cannabis and offer truthful reflections of the faces and communities that embrace cannabis.As of April 2019, Ophelia joined Green Sky Strategy with her partners Brian Quigley and Jim McAlpine. Green Sky Strategy will also be partnering with two incubators in the US and EU.
As well as leading StockPot Images, she also served as the Community Outreach liaison for THC Design, one of the top premium cannabis growers in CA, where she was responsible for LGBT, Veterans, Women, Minorities and Disabled outreach.
As an artist, her work has been published by Harper Collins, Gestalten (3 books) and other major publishers of books and magazines. Her latest collage work was commissioned by Simon & Schuster and will debut in the Fall of 2018.
Her career path has been formed by her 3 decades in photography, as an award winning creative director in publishing and film as creative director to three major film festivals, published artist and gallerist, entertainment and as an adjunct professor in education at Art Center College of Design – her path is non-ending because she believes that we all have at least five careers in our lifetimes.
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Stormy Simon is a Cannabusiness leader and corporate warrior. Hailing from a blue collar family in small-town Utah, she was married and a mom by the time she was 17, and divorced with two kids by 21. With early career roots in radio, media buying, and marketing promotions, in 2001, a temp agency placed her in what was supposed to be a short-term assignment in the sales department at Overstock.com, one of the first e-commerce retailers.
She thrived at Overstock, building internal departments including Branding, Marketing and Customer Service, where she coined the phrase “Customer Care.” She was promoted to VP of Branding in 2004 after writing and producing the iconic “Discover the Secret of the Big O” campaign, which propelled Overstock into becoming a household name. Stormy led the organization to become a top 25 trafficked e-tail site, garnered numerous distinctions for customer service including ranking in the top 4 AMEX/NRF Customer Choice Awards, and was elevated to President of the nearly $2B company in 2013.
Under Stormy’s leadership, Overstock was named to Forbes’ list of “Americas 100 Most Trustworthy Companies.” She was also honored as a Power Player by the National Retail Federation in 2016, and awarded Top Innovator by Utah Women in Tech awards 2015. A devoted mentor to her female employees and a longtime advocate for women overall, one of her proudest accomplishments was growing the ranks of female executives at Overstock from 7% to 33%.
In 2016, Stormy stepped down from the Presidency at Overstock and followed her passion into the Cannabis industry. A longtime cannavangelist and recreational usage proponent, she began working at a cultivation center in Denver where she immersed herself in understanding Cannabis growth cycles and distribution. Inspired and educated by her new colleagues, Stormy became a medical advocate, which led her to join the board of CannaKids, a California-based brand focused on supplying medical cannabis oil tinctures and cannabis products to patients of all ages.
Active across multiple industries, Stormy is also a current board member of High Times, Opu Labs, 101 Studios in Los Angeles, and an emerging rideshare company called TRYP. She also served as a Strategic Officer for Mtrac Tech, a block-chain payment system for cannabis-related businesses. Stormy has volunteered her time to a variety of non-profit boards including the Columbus Community Center, which provides jobs to adults with mental disabilities, the Advisory Board of YWCA, Boys & Girls Club of SLC, and the Jon Huntsman Gubernatorial committee of Economic Development. A passionate advocate for veterans, Stormy is an ardent supporter of Wounded Warrior Project, a charitable organization that helps active duty service members and veterans.
In September, Stormy will unveil a brand-new podcast called “The Tribe Talks: Cannabis Editions,” featuring her engaging, largely female team of Cannabusiness badasses sharing their respective expertise in the areas of business, science, compliance, and cultivation.
Frances González is recognized as one of the leaders in the women’s entrepreneurs movement in Cannabis. With more than 15 years of experience in telecommunications, corporate operations and international relations in 2015 she decided to launch her own business in Puerto Rico as founder and executive director of Millennia Solutions, a provider of digital communication tools and solutions for companies. Months later medical cannabis is legalized on her island and she pursues further education with subject matter experts.
Through her educational journey, Frances launches Latinas Cannapreneurs, an organization with a mission to inspire, educate and elevate the latino community about the culture and industry of cannabis through education, activism and entrepreneurship. Through trips to international cannabis conventions, she had the opportunity to learn and collaborate with industry legends. She is also a contributor to several digital publications in California and Canada, showcasing the cannabis industry in Puerto Rico internationally. Frances is influencing and opening the way for the next generation of Latinas Cannabis Entrepreneurs.
Mila Jansen was born 1944 in Liverpool, UK. She invented the first mechanical method to seperate the trichomes from cannabis plant from the rest of the plant material.
That’s the Pollinator, in 1994, later the bags, the Ice-O-lator bags, were first made by her. Last came the Bubbleator, a small washing machine. All her products seperate the trichomes without using any solvents. Because of these inventions she is known as the Hash Queen.
She has travelled a lot, over land to India in 1968, where she lived for fourteen years with her four children. Now she travels a lot to organize a hash event called Dab-A-Doo. Her book, “Mila, How I became the Hash Queen” was published and will be available at this event.
She just returned from a South American Dab-A-Doo Tour, covering Peru, Costa Rica, Mexico, Colombia and Chili.
Monique Jackson-Fitzgerald is the co-founder and CEO of both InnDica.com and Lazy Turtle Group, LLC. She is also an attorney and owner of the Law Office of Monique Jackson- Fitzgerald.
Catering to cannabis enthusiasts, InnDica.com is a prized online resource featuring a curated list of cannabis-friendly lodging and event venues. With a growing collection of cannabis-friendly hotels, consumption lounges, events, and tours, InnDica.com aims to nurture and provide a sanctuary for the bright community of cannabis lovers to share valued insight and wisdom from their travels.
With the mission to help shape a new view of the cannabis community and reduce the stigmas associated with cannabis use, InnDica.com propelled Monique to launch the digital magazine Foolish Talking. The magazine will be a key resource for information on cannabis destinations, entertainment, and insight from respected voices within the cannabis community.
Monique Jackson-Fitzgerald extends her passion for growing a conscious, sustainable cannabis industry through her work as an attorney and business consultant. She focuses on regulations involved with social consumption as well as cannabis tourism and events, while also assisting ancillary businesses and strengthening their relationships with cannabis partners. With continuous efforts to modernize and refresh the public perception of cannabis, Monique’s firm also designs and produces branding and packaging for licensed cannabis brands.
Not only is this teenage powerhouse the CEO of her own cannabinoid company and non-profit foundation, but she has also helped pass five laws granting children in her home state of Delaware access to medical cannabis. She travels the world speaking at conferences to advocate for the legal and safe access to medical cannabis. Clinical research is also a big part of Rylie’s mission since the lack of research holds back patient care. While the word “inspirational” is grossly overused, there is no other word to describe the young cannabis activist and daily medical cannabis user.
Cannabis Advocate, Plant Spirit Channel, Glow Enhancer, International Best-Selling Author
Scarlet Ravin is the Founder/CEO of White Fox Medicinals, a woman owned forward-thinking cannabis and CDB brand. White Fox specializes in technologies and formulations that have the purpose of raising awareness, love, and personal internal power. Her single mission is to remind us that within each being is an unbreakable strength and her medicinal offerings help those awaken to that remembrance of inner resilience.
Since 2007, Scarlet has been in the cannabis industry riding the waves of legalization and advocating for woman to stand in their power and share their magic in the cannabis industry. Part of what makes White Fox unique is the fact that it is 100% women-owned and women-ran. At the root of White Fox, is sisterhood. Scarlet has created a unique circle of Fox’s (i.e. fellow lady employees, models, and supporters) that represent White Fox as a whole. White Fox is a family and is truly more of a movement than a brand.
Her internationally best-selling book, “Follow the Medicine: Awakening Self-Empowerment” has helped many find their inner strength. In this new chapter, Scarlet is humbly stepping into the role as a public speaker with the intention of inspiring those she meets to express their own inner light.
As a serial entrepreneur, she has interwoven plant spirit medicine into her daily working prayers. In doing so, she has developed the unique ability to speak with the spirit of the plant allowing access to true path guidance and the creation of a new world here and now for us all to enjoy. Saturated with other worldly downloads, Scarlet’s ability to share information on how we can access the life we always dreamed of helps many awaken to new ways of viewing their own life, which ultimately leads to abundant healthy change.
This indigo child is all grown up now and ready to fully accept her earthly mission of showing all beings how to access higher states of consciousness.
Nichole is a Business, Agriculture & Efficiency Expert. With over 10 years experience in the cannabis industry she has worked for large cannabis marketing companies like WeedMaps.com and Rosebud Magazine and has also had success in 45+ cannabis business applications, opened 20 retail locations in four states, overseen as many as 400 employees, and has helped scale over 150,000 square feet of cultivation. She is the founder and managing partner of Inclusive Cannabis, a full service marketing firm founded in 2018. Nichole West full time career currently is as a senior advisor of a private equity investment firm where she performs due diligence on businesses seeking funding. Additionally Nichole is working toward expanding her already existing love for helping people by creating an event networking circuit that focuses on strong mentorship & career building workshops in the. More info available at www.nicholewest.com.
Born & raised in Texas Anita Sommers or more popularly known as the CBD Genie has taken on the mission to educate the masses on the biochemistry of the Endocannabinoid System in a fun memorable comprehensive way as a Cannabis Science Communicator.
Speaking all over the great state of Texas from Amarillo to Rio Grande Valley, Houston, Beaumont, Dallas, Ft Worth, and of course her hometown Austin, & The Texas State Capitol she is inspired to do the right thing.
Her integrity, moral compass, and empathy stems from her 8 1/2 years in the Air Force, 11 years as a medical professional: currently diagnosing infectious diseases in the Microbiology department in a clinical lab, and most importantly as a patient with a cannabis testimony. Leading with science and educating the therapeutic compounds of cannabis is where she finds her passion.
She enjoys learning something new everyday, she is a kind soul, a hugger and an OG cannabis warrior…CBD Genie.