Shawnee Williams is the Recruiter & Account Executive of Illinois Equity Staffing. With a background in biz-ops, sales, and recruiting. Serves on the Human Resources Committee of the National Cannabis Industry Association. MS in Business with hands-on experience in the Cannabis field. In this episode, we talk about recruiting in the cannabis industry and the struggles that go along with it.
Javier Hasse is the CEO of El Planteo, Managing Director of Benzinga Cannabis, Book author with Entrepreneur Media, and a weed reporter for various publications including Forbes, Playboy, CNBC and CNN. Based in Latin America, he specializes in covering cannabis, hemp, CBD and psychedelics news, information, events and tech with a focus on finance and business. In this episode of DANK Discussions, Javier talks to our host Maynard Breslow about legalization laws, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the undercurrent of racism in Latin America.
Amy Chin is a cannabis enthusiast and the founder of Calm Better Days. Based out of the lower east side of New York, Calm Better Days is a woman-owned cannabis company. Their goal is to help you find the right CBD products to fit your needs in intimate, relaxed environments. In this episode, Amy talks about how she had to change her cannabis business on the fly to match the post-COVID conditions we all face.
Galen Williams is a Mergers & Acquisitions Advisor and Cannabis Executive. He is also the interim CEO for MD Exclusive, a California-based CBD company backed by medical professionals. He holds an extensive background and experience in business as well as cannabis. In this episode, we discuss the bigger and broader topics such as diversity, racial stigma, and unnecessary incarcerations due to the war on drugs. These topics, unfortunately, are not addressed enough in our industry. While Galen does not speak on the Black Lives Matter movement directly, his experience and views are incredibly timely as much needed awareness and reform within not only cannabis but also society as a whole are finally being brought to the forefront. With this episode, we hope to make a change and see more people of color in leadership positions. (more…)
Chelsea Smith is the creator of Taboo Talks Series emanating from Southern California. Taboo Talk Series is a speaker series and community dedicated to breaking stigmas around plant medicine in a modern world. Its content spans on everything from sobriety and racism to social equity and equality. Chelsea believes that these are the conversations we must hear to take away the stigma and fear around cannabis. She built her platform as a platform to showcase people who have something meaningful and educational to say about cannabis. Since the spread of COVID-19, Taboo Talk Series has gone digital with weekly Instagram Live sessions. (more…)
Brian Reynolds is the creator of Kannabis Kingz in Chicago, Illinois. Kannabis Kingz is a collective whose goal is to create a movement and steer the culture within the new Chicago Cannabis Scene. Their vision aims to develop opportunities by making continuous contributions within the cannabis community. (more…)