Managing Member, Equitas Partners Fund
Andi Goldman is the Managing Member of the Equitas Partners Fund, which invests in early-stage cannabis companies in the US and Canada. Andi’s been involved in the cannabis industry since 2014 as an investor, advisor and financial executive, including as the founding CFO & Head of Corporate Finance for FLRish, the management company for the renowned Harborside dispensaries and grow operations. Andi’s been integral as a principal or advisor in raising capital and negotiating financings for both cannabis and hemp companies.
Andi has managed more than $2Bn in institutional investments to date and has been underwriting investments for almost 30 years. Prior to cannabis, Andi was a corporate and securities lawyer, investment banker, senior portfolio manager and senior underwriter, including in private equity at GE Capital and healthcare banking at RBS Citizens.
Andi is a frequent speaker, investment shark, and mentor in the cannabis industry. She holds an MBA from Yale University, a JD from Duke University and a BS in Business Administration from SUNY Albany (graduating magna cum laude). She is also a Chartered Financial Analyst®.
Founder & CEO, Pleasure Peaks
Antuanette is an International Speaker and Cannabis Business Maven. She is the Founder & CEO of Pleasure Peaks, a cannabinoid women’s sexual health company. She is also the former Director of the Toronto Woman Grow Market and mentors many startups in the emerging cannabis industry in Canada within the legal framework. Her passion and love for uplifting women shows in her everyday life.
For the past 6 years, she has been helping people start, buy, and sell brands/companies in the cannabis industry. With an extensive background in executive work and medical cannabis education, she has a thorough understanding of the cannabis market and knows what it takes to navigate the legal framework. She has been recognized as a Forbes 30 Under 30 Scholar, made it to the Top 50 Toronto Life’s Most Influential list, and has been seen on Breakfast Television, FLARE, Forbes, VICE, Elle Magazine, Cannabis Radio and so much more.
Sex Educator and Coach
Ashley Manta is an award-winning sex educator and coach and has become a sought-after authority on mindfully combining sex and cannabis as part of her CannaSexual® brand. She appeared on the cover of Sexual Health Magazine in January 2019, along with the designation, “America’s High Priestess of Pleasure.” She recently completed her certification as a Bodysex® Facilitator after studying with legendary pleasure pioneer Betty Dodson. She is a brand ambassador for Sybian and Foria.
At the January 2020 XBiz Awards, Ashley was named Sexpert of the Year. She has been nominated for several other awards in both the adult and cannabis industries including Influencer of the Year, Sex Educator of the Year, and WEGO Health Awards’ Best Kept Secret. Her work has received recognition in Forbes, The London Times, Newsweek, and Huffington Post, to name a few (see the entire list on her media page.) She was the featured expert on VICELAND TV’s “Stoned Sex” episode of Slutever season one, hosted by Karley Sciortino. She was also profiled in an episode of “High Indulgence” on PlayboyTV.
Ashley has presented at mainstream, adult, and cannabis events like SXSW, New Living Expo, Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit, Sexual Health Expo, and the Cannabis Nurse Network Conference. She was a contributing writer to Leafly.com from 2015-2017, and currently writes for Dope Magazine. In 2019 she taught at a number of retreats, including the Glowing Goddess Getaway, Healing Inside Out Retreat, Intimate Health’s Punani Power Yoga Retreat, and is scheduled to speak at the New Living Expo, Glowing Goddess Getaway, and more in 2020 and beyond.
She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy with a minor in Women’s Studies and has completed graduate coursework for a Master of Arts in Philosophy. Ashley is also a certified and attuned Reiki II Practitioner, a certified consulting hypnotist, and a trauma-trained victim advocate.
Executive Director, National Hemp Association
Erica Stark is the Executive Director of the National Hemp Association and the Pennsylvania Hemp Industry Council. She also serves as the co-chair of the Policy and Regulation Subcommittee of the PA Hemp Steering Committee which is the official advisory council to the PA Dept. of Agriculture. She has years of experience in hemp education and legislative advocacy, including testifying before Congress. Erica was instrumental in enacting legislation in Pennsylvania and is proud to have been managing permits and growing hemp in PA since 2017.
Heather Manus RN
Founder, Cannabis Nurses Network
Heather Manus, RN is a native New Mexican and Registered Nurse specializing in all aspects of medical cannabis care. “Nurse Heather” began her career as a Registered Nurse providing psychiatric home health care to patients in New Mexico.
She has extensive background and experience in natural healing modalities and herbal remedies, some of which she obtained from her close association with Hispanic and Native American healers in New Mexico.
Her vast knowledge and holistic approach to individualized patient care has been the cornerstone of her success as a nurse, educator, entrepreneur, and promoter of health.
Founder, TCC Media
Imani Dawson is a courageous and compelling communications strategist and creative, committed to mission driven social change. Since launching her company, TCC Media, a MWBE-certified boutique communications and branding agency specializing in political strategy, progressive social issues and legal cannabis, Imani has championed diverse audiences by building community, developing meaningful multi-channel content and creating impactful events. Dawson has advised elected officials, non-profit organizations and small businesses, creating and executing communications, marketing and outreach campaigns that win elections and popular support, build brand recognition and community engagement, and boost positioning, engagement and sales.
An outspoken advocate for cannabis legalization rooted in social and economic justice, Dawson is an active member of the Start SMART NY legalization campaign, created by the Drug Policy Alliance and the Executive Director of the Cannabis Education Advocacy Symposium and Expo (C.E.A.S.E.), a nonprofit organization with a mission to increase awareness and to educate vulnerable communities disproportionately impacted by prohibition about the medical and economic benefits of cannabis and its blossoming industry. Dawson also serves as National Communications Director for Minorities for Medical Marijuana (M4MM), an award-winning advocacy organization fighting on the frontlines of the cannabis movement for an equitable and inclusive industry.
Founder, Cannabis Curriculum
Hempologist John Dvorak has studied cannabis hemp and its prohibition for more than 25 years. He’s brought his unique style of anti-prohibition advocacy to radio & television programs, student organizations, medical marijuana conferences, patient groups, trade shows, hemp festivals and legalization rallies. JD developed the Cannabis Curriculum to encourage research into the beneficial aspects of industrial hemp and medicinal cannabis and the devastating effects that marijuana prohibition has had on society. His Traveling Hemp Museum includes raw materials, artifacts and finished products made from hemp. JD’s website, Hempology.Org, contains many articles and images that highlight hemp’s rich history as does the repository of Cannabis History Source Documents that he created. He’s written articles for numerous publications and websites while providing advice, guidance and counseling for those entering the cannabis hemp space. JD created 3 lectures for Oregon State University’s online Industrial Hemp course and is a former Board member of both the Hemp Industries Association and Mass Cann/NORML.
CEO & President, Green Wave Relations/Coral Cove Wellness Center
Keiko Beatie has been a practitioner of Ayurveda, Chinese and Holistic Medicine since the 1970s. Her specialty in Bach Flower and Homeopathic has continued with whole plant cannabis medicine and focusing on education to the community for better patient care and health and well-being. She is the Director of Education for Coral Cove Wellness Resort has she has part ownership. This is an all-inclusive cannabis and psychedelic educational resort with cultivation on the oceanfront of the crystal blue waters of Jamaica.
She is a Board Member for many various organizations starting with OC NORML, The Cannabis Chamber of Commerce, Advisory Board Member for Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo, Head Judge of Edibles for The Emerald Cup, Regional Lead for the California Cannabis Tourism Association and she is the Host of A Seasoned Perspective for Wrazel Cannabis Broadcasting Network. Keiko has started various companies in the industry from delivery services, cultivation and dispensaries, all to support patient care with natural plant-based medicine.
In the past Keiko passion on holistic natural plant-based medicines took her to study at Twin Lakes Holistic College, Alive Polarity Institute, CIIS Calif. Institute of Intralegal Studies, Esalen Institute, UCLA and LA College of Massage and Physical Therapy. She worked in the music, film, and surf industry prior to dedicating her path to education and patient care with natural and fungi medicines. She has assisted in starting Women Grow OC, and has written for Weedmaps, Marijunia.com, Sensi Magazine, and currently contributing to The Retreat Journal. Keiko’s mission statement is “Acceptance and legalization of Cannabis and Psychedelic medicines through education and outreach for patient care.”
Co-Founder & CMO, TribeTokes
At TribeTokes, Kim Byrnes drives all the brand’s social and marketing strategy. She blends traditional marketing efforts, modern colloquialisms, and digital social culture to subliminally target customers and break into new markets in ways that many cannabis brands have yet to tap. Today Kym works with some of the most forward-thinking minds in the New York City cannabis scene: Kym sits on the Advisory Committee for the Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo, a business-to-business trade show event for the legalized cannabis industry. She volunteers and is on the committee for the NYC Cannabis Parade and Rally, one of the longest running cannabis events in the world. Kym is the NYC Ambassador for Women Grow, and frequently serves as a High Times Cannabis Cup Judge.
As a Certified Pilates Instructor and Lululemon Legacy Ambassador, Kym merges her passion for health and cannabis through her “Plant-Based Pilates” CBD fitness platform. On the patient advocacy side, Kym works with Nugg MD to help New Yorkers get their medical marijuana cards. Kym is passionate about the future of cannabis and and the potential impact of cannabis for women, health applications and the growth of the industry. When she’s not educating the world on cannabis, you can find Kym working out, exploring and traveling and of course consuming some of the best cannabis and CBD in the world.
Managing Partner, Procida Development Group , LLC
Leonard Marshall is a legendary New York Giants Defensive Lineman and two-time Super Bowl champion. After a decade as a Giant ALL-PRO Leonard’s been a central figure for raising awareness of probable CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy), with which he was diagnosed in 2013. Active in pro sports from 1983 to 1995,he is outspoken regarding his consumption of Cannabidiol (CBD) to manage symptoms of CTE.
Marshall has formerly served as brand ambassador of Elixinol Global Solutions of Australia and the USA. He’s currently a board of advisor to the Concussion Legacy Foundation, A board members for the advocacy organization Athletes For Care, an active board member for Care Plus of Paramus New Jersey, a benefactor of the Nat King Cole Foundation, and heads the Leonard Marshall Foundation, which advocates for inclusive safety issues associated with sexual and civil assault.
Marshall has a long list of Brand Ambassadorships he has served throughout his career including additional CBD groups.
In addition, Marshall is presently managing partner of Marshall Procida Development Group LLC presently working on a development at Malcolm Shabazz Plaza in Harlem. He’s building 120 affordable homes and 50,000 square feet of retail commercial space in conjunction with NYCHA and HPD New York. The first of its kind for New York City.
Executive Director, Keystone Cannabis Coalition; Founding Member, Pennsylvania Hemp Industry Council
Les Stark is a Pennsylvania hemp historian who has spent thousands of hours researching the historic Pennsylvania hemp industry. He has documented the existence of hundreds of hemp mills throughout the state and uncovered an epic tale of the days when nearly every farmer in the state grew hemp.
Since 1997 he has been teaching this information to farmers, farm organizations, historical societies, community groups, the media, legislators and the general public. He is the author of Hempstone Heritage I and intends to publish an additional 600 pages of his research which will tell the full story of great historic Pa. hemp industry.
Les served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a tank crewman on the M60A1 tank from 1984-1987.
Although he has a deep passion for history, his true passion is in helping to rebuild the great hemp industry. His vision is to see hemp grown in every state and is eager to help create a thriving hemp industry that benefits farmers, the environment, business, manufacturers and creates jobs.
Marcie Cooper RN MSN AHN-BC
Holistic Hospice Nurse
MARCIE COOPER first became interested in Cannabis Medicine as she saw an increase in patients using cannabis and knew she needed a better understanding. The knowledge gained was so profound, she found herself emerged in the science of cannabis.
She has been a hospice nurse for more than 10 years and believes this sacred journey is one of the most important places where knowledgeable cannabis nurses should be found as the results for hospice patients are so enormous. She also created and contributed to several nationally offered nursing CEU courses and programs on cannabis including Cannabinoid Connections in 2016.
The past few years she has been teaching Geriatric Nursing and Transcultural Nursing in a BSN program and incorporating concepts of cannabis nursing into these traditional nursing courses. Teaching Healthcare providers and nurses is a second passion, as providing direct patient care has always been and remains her first love and passion.
Nique Pichette MSN, RN
Cannabis Nurse Navigator, Trauma Recovery Coach
Nique Pichette, MSN, RN, is a two-time breast cancer survivor, veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Master Prepared in Nursing Leadership, cannabis advocacy and patient. The Cannabis Nurse Navigator is a professional registered nurse with cannabis-specific knowledge who offers individualized assistance to patients, families, and caregivers to help overcome healthcare system barriers. Developed by Nique Pichette MSN, RN, while she was a student in the “Entrepreneur For All” program in Massachusetts in 2016, the Cannabis Nurse Navigator provides education and resources to facilitate informed decision making in a timely fashion to quality healthcare providers knowledgeable in cannabis therapeutics and psychosocial care throughout all the phases of the cannabis therapeutics continuum.
Founder/CEO, Minorities for Medical Marijuana
As the Founder/CEO of Minorities for Medical Marijuana, Inc. She is responsible for the day- to-day operation and is the chief strategist involved in developing public policy, advocacy, education, and marketing campaigns to promote awareness, information, and education about the efficacy of medical marijuana. It is a varied role that includes planning, marketing, advertising, public relations, event organization, fund development, sponsorship, and research. The work is often challenging and fast-paced. With over 22 years of experience Roz is a constant creator of marketing and branding campaigns and business development strategies. A direct & target marketing consultant who assists with marketing plans, writes copy, and designs top-pulling mailings, ads, catalogs, and web pages for business, nonprofits, consumer, and professionals.
Roz also hosts a weekly call in Cannabis 101 talk platform entitled “CannaTalk with Roz.” When asked should marijuana be legalized for medical use…….Without hesitation Roz boldly says yes! “In 1983 my father lost his vision due to glaucoma and in 2005 my mother passed away after a courageous battle against breast cancer. I’m sure if medical marijuana were available the plant could have made a difference and improved their quality of life.”
Minorities for Medical Marijuana, Inc. (M4MM) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization focused on advocacy, education, and outreach as it relates to the social, medical, business, and public policy aspects of the cannabis industry. M4MM is a membership based organization working hard to make sure people of color have a true quantifiable opportunity to participate in this marketplace and are afforded adequate access to care despite their economic situation. M4MM currently has presence in 20 states throughout the US as well as a chapter location in Jamaica.
Sumit is a cannabis strategist, an internationally recognized speaker and the author of the MAZAKALI GreenPaper®, an authoritative voice on deep industry trends in its fifth year of publication with over 50,000 subscribers. In addition to his role at MAZAKALI, Sumit serves on several cannabis company boards and is the Vice-Chair of the Banking and Financial Services committee for the National Cannabis Industry Association.
Sumit is the former Director of Finance for the Arcview Group, and prior to entering the cannabis industry full-time in 2016 spent 20 years on Wall Street at Merrill Lynch, Raymond James, UBS and JP Morgan in roles that spanned portfolio management, investment planning, capital introduction, strategic consulting, institutional relationship management and corporate business development.
Sumit has earned an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, and a BA with Honors in Economics with minors in Math and Physics from the University of Texas at Austin. Sumit holds investment banking, brokerage, M&A and investment advisory securities licenses and resides in San Francisco where he enjoys motorcycles, yoga, cannabis and the great outdoors.
His short description of MAZAKALI:”We help investors place capital, and we help companies raise capital, only in Cannabis.”