Cannabis Entrepreneur Ashley Picillo Launches “Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women, Weed, and Business” at 2017 SXSW

Breaking the Grass Ceiling is a biographical collection featuring 21 powerful, driven and courageous women who have been instrumental in paving the way into the cannabis industry for many.

These diverse profiles feature women who represent unique facets of the cannabis industry, from consulting, technology, and operations, to scientific research, law,advocacy, and more.

Featured in the collection is Canna Advisors co-founder Diane Czarkowski, who shares her own triumphs and tribulations not only as a cannabis business and thought leader, but as a woman entrepreneur.

“I want this to be, and continue to be, a diverse industry because I really love that about cannabis. The industry as a whole has the potential to be heavily influenced by women, specifically as it relates to health, helping people, social justice, and natural products- areas I find many women are passionate about,” stated Diane.

The eye-opening biography poignantly narrates the evolution of the cannabis industry from the women who have built it, and continue to shape its future. Breaking the Grass Ceiling is now available, to purchase click here.

A special book signing with author Ashley Piccillo will take place at the SX Bookstore during SXSW on March 11, from 3-30 p.m.

The book signing will be followed by an educational panel: Breaking the Grass Ceiling: Women, Weed and Business” from 5 – 6 p.m.

The panel will discuss the challenges that exist and the opportunities that abound for women who want to be involved in the world of marijuana.

Featured Speakers Include:

To purchase tickets, please click here.

What I Learned from My 4th NCIA Lobby Days

As a cannabis consultant, I find it important to nurture all kinds of people, passions and opportunities in the industry.

I have been fortunate to attend four iterations of Lobby Days for the cannabis industry hosted by the National Cannabis Industry AssociationI’m so pleased that each time, the group keeps getting bigger, our messaging keeps getting clearer and our support keeps getting stronger. As a founding member of NCIA, I have always advocated the importance of being an involved member of the industry’s trade association. This year, my goal was a little different. I wanted to show someone from the next generation of cannabis industry leaders the importance of advocating for our industry. I convinced Karson Humiston, a young, new star in the industry to attend.
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