Q: What do you know about our organization? What makes our mission meaningful to you? Why are you interested in committing your time and energy to The Cannabis Alliance?
A: Washington had been known for having a fractured political community. I am so proud that these groups aligned to have more political influence and unity. I am a connector and unifier. I enjoy this and would love to take the National connections I have made and parlay them into a better national presence for our state. We should be the national leaders of the industry.
Q: What do you think are the characteristics of a great board member?
A: It is essential to have a good overall understanding of the Industry, ethics, vision, a respectable reputation built from all of the above, resources to act, desire to collaborate, will stand up for taking the high road, being a sincere unifier, the ability to listen! In general, listening is an underrated skill. People need to feel heard to resolve conflict or to come to a place to agree to disagree.
Q: Do you have prior board leadership experience? If so, what and when?
A: NCIA, NCC, Cannabis Women’s Alliance
Q: What specific skills, connections, resources, and expertise do you have to offer and are willing to use on the behalf of the organization?
A: Political experience and connections, leadership and mentorship as a business person and for women (Inc. Mag. rated Eden in the top 10 fastest growing companies in Seattle), business development, marketing, speaking, lobbying, mediating, helping make local business's more successful by bringing tools to the market that grow it and...staying out of a lot of unproductive drama.
Q: Fundraising is a significant obligation of board service. Are you comfortable asking for money to help fund the mission of the organization?
A: Yes. No problem.
Q: Do you have any worries or concerns about joining the board?
Q: Do you have personal aspirations that could be enhanced by board service?
A: To see Washington Sate become the leader and international example of how to grow a socially responsible and financially successful industry
Q: What is your motivation of being involved in the cannabis industry?
A: I am primarily motivated by broadening the social movement that plants are nutrition, medicine and in their pure forms, create overall health and well-being. This is Cannabis and so much more. This passion started when I read Andrew Weil's book The Natural Mind in 1992. In addition to physical health, people naturally want to seek an altered state. Cannabis offers all of the above. Creating healthy ways to make human consumables allows me to actively promote this passion on a large platform.
Q: What professional or personal constraints on your time or service might you anticipate? What kind of autonomy do you have over your calendar?
A: Obviously, as CEO of Eden, I am busy, but I do create my own schedule other than national trade shows which many of the Alliance members and board members would attend. The up side of these events is the representation of the Washington Industry. Our industry needs more attention nationally and internationally.
Q: Of what importance to you is social interaction with other board members?
A: Somewhat Important