Christine Yi is the co-founder of Potli, the premium purveyor for the modern, CBD-enhanced kitchen pantry. Potli is obsessed with creating the highest quality, ingredients-oriented edibles products to offer healthier, more versatile delivery methods to empower users to harness plant based medicine exactly the way they want. Christine is a strategist at heart and a self-diagnosed wellness junkie, with a professional background in management consulting and growth strategy. She co-founded Potli in 2017 alongside her best friend Felicity Chen as a meaningful entry point for both beginning and experienced cannabis users alike. Today, their products are sold in California dispensaries, CBD retailers throughout the US, and online at potlishop.com.
Andrea Drummer has been cooking up cannabis-infused cuisine for cancer patients, veterans with PTSD, and folks coping with anxiety or depression for the past five years. Andrea is a thriving, world class chef and co-owner of Elevation VIP Co-op, an LA based caterer that hosts fancy intimate dinners. But years before her weedpiphany (yep, we’re calling it that), Andrea was an anti-drug counselor who was raised in a Southern Baptist home in Fort Lauderdale. Because she thought marijuana was a gateway drug, she'd preach to teens to stay away from it.
Imelda Walavalkar is the CEO and co-founder of Pure Beauty, an environmentally progressive and art-loving cannabis brand based in Los Angeles. Pure Beauty currently sells speciality, high end indoor cannabis flower throughout California dispensaries with plans for expansion to the east coast in the works. Imelda previously owned and operated a catering company in NYC that focused on eclectic and sustainably-sourced menus. She loves thinking and talking about weed and food, both separately and together.
Elizabeth Ashford is among California’s most experienced and respected public affairs professionals, with over a decade of experience helping clients identify, shape and execute smart strategies to move audience perceptions and impact policymaking. As Senior Director for Corporate Communications at Eaze, Elizabeth drives media relations and communications strategy for the country's fastest-growing cannabis technology company. Previously, Elizabeth held the position of senior director for global communications at Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), where she successfully launched their film/television, consumer products, and esports divisions. Elizabeth spent seven years at the highest levels of California state government as Attorney General Kamala Harris’ Chief of Staff, Gov. Jerry Brown’s Chief Deputy Press Secretary, and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Chief Deputy for Cabinet and Communications. She is an appointed member of the California Highway Patrol's Task Force on Impaired Driving, and a founding member of the Los Angeles Cannabis Task Force. Between 2009 - 2011, Elizabeth was based in London,, counseling Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 businesses as Chief of Staff at the financial PR firm Brunswick Group. She holds a bachelor’s degree from UCLA and a master’s degree from Columbia University.
Anja Charbonneau is the founder of Broccoli, the international magazine for cannabis lovers. Created by women who love weed, Broccoli presents a new perspective on cannabis culture. Playful, informed, eclectic, and thoughtful, it encourages the discovery and intelligent appreciation of cannabis through explorations of art, culture, and fashion.