Opportunities for Women

New Project Creates Opportunities for Women in Marijuana Industries

As the cannabis market quickly grows into a multibillion-dollar industry worldwide, it is increasingly leaving women behind. This is what Amy Margolis says, program director and founder of The Initiative, a female-focused, newly launched, accelerator for businesses. This one prioritizing women-run businesses, most notably those in the cannabis sector. Women in Marijuana Industries Fewer women hold executive jobs in the pot industry. The number of women in these jobs is declining. Through funding, executive training, mentoring, and networking, Oregon-based The Initiative is on a mission to boost roles and opportunities available to women in the rapidly growing world of cannabis. It is a mammoth task to tackle, especially within the existing landscape. In just two years, between 2015 and 2017, the percentage of women holding executive positions at marijuana companies dropped a whopping nine percentage points. Margolis claims that the increase in pot investments from more transparent funding sources is …

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