Wendy Berger has been a board member of Green Thumb Industries Inc. (OTC: GTII) since 2015 and is one of the pioneers among women leaders in the cannabis industry. Berger was a keynote speaker at the Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference, the largest cannabis finance conference in the world that kicked off in Chicago Tuesday.
She was interviewed by Scott Greiper, founder and president of Viridian Capital Advisors, one of the earliest financial and strategic advisory firms in the cannabis sector.
Berger explained how she got into the cannabis industry, the challenges for women and their potential.
Here is how Berger answered Greiper's first question, which was how can cannabis companies include more women in the industry.
From Chaos Comes Opportunity
Before becoming a cannabis executive, Wendy worked in sales leasebacks, construction and real estate. This experience contributed to the physical expansion of a new industry in terms of infrastructure, retail, and manufacturing, literally creating the industry from the ground up.
“I have always been a casual consumer of cannabis, I love my cannabis the way I like my martinis, although these days I drink almost nothing. I had the opportunity to go to my first dispensary about 17 years ago in …