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WIRE: Former president to deliver keynote at Oregon Women Grow retreat

DENVER — Women Grow, the cannabis industry’s largest professional networking organization, today announced that’s former President and acting Board Member, Stormy Simon, will share her first public remarks regarding her involvement in the cannabis industry during the organization’s inaugural Wellness Weekend Retreat.

(Stormy Simon)

(Stormy Simon)

Taking place October 7-9, 2016 at the Salishan Spa & Golf Resort (7760 North Highway 101, Gleneden Beach, Ore.), the retreat will bring together 300 cannabis industry leaders for three days of personal development and wellness activities on the Oregon coast.

Women Grow CEO Leah Heise said, “Women Grow is honored to welcome Stormy Simon as the keynote speaker for our first Wellness Weekend Retreat. As an e-commerce pioneer and an influential advocate for female leadership at the executive level, Simon is an ideal ally for Women Grow and a symbol of increasing mainstream corporate engagement with the regulated marijuana industry.”

Simon said, “The cannabis industry is an exciting space with incredible potential to revolutionize our lives. The Women Grow Wellness Weekend will be my first public address regarding my entrance into the cannabis space and the next chapter in my professional life. I look forward to supporting cannabis entrepreneurs, and am pleased to share my initial steps into the legal marijuana sector with the women who are leading a fair, equal, trillion-dollar industry from the outset.”

The Women Grow Wellness Weekend Retreat is a restorative three-day event that will allow cannabis industry leaders to connect with their peers and focus on personal wellness in an intimate, inspiring setting. Back-to-back breakout sessions and social events will allow attendees to explore relevant content in small groups and foster meaningful connections. Attendees can also choose from the resort’s wide range of invigorating, restorative recreational activities.

Tickets for the Women Grow Wellness Weekend Retreat start at $800 and are currently on sale. While Women Grow is female-focused, men who believe that diverse leadership is vital for the cannabis industry are also welcome to attend. To purchase tickets or learn more about the Wellness Weekend Retreat, visit

Women Grow is a national network that educates, empowers, and connects women leaders in the cannabis industry through monthly networking events in more than 35 cities in the U.S. and Canada, and at national conferences that shine a spotlight on individuals and companies building a diverse, fair cannabis industry. The for-profit organization welcomes male and female entrepreneurs and leaders at all stages of business development from within the many sectors of the legal cannabis industry. Visit to get involved, apply for membership, and learn more. Follow Women Grow on Facebook, and on Twitterand Instagram (@womengrow).

Stormy joined in 2001 during the formative years of e-commerce, when the company’s revenue was less than$20M and employees numbered under 100.  In the beginning, Stormy developed PR in-house, the Books, Music & Movie store, ran the warehouse, and many other processes, positions and departments. She was promoted to VP of Branding in 2004 after writing and producing the iconic “Discover the Secret of the Big O” campaign which contributed to Overstock becoming a household name.  She became an SVP in 2007, and oversaw many departments, including Customer Care, Partner Care, Supply Chain, and all marketing divisions, culminating with her becoming president of the company in 2014 with approximately 1600 employees.  Stormy is an established e-commerce innovator, pioneer, as well as a proven business leader. In summer 2016, she stepped down as President of Overstock to explore the emerging American cannabis industry.

During her tenure, Overstock became an top 25 e-tailer by traffic and grew to nearly $2B in revenue. Under Stormy’s leadership, Overstock was recognized by numerous associations; 4 consecutive years for Mobile Web Awards, and others for customer care including ranking in the top 4 AMEX/NRF Customer choice awards for the final 6 years the honor was given. Stormy was also personally recognized as a Customer Champion by Gartner 1to1 Media.  In 2014 the company was named to Forbes’ list of “America’s 100 Most Trustworthy Companies”.

Stormy was named a Power Player by the NRF’s 2016 The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future, and awarded Top Innovator by Utah Women in Tech awards in 2015.  She’s dedicated time to local non-profit boards, including the Columbus Community Center, which provides jobs to adults with mental disabilities, the YWCA advisory board, the Boys & Girls Club, and Jon Huntsman’s Gubernatorial Committee of Economic Development. She also served on the board of Winder Dairy, and has been on the board of directors at Overstock since 2011.  She is known for her speeches on the importance of customer experience and empowerment of employees and women.  She is proud that during her presidency the female seats at the executive table have increased to 33%.

Susannah Grossman
PR Director, Women Grow

SOURCE Women Grow

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