The Godmother of Cannabis Industry Recruiting, Kara stands apart as the cannabis industry’s most experienced & knowledgeable recruiting professional globally. She has been an HR professional, specializing in Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Workforce Planning, Legal Compliance and Organizational Design for over 20 years. Her career has spanned several Fortune 100 companies and start-ups across multiple industries. Kara has an MBA in Human Resources & Organizational Behavior and is LinkedIn, PRC, CIR, and CSSR certified. Kara is a frequent speaker at national as well as international conferences in both the cannabis and HR industries and was the founding Chair of the National Cannabis Industry Association’s Human Resources Committee. She is one of the original Women of Weed® and has been named a “Woman to Watch” by MJBiz Daily/Magazine.
Kara Bradford, MBA, MM
With a diverse background including information technology, marketing, business development, public policy, and law, David serves as Viridian’s “Swiss Army Knife,” providing essential support to Viridian’s best-in-class staffing & recruiting team. David’s responsibilities include overseeing marketing, strategic partnerships, trade shows and events as well as the selection, deployment and management of the firm’s information technology. David also has extensive experience working with industry organizations, not only serving as a board member but personally spearheaded the effort to broker the merger of four organizations to form Washington State’s largest cannabis industry association. David is also a frequent speaker at industry conferences and podcasts.
Joanna Monroe is a senior executive, C-Suite adviser and board director with a proven track record of helping companies transform and grow profits while reducing risk. Joanna served for over 15 years as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Chief Compliance and Risk Officer at TrueBlue, Inc., a publicly traded staffing company with $3B in revenues, 700 branches and 500,000 temporary workers. With close to 25 years in staffing, she is an expert on human capital management, human resources and employment law and is highly regarded for implementing large scale operational, compliance and legal initiatives that contribute to high-performance business results and improve the bottom line.