Hannah Skingle, a leading woman in the CBD industry

As we celebrate International Women’s Day 2019, it is important to remember the potential of the Cannabis Industry in nurturing gender equality and diversity. Back in 2015, the level of female executives in the industry was an impressive 11% higher than the national US average. We hope to mirror the same kind of ratio in Europe, with women like DragonflyCBD’s Chief Operating Officer – Hannah Skingle – at the forefront.

We want to fuel this effort by giving voice to businesswomen in Cannabis. Read on for our quick-fire interview with Hannah about women in Cannabis, diversity in the workplace and her powerhouse mum.

Why do you think the Cannabis industry is so diverse?
Two reasons – because Cannabis is so old and the industry is so new. As the plant’s been around for thousands of years and with a multitude of uses, its diversity and ethos is inevitably reflected in the industry. At the same time, this industry is nascent, inviting in a diversity of voices. Both women and minorities now have the opportunity to shape the industry and its future direction without constraint, which is really exciting.

How do you think we can keep it that way?
We can ensure women flourish in the industry with bottom-up hiring. If you’re talented and keen to learn, the Cannabis space is one that allows you to quickly excel.

Who has been the most inspirational woman in your life?
It has to be my powerhouse mum, who taught me to be kind to everyone and always give people the time of day.

What do you think is the biggest issue facing women in 2019?
It’s hard to choose just one, but I’d have to say the legal fight for equal rights and opportunities. The movement towards equality is not a universal one, and it’s hard to see misogyny still embedded in the laws of certain countries. We also need to recognise that ‘woman’ is not just one category and the real diversity of experiences and voices out there. International Women’s Day is both a celebration of how far we’ve come and a springboard for further progress.

What advice would you give any young woman looking to get involved in the fast-growing Cannabis Industry?
Believe in yourself, put yourself out there and get in contact with any up and coming Cannabis companies. I know for one that DragonflyCBD is always looking for talented women to join the team!

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