Laniakea Evans has worked in the cannabis space for over 15 years. She is currently the General Manager of 365 Recreational Cannabis in Santa Rosa, California and the Founder and CEO of White Widow Consulting. Laniakea started her career in the legacy market as a trimmer and has gone on to manage farms, distribution facilities, and dispensaries throughout Northern California. Her passion is education and making cannabis more accessible to her community. She is currently working on creating an education and outreach program to connect Sonoma County’s nearly 180 assisted living and board and care home facilities with free cannabis consultations and educational material for their aging residents. You may also recognize her from her publications in Sensi Magazine, Dope Magazine, and Leaf Magazine or as one of this year’s Emerald Cup Therapeutic Topicals judges. Laniakea has faced some unique challenges in the male dominated cannabis industry but believes that leading with honesty and creating a sense of community, almost a sense of ’Ohana (Hawaiian for family), has been what drives her continued success. When Laniakea isn’t managing 365 Recreational Cannabis she is creating synergies in the industry and helping new entrepreneurs build successful businesses as the CEO of White Widow Consulting. She is a proud mother of three wonderful girls, and she enjoys spending her days off cooking, gardening, and crocheting with them.