ABOUT THE CANNA BOSS BABE
Ishqa Hillman is an experienced leader who has a history of creating healthy work environments where employees are cultivated to be their best and are confident in their value. With nearly 20 years of corporate Human Resources, Sales, Customer Service, Operations, Business Administration and Marketing for large and small businesses, she now uses her expertise to create workflows and systems that work for your business. Her background and passion is in developing a culture that embodies your vision and brand. It all starts from within – and your best sales people will always be happy employees.
As organized as she is creative, Ishqa likes to cut to the bottom line to discover to root of any issues you may be experiencing and find a solution. Ishqa helped to find solutions to grow a 10 year old “As-Built Services” business with 8 employees and 6 figures annually into a 5.8 million dollar business operating in 3 states and employing over 30 people. Her creative thinking was instrumental in building a service hub in Utah where technical knowledge, training and experience was initially lacking. It was after setting up this hub she realized she was being called to help other businesses grow as well. After 7 years with the last company and 20 working for other people, she began her life as an entrepreneur and consultant. What she didn't expect was to enter the cannabis industry, but as soon as she heard "Endocannabinoid system" she knew she had found her calling.
In late 2019 Ishqa began business consulting with women in the cannabis industry who were struggling to navigate the complexities of the industry, the "boys club," and surviving and thriving as a business. Her ability to connect people was immediately put to good use, helping to coordinate educational cannabis networking events CBD Sundays, CannaGather, and others across Orange and Los Angeles Counties.
She formed The Canna Boss Babes as an entrepreneurial support platform. The Canna Boss Babes was created to support the women in the space who previously felt unheard, unsupported and unsure how to compete with the men in the space when so many resources appear to come from being a part of a “boy’s club”. They are not anti-men “everyone’s a babe!” The Canna Boss Babes focus on creating safe space for all people to come together to share their stories, learn from each other and grow together. In March 15, 2020 Ishqa began hosting live interviews; she completed 40 in the first two weeks, then built a more sustainable system and grew her community by nearly 8,000 organic followers by providing a safe space to share cannabis stories worldwide. After 85 weeks and 804 lives, numerous awards and a nomination for best podcast – Instagram removed the page. This created the opportunity for Ishqa to return and focus on the work she loves and is here to do – helping businesses grow sustainably.
In addition to The Canna Boss Babes, Ishqa used 2020 to co-found Long Beach Peer Education Community Center, a developing non-profit whose purpose is “Empowering Generations” by uniting businesses to neighborhoods though education and training and by providing system navigation, “everyday” education, and support groups. Recovery with Cannabis is the first of many groups we are proud to create safe space for. Currently we are focusing on harm reduction and working with other organizations to address this need. You can learn more at www.lbpecc.org
Ishqa also works with The Social Impact Center from Los Angeles through which she has received PowerUp Meeting Facilitator certification and training to work with people currently and formerly incarcerated. This work came from her volunteer efforts with 2020 National Expungement Week’s clinics held throughout Los Angeles County where she received a certificate of recognition form the California State Assembly. Her passion for this work has led to her further organizing with The Social Impact Center. Currently Ishqa works as a consultant with businesses both in and out of the cannabis space and is enjoying her free time pursuing her passions within the non-profit sector.
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