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You’re invited to an evening of “Ted” style presentations by cannabis professionals, networking, and fun!

Blunt Talks are “Ted” style presentations given by innovators of the cannabis industry who want to share their knowledge so we can grow together!

With the passage of Proposition 64 (legalization of recreational marijuana use), the California cannabis industry is experiencing a period of rapid growth! There are more businesses, brands, products, and services than ever before, and now is your chance to learn from a few that are really changing the game!

Whether you’re a professional looking to transition careers into the cannabis industry, a canna-professional looking to keep up to date with whats going on, or a business owner that is looking to add talent to your team, or you’re just looking to network and eat some good food, this installment of Blunt Talk is for you!

Past events: Long Beach, Santa Monica, Boulder CO, Hollywood CA, San Francisco CA


We suggest taking lyft or uber.
Entrance instructions will be sent via email the day before the event:)


  1. Eat. Drink. Check out our sponsors. Make friends and professional connections.
  2. Hear short, TED-style talks from cannabis professionals.
  3. Ask some questions.
  4. Make more Friends and professional connections.


Matt Nordgren, CEO & Founder of Arcadian Capital

Matthew Jason Nordgren is an ambitious executive, dedicated philanthropist, and accomplished athlete who brings a unique passion for creating strategic alliances. He brings breadth and depth of experience in finance, corporate development, and capital sourcing, as well as in building highly motivated teams of skilled professionals.

In 2005, Mr. Nordgren received his education at the University of Texas at Austin, while playing football for the Texas Longhorns football team. As a quarterback on a National Championship winning team, he developed skills that would be carried through his lifetime and core business philosophies. While playing football on scholarship for The University of Texas, he was able to graduate with two degrees in less than four years and was accepted into and pursued a dual master’s degree program at the University. After playing professionally briefly with the Detroit
Lions and Philadelphia Eagles, Mr. Nordgren went on to earn two additional master’s degrees in both business and sports management from the University of Dallas. He was subsequently featured on the Bravo TV show “Most Eligible Dallas,” while becoming a partner in the family business, NORDCO, Inc., a Dallas-based energy firm. This is also when he helped to develop, manage and build his first private equity/family office business with a sports and media focus.

Throughout his career, Mr. Nordgren has been appointed to many executive leadership positions at a wide-ranging group of companies and industries. From real estate to sports and entertainment, from hospitality to insurance and financial services, from emerging industries to later stage leveraged buy outs, he is singularly focused on finding synergistic opportunities in early stage private growth rounds that have upside potential. He is committed to successfully helping manage the overall financial state of his partners businesses and the companies with
which he and his partners have interests within.

Mr. Nordgren is currently CEO and Founder of ARCADIAN Fund and ARCADIAN Capital Management, a venture fund/private equity strategy focused on the ancillary service providing companies in and around the cannabis and hemp industries. More specifically, on Series A/B type opportunities where proven businesses are looking for growth equity to continue scaling into new markets. He was recently name one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in the Cannabis Industry” by High Times Magazine. Additionally, he is the founder of Nordco Consulting LLC, a private consulting firm dedicated to the business development of middle market companies with forward-thinking vision. To date, Mr. Nordgren has personally been involved with over $7 billion in transactions and maintains a portfolio of approximately 32 companies.

Inspired by his belief that education and athletics can open doors for at-risk youth, Mr. Nordgren launched The Leadership Foundation—an organization committed to giving back to non-profits whose purpose is to empower youth through sports and education. He feels strongly that young people, regardless of their personal circumstances, should have the opportunity for a bright future and the chance to make a positive impact. Furthermore, he is involved with and contributes to numerous philanthropic causes and remains dedicated to giving back.

Mskindness B. Ramirez, Founder of Club Kindness & Elixirs by Kindness

With both a given name and a calling, Mskindness B. has remained committed to a life of service and philanthropy. Following a long, successful career in large-scale fundraising and earning her Masters degree in Education, Mskindness became a high-school math teacher. Only to soon discover that life had other plans for her skills, when a bad slip and fall during her second pregnancy led her down a path toward Cannabis for healing.

This bold Mom officially entered the Cannabis space in 2015 when she founded Club Kindness, a non-profit organization that supports patients, brands and dispensaries with holistic cannabis education and outreach programming. In 2016, she developed Elixirs by Kindness, a CBD rich apothecary line geared toward the mature consumer. She is the host of Sneaking in Silence, a podcast about mindful Cannabis consumption, co-owner of the luxury CBD store, ECS, and the author of her upcoming children’s book, Our Very Special Garden; written to spark the Canna-conversation between kids and their parents.

Mskindness is an educator, wife, mother and all around hard-working lady; Who remains gracefully balanced through her daily meditation and mindfulness practice.


Jeff Welsh, Founder & Director of Entertainment Relations at Frontera Law

Born and raised just outside of Philadelphia, Jeffrey D. Welsh began his career on the performance side of the entertainment industry. Following undergraduate studies at The Hartt School of Music in West Hartford, Connecticut, Mr. Welsh moved to Los Angeles to pursue his first love as a professional saxophonist while earning a
Masters of Music degree from the University of Southern California. After several years of recording for television and film, as well as touring internationally, Mr. Welsh decided his skill set would be best served on the business side of the entertainment industry, and headed to Pepperdine Law School in Malibu, California
in 2010.

It was at Pepperdine where Mr. Welsh met Luke Stanton and began his foray into the legal cannabis community, entrenching himself into California corporate formation and criminal defense in both Los Angeles and Ventura Counties during law school and into his first year of professional practice.

In June of 2014, Jeffrey accepted a position in Corporate Business Affairs at the largest talent agency in the world, William Morris Endeavor, now WME | IMG, while simultaneously continuing to work in the legal cannabis industry part time. In this unique position, Mr. Welsh’s goal was to develop an understanding of the nuanced
entertainment industry while concurrently connecting entertainer-advocates with projects and groups actively working in the cannabis space. Mr. Welsh was able to develop relationships with some of the most visible entertainers under WME representation, and is currently facilitating deals for several of those entertainers in
the legal cannabis industry.

In an effort to return to his musical roots, Mr. Welsh moved to the Personal Appearance Department at WME in February of 2015. In that same month Mr. Welsh co-founded the Frontera Law Group with Luke Stanton, and joined Frontera full time in July of 2015. Through aggressive networking and an unrelenting desire to be the first mover in the cannabis to entertainment/media space, Mr. Welsh fostered an extensive network with the current and future tastemakers of the entertainment industry to facilitate deal flow between these two industries.

In April of 2017, Mr. Welsh co-founded a full-service creative agency, Composite, with Cody Tesnow, Charles Hayes, Duco Muller, and Luke Stanton. Composite helps guide and grow brands in the legal cannabis industry, and specializes in creative & content production, marketing research & strategy, and product development.

By navigating this unique path, Mr. Welsh is sensitive to specific legal issues involved in entertainment and cannabis coming together, such as intellectual property, endorsements, licensing, criminal and civil liability and other business and legal considerations. Mr. Welsh and Frontera have been recognized as national thought leaders in the cannabis industry by Entrepreneur Magazine (named as one of the Top 100 Cannabis Leaders in 2018), and by MG Magazine (named as one of the Top 50 companies to work for in the cannabis industry in 2018).

Music has always remained a tremendously positive outlet of creativity for Mr. Welsh, and he continues to utilize that passion for creative expression by performing live saxophone and DJ sets as frequently as possible in the greater Los Angeles area.

Brandine Strand Founder and President at Raw Co Inc

Brandine is a proven founder & CEO fueled by a lifelong passion for driving growth & business development. With a deep understanding of marketing, consumer behavior & branding, she has a track record for bringing several successful brands to market, many of them overnight success stories.

Her keen ability to strategically design & execute a business plan, has built her a reputation as an unstoppable female entrepreneur. Implementing operational quality & efficiency is another distinct skill Brandine brings to the table in any organization.

In 2018 Brandine’s sold her first company, a company she started in a storage unit 7+ years prior. Without any funding or partners, she built & scaled one of the largest & most reputable wholesale distribution companies in the counter culture market.


Sam Zartoshty 2017 Headshot

Hosted by Sam Zartoshty

Thank you Expert Dojo for hosting this event!!


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