The New Chardonnay

Business & Economics Podcasts

Author and former ABC New correspondent Heather Cabot features candid conversations with thought leaders about innovation, reinvention, grit and resilience. From cannabis to tech to fashion to food, Cabot goes behind the scenes with leading entrepreneurs striving to create "The New Chardonnay" and finds out what makes them tick.


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Author and former ABC New correspondent Heather Cabot features candid conversations with thought leaders about innovation, reinvention, grit and resilience. From cannabis to tech to fashion to food, Cabot goes behind the scenes with leading entrepreneurs striving to create "The New Chardonnay" and finds out what makes them tick.






Akerna CEO Jessica Billingsley on Managing Risk

In 2010, Jessica Billingsley co-founded MJ Freeway, the company that paved the way for the modern cannabis industry to be regulated from "seed to sale." In 2019, MJFreeway was spun into a new venture called Akerna (KERN) and as part of a new SPAC became the first cannabis compliance technology company to list on the Nasdaq. Now as Akerna's Chairman and CEO, Billingsley is one of the few women to helm a publicly traded cannabis company. According to new research by Arcview and the National...


What's Next for Bruce Linton? Hemp, Psychedelics and Michigan

Heather catches up with cannabis pioneer Bruce Linton, founder and former CEO of Canopy Growth (NYSE: CGC), and one of the stars of her new book, The New Chardonnay. On the eve of Election Day, Linton shares his thoughts about the future of cannabis in America as five states vote on legalization including New Jersey and Arizona; why he is excited about his investment in Michigan cannabis company Gage; his increasing affinity for the future of industrial hemp across the globe; why he's hot...


Hacking Record Expungement: Code For America and Cannabis

Throughout the 2020 election season, the debate over cannabis reform has shed light on the challenges facing people convicted of low-level cannabis crimes to clear their records as laws change. As you'll hear in this episode, these out of date and increasingly invalid local convictions can hinder individuals from securing employment, housing and even bar them from volunteering in their children's schools. Governors in states including, Colorado, Illinois, and Washington have begun to issue...


What's Christian About CBD? God's Greenery CEO Puts Faith in the Faithful

Michael Klein, founder and CEO of God's Greenery, an online Christian community dedicated to CBD and a new line of hemp-derived products featuring CBD, reveals his epiphany about the intersection of faith and the booming CBD industry. Heather finds out how the entertainment exec, with stints at Conde Nast, MTV and Sundance Channel, stumbled into the world of cannabis and CBD and why he thinks the 41 million Americans who identify as Christians are an untapped market for plant-based healing.


Colorado Takes New Steps to Diversify Cannabis: Meet the Woman Behind It

As Colorado passes a new law to diversify its pot industry including pardons for low-level marijuana offenders, Heather sits down with cannabis executive and social justice activist Wanda James. James, the first Black dispensary owner in US and a former Democratic campaign strategist, has been advocating for racial justice in Colorado and beyond for more than a decade. Her fight is deeply personal. Colorado's move comes as former Vice President Joe Biden in his race for the White House,...


Race, Covid-19 and Cannabis: The CEO Fighting for Social Justice

An illuminating and emotional interview with medical cannabis executive and activist Dr. Chanda Macias. Macias, known as "Dr. Chanda," is the owner of two medical cannabis ventures, Ilera Holistic, a cultivation and manufacturing business in New Orleans, and National Holistic Healing Center medical dispensary in Washington, DC. She is the first African-American woman in the US to own a medical cannabis license and holds a Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology from Howard University and an...


Therapy On-Demand: The Entrepreneur Tackling Mental Health With Tech

With Americans reeling from the pandemic and the economic woes it has unleashed, public health officials fear a spike in depression, suicide, substance abuse and domestic violence. Serial entrepreneur Bea Arthur, a former domestic violence counselor, shares with Heather the vision for her latest startup, the on-demand therapy platform, The Difference ( Arthur reveals the backstory behind her latest company, the problem she wants it to solve and how it all started with a...


Common Mission: Two Founders Discover New Purpose in The Pandemic

Heather sits down with Lisa Sun, CEO and founder of Gravitas New York @gravitasnewyork, an innovative and inclusive fashion brand and Jane Park, CEO and founder of Seattle-based Tokki, @tokkigifting, a modern gifting company that sells reusable fabric gift wrap. Sun and Park share the story of how they turned a crushing business crisis into an opportunity to help front line responders. The two longtime friends on opposite coasts had just launched a new partnership when the virus hit. With...


Two Tough Mothers: Garden Society's Cofounders Keep Pushing

The cofounders of cannabis lifestyle brand Garden Society have faced wildfires, a hundred year flood and weathered California's rocky transition from its medical to recreational marijuana market. Now Sonoma County-based CEO Erin Gore and CMO Karli Warner are coping with the impact of coronavirus and quickly adapting to the new realities of operating during the lockdown -- not to mention working from home as moms to young children. In our candid conversation, these scrappy entrepreneurs share...


The New Chardonnay Premiere Episode

Heather Cabot introduces The New Chardonnay, a new interview show featuring leading edge thinkers and their stories of enterprise, innovation, grit and resilience. This premiere episode features Andrea Brooks, founder and CEO of Sava, a cannabis e-commerce and delivery service in the Bay Area. As San Francisco prepared to shelter-in-place, Brooks and other activists quickly mobilized to lobby the city to keep legal pot dispensaries open. The movement made waves across the state of California...