We had the good fortune of connecting with Sara Gullickson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sara, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Early on in my career, I defined success in monetary terms, such as income or business assets. Since becoming a mom of two, success has changed into a more balanced concept. Success for me is happiness. When you are able to let happiness infiltrate your life, it allows you to be a better boss, a better leader, better mother, better partner. I find balance by choosing happiness and I am extremely grateful to be able to wear the titles of both mom and CEO.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I have spent the past decade building successful brands and companies within the cannabis space. This year, I established my newest venture – The Cannabis Business Advisors, a consulting firm specializing in licensing, operations, and mergers and acquisitions for the cannabis industry. I’ve always had an entrepreneurial mindset and out-of-the-box approach to business. Though my career has presented challenges, my journey has been incredibly rewarding. What I’ve learned along the way is that if you want anything in life, go for it and don’t stop until you’ve turned some heads. I started my first consulting firm for the industry in 2010 and later launched a technology platform that offered an extensive digital library of business planning resources for cannabis professionals. In 2018, after receiving multiple acquisition offers, I sold my assets to a publicly traded cannabis company. I served as CEO of that corporation before leaving to focus on raising my family. However, it wasn’t long after that I decided to launch The Cannabis Business Advisors. What sets The Cannabis Business Advisors apart is a decade of industry experience and holistic, integrated consulting strategies. The firm works to support short and long-term goals for both public and private cannabis companies, whether it’s industry longevity or eventual sale.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We would want to check into one of our amazing Valley resorts like Sanctuary, Montelucia, or Phoenician. Our weeklong itinerary would involve enjoying the Arizona sunshine poolside as well as some spa treatments. As a certified yoga instructor, I personally try to set aside some time on my mat, so I would suggest we go to a few yoga classes at the Madison Improvement Club. For some outdoor adventure, we would hike Camelback Mountain and have breakfast at La Grande Orange. For lunch, Postinos and then some shopping at Fashion Square. Evening outings would consist of cocktails, wine, dinner, or some combination of those activities at Ocean 44 or Olive & Ivy.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My partner. I wouldn’t have been able to maintain my career while starting a family over the last two and half years without him. He’s a great dad, isn’t afraid to help around the house and always encourages me no matter how crazy my new business venture happens to be.
The Cannabis Business Advisors