Cannabis Learning Community

INSPYRE COLORADO

Our Purpose

To equip our members with skills, experience and certification to advance a career in or related to cannabis.

Our Vision

Personal growth & career achievement to anyone who chooses cannabis.

Growing & Partnering

INSPYRE is developing a best in class cannabis curriculum bringing together experts from a wide range of disciplines. We are dedicated to open source collaboration, a forum for marijuana and hemp businesses, universities, government, law enforcement and subject matter experts to discuss best practices, certification standards, and curriculum. Our advisory members offer a wide range of expertise including education, curriculum development, cannabis grow operations & design, horticulture, extraction, construction, architecture, regulation, and business.

Hello from the INSPYRE Team

Stayed tuned as we continue to grow in 2018!

Will Metcalfe

CEO

Will is a serial entrepreneur with a solid track record taking businesses from concept through exit. A leader at the emergence of several major industries (Fiber Optic Services, Wireless, Internet, now Cannabis), he has founded businesses and a corporate venture organization, raised capital, and negotiated alliances resulting in substantial value to shareholders. Harvard MBA.

Created 2 telecom businesses within Cox - later sold for +$3B. Co-founded Lucent's New Venture Group - created 28 companies & rated #1 globally by Ernst & Young. Founder of Lucent spinout - $5M invested by EMC, acquired. Founding team that created, built & sold OnFiber - seed financing by Kleiner Perkins, acquired by Century Link.

Wes Colgan, Ph.D.

Chief of Education

Wes Colgan III is an award-winning educator with +20yrs of higher education experience. Wes has been instrumental in developing high impact, student-ready curricula for life science higher education. He has contributed several peer reviewed papers to education journals and has been a critical contributor to Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience workshops. Wes has trained hundreds of educators in sound classroom, online, and laboratory education techniques. Ph.D. Forest Ecology
WE ARE WORKING WITH THE BEST

Advisory Board

Devin Liles

CEO, The Farm

Advisor & Instructor

Industry pioneer with +10 years experience in strategy & business development, facility design & build-out, senior leadership and managing operations of a successful growing enterprise in a highly turbulent marketplace.

Larry Allen

Education Coach, Author

Advisor

“As a motivational speaker, consultant and coach, my focus is helping and supporting professional teachers and future teachers.” Author of The Evolution of a Teacher, The Rhythm of Successful Teaching, Innovating as a Lifestyle and more.

Jim Marty, CPA

CEO, Bridge West CPAs

Advisor

Jim Marty is a pioneer and leader in the cannabis industry. He is a nationally recognized and renowned expert on marijuana tax, accounting, and banking issues. 

Tonya Griffin

EVP, Zooyza

Advisor

A serial entrepreneur with over 25 years of growth management experience spanning two continents and a number of industries including cannabis, financial services (FinTECH), medical devices and practices, pharmacy, marketing and more.

Jeff Casimir

Founder, Turing School 

Advisor

Created some of the most respected high-tech bootcamps:

  • Galvanize’s gSchool, 2013
  • Hungry Academy,
  • Jumpstart Lab, 2009

Susan Metcalfe

Senior Learning Consultant, Deloitte Digital

Advisor

+25 years in the Learning and Development industry – distance learning, curriculum design & large-scale training deployment. Susan is also a writer and a learning designer specializing in immersive learning experiences such as Virtual Reality.

Cindy Sovine-Miller

Government Relations

Advisor

Leading cannabis lobbyist in Denver, CO. Led INSPYRE’s workforce development initiative. SB17-187 passed in 2017 with overwhelming support.

Josh Jones, PhD

Jonesing Labs, LLC

Advisor & Instructor

PhD Organic Chemistry. Design & implementation of efficient extraction & purification processes in cannabis and hemp.

Peter Konjoian, PhD

Konjoian Horticulture Education Services, Inc.

Advisor

PhD Horticulture. +30 years in greenhouse cultivation. In 2010, Peter expanded into hydroponic greenhouse and indoor food crop production and cannabis cultivation.

Kim Stuck

Allay Consulting

Advisor

Kim was the first Marijuana Specialist for the Denver Department of Environmental Health and therefore the first Marijuana Specialist for a public health authority in the Nation. She conducts compliance inspections, license sign offs, pesticide investigations, recalls, shelf stability and CBD source approvals.

Stephen Ludwig

University of Colorado Board of Regents

Advisor

“INSPYRE is developing the needed professional practices and training that are essential for the cannabis industry to reach its full potential.”

John Andrzejczak

Pressure Safety Inspectors (PSI), Cofounder

Advisor & Instructor

Subject matter expert in ASME NQA-1 and B&PV Quality Programs, B&PV Code, Hazard and Safety Analysis, Installation and Start-Up, Factory and Site Testing

Todd Macey

President, Vital Learning

Advisor

Vital Learning’s award-winning classroom and online courses have helped over 1 million managers develop the practical skills they need to be successful.

Joel Reich

President, Reich Consulting

Advisor

“Given the levels of sophistication we are seeing in many facets of the legal Cannabis industry, it is surprising that most training is still being conducted on an informal, peer-to-peer basis.  As the industry continues to move in the direction of greater professionalism, the need for more formal, science-driven educational outlets has become acute.”

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