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ComfyTree Canna Conference Featured Speaker Spotlight: Angela Ardolino

angela-ardolino-cannacureAngela Ardolino grew up in MiamiFlorida. Her future as a parenting expert is not surprising, having learned to teach parenting and self-esteem courses for Informed Families as a teenager, while working alongside her mother.  In her early teenage years, she began performing magic professionally, even managing her own entertainment company.  After high school, she attended the University of Colorado at Boulder in pursuit of a degree in Broadcast Television.

Following her collegiate pursuits, Ardolino returned to Florida and founded the Miami Children’s Theater (MCT) in 1996, to use performing arts as a platform to allow children to express themselves and gain self confidence.   MCT soon became an award-winning program and recognized as a leading performing arts production company in the Southeastern US, that continues to operate today, boasting several former students who currently perform and work on Broadway.

In 2006, Ardolino moved to Tampa, Florida, where she founded Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine to serve as a family resource guide for West Central Florida.  As founder and editorial director of the magazine, she quickly became a regular contributor of parenting media segments for radio and television networks.  As the voice of Parenting with Angela, she continues to produce parenting and/or health and wellness segments on many network affiliates, provide timely and relevant information via Parentingwithangela.com and social media, and appears regularly on the syndicated talk show Daytime TV.

While at Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine, Ardolino created and organized two of the biggest Bay Area events: The Back to School Fair and Summer Splash. The Back to School Fair, happening annually in August, features exhibitors, vendors, activities, entertainment, and giveaways to help get children in the Tampa Bay Area ready to go back to school. Summer Splash, which takes place annually in April, is the only event where parents can meet face-to-face with directors from area summer camps.

Ardolino has served on the executive board of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, the Glazer Children’s Museum, and Voices for Children.  Ardolino has spoken on panels for LGBTQ Parenting, Women in Business, and continues to be an advocate for children’s rights.  She has also been a keynote speaker for numerous events including PGA Executive Women’s Day, Working Women of Tampa Bay, Pediatric Cancer, and a variety of other networking events.  Ardolino was recognized for her professional accomplishments by being selected as a finalist for Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2016 Businesswoman of the Year, in the Media and Marketing category.

Recently Angela grew frustrated seeing countless families facing major health problems, for which no traditional medical treatment or pharmacological remedy was proving effective, affordable, and safe—all while knowing that cannabis products provided relief and oftentimes recovery, but were not yet legal in Florida.  With a constitutional amendment providing for medical marijuana on Florida’s 2016 ballot, Ardolino sold her ownership of the parenting publication to partner with Avid Growing Systems in launching CannaCure in the US, a company dedicated to cultivating and processing the purest medical cannabis products, with the lowest environmental impact.

Ardolino is active in Women Grow and United for Care, and is currently pursuing a professional certification in cannabis for therapeutic use from the University of Vermont College of Medicine.

Angela spends her spare time tending to Fire Flake Farm, which not only provides a safe habitat for neglected and abused animals, but has also been a supplier of organic vegetables, micro-greens and herbs for the past six years.

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