JAINE AID Award Winner Announced

JAINE AID Award Winner Announced


WeAreJAINE , a Missouri-founded industry organization supporting women in cannabis is proud to announce their first ever JAINE Advocacy, Inclusion, and Diversity (AID) Awards winner for 2023.  This first annual award recognizes organizations for leading the way in being diverse and inclusive in Missouri’s cannabis industry. 

The We Are JAINE AID Awards intends to highlight, support, and encourage these efforts in the Missouri cannabis industry. Following a nomination, a detailed questionnaire, a survey of nominated company employee surveys, and a committee vote were all utilized to choose the winner, and for 2023, JAINE celebrates the deserving people at Staffing by Se7en as the 2023 winner. 

Minority-owned, and led by CEO, Christy Essex Staffing by Se7en partners with cannabis companies to place quality candidates in project-based, seasonal and direct-to-hire, skilled positions.  Staffing by Se7en serves as a valuable entry point for those interested in joining the industry.  They provide free coaching, referrals to training and scholarship programs, and mentorship to their candidates, including students enrolled in cannabis programs.  In turn, their clients benefit from an engaged, trained, and diverse workforce. 

Staffing by Se7en impressed the JAINE AID committee in many areas.  The feedback from their team showed clearly, that they are aligned in their mission of assisting candidates achieve their career goals in cannabis, and increasing professional participation in the industry of minorities, women, and those impacted by the war on drugs.  100% of their survey respondents strongly agreed that Staffing by Se7en is likely to promote women, and people of color to management levels and were aware of the company’s effort to support communities or individuals criminalized for cannabis.  

During the process, the JAINE AID committee reviewed Staffing by Se7en training processes including education about the history of cannabis prohibition, as well as anti-racism and anti-sexism.  Also notable is that Staffing by Se7en has participated in efforts to educate and assist in the process of legal home cultivation, and their process for seeking out and vetting small, local, and minority-owned businesses to partner with as vendors such as Kansas City-based Creations by Tasha, and Cannabis Care Team.


JAINE plans for this to be an annual program award and looks forward to nominations later in 2024 to recognize additional companies.

Learn more about Staffing by Se7en at www.staffingbyse7en.com

Learn more about We Are JAINE at www.wearejaine.com