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Award-Winning Serial Entrepreneur | Impact Innovator | Champion of Inclusive Prosperity | Socíale Equity Visionary | Founder @ Socíale Dispensary

Annu Khot

Annu Khot is an Award-Winning Impact Founder and Cross-Industry Innovator transforming exclusive systems into inclusive ecosystems where diversity thrives and every voice finds its power. Driven by a commitment to acknowledge, value, and empower, Khot is on a mission to bridge societal divides, create equitable economic opportunities for communities, and enhance well-being.

Leading the charge towards a new era of inclusive prosperity, Khot is dedicated to breaking down societal conditioning and systemic barriers. Her commitment to fostering inclusivity extends across usership, ownership, and leadership, setting new standards for equitable participation through entrepreneurship.

In 2019, she founded Socíale Dispensary, an employee-owned cannabis business exclusively offering products from female and minority-owned businesses. Socíale embodies her vision of providing ownership opportunities to those disproportionately impacted by the War on Drugs by providing opportunities for those who are often found working for the business to work on the business.

Khot’s mission extends to challenging stigmas through dedicated advocacy and education. Her impressive leadership skills earned her an invitation to the exclusive Forbes Business Council and led to her recognition as one of The Top 50 Women Leaders of Illinois for 2023, as well as the Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Award. Building on her commitment to fostering inclusivity and representation, Khot further solidified her influence by joining the Asian Cannabis Roundtable (ACR) as a Board Member of the Retail Committee. Her advocacy efforts continued to grow as she took on an additional role as a Board Member of the Desi Cannabis Collective, further amplifying her impact in championing diverse voices and perspectives.

A sought-after strategist, advisor, and speaker, Khot contributes her expertise to high-profile platforms like the Benzinga Capital Cannabis Conference and the Career Theory Podcast, and to respected industry publications. Her engagements on these platforms not only shed light on untapped opportunities but also guide readers through the complexities of modern business challenges, illustrating her role as a pivotal influencer in shaping the future of social equity.

Throughout her career, Khot has been unwavering in her pursuit of empowering others, motivating individuals to reclaim their power and realize their true potential. Her remarkable journey from an ambitious individual to a recognized mogul is a testament to her tenacity and visionary approach. Her story, featured on the MJBulls podcast and highlighted by media outlets like the Hindustan Times and the Chicago Tribune, underscores Khot’s dedication to breaking stigmas and championing social inclusion.

With over two decades of experience, Khot has excelled as a Managing Partner in numerous successful real estate ventures, where her innovative approaches consistently created new opportunities. Her dynamic presence in the business landscape is marked by a wide-ranging expertise that spans from real estate development to business process optimization. Khot’s journey is a testament to her commitment to leveraging this diverse skill set to cultivate growth, inclusivity, and prosperity. Instrumental in forging paths for the often overlooked, she has dedicated herself to unlocking potential and fostering opportunities within marginalized communities.

Khot’s academic credentials include a Bachelor of Laws degree in Banking, Corporate, Finance, and Securities Law from the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. Additionally, she holds a Master Certificate from the Cannabis Training University, and certification from the Bar Council of Maharahstra & Goa as an Attorney and Counselor, establishing a foundation for her industry leadership.

More than just revolutionizing inequitable landscapes, Khot’s journey embodies the essence of empowering individuals, reshaping societies, and inspiring others to reclaim their power. She’s at the forefront of creating inclusive prosperity and social equity, forging paths for broader participation, prosperity, and thriving communities.

Championing authenticity and community for inclusive prosperity.

Leading Expertise:

  • How to break industry barriers for social impact – and why it matters

  • How to overcome stigmas & stereotypes as a ‘misfit’ or ‘outsider’ in entrepreneurship

  • Why entrepreneurs should embrace community & collaboration

  • How women can claim their power by embracing & expressing their authentic selves

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