As a part of our series about the women in wellness, I had the pleasure of interviewing Mahja Sulemanjee-Bortocek.
Mahja Sulemanjee-Bortocek founded High Haven in 2019 after identifying innovative and necessary solutions for cannabis companies to scale while putting the consumer first. Mahja’s expertise includes five years of cannabis experience working in the Illinois, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Ohio medical markets spanning various roles including Director of Marketing and Outreach and Chief Communications Officer. Notably, Mahja served as Interim Chief Communications Officer for leading multi-state-operator Grassroots Cannabis up until it was acquired by Curaleaf Holdings in 2020. High Haven is positioned to open vertically integrated cannabis businesses in Michigan and Illinois, and aims to build upon the company’s success in those markets to share the team’s operational excellence with states nationwide. Prior to joining the cannabis space, Mahja worked in healthcare business development for over 15 years and has a master’s degree in Public Health and Business Administration. Mahja’s passion to help others is evident in her valiant and persistent efforts in community service. She has been awarded and held officer and board positions for several organizations. Mahja aspires to bring awareness, safe accessibility, and compassion to the cannabis industry.