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SHI Sponsors Microsoft DigiGirlz Event Promoting Diversity in Tech



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, one of North America’s top 10 largest IT solutions
providers, is sponsoring Microsoft’s DigiGirlz
event in Iselin, New Jersey, on May 14. More than 40 eighth and
ninth-grade girls have registered to attend the event, which will allow
them to interact with Microsoft employees and managers to explore
careers in technology.

Microsoft will hold 56 one-day DigiGirlz events around the world in
2019. Each event provides girls with career planning assistance,
information about technology and business roles, thought-provoking
exercises, and Microsoft product demonstrations. By participating in the
Microsoft DigiGirlz Day, young women can learn about the variety of
opportunities available in the high-tech industry and consider their
future career paths.

“When I was planning the DigiGirlz NJ event, I knew immediately that I
wanted SHI— America’s largest Minority and Woman-Owned Business
Enterprise (MWBE)—to be involved,” said LJ Marinello, Director, Partner
Technology Manager for One Commercial Partner (OCP) at Microsoft. “SHI
is not only a great example of diversity and inclusion, but illustrates
through its Microsoft partnership via OCP that there are countless
opportunities for women in technology and business, from developers to
people managers to business leaders.”

The Iselin event will feature an opening keynote by Marinello, a career
panel featuring representatives from Microsoft and the New Jersey
Chapter of Women in Technology, and three sessions throughout the day:

  • “Fun with Faces” Coding Lab: In this hands-on coding lab, girls
    will learn how to develop a simple app to analyze a photo using
    machine learning.
  • “Mixed Reality: Hololens Workshop”: Attendees will learn how we
    can use mixed reality every day to enhance our lives, and will
    experience mixed-reality first hand using Microsoft’s own mixed
    reality device, the Hololens.
  • “Uncovering Your Superpower”: During this session, attendees
    will craft a 30-second elevator pitch that highlights their interests,
    strengths, and passions. After crafting the pitches, the groups will
    play a speed networking game to practice their introductions and get
    to know one another better.

“SHI has always been committed to diversity in technology, and
Microsoft’s DigiGirlz events are one way we’re bringing that commitment
to life,” said Jacquie Goldstein, Director, Software Partners at SHI
International. “By giving girls in our community the chance to interact
with and learn from Microsoft executives, they can better imagine
themselves in those roles. By giving them hands-on experience in
everything from coding to networking, we can inspire them to consider a
wide variety of careers shaping the future of technology.”

“At St. John Vianney School, we pride ourselves on providing access to
the latest technology for our students, faculty, and parents,” said
Sister Eileen Jude, Principal at St. John Vianney School. “Programs like
Microsoft DigiGirlz afford our students access to state-of-the-art
technology, as well exposure to the many careers available in the tech
industry. Special thanks to Microsoft and SHI for fostering a community
focused on diversity in the workplace and allowing our young women an
opportunity to explore these exciting technologies!”

For more information on SHI, please visit


Founded in 1989, SHI International Corp. is a $10 billion global
provider of technology products and services. Driven by the industry’s
most experienced and stable sales force and backed by software volume
licensing experts, hardware procurement specialists, and certified IT
services professionals, SHI delivers custom IT solutions to Corporate,
Enterprise, Public Sector, and Academic customers. With over 4,000
employees worldwide, SHI is the largest Minority and Woman Owned
Business Enterprise (MWBE) in the U.S. and is ranked 8th among CRN’s
Solution Provider 500 list of North American IT solution providers. For
more information, visit

Press Resources

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Twitter Handle: @SHI_Intl


For SHI International:
Gregory FCA
Mike Lizun, 610-642-1435
[email protected]

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Schwazze Appoints Forrest Hoffmaster as Interim Chief Executive Officer




DENVER, Feb. 23, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Medicine Man Technologies, Inc., operating as Schwazze, (OTCQX: SHWZ) (NEO: SHWZ) (“Schwazze” or the “Company”), today announced that Forrest Hoffmaster, the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, has been appointed to the additional role of interim Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”). This follows Nirup Krishnamurthy’s resignation as CEO and as a member of the Board of Directors (“Board”), effective February 20, 2024, due to personal reasons.

Mr. Hoffmaster, who joined the Company in January 2023, brings over 30 years of executive experience in finance and operations for both public and private companies. Prior to Schwazze, Mr. Hoffmaster served as CEO of New Seasons Market, a specialty gourmet food retailer, where he navigated the company through one of the most disruptive periods in the retail grocery industry. Under his leadership, Mr. Hoffmaster implemented a focused growth and cost optimization program, enabling the company to grow EBITDA by over 30% in two years. Prior to New Seasons Market, Forrest held leadership positions with other leading grocers including Whole Foods Market and H-E-B.

“Forrest is well-positioned to seamlessly step in and lead the Company’s day-to-day operations as we conduct our search for a permanent successor,” said Justin Dye, Chairman of the Board. “With Forrest’s proven track record and deep retail expertise, we plan to continue leveraging our operating playbook to drive strong Adjusted EBITDA margins and consistent cash flow generation. On behalf of the Board, I’d like to wish Nirup the best in his future endeavors.”

About Schwazze

Schwazze (OTCQX: SHWZ) (NEO: SHWZ) is building a premier vertically integrated regional cannabis company with assets in Colorado and New Mexico and will continue to take its operating system to other states where it can develop a differentiated regional leadership position. Schwazze is the parent company of a portfolio of leading cannabis businesses and brands spanning seed to sale.

Schwazze is anchored by a high-performance culture that combines customer-centric thinking and data science to test, measure, and drive decisions and outcomes. The Company’s leadership team has deep expertise in retailing, wholesaling, and building consumer brands at Fortune 500 companies as well as in the cannabis sector.

Medicine Man Technologies, Inc. was Schwazze’s former operating trade name. The corporate entity continues to be named Medicine Man Technologies, Inc. Schwazze derives its name from the pruning technique of a cannabis plant to enhance plant structure and promote healthy growth. To learn more about Schwazze, visit

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements.” Such statements may be preceded by the words “may,” “will,” “could,” “would,” “should,” “expect,” “intends,” “plans,” “strategy,” “prospects,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “approximately,” “estimate,” “predict,” “project,” “potential,” “continue,” “ongoing,” or the negative of these terms or other words of similar meaning in connection with a discussion of future events or future operating or financial performance, although the absence of these words does not necessarily mean that a statement is not forward-looking. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future events or performance, are based on certain assumptions, and are subject to various known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company’s control and cannot be predicted or quantified. Consequently, actual events and results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks and uncertainties associated with (i) regulatory limitations on our products and services and the uncertainty in the application of federal, state, and local laws to our business, and any changes in such laws; (ii) our ability to manufacture our products and product candidates on a commercial scale on our own or in collaboration with third parties; (iii) our ability to identify, consummate, and integrate anticipated acquisitions; (iv) general industry and economic conditions; (v) our ability to access adequate capital upon terms and conditions that are acceptable to us; (vi) our ability to pay interest and principal on outstanding debt when due; (vii) volatility in credit and market conditions; (viii) the loss of one or more key executives or other key employees; and (ix) other risks and uncertainties related to the cannabis market and our business strategy. More detailed information about the Company and the risk factors that may affect the realization of forward-looking statements is set forth in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Investors and security holders are urged to read these documents free of charge on the SEC’s website at The Company assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise except as required by law.

Investor Relations Contact
Sean Mansouri, CFA or Aaron D’Souza
Elevate IR
(720) 330-2829
[email protected] 

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