Sheri Orlowitz is a leveraged buyout specialist and investor who has raised over $100mm to build, buy, and sell companies across manufacturing, real estate, and now the fast-growing cannabis industry where she is starting a venture capital fund. Founder of the private investment firm Artemis Holdings Group, Sheri is also a former Justice Department prosecutor perfectly placed to help her portfolio companies in the cannabis industry navigate the legal and regulatory minefield. We talk investing, what it takes for women in business to raise money, plus the mindset of a successful entrepreneur and why abundance thinkers and problem solvers get ahead.
Opportunities are all around us and of course not everyone seizes them.
“Opportunities are like buses – the art is deciding which one you want to get on”.
What is it that makes us take focused action when a seeming coincidence or unexpected connection points us in a new direction?
What makes someone like Sheri Orlowitz dive head on into her first leveraged buyout without any business experience and only a semester of accounting?
“I was running in 1993 a $70m company worth $250m today and I had foreign divisions, a Chinese division, and I figured it out”.
It would have been easy for Sheri to stay in her comfort zone having since raised more than $100 million to build, acquire, and sell dozens of companies in manufacturing, real estate and professional services. After all she sits on countless boards and has been called on to advise the President of the United States.
Yet a chance encounter in a Starbucks led Sheri Orlowitz to what’s likely to be her most lucrative opportunity yet.
Sheri is a modern day renaissance woman and as founder of Artemis Holdings she’s raised many millions in capital for leveraged buyouts in the M&A space – and now is cultivating her cannabis portfolio with licenses and other opportunities.
She’s also starting a venture capital fund for the cannabis space.
We talk about opportunities in the “cannabiz” space, what goes wrong when women try to raise money, why very wealthy women often shy away from funding their entrepreneurial sisters, what makes a great entrepreneur and much more.
Learn on this episode:
- How to get out of a scarcity mindset into an abundance mindset
- How to spot and act on opportunities
- What makes an entrepreneur suited to playing in the “cannabiz” space
- How to navigate fast-changing legal, financial and regulatory requirements in an industry still skirting legality
- The growing CBD industry and opportunities in health, beauty, drinks and beyond
- Why problem-solvers make the best entrepreneurs
- How to stop being a perfectionist if you want to succeed in business
- How to raise money and how women must stop underestimating themselves when raising money
- Why frugality stops many female founders from raising the capital they need to grow and scale their businesses
- And much more advice for women in business
More about Sheri here
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Sheri Orlowitz is a former Justice Department prosecutor and founder of Artemis Holdings Group, LLC, a Washington, D.C.-based private investment firm, where her portfolio focuses on emerging businesses in the cannabis industry.
She has more than three decades of experience with mergers and acquisitions and executive-level leadership, both domestically and internationally, raising more than $100 million to build, acquire, and sell a dozen companies in the manufacturing, professional services, and real estate industries.
Sheri has served as an official U.S. envoy to Latvia, Greece, and Portugal, and she was one of the first U.S. women invited by the Saudi Arabian government to teach entrepreneurship at Dar Al-Hekma University. She has been appointed to the National Women’s Business Council and various public and private company advisory boards, including the Harvard University Women's Leadership Board, National Women’s History Museum, Enterprising Women Magazine, Capital One, MassMutual, Connected Living, Brilliant Factory, the Marijuana Policy Project and Women Grow.
Ms. Orlowitz founded the Orlowitz-Lee Children’s Advocacy Center for sexually abused children and safe-haven for trafficking victims; the American University International Law Review; and a series for women business owners entitled, “Money: How To Get It, Use It and Not Lose It©.”
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