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“Being a mother has given me a forward-leaning perspective” with Beth Stavola and Dr. Ely Weinschneider

Being a mother has made me a better person in multiple ways. It encourages me to be a role model for my children and motivates me to work hard. It is my responsibility to show my children that it’s possible to work hard at something you love and have a thriving family. Aside from giving […]


Being a mother has made me a better person in multiple ways. It encourages me to be a role model for my children and motivates me to work hard. It is my responsibility to show my children that it’s possible to work hard at something you love and have a thriving family. Aside from giving me a greater purpose, being a mother has given me a forward-leaning perspective to want to take care of my employees and their families. It inspires me to help make the world a better place by pushing me to be more productive and providing a different perspective when challenges arise.


Beth Stavola is a leading cannabis entrepreneur, Chief Operating Officer of MPX Bioceutical Corporation (CSE: MPX; OTC: MPXEF), a US national and international diversified cannabis company focused on the medical and adult use cannabis markets. Beth holds the esteemed honor of being named as one of the leading medical cannabis expert entrepreneurs on the floor of the House of Representatives in 2014 by Congresswoman Dina Titus. She holds a BS in Finance and Economics from Monmouth University and spent most of her Wall Street career at Jefferies and Company. The medical cannabis business was an investment initially that transformed into her life’s true passion to holistically help others and create a lucrative business at the same time.

Beth has successfully established the Health for Life brand from inception to significant sales/cash flow within 5 years’ time and maintains one of the most stellar compliance records in the state of Arizona, receiving a 100% score on the last several state compliance audits. Given this record, Beth was able to establish a banking relationship for the business, which is not an easy feat in this industry. Her products in mainstream media are helping in educating the beauty and health world on the healing properties of cannabis. In 2017 Cannabis Business Executive named Beth #3 on the “CBE 75 Most Important Women In Cannabis” list and is in line to make #1 in the 2018 list.

Beth resides in New Jersey with her beautiful family and is proud to be the mother of 6 children.


Can you tell us the “backstory” behind what brought you to this point in your career?

After working on Wall Street for many years in institutional equity sales, I made a personal investment in a medical marijuana company. Originally, it was just supposed to be an investment, but because the industry had been in an illicit market for so long, it can be a difficult transition for most to make, so I needed to step in and take over operations. Once I started working full time in the medical marijuana industry and began rolling up licenses in Arizona, I was able to see the many medicinal benefits it brought to patients. Eventually it became more than an investment, more than a job; it became a passion of mine. Since then, I have been dedicated to helping people find relief from various conditions, and now I am not only an operator but I am also an activist.

Can you share with us how many children you have? Did Motherhood happen when you thought it would or did it take longer? Has being a parent changed your career path?

I have 6 children, ranging from 11 years old to 22 years old. During my earlier years at Wall Street, I only had 2 children, which was manageable. When I was at the top of my career on Wall Street, I had my third child and twin girls a little over a year later. My challenges were mostly with the commute from New Jersey to New York City, making for long days and missing bedtimes during the week. It was certainly hard but I found relief in my support at home and dedicated special time with each one of them. Before entering the cannabis industry, I enjoyed retirement for several years and relished in being a parent. Being a mother is very rewarding and if you manage it correctly, your career can be fulfilling as well. As a woman, I am proof that you CAN do it all!

Where were you in your career when your child was born/started a family and did you always want to be a mother? Explain.

Coming from a big family, I always knew I wanted kids but didn’t have a specific plan for it. As a teen I thought I would only have one child and be a career woman, however, I started a family early while my career was taking off and was very fortunate to have had easy pregnancies for the most part. By the time my last child was just a few years old, I was more accomplished in my career and I was able to manage my work and personal life. I am a very, very lucky woman to have six kids and a happy marriage, it is truly a blessing!

Has being a mother made you better at your job? How so?

Being a mother has made me a better person in multiple ways. It encourages me to be a role model for my children and motivates me to work hard. It is my responsibility to show my children that it’s possible to work hard at something you love and have a thriving family. Aside from giving me a greater purpose, being a mother has given me a forward-leaning perspective to want to take care of my employees and their families. It inspires me to help make the world a better place by pushing me to be more productive and providing a different perspective when challenges arise.

Can you tell us a bit about what your day-to-day schedule looks like?

I start my morning around 5:30–6:00am with a workout or yoga session to clear my mind and body. Around 7:30–8:00am, I am usually looking at emails or making quick calls while checking in with my children before they head off to school. I have a designated home-office on a separate floor, which allows me to be close but still separate when needed. Between calls and meetings, I am pretty much non-stop until roughly 7:00pm. Dinner time is dedicated to hear about the days’ events from my children and on occasion, I will have dinner alone with my husband. Additionally, I travel a lot, so am able to pack quickly without too much preparation (from years of practice)! Sometimes, I am gone a longer stretch and I make sure to schedule special time with my family when I’m back to re-connect and catch up. My kids know they can reach me anytime and they are my priority, I’m a big texter (which is a must with this younger generation) and helps significantly with traveling.

What are the biggest challenges you face being a working mom?

The hardest part for me is being gone long hours and missing that face time with my family. Being able to leave Wall Street and start my own business, gave me the opportunity to work from home and ensure that I could see my kids more. When they were younger, it was very tough because there were many nights they were already asleep by the time I got home. And, even though I had wonderful people helping me, it was an added stressor knowing I wasn’t able to see them before bed. Working from home was the optimal solution for me and I feel so privileged to have had the choice to do so. However, working from home comes with sacrifice and typically means I work more hours than most, day and night!

Are there any stories you remember from the early days of parenthood that you want to share?

In the early days of starting my business, I had to spend weeks at a time in Arizona rolling up licenses and chose to bring my kids along with me. It was always framed as a working vacation and every few weeks we would go on a small adventure, to the Grand Canyon, Scottsdale, or just lots of small towns in Arizona. We made a lot of great memories in those years and they thought working was synonymous with fun, which isn’t such a bad thing!

Any meaningful activities or traditions you’ve made up or implemented that have enhanced your time with your family?

Sunday dinners are a tradition in our household, we all plan to be home and eat together regardless of the kid’s activities and work schedules. In addition, I plan one-on-one time with each of my kids so they know they are important and I can keep up on what’s going on in their lives. Whether it is just hanging out while the others are busy or attending a school activity, it is also extremely important that I maintain a bond with each of my kids and they know they can always come to me. Family vacations are also very important in our family, I recently took surf lessons with my girls, which was a lot of fun, and more importantly, I couldn’t be on my phone!

What are your favorite books, podcasts or resources that inspire you to be a better parent? Can you explain why you like them?

I don’t rely on many parenting materials. I use a very basic approach to parenting, we make the most of our time together and enjoy our time with one another, we all set goals and work hard toward those goals, and lastly, but most importantly, they all know that I love them and their father unconditionally and will always be there for them! That‘s it in a nutshell!

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote” that you share or plan to share with your kids?

“If you want to reach for success in every area of your life, the most important asset you can have is a faithfully optimistic winning attitude.”

Dr. Nido R. Qubein

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us!

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