An amazing line-up of awesome speakers
KEY NOTE SPEAKER
Gene Baur, President and Co-Founder of Farm Sanctuary
Gene Baur has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by Time magazine. Since the mid-1980s, he has traveled extensively, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of industrialized factory farming and our system of cheap food production.
Divina Caballo, #1 International bestselling author of “Reawaken Your Authentic Self” and “The Butterfly Diet™”, is a certified nutritionist and weight-loss coach, and the founder of Reawaken Your Authentic Self Academy, a program that helps individuals maximize their health and life purposes to their fullest potential so they can generate an abundant lifestyle. One of the gateways that are taught in the academy is a 2-year process raising consciousness with the butterfly diet to awaken a higher life purpose.
Carly Reeder, Owner of My Om Yoga Home in Huntington Beach, CA, Stress Free Success Coach, and author of Stress Free For Life
Marc Ching is a fourth-generation Japanese Herbalist, macro-biologist, and holistic nutritionist, born into his vocation in Hawaii. He is the owner of The Petstaurant in Los Angeles, where he makes species-appropriate meals for both dogs and cats, understanding the anatomy of animals and how their bodies process and absorb nutrients. His belief and culture, a presence which has become the cornerstone of the company, is that pets are a part of our family.
Ronnie Landis is an integrative nutritionist, peak performance coach, and human potential specialist.
Nick Delgado, ABAAHP, Author of the Vegan Cook Book “Simply Healthy” and Detoxifying hormone disruptors published in Anti-Aging Medical News 2003, and Annihilate Acne Now, Naturally, has been teaching thousands of Anti-Aging, physicians the importance of balancing estrogen hormones and their metabolites as well as how estrogen’s affect on testosterone, progesterone and several other factors that affect one quality of life. Nick Delgado has also gone even further, to establish the herbs, lifestyle medicine and chemical exposure factors that has created this growing problem of estrogen dominance and how to solve it.
Lisa Levinson is the director of In Defense of Animals’ (IDA) Sustainable Activism Campaign, and serves as the co-chair of IDA’s Council of Sustainable Activism.
Bhupendra Shivji Soneji’s earliest memories from his childhood in India are of his father’s devotion to his practice of yoga. Taught and encouraged by his father, Soneji went on to become a dedicated practitioner himself, and yoga became an essential part of his daily routine. He further expanded his training under the tutelage of Swami Satyananda Saraswati of the Bihar School of Yoga.
Kaci Christian is the creator of The WE Juice for Joy Experience™, a course in mindfulness that emphasizes the practice of sacred self-care and incorporates a 10-day juice cleanse. The program began as a live teleclass offered at the beginning of every quarter, personally facilitated by Kaci with co-host, Chef Xian. The WE Juice for Joy Experience™ allows participants the opportunity to reboot, restore and replenish in a loving, supportive and nurturing environment. The live program included daily conference calls, live interactive coaching and downloadable materials affording people throughout the world an opportunity to participate. That program is not currently being offered, although Kaci does collaborate with a very limited number of clients in her health and wellness consulting practice. www.WEjuiceforjoy.com
Bliss Factory is a duo featuring very versatile and talented musicians, singer-songwriters, David (“Dave”) Carroll and Martin Blasick.
Roxy Leigh Rovenger is an experienced yoga teacher and massage therapist, and the founder of Intended Flow Yoga & Massage. With more than 12 years of experience teaching and practicing, she has found the combination of yoga and massage to be two of the greatest tools in achieving a happy healthy life. Roxy suffered from chronic back pain for many years, due to injuries and constant training as an athlete; however, since committing to yoga and massage, her pain has been completely transformed. Roxy has invested a significant amount of time, energy and resources in her training, amassing more than 900 hours in yoga training and 900 hours in massage therapy training. Her yoga certifications include Vinyasa Flow (200 hours); Yoga Therapy for chronic conditions (500 hours); and Kundalini Yoga (200 hours). She attributes her excellent education and success to her teachers and mentors including Santa Cruz Yoga, Stress Management Center of Marin, Yoga Works, and National Holistic Institute. Her mission is to share her passion, skills and knowledge with others to help them achieve peaceful and happy lives, free of suffering. For additional information and to reach Roxy, visit www.intendedflow.com.
Frances W. Greenspan is an animal artist, former pet groomer and animal communicator who became actively involved in the world of animals from an early age. As an only child, her dogs and cats were her first playmates.
Suzanne “Butterfly” Strachan has been teaching yoga and practicing massage for more than 30 years. She describes her style of yoga as “mostly a blend of Hatha and Hatha Flow with a little Vinyasa.” She focuses her massage technique in the ancient Japanese Shiatsu acupressure style and also includes elements of Craniosacral Therapy in her sessions.
Arlene Nicoletti can’t recall a time when she wasn’t fascinated by sound and music, and has always found great joy in singing. She is the founder of Soul Sound Vibrations in Woodland Hills, CA. Drawing on her extensive training in Reiki, Sound Meditation, and hypnotherapy, Arlene shares her passion and talents for healing using holistic, natural and alternative means.
Gwenna Hunter is a social media consultant and the founder of Vegans Of LA. After having been vegetarian for more than seven years, she unexpectedly stumbled upon a 5-minute video entitled Dairy Is Scary. After seeing how milk was obtained from innocent cows and witnessing their babies being stolen from them, she recognized that, as a woman, she could no longer participate in the mindless consumption of dairy products and immediately stopped her previous unwitting support of the despicable devastation perpetrated against females by the dairy industry.
Shannon Keith, Esq. is the founder and president of the Beagle Freedom Project (BFP) and its umbrella nonprofit charitable organization, ARME (Animal Rescue, Media & Education). Shannon is an attorney who put her energy and passion into protecting and defending animals. She practiced animal rights law for more than 12 years before launching ARME and BFP. She served as legal counsel for many high profile cases, creating case law favoring emotional distress recognition for animals.
Vanessa Marsot is a passionate vegan and compassionate animal activist, based in Los Angeles. She began her professional career as an actress and model in Paris, after graduating from Yale University with a degree in Literature. Upon her eventual return to the United States, Vanessa began teaching yoga and offering personal fitness training.
Kundan Chhabra is the creator of Emotional Alchemy, a technique to transform emotional pain and its accompanying baggage into fuel for passion and life purpose. He does this through his unique Breakthrough Awakening, the consciousness technology he developed to lead workshop participants through the six levels of self-knowledge.
Khamadi Grimble is a man of firm conviction and commitment. Vegan since 1974 (42+ years!), he is the picture of health and wellbeing. His youthful vitality belies his years on this planet; only his salt-n-pepper dreadlocks make you wonder just how old is he? He readily admits he’s 65 years young– and his partner whispers that he often trains with fellow cyclists in their early 20s who are confounded when he passes them on challenging inclines.
Simone Reyes was the breakout star of Oxygen’s reality tv show “Running Russell Simmons” and became an overnight hero in the animal rights community. Vegan Lifestyle Magazine put Simone of their cover, calling her The Gloria Steinem of the Animal Rights Movement. She is a sought after public speaker at events such as TedX, The Seed in NYC, Michigan Veg Fest, WorldFest and uses her many media opportunities to promote a fully vegan lifestyle. Simone is a 25+ year vegan and has been a grassroots animal rights activist for most of her adult life.
Ori Shavit is a food writer and critic, media person, a leading promoter of the Israeli vegan cuisine and vegan culture, animal liberation and green lifestyle activist.
Host of her own national live daily talk show on Court TV for eight years, Lisa Bloom is now a legal analyst for NBC News, appearing frequently on the Today Show, Nightly News, CNN, HLN and many other television and radio shows. As a legal analyst for the biggest legal website, Avvo.com, Lisa writes a popular weekly column on civil rights issues.
Seba Johnson made history at the tender age of 14 as the youngest Alpine Ski Racer in Olympic History and the first Black female to ever ski in the Olympics, a title which Johnson still holds today. As an animal rights activist, and a vegan since birth, Seba protested what would have been her third Olympic Games because the host country lifted their moratorium and resumed practice of commercial hunting for minke whale.
BRYAN PEASE is co-founder of the Animal Protection and Rescue League (APRL), which is based in San Diego and has a very active chapter here in Orange County.
Kuntal Joisher combines the distinction of being both an accomplished mountaineer and a high-end, computer science professional.
Unmatched in theatrical stage production, Rio will make you feel as though you’ve been transported back to an actual 1984 Duran Duran concert. The show will bring you back in time to the big 80’s where fun, dancing, and music were priorities in your youth. Official website: http://www.durandurantributeband.com
Kathy Hoshijo pioneered America’s move towards a healthy vegetarian diet through her books, and ‘Kathy’s Kitchen” – America’s first vegetarian natural foods TV show (nationwide PBS 1980-1990). Join Kathy Sunday at 12:15 in SoCal VegFest’s Speaker Hall to learn about “Pure Vegan Skin Care – Because What Goes ON Your Body goes IN”. When she’s not speaking, you can find her at IsWithin Booth #11 launching her new skincare line.
Dr. Michael Klaper, is a gifted clinician, internationally recognized teacher, and sought-after speaker on diet and health. He has practiced medicine for more than 40 years and is a leading educator in applied plant-based nutrition and integrative medicine. Dr. Klaper is also the author of a successful book on cholesterol-free nutrition and an upcoming title (to be announced in 2016), as well as numerous health videos.
Heather Shenkman MD FACC is an interventional cardiologist in practice in the Los Angeles area.
1:45pm – 2:05pm: Main Stage
Katie Cleary (WAN – World Animal News, Media Sponsor)
11:20 – 12:25pm: Main Stage
“Vegan Athlete/Fitness Panel”: Will Tucker, Seba Johnson, Matt Ruscigno,
John Pierre (Moderator – Laura Oatman)
Chef Jenny is the executive chef and creator of 118 Degrees in Southern CA, a popular health foods chain and author of “Raw Basics”, “The Art of Raw Living Foods”, “Simply Dehydrated” and the upcoming “Veggie Momma” and “Healing with Raw Living Foods”.
In our ultra-rushed world today where microwave meals, drive-thru fast food, fear of contaminated meat and produce and water shortages are considered normal, Chef Tanya Petrovna is our modern day “Donna” Quixote of food.
Kaci Christian is the founder of The WE Conference™, an organization uniting and educating women with a mission to inspire, support and facilitate wellness expansion and women’s empowerment programs.
Erin Wysocarski began food blogging in 2011 as a way to transfer all of the ideas she had in her head for vegan dishes.
Jackie Sobon is a food photographer, recipe developer, and author specializing in vegan food.
Amber St. Peter is a vegan chef of 6 years from a tiny farm town in Maine who now lives in bustling Southern California.
Brian L. Patton is a vegan chef, cookbook author, blogger, social media personality, podcast host and he writes the Veganize It column for VegNews Magazine.
The influences of Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton can be discerned in her solo debut, and Country Music People ranked “Life, Death, and the Spaces Between” third on a Best Albums of 2015 list, dubbing Annette Conlon “a major talent” who “created a moving, intimate, magical melodic country trip.”
Renowned nutrition and fitness expert John Pierre is sometimes referred to as a “Trainer to the Stars” because he trains Hollywood celebrities, rock-stars, and Fortune 500 executives.
Laura Robinson Oatman is the author of #1 Amazon bestseller Whole Earth Diet, the founder of Whole Earth Wellness, a plant-based nutritionist, holistic wellness guru, speaker, and warrior for world peace.
Matt is a Registered Dietitian, has two degrees in nutrition and over 20 years experience with veganism.
Dr. Andy Mars is an expert in raising veg kids and an expert in raising kids in general.
Christopher Locke worked in the television industry for over a decade before pursuing his passion project, “Persimmon Takes On Humanity,” which is the thrilling first book of the young adult series, “The Enlightenment Adventures.”
Richard Aiken, MD, PhD, is a board certified psychiatrist and chemical engineering research scientist with an emphasis on Lifestyle Medicine.
Dr. Hans Diehl is the founder of the Lifestyle Medicine Institute in Loma Linda, CA, where he is also clinical professor of Preventive medicine at Loma Linda University’s School of Medicine.
Jane Velez-Mitchell is the founder and content editor of JaneUnChained, a multi-platform social media news outlet that produces original video content on animals rights and the vegan/compassionate lifestyle.
When LA based singer/DJ, Anji Bee, began posting photos of her homemade vegan meals online in 2007, the commonly held belief of Social Media experts was that “nobody wants to know what you’re eating.”
Featured on CNN, FOX, Today, and other major media outlets, Ruby Roth is an artist and the world’s leading author and illustrator of vegan books for children.
Spirit Soul And Friends are the Award Recipients of the Los Angeles Music Awards for World Music Artists of the Year and Showcase Artists of the Year.
Purple Mountains Majesties is comprised of a bassist, a drummer, and four front men who switch off on every instrument they can afford to buy.
Elijah Bustos is a 21-year old self taught guitarist and singer from San Pedro, California who is vegetarian, and environmentalist and is an animal lover!