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The Q&A Hub showcases all your favorite Social Media Stars and Guest Speakers in an informal atmosphere where they can answer your questions.  Check back as we update the Schedule in the Q&A Hub!



Here is our Schedule from 2017.  As we add bands and speakers for 2018 we’ll update the list.

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Schedule subject to change without notice.

11:00 AM – 11:50 AM Wildcard Q&A 1

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Vegan Men “Myth and Facts”



12:00 PM – 12:50 PM – Wild Card Q&A 2

It’s Mandarin

Beauty Panel + Q&A Vegan Women

Amanda has a passion for food and makeup and although a full-time student, she still finds time to share videos and pics of her favorite vegan recipes and makeup products.


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Lose Your Veganity

Vegan Health and Lifestyle Channel

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Sonia Elsie

Beauty Panel

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Stella Rae

love, community, compassion, growth.


love, community, compassion, growth.


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1:00 PM – 1:25 PM – Locals Q&A

Asher Brown

Locals Panel

Asher is a longtime vegan and CEO of Pollution.tv, a Los Angeles-based creative agency specializing in the plant-based space. Asher has filmed hundreds of commercials, web videos and social media pieces for a client list that includes most of the top vegan brands and animal rights nonprofits in the country.MORE INFO!

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Ken Spector


Ken is a fountain of knowledge who is interested in everything life has to offer, from the psychology of business marketing to organic gardening to website/graphic design. He has consulted for or worked in upper management for numerous companies including Microsoft, Hollywood.com, Eco Vision Packaging, and LivingECO.com. He is dedicated to living a vegan, holistic, sustainable lifestyle. You may have seen him zooming through the streets of Los Angeles on his bicycle.MORE INFO!

Mary Zaint

Vegans From Mars

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Vegan Black Metal Chef

Bringing consciousness to your life


Brian Manowitz, aka “The Vegan Black Metal Chef” hosts a cooking show that explores a variety of easy Asian, Indian, North American, South American, Italian, Middle Eastern, kosher and other global vegan meals. Packed with humor, music, and visual effects… This is the most fun way to learn vegan vegetarian cooking ever.MORE INFO!

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1:30 PM – 2:20 PM – Physician’s Q&A featuring Dr. Neal Barnard from PCRM and more!

Dr. Neal Barnard



Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., is an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C., president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and founder of Barnard Medical Center.
Dr. Barnard is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the 2016 recipient of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine’s Trailblazer Award, and has led numerous research studies investigating the effects of diet on diabetes, body weight, and chronic pain, including a groundbreaking study of dietary interventions in type 2 diabetes, funded by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Barnard has authored more than 70 scientific publications as well as 18 books, including the New York Times best-sellers Power Foods for the Brain, 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart, and the USA Today best-seller Dr. Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes.
As president of the Physicians Committee, Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research. He hosts four PBS television programs on nutrition and health and is frequently called on by news programs to discuss issues related to nutrition and research.
Originally from Fargo, N.D., Dr. Barnard received his medical degree at the George Washington University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the same institution. He practiced at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York before returning to Washington to found the Physicians Committee.
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Heather Shenkman MD

Plant-based cardiologist and triathlete


Heather Shenkman MD FACC is an interventional cardiologist in practice in the Los Angeles area.  Originally from Detroit, she attended medical school at Albany Medical College and completed her internal medicine residency training at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. She completed her cardiology fellowship training at University of Rochester in Rochester, New York, and her interventional cardiology fellowship training at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.
While she performs complex angioplasties to open up clogged coronary arteries, she prefers to help her patients reduce their risk of heart disease through a healthy lifestyle, including a plant-based diet and regular exercise, in addition to medication when appropriate.
Dr. Shenkman has followed a plant-based diet for nearly eleven years.  She is an avid athlete, having completed over a hundred events of various distances, from sprint triathlons to Ironman distance triathlons, marathons and ultramarathons, and several hundred-mile century cycling events.
Dr. Shenkman is a strong believer in a plant-based diet for heart health, as numerous studies have demonstrated prevention and even reversal of coronary artery disease. A plant-based diet has fueled her athletic success, and she encourages her patients toward this diet for their own health as well.
She blogs at veganheartdoc.com and can be followed on Twitter at @veganheartdoc.
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2:30 PM – 3:20 PM – Activists Q&A

Carrie LeBlanc, M.A.

Executive Director, CompassionWorks Intl


As the Founder and Executive Director of CompassionWorks International, Carrie works diligently to improve and enhance the techniques and strategies in the animal advocacy movement. Her leadership has led to the demise of circuses and circus performances, and helped to change hearts and minds with regard to issues of animal captivity and trophy hunting.
Prior to founding CWI, Carrie worked alongside many notable organizations including Compassion Over Killing, FARM, and Darwin Animal Doctors, and was the first-ever Director of Operations for Mercy For Animals. As a recognized expert in the fields of nonprofit management and fundraising, Carrie has successfully raised millions of dollars for charity work, helped to restructure and stabilize numerous nonprofit organizations, and has consulted for or advised over a dozen nonprofits focused on animal protection.
An animal activist from a young age, Carrie became vegetarian shortly after graduating from high school and went vegan twenty years later after learning of the tragic plight of male chicks hatched into the egg industry. A year after becoming vegan, Carrie founded Go Vegan USA, a project focused on community-based activism, and ran the founding chapter in Santa Barbara, California. Amongst other activities, Carrie co-founded the Animal Rescue Fund of Santa Barbara, has been a board member on her local chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and has published several articles related to veganism, nonprofits, and fundraising.
Carrie holds a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology and a master’s degree in art history both from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is a published art historian. She currently lives in Henderson, Nevada where she enjoys spending time with her husband and two rescue dogs.

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Dani Rukin

Activist’s Q&A Panel


3:30 PM – 4:20 PM – Athlete’s Q&A

Brian Turner

Thick Solid Tight


My name is Brian Turner and I’m an 9 year natural vegan bodybuilder who’s here to relate, teach a bit and have fun with you guys through my videos!
I live in San Diego, California and was born on September 23, 1992!
I’m here to teach you from all that I’ve learned from being a bodybuilder and lifting (with leg day days) for over 9+ years, as well as being certified for 4+ years. No BS here just straight knowledge from myself to you, feel free to ask questions you’d like me to make videos to!
For business inquires/booking e-mail humerusfitness@gmail.com
Check me out on instagram @thicksolidtight

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Rachel Demita

Athlete Panel

Rachel Annamarie DeMita is an online personality, social media addict and model based in Los Angeles, California. Rachel played 8 years of competitive basketball in her hometown of Akron, Ohio, then went on to host and produce the first-ever TV show broadcast through a video-game, Nba 2K TV.MORE INFO!

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The 300# Vegan

Athlete Panel

Animal Rights + Food Justice Activist • Public Speaker • NFL Defensive Lineman •
David Carter aka The 300 Pound Vegan is an American football defensive end and vegan activist. Carter and his wife, Paige, work through their organization The 300 Pound Vegan to spread a message of plant based health and ethical veganism.MORE INFO!

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4:30 PM – 5:20 PM – YouTuber’s Q&A

5:30 PM – 6:00 PM – Wildcard Q&A 03

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