Vegspiration Tent


The Vegspiration Tent is our speakers tent where we discuss everything about the Veggie Life!

Sponsored by Open Eyes Foundation and Thrive Market

11:35 AM – 12:25 PM – Social Media Activism

Happy Healthy Vegan

Vegan YouTube and Instagram Creators

Ryan and Anji have been creating vegan focused content as Happy Healthy Vegan since 2013, with a current viewership of over 135 thousand on YouTube, 58 thousand on Instagram, and 24 thousand on Facebook. This over 40 Long Beach based duo have created 700+ videos covering a wide range of topic including plant based news, health and fitness tips, product and restaurant reviews, recipes and vlogs. Anji released her debut vegan cookbook, ‘Keep It Carbed, Baby!,’ in 2016. In addition to vegan outreach, this creative duo also make music under the name of Lovespirals, which is how they began their social media career. They are currently completing their 5th full-length album for release later this year.MORE INFO!YoutubeFacebook Instagram

Earthling Ed

Grassroots Animal Rights Activist

Ed’s online activism involves creating educational content including street conversations, where he focuses on talking to the public about the morality of eating animals in order to encourage positive discussion and debate. He also produces educational resources in order to help transitioning vegans as well as activists.
He is the co-founder and co-director of Surge, a creative grassroots animal rights organisation that creates and organises demonstrations, outreach events, films and campaigns with a focus on positive community building. In 2016 Surge started the annual Official Animal Rights March and in 2017 they released the documentary Land of Hope and Glory and launched The Big Vegan Activism Van. Ed is also a Save Movement organiser and does public speaking all over the UK.
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Divine Munchies

Divine Munchies Vegan Eating Show

I’m Divine Munchies.  I like vegan food, lifting weights, and doing yoga.  Check me out on YouTube or Instagram for vegan food shows and yoga/fitness inspiration.

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That Vegan Couple

Vegan Educators and Activists

Natasha and Luca from Australia are social media influencers “That Vegan Couple”. They inspire and educate others to make more compassionate, healthier lifestyle choices for themselves, animals, and the planet via their YouTube channel, other social media, podcast, website, and eBooks.

They’re currently on a U.S Vegan Activism Tour. Not only are they reaching non-vegans with the vegan message, but through their Meet-ups and Activism Workshops, they intend to boost the participation of vegans in grassroots activism, as well as the profiles of local vegan activist groups in the cities they visit on this tour.MORE INFO!YoutubeFacebook InstagramTwitter

12:30 PM – 1:20 PM – Animal Rights – the New Wave

Shaun Monson


Writer/Director of EARTHLINGS and UNITY

Shaun Monson is the writer/director of the documentaries EARTHLINGS (2005), and UNITY (2015). Narrated by Academy Award Nominee Joaquin Phoenix, and featuring music by Moby, EARTHLINGS is available in over 40 languages, and is considered a milestone in documentary films for animal rights organizations around the world. His follow-up film, UNITY, features an astounding cast of 100 celebrity narrators, and was released in the fall of 2015.  It’s now available On-Demand in more than 100 countries and a dozen languages. Produced under his production company, Nation Earth, his films illustrate how we are “not the same but equal,” and are also a sobering reminder that we all share this planet and have the responsibility to act with conscience.MORE INFO!Facebook InstagramTwitter

Amy Jean Davis


LA Animal Save organizer

Amy Jean Davis has been vegan since 2002. After appearing on American Idol in 2008 as a Top 24 Finalist she moved to Los Angeles from Indiana. She has a micro sanctuary at her home in the valley. She works as Production Manager for Nation Earth, the company that created EARTHLINGS and UNITY documentaries. She is the organizer for LA Animal Save, the Los Angeles chapter of The Save Movement that originated in Toronto, Canada.MORE INFO!Facebook InstagramTwitter

Gwenna Hunter



In 2016, Gwenna went from vegetarian to vegan after watching the video Dairy is Scary. As founder of Vegans of LA, and the Community Engagement & Events Coordinator for Vegan Outreach Gwenna enjoys bringing people together for social functions designed to create networking, mingling, dating, and a safe, fun space for non-vegans to experience new and delicious foods, while also learning that it’s unnecessary to eat animalsMORE INFO!Facebook

Dr. Linda Alvarez


Vegan People of Color Conference

Linda Alvarez received her Ph.D. in Political Science and an M.A. in International Relations from Claremont Graduate University. She also holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from California State University, Los Angles. Her scholarly interests revolve around exploring the ways in which underrepresented and marginalized groups interact, challenge and resist dominant structures of power. As a political scientist, she works within the frameworks of comparative political behavior, political psychology, transnational migration, social movements, race and ethnic politics, food politics and the study violence and trauma among underrepresented and marginalized populations.
Her current research includes projects on the political knowledge of Central American migrants in transnational contexts; structural and symbolic violence among Central American farmworkers and slaughterhouse workers in the United States; the role of political threat on the political knowledge and learning of immigrant and African American groups in the United States; inclusivity and intragroup commonality among Afro-Latinos and African Americans in the U.S., and the examination of the role food has played in the imposition and maintenance of systems of power, as well as the resistance to such systems.
Dr. Alvarez is also co-founder of Vegan Advocacy Initiative and the People of Color: Animal Rights, Advocacy, and Food Justice Conference.
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Judie Mancuso


Political Animal Rights Leader

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Eye on L.A.’s – Tina Malave – Panel Moderator


ABC7 Eye on L.A. Host

Tina Malave Bio
Emmy Award winning Host and Producer, Tina Malave began her television career in her early 20s when she suddenly became the nation’s “go-to girl” for everything hot happening in Miami. She was in high demand, reporting for WFOR-CBS and WSVN-FOX, as an award-winning morning radio show host and producer for top rated Clear Channel station Y-100, and Miami correspondent for several national entertainment outlets, including multiple shows on E! Entertainment Television. Her wit and intellect also earned her respect as a much sought after writer and producer.
Today Tina brings her many talents to ABC7’s iconic, Eye on L.A. as Host and Senior Producer. Thriving on adventure, Tina loves to uncover new and unique things to see, do and eat throughout Los Angeles, and now she can take viewers along for the ride! In Tina’s words, “L.A. is a city that’s so vast you really have to shrink your focus to be able to see all of its hidden gems. But the gems are endless!”
In November of 2017, Tina changed to a plant-based diet and has made it a point to alter the format of Eye on L.A. to include an equal representation of plant based restaurants.
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1:25 PM – 2:10 PM – Dr. Joel Kahn

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2:15 PM – 3:10 PM – Animal Rights All-Stars

Jane Velez-Mitchell

Become the Media for Voiceless Animals!

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. She has won four Genesis Awards from the Humane Society of the United States for her reporting on animal issues. VegNews named Velez-Mitchell Media Maven of the Year in 2010. In 2013 Mercy for Animals awarded her their Compassionate Leadership Award. In 2014, she was honored for fighting animal abuse by the Animal Legal Defense Fund. In 2015, she received the Nanci Alexander Award at PETA’s 35th anniversary.
For six years she hosted her own show on CNN Headline News, where she ran a weekly segment on animal issues. Previously, Velez-Mitchell reported for the nationally syndicated Warner Brothers/Telepictures show Celebrity Justice, where she did numerous stories on animal issues championed by celebrities. Previously, Velez-Mitchell was a news anchor/reporter at KCAL-TV in Los Angeles and WCBS-TV in New York. She is the winner of both a Los Angeles Emmy and a New York Emmy for her reporting. Velez-Mitchell is a graduate of New York University and began her career with reporting stints in Ft Myers, Florida, Minneapolis and Philadelphia.
Velez-Mitchell is the author of four books. Her 2014 non-fiction New York
Times bestseller, Exposed: The Secret Life of Jodi Arias offers a detailed psychological analysis of a salacious trial that gripped the American public. Her other New York Times bestseller is her memoir, iWant: My Journey from Addiction and Overconsumption to a Simpler, Honest Life. Secrets Can Be Murder delves into the secrecy and deceit embedded in tragic scenarios. Addict Nation: An Intervention for America with co-author Sandra Mohr focuses on our culture’s addictive nature and our obsession with overconsumption.
Velez-Mitchell directed and produced the documentary Anita Velez: Dancing Through Life which won a coveted Gracie award in 2001. She lives with her partner, Donna Dennison, and their 4 companion animals in Los Angeles.
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Gene Baur

vegan activist best selling author

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.
A pioneer in the field of undercover investigations, Gene has visited hundreds of farms, stockyards, and slaughterhouses, documenting the deplorable conditions that exist. His pictures and videos exposing factory farming cruelties have aired nationally and internationally, educating millions about the plight of modern farm animals.
Gene has also testified in courts and before local, state, and federal legislative bodies, advocating for better conditions for farm animals. His most important achievements include winning the first-ever cruelty conviction at a U.S. stockyard and introducing the first U.S. laws to prohibit cruel farming confinement methods in Florida, Arizona, and California. His efforts have been covered by top news organizations, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, andThe Wall Street Journal. Gene has published two bestsellers, Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food (Scribner, 2008) and Living the Farm Sanctuary Life (Rodale, 2015), which he co-authored with Forks Over Knives author Gene Stone. Through his writing and his international speaking engagements, Gene provides simple actionable solutions coupled with a compassion-first approach to help us be the change we wish to see in treatment toward animals and in our food system.
Gene began his activist career selling veggie hotdogs out of a VW van at Grateful Dead concerts to fund farm animal rescues. Today, he serves as president of Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, with shelters in New York and California. Providing rescue, refuge, and adoption for hundreds of farm animals each year, Farm Sanctuary shelters enable visitors to connect with farm animals as emotional, intelligent individuals. Gene believes these animals stand as ambassadors for the billions of factory farm animals who have no voice, and he has dedicated his career to advocating on their behalf.
Gene holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from California State University, Northridge, and a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Cornell University. In 2015, Gene was granted an Associate appointment in Health, Behavior, and Society at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In this prestigious position, Gene is focused on implementing courses related to evidence-based work on diet and farming as it aligns to Farm Sanctuary’s goals of shedding light on factory farming’s threat to public health, the environment and animal welfare.
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Captain Paul Watson

Marine wildlife Conservation Activist

Captain Paul Watson is a marine wildlife conservation and environmental activist. Watson was one of the founding members and directors of Greenpeace. In 1977, he left Greenpeace and founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. A renowned speaker, accomplished author, master mariner, and lifelong environmentalist, Captain Watson has been awarded many honors for his dedication to the oceans and to the planet. Among many commendations for his work, he received the Genesis Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1998, was named as one of the Top 20 Environmental Heroes of the 20th Century by Time Magazine in 2000, and was inducted into the U.S. Animal Rights Hall of Fame in Washington D.C. in 2002. He was also awarded the Amazon Peace Prize by the president of Ecuador in 2007. In 2012, Captain Watson became only the second person after Captain Jacques Cousteau to be awarded the Jules Verne Award, dedicated to environmentalists and adventurers.MORE INFO!YoutubeFacebook InstagramTwitter

Ingrid Newkirk

We are all animals

PETA president and cofounder Ingrid Newkirk has led the world’s largest animal rights organization for more than 35 years. Her passion and dedication to making this world a better place for all living beings has inspired countless others to do what they can to help animals.
As PETA’s president, Ingrid has spoken internationally on animal rights issues—from the steps of the Canadian Parliament to the streets of New Delhi, India, and from the drowning tanks of Taiwan to the halls of the U.S. Congress.
Ingrid was born in Surrey, England, and lived in Europe until she was 7 years old, when she and her parents moved to New Delhi, where her father worked as a navigational engineer and her mother volunteered for Mother Teresa and various charities. Ingrid’s early volunteer experiences—packing pills and rolling bandages for people who were suffering from leprosy, stuffing toys for orphans, and feeding stray animals—informed her view that anyone in need, including animals, is worthy of concern.
Until she was 21, Ingrid had given no thought to animal rights or even vegetarianism. In 1970, however, when she and her husband were living in Maryland and she was studying to become a stockbroker, a neighbor abandoned some kittens and Ingrid decided to take them to an animal shelter. This was a life changing-experience for Ingrid and led to her first job working in behalf of animals—cleaning kennels and investigating cruelty cases. Peter Singer’s book Animal Liberation and Ingrid’s experiences in that job and later on—including finding a fox and a squirrel caught in steel traps, finding a pig left to starve on a farm, and inspecting laboratories and circus acts for the government—made her realize that there needed to be an organization like PETA.
Ingrid has also served as a deputy sheriff, a Maryland state law enforcement officer with the highest success rate in convicting animal abusers, the director of cruelty investigations for the second-oldest humane society in the U.S., and the chief of animal disease control for the Commission on Public Health in Washington, D.C.
Under Ingrid’s leadership, legislation was passed to create the first-ever spay-and-neuter clinic in Washington, D.C. She coordinated the first arrest in U.S. history of a laboratory animal experimenter on cruelty charges and helped achieve the first anti-cruelty law in Taiwan. She spearheaded the closure of a Department of Defense underground “wound laboratory,” and she has initiated many other campaigns against animal abuse, including ending General Motors’ car-crash tests on animals.
Since it was founded, PETA has exposed horrific animal abuse in laboratories, leading to many firsts, including canceled funding, closed facilities, seizure of animals, and charges filed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. PETA has also closed the largest horse-slaughter operation in North America, convinced dozens of major designers and hundreds of companies to stop using fur, ended all car-crash tests on animals, cleaned up wretched animal pounds, helped schools switch to alternatives to dissection, and provided millions of people with information on vegetarianism, companion animal care, and countless other issues.
Ingrid Newkirk’s biography shows that she is an abolitionist who remains committed to the idea that animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment.
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Lauren Ornelas – Food Empowerment Project

..Your food choices can change the world

lauren Ornelas is the founder/director of Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.), a vegan food justice nonprofit seeking to create a more just world by helping consumers recognize the power of their food choices. F.E.P. works in solidarity with farm workers, advocates for chocolate not sourced from the worst forms of child labor, and focuses on access to healthy foods in communities of color and low-income communities. lauren has been active in the animal rights movement for more than 30 years. She is the former executive director of Viva!USA, a national nonprofit vegan advocacy organization that Viva!UK asked her to start in 1999 and for which she investigated factory farms and ran consumer campaigns. In cooperation with activists across the country, she persuaded Trader Joe’s to stop selling all duck meat and achieved corporate changes within Whole Foods Market, Pier 1 Imports, and others, and she helped halt the construction of an industrial dairy operation in California. She was also the spark that got the founder of Whole Foods Market to become a vegan. In addition, lauren served as campaign director with the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition for six years. Watch her TEDx talk on “The Power of Our Food Choices.” Learn more about F.E.P.’s work at and INFO! InstagramTwitter

Mark Devries

Director, “Speciesism” and other films

Mark Devries produced and directed the award-winning documentary Speciesism: The Movie, which screened at theaters worldwide and has been featured in Scientific American (“brilliant and compelling”), The Huffington Post (“tremendously entertaining”), CNN Headline News, Psychology Today, and The Sydney Morning Herald, among many others.
Mark Devries also filmed the world’s first aerial drone footage of factory farms, released as part of his Factory Farm Drone Project, which has been viewed by tens of millions worldwide and received global press coverage.
Mark Devries has given talks at Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, Dartmouth College, Brown University, and many other venues worldwide.
Mark Devries is also an attorney, licensed to practice law in Washington, DC.
Mark Devries continues to speak at special screenings of Speciesism and related events, while working on several new projects.
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3:15 PM – 4:10 PM – Thrive Market Presents – Social Media Stars



Learning Kitchen

Yovana Mendoza, better known across the internet as Rawvana, is one of the leading voices (in both English and Spanish) championing the low-fat raw vegan diet known as 80/10/10.

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Vegan recipe + lifestyle blogger

My YouTube channel, NikkiVegan, is where I share easy vegan recipes, vegan lifestyle tips, and What I Ate Today videos. My hope is that these videos will give viewers healthy eating inspiration and also spread the word that being vegan can mean eating tasty, easy to prepare, affordable food without harming animals or harming the environment! Easy, empowering, and extremely delicious. That’s what it’s all about 🙂MORE INFO!Youtube InstagramTwitter

Supreme Banana


Youtuber/self-proclaimed “shit chef”


That Vegan Mom


Practical Meals for all to enjoy!

Natasha, also known as “That Vegan Mom,” is a relatable social media personality that shares practical vegan meals that anyone can prepare and enjoy. Being a newly twin mother of two beautiful girls, Natasha is showing the world that a vegan diet is both safe and healthy for all stages of life. She personally shares her twin pregnancy journey, her weight loss/fitness journey, and how she adequately feeds her 5 year old son. Although Natasha literally has her hands full satisfying numerous roles,  she makes time to create resourceful, educational, and relatable content for people interested in the vegan lifestyle.MORE INFO!Youtube InstagramTwitter




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Mic the Vegan – Host


Vegan Research YouTuber

Mic the Vegan is a vegan science writer that covers a variety of topics from the health effects of a vegan diet and the environmental impact of eating animal products to the sociological phenomenon of casual animal exploitation. Based in the U.S., he regularly tackles debunking the myths that perpetuate harmful dietary and lifestyle behaviors – all with a drop of humor that only he thinks is funny.MORE INFO!YoutubeFacebook Instagram

Sweet Simple Vegan


Photographer & Blogger

My name is Jasmine, one of the two bloggers behind Sweet Simple Vegan. I’m a recipe and lifestyle blogger on a mission to inspire others to live a life of positivity and consciousness. I strive to not only provide education on veganism and topics regarding food and health but also on the importance of self-love,  community-connection, and positivity.MORE INFO!YoutubeFacebook Instagram

4:15 PM – 5:05 PM – Athlete Panel

Nimai Delgado – Panel Moderator

Pro Vegan Bodybuilder & health coach

Nimai Delgado is a natural, vegan IFBB professional bodybuilder and creator of  He was raised with a vegetarian diet since birth and has never consumed any meat in his lifetime.  In his early twenties Nimai decided to transition to a fully plant based diet after he recognized the unethical exploitation of animals for human convenience.  Nimai uses his social media and professional platforms to enlighten hundreds of thousands about the benefits of plant-based lifestyles.  He has quickly risen through the ranks of the bodybuilding world while disproving common misconceptions about veganism.  What started as a personal mission has transformed into an endless effort of educating and helping the masses realize you can have big muscles and a bigger heart.MORE INFO!YoutubeFacebook Instagram

Dotsie Bausch

Olympic Medalist, Activist, Switch4Good.

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Badass Vegan

Proving vegan can be Badass

Born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1977, John grew up in St. Louis, MO. At a young age of 13 John found himself at 315 pounds, but through hard work and dedication he lost the weight and excelled in football and basketball. He continued his streak of athletic excellence throughout his high school and college years in Mc Cluer Senior High in the heart of Ferguson, Mo. and Harris-Stowe State College respectively. Graduating with a Bachelors degree in marketing, he later went on to pursue his MBA from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. John’s education in business coupled with his love for health and fitness gave him the ability to start his venture – Bad Ass Vegan – a health and nutrition company that strives to educate individuals on plant based nutrition. John’s love for his community brought forth the brainchild of “VeganSmart”, a plant based protein shake company with a foundation whose mission is to prevent obesity through education, physical activity and plant based nutrition. He is really excited about his upcoming documentary “Hungry For Justice” in which he is teaming up with Keegan Kuhn… maker of Cowspiracy and What The Health which focused on the negative impacts of raising animals for food on the environment and people’s health. The goal with their new documentary film is to speak about food injustice through the lens of Hip Hop.MORE INFO!YoutubeFacebook InstagramTwitter

5:10 PM – 6:00 PM – Vegan Jeopardy with Mic the Vegan!

Maddie Lymburner

Vegan Lifestyle & Fitness YouTuber

Maddie is a vegan/fitness YouTube star who has a deep passion for inspiring and motivating others to move toward a plant-based & healthy lifestyle. On her popular YouTube channels, she shares a wide range of videos including recipe videos, lifestyle videos, and workout videos!MORE INFO!YoutubeFacebook InstagramTwitter

Kyle Fraser

Vegan Lifestyle & Fitness YouTuber

Kyle Fraser has devoted his life and career to producing videos about the vegan/plant-based lifestyle with his partner Maddie Lymburner. Together they reach thousands of individuals daily through social media helping to spread awareness on topics like veganism, fitness, travel, minimalism, & more!MORE INFO!Youtube Instagram

Mic the Vegan – Host

Vegan Research YouTuber

Mic the Vegan is a vegan science writer that covers a variety of topics from the health effects of a vegan diet and the environmental impact of eating animal products to the sociological phenomenon of casual animal exploitation. Based in the U.S., he regularly tackles debunking the myths that perpetuate harmful dietary and lifestyle behaviors – all with a drop of humor that only he thinks is funny.MORE INFO!YoutubeFacebook Instagram

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