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Vegspiration Tent 2019


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

Sponsored by Open Eyes Foundation, Thrive Market, and Switch 4 Good Podcast

We are still adding speakers for 2019 – check back as we update the list.

This schedule is subject to change without notice.

11:30 PM – 12:30 PM – Get Involved L.A.!

Gwenna Hunter

Celebrating Urban Vegan Pop Culture

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 InstagramTwitter

Maggie Ortlieb

Digital Marketer and Change Advocate

Maggie Ortlieb is founder of VegOut Media, a vegan media company based in Los Angeles. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in advertising from Michigan State University and is dedicated to creating a kinder planet through the platforms of social media and marketing. Maggie has extensive experience in both the corporate and nonprofit world as well as a foundation of volunteer hours helping impoverished communities eat healthier. You can find her on Instagram at @maggieeortlieb.MORE INFO!Facebook InstagramTwitter

Asher Brown

Plant based director and producer

Asher Brown is the founder of, a mission-driven video, social media and influencer content agency based in Los Angeles. Asher and his team have led the digital media and content initiatives for hundreds of leading tech, food and plant-based brands, helping them navigate the digital media landscape to grow their supporters, customers, and revenue. Asher frequently speaks about the power of digital media and social networking to drive social change at events like National Animal Rights Conference and others, and is also co-founder of the dairy-free athlete non-profit Switch4Good. You can find him on Instagram at @SmasherBrownMORE INFO! Instagram

Bobby Sud

Animal Rights Filmmaker & Activist

Bobby Sud is a producer, director, and cinematographer currently working with “NationEarth” (Shaun Monson), and a photographer for LA Animal Save.
Bobby’s “vegan” life began 3.5 years ago, weighing around 280-290lbs and suffered from type2 diabetes, high blood-pressure, high cholesterol, etc.  His brother Adam invited him to move to LA (from Austin) to live with him and adopt his vegan lifestyle.  In only 6 weeks Bobby had completely reversed and cured his type2 diabetes, high blood-pressure and cholesterol, and has currently lost 100 lbs.  It wasn’t until he decided to try his hand at activism that he was able to find his true calling.  Bobby majored in “Environmental Filmmaking” at Savannah College of Art & Design, so a friend of his, John-Pierre (a vegan trainer and activist) introduced him to Shaun Monson and thats how his life as a vegan activist began.MORE INFO! Instagram

Darbi Gwynn

Actress/Stunt Performer/Animal Activist

Darbi Gwynn is a vegan and animal rights activist who works as an actress and stunt performer. She has made it her mission to normalize Veganism and be a voice for the voiceless. Darbi promotes being vegan as a fun, inclusive lifestyle that can be adopted by anyone.MORE INFO! Instagram

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM – Alicia Silverstone – Parenting

Alicia Silverstone

Actress, Co-Founder of mykind Organics

Alicia Silverstone is likely best known for her generation-defining turn in Clueless. Through film, television and theater, her performances have garnered award and critical praise including Emmy and Golden Globe nominations as well as a National Board of Review award. A dynamic and well-connected fixture in the acting, political, and scientific communities, Silverstone is also a dedicated activist in the health and wellness space. Silverstone chronicled her own journey toward a more conscious way of eating in her first book, New York Times bestseller, “The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet.” Her second book, “The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning,” was released in 2014. Silverstone co-created the mykind Organics vitamin line, which is the first ever food- based, organic, non-GMO vegan vitamin.MORE INFO! InstagramTwitter

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM -Health Panel – Hosted by Dotsie Bausch and Alexandra Paul from the Switch 4 Good Podcast

Switch4Good podcast

Stronger. Faster. Healthier.

Olympic medalist Dotsie Bausch, alongside Baywatch actress and certified health coach Alexandra Paul, take listeners of all ages on a journey to optimal health and stamina through plant based eating.
Dotsie and Alexandra interview expert nutritionists, pro athletes, innovative thought leaders, physicians and plant-based celebrities about the benefits of going plant based, the cultural obstacles to eating a healthy, cruelty free diet and why so many Americans battle disordered eating. Through their stories, you’ll learn how to optimize your health and pave a path for a more meaningful life.
So get inspired and join the Switch4Good revolution.
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Dr Christian Gonzalez

Supporting the healing power of the body

Dr. Christian Gonzalez earned his Bachelor of Science at Rutgers University, where he studied Environmental Business Economics. Although he had planned to pursue dentistry, he was drawn to Naturopathic Medicine and a holistic approach to patient care.
He then completed his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine.He followed that up with a two-year residency position at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Philadelphia, earning a lot of experience in Integrative Oncology.
Dr. Gonzalez believes the body has an innate ability to heal itself when given favorable conditions to thrive. He now works at a holistic and integrative medicine center in West Los Angeles and has just started his own podcast, Heal Thy Self.
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James Marin

R.D., E.N.

James is a Holistic Registered Dietitian who specializes in using whole plant-foods as a form of medical nutrition therapy. James has used his knowledge of food and the environment to help hundreds of his patients prevent and reverse diseases like Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease, and a variety of gastrointestinal issues. His approach takes into account family, stress, nutrition habits, environment, and work life to come up with a tailored approach for each of his patients.”MORE INFO!Facebook InstagramTwitter

Dahlia Marin, RD

Plant Based RD, Nutritionist, and Chef

Dahlia Marin is a Plant Based Registered Dietitian / Nutritionist, who has used food as medicine on a whole food plant based diet for the past 8 years to overcome pre-diabetes, PCOS, GI issues, obesity, and Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism, and have a healthy plant-based pregnancy.  She is passionate about healing the gut, as it is a key to healing the entire body. She uses her own health story and clinical experience working with clients from a multitude of backgrounds and health conditions to get to the root of what ails them, helping to find true healing and well-being.MORE INFO!Facebook InstagramTwitter

Angie Sadeghi, MD – Gastroenterologist

Plant-Based Gastroenterologist

Dr. Angie Sadeghi is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, a diplomate of the American Board of Gastroenterology, and member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians.  She is a weight management specialist, animal lover, vegan, and fitness enthusiast.
Her Newport Beach clinic offers a complete range of services including treatments for digestive, stomach, esophagus, liver, and colon-related illnesses. She has extensive training from the prestigious University of Southern California (USC), and demonstrates exceptional commitment to excellence in treating diseases of digestive tract.
Combining evidence based medicine, her expertise in the digestive system and her passion for physical fitness and nutrition, Dr. Angie has developed a comprehensive approach to helping patients live a healthy life. Dr. Angie is passionate about disease prevention and educating her patients about the health benefits of following a plant based whole foods diet.
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2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Animal Rights Leaders Panel Hosted by Jane Velez-Mitchell

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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Leah Garcés

President, Mercy For Animals

Leah Garcés is the president of Mercy For Animals. She has nearly 20 years of leadership experience in the animal protection movement. Leah oversaw international campaigns in 14 countries at the World Society for the Protection of Animals and launched Compassion in World Farming in the United States. Leah is also on the advisory boards of Encompass and Seattle Food Tech.
Leah lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, three kids, and two cats.
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Renee King-Sonnen

Texas Ranchers Wife Gone Vegan

Renee King-Sonnen – Rowdy Girl Sanctuary
Renee, a native Houstonian, is the Executive Director and Founder of Rowdy Girl Sanctuary in Angleton, Texas.  She remarried her husband Tommy Sonnen, a multi-generational cattle rancher in 2009 and moved to the ranch. She fell in love with farm animals, having no idea her life was about to transform. After witnessing time and again the baby calves going to the sale barn she became extremely depressed. In October 2014, she went vegan as a result and began researching factory farming and the compassionate alternative, farm sanctuaries. She desperately consulted with leaders in the vegan movement, determined to do whatever she could to create sanctuary out of what was once a beef cattle operation in the heart of cattle country. As a result, the Ranchers Advocacy Program was developed as a way to transform farms and ranches into viable, compassionate, and productive farm enterprises without animal cruelty.MORE INFO!YoutubeFacebook InstagramTwitter

Judie Mancuso

Political Animal Rights Leader

Judie Mancuso is the Founder & President of Social Compassion in Legislation which is a 501(c)(4) political advocacy organization that sponsors and supports legislation that promotes the care, rights and protection of animals. She also founded the Pet Lover’s License Plate, a California specialty license plate available through the Department of Motor Vehicles, which was created to raise awareness regarding pet overpopulation and fund free and low-cost spay and neuter programs throughout the state.
Ms. Mancuso was appointed as a public member to the California Veterinary Medical Board in July of 2010; she is now serving her second and final four year term. Following a successful 20-year career in the Information Technology industry, she now dedicates her life, skills and expertise through legislation, humane education, advocacy and program development.
Judie has been featured multiple times in the Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register, and also has been interviewed on: CNN, HLN, Fox News, BBC, NPR, NY Times, NY Post, SF Gate, Sacramento Bee, and many other periodicals, radio shows, on-line news, and all local major network stations.
Currently, Judie is a candidate for Laguna Beach City Council for the November 6th 2018 election. Find Judie at: and @judiemancuso
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Jane Velez-Mitchell

Organization Leaders Panel Host

Jane Velez-Mitchell is the founder and editor of, a digital news network focusing on animals rights and the vegan/compassionate lifestyle. #JaneUnChained’s video news feed airs LIVE reports from around the country on numerous times a day. 
Jane has won four Genesis Awards from the Humane Society of the United States for her reporting on animal issues. VegNews named her Media Maven of the Year in 2010. In 2013, Mercy for Animals awarded her their Compassionate Leadership Award. In 2014, Jane 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. In 2017, she received Last Chance for Animals’ Sam Simon Award and Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary’s Woodstock Warrior award.
For six years Jane Velez-Mitchell hosted her own show on CNN Headline News, where she ran a weekly segment on animal issues. Previously, Jane 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 recipient of 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. That work received the 2018 Experience, Strength and Hope award from Writers In Treatment. 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 Gracie award in 2001. She lives with her partner, Donna Dennison, and their 4 companion animals in Los Angeles. 
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3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Vegan Athlete Panel hosted by Dotsie Bausch

Dotsie Bausch


Olympic Medalist and Podcast Co-Host

Having made history on the Olympic stage as a badass cyclist, silver medal-winner Dotsie Bausch has taken the next step to confirm that she’s also a badass off the bike. Furthering the message of her powerful and persuasive TedEx Talk, “Olympic Level Compassion,” that led to her selection as one of “The 20 Badass Veg Women Who Are Making History” by ChooseVeg, Bausch launched her non-profit animal protection organization, Compassion Champs, in March of 2017. Never one to shy away from facing staggering odds – just like she did in the 2012 London Games while riding for Team USA, whose unlikely and triumphant story is chronicled in the Netflix documentary “Personal Gold” – her outfit’s latest initiative is the disruption of the dairy milk industry through an Olympic athlete-driven social campaign called Switch 4 Good. The inaugural Switch 4 Good commercial aired on NBC during the 2018 Olympic Winter Games closing ceremonies and also on ABC during the Academy Award’s broadcast. View the commercial at
A former world record holder, eight-time U.S. National Champion on the road and track, and a cycling color commentator on television, Bausch was compelled to adopt a compassionate plant-based lifestyle after seeing an exposé about the routine cruelty of factory farming. She trained for and competed in the Olympics on a plant-based diet. Now retired from professional cycling and armed with a degree in Plant Based Nutrition from eCornell University, she speaks passionately around the world as the voice of farm animals, spreading her message about the numerous benefits – humane, nutritional and environmental – of plant-based eating as a lifestyle choice for athletes and non-athletes alike.
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Carey Kidd


Vegan Powerlifter and Advocate

Carey Kidd is a powerlifter and has been vegan since birth. Growing up in the South, his vegan diet was tested constantly through societal and cultural southern norms, but he held true to his values, proving that you can be a healthy, athletic vegan even in the face of adversity. Now as a father and family man, Carey is striving to spread the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle while with others, while also focusing on improving his own fitness to best represent the vegan strength-building community. Carey is the COO of Tru Supplements and an ambassador for Switch4Goood and the Vegan Strong team.MORE INFO! Instagram

Agnes Muljadi


Ballet Dancer – Athlete Panel

Agnes Muljadi is a Los Angeles based vegan ballerina, wellness coach, plant-based advocate, public speaker and social media influencer. Known as @artsyagnes with over 500,000 Instagram fans, Agnes’ plant-based journey began in 2014 after she discovered a rapidly growing breast tumor. Within a year after her diagnosis, Agnes radically changed her diet and lifestyle to begin transforming her health from within.
Through her holistic wellness platform and coaching practice, Agnes continues to empower and educate people to take charge of their health and transform their life by adopting a plant-based diet and sustainable lifestyle.
Agnes has received extensive media coverage for her diverse talents. She has been featured in numerous publications including Dance Magazine,  Huffington Post and SheKnows. In 2018, Agnes was named one of 75 Prominent Influencers by Thrive Global.
In addition to her work as a coach, public speaker and influencer, Agnes is also a classically trained dancer at Julia Bourlina Classical Ballet in Studio City, CA.
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Rick Scott



Plant based for 29 years, Rick Scott is a hockey player and former bike racer based in Los Angeles who trains and competes daily – on and off the ice. He is a 54-year-old vegan athlete (#veganhockeyplayer) who trains and competes with elite players more than 30 years younger, an average of six inches taller and 60-100 pounds heavier than him. Fitness is his super power. The athletes he trains with and competes against struggle to keep up with the vegan powerhouse. Whether on the ice, bike or in the gym, his training partners have always been elites, pros and Olympians because his energy, enthusiasm, heart and hustle enable him to push them to the limit. His passionate pursuit of greatness is plant powered and age does not define him.
“Rarely can I be the most-skilled player on the ice, but I can be the fittest. I outlast, outwork and out hustle my competition,” said Scott, who relies on his plant-based diet to keep him flying and recovering fast as well as to try to avoid the heart disease and cancers that run in his family.   
Professionally, Scott is a creative music, sports and entertainment public relations executive who began representing vegan/animal nonprofit organizations a couple years ago. “I live and work my passions 24/7 thus it’s important that my public relations practice be in alignment with my core values.” A captivating storyteller as a writer, he pens an informative monthly column for the Switch4Good website debunking myths and confronting issues common to vegan athletes.   
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I have been training and racing as a Professional Vegan athlete for the past 7 yrs. My
goal is to share my journey and experiences as a female Vegan Athlete as I navigate through
each stage and transition as I grow, learn and develop as an athlete and as a wife. I truly believe that if
we lead by example and support one another we can have a global impact on the planet
all species and on health and wellness
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4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Thrive Market Presents – Social Media Stars Hosted by Mic the Vegan

Mic the Vegan

Vegan Science YouTuber

Mic the Vegan is a vegan science YouTuber that covers a variety of topics from the health benefits 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. He is currently studying a Master’s in Public Health and his YouTube Channel has over 300,000 subscribers and 25,000,000 total views.MORE INFO!YoutubeFacebook Instagram

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

Supreme Banana

Youtuber/self-proclaimed “shit chef”




Youtube Instagram


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

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Wonder Women of Animal Rights hosted by Elysabeth Alfano

Elysabeth Alfano

Author, Chef, Radio and Podcast Host

Elysabeth Alfano is a Chicago/Los Angeles media personality. She is a plant-based radio host on WGN Radio, and has a podcast called Awesome Vegans on WGN Radio and and JaneUnChained in which she interviews vegan athletes, celebrities, influencers, musicians, politicians, entrepreneurs and more. She is also the Silver-Chic Chef, creating plant-based recipes and demos on TV (WCIU, WGN), on-line and at VegFests.  Elysabeth is featured on and is an Associate Producer of the upcoming movie, Gray Is the New Blonde which features Elysabeth (and other women) as a pioneer who has gone gray and never looked back.  Elysabeth created and hosted the Chicago TV shows, The Celebrity Dinner Party and Fear No Art and was a contributing author on the book, Slow Food Guide to Chicago: Restaurants, Markets, Bars. She occasionally contributes to VegNews. 
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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

Chef Babette

Vegan Chef

Chef Babette is a world-class healthy chef, fitness enthusiast, and motivational speaker. She runs a successful restaurant, Stuff I Eat, and has a loyal fan base via social media outlets while participating in health summit events around the country. Now at age 68, she  is a force of nature who seems to be able to do it all.
Chef Babette has appeared in several television shows including, The Chew, the HBO hit comedy series Insecure, Channel 7’ Eye On L.A., the Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family and The Know It All Guide To… Nuts airing on the FYI channel.
Chef Babette’s life journey has been filled with challenges and opportunities. As a child she was a product of sexual molestation, diagnosed with severe asthma and suffered with many digestive related disorders. As an adult, the native of Los Angeles, was once addicted to crack cocaine, and lived through physical, and verbal abusive relationships. After reading the best seller “Fit for Life” by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond, she initiated her journey towards self-healing and eventually turned her life around, mind, body and spirit. She made a conscious decision to eat for the sake of nutrition. Her passion lies in inspiring and exposing individuals who may not otherwise be acquainted with healthier lifestyles due to environmental and economic barriers or the simple lack of knowledge.
Becoming a self taught chemist in the kitchen, perfecting healthy food that taste out of this world allowed her to eat and enjoy the meals she loved without the guilt or associated “diseases” or ailments.
After becoming a Sunday food vendor at the City of Angels Church and Agape Spiritual Center, Chef Babette opened her own restaurant in the heart of downtown Inglewood, California. Opened in 2008, Stuff I Eat, brings much needed healthy soul food to a community that lacked such a culinary jewel.
She continues to fuel her body with the nutrients to allow her to continue the active lifestyle and body she proudly displays. It is her passion to help other embrace health and start today no matter how old you are.
Chef B’s motto “Life is not complete unless you move. Our journeys are constant and our transitions are infinite, our health is merely a vehicle to enjoy all that’s in between.”
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Ellen Dent

Activist, Vegan, Lover of all beings

Co-founder of the 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Animal Alliance Network activist group as part of the Save Movement. She helps organize weekly pig vigils outside of a slaughterhouse near Downtown Los Angeles. She hopes to help raise awareness in her community and around the world about the victims of animal agriculture.MORE INFO!YoutubeFacebook InstagramTwitter

Simone Reyes

The Gloria Steinem of the AR Movement

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. Simone traveled to Taiji, Japan as a Sea Shepherd Cove Guardian to report on and document the atrocities of the dolphin drives.  She shared her experiences there in various media outlets. She, along with Russell Simmons penned an open letter to Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and President Obama urging them to consider attaching the plight of the dolphins who migrate through Japan to the passing of the Trans Pacific Partnership- this letter was signed by dozens of celebrities including Cher, Oliver Stone, Charlize Theron, Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Cameron Diaz, Reverend Jesse Jackson and countless others. She has also been honored by Mercy For Animals for the work she has done to put the plight of farm animals in the public’s consciousness. Simone serves as Vice President of Communications at Social Compassion In Legislation where she uses her influence to change laws to protect animals, most recently stopping bobcat trapping in California, banning the sale of mill bred cats, dogs and rabbits in California, banning the sale of cosmetics and personal hygiene products tested on animals in CA, mandating Humane Education in the California school system and requiring vegan options at CA prisons and hospitals and many other life saving laws. PETA ‘s Animal Rahat Sanctuary in India was officially given a new name “Simone’s Place” in honor of Simone’s tireless dedication to the animal rights cause.  She resides in Laurel Canyon, with Bardot, her black rescue cat and the spirits of all the animals she has loved.MORE INFO!YoutubeFacebook InstagramTwitter

Priya Sawhney

Empowering Women, Fighting for animals

Priya Sawhney is a co-founder of the global animal rights network Direct Action Everywhere (DxE). Her investigatory work has been featured in The New York Times and Washington Post, and has reached tens of millions via social media. She is currently one of six investigators facing 7 felony charges in California related to mass open rescues, and hopes to use the case to establish the legal right to rescue animals in need while effectively banning factory farming statewide. She’s a proud mom of Oliver, a dog DxE rescued from the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China. She’s passionate about using her experiences to empower women leaders across the globe to take action for animals.MORE INFO!Facebook InstagramTwitter

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