2019 Speakers

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Dustin Harder

The Vegan Roadie (Food Demo)

12:00pm - 1:00pm

A Vegan Fondue Party

Dustin Harder is the host and creator of the original vegan travel culinary series The Vegan Roadie. When not traveling, he works as a personal chef, recipe developer, and culinary instructor in New York City. As a graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, Dustin has been featured in such publications as Eating Well, VegNews, Vegan Lifestyle Magazine, and Paste Magazine. His second book, Epic Vegan, will be released July 2, 2019. Epic Vegan is the follow-up to Dustin's first book, The Simply Vegan Cookbook.


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Robert Grillo

1:30pm - 2:30pm

The Top Planet-Saving, Life-Saving, and Socially-Responsible Reasons for a Vegan Diet.

We feed about half of the world’s edible grain crop to farm animals. A chicken bred for egg laying lays her entire body weight in eggs every 24 to 30 days. Farmed animals occupy 45% of the surface area of the earth. A chicken breast comes from a 6-week-old infant-age bird. The Adventist Health Studies (one of the most comprehensive studies of its kind) indicate vegans have the lowest rates of metabolic syndrome and all the chronic diseases associated with it. By going vegan, America could feed an additional 390 million people. These are just some of the stunning revelations in this presentation that highlights the most compelling ethical, environmental, health reasons for embracing a plant-based diet, not to mention that the United Nations is openly advocating it as well!

Robert Grillo is an activist, author and speaker for all species. He is also the founder and director of Free from Harm, a  non profit dedicated to helping end animal exploitation. As a communications professional for over 20 years, Grillo once worked on large food industry accounts where he acquired a behind-the-scenes perspective on food branding and marketing. His recent book, Farm to Fable: The Fictions of Our Animal-Consuming Culture explores the powerful narratives driving our culture of mass animal consumption.

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lauren Ornelas

11:00am - 12:00pm

Food Justice: How 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 foodispower.org and veganmexicanfood.com.

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Amanda Fanning

Living Lavender

Amanda Fanning holds multiple certifications which include; Computer Science, Sustainable Management, Sustainable Design & Architecture, TNS Protocol.

Her chosen life choice is now a certified Plant-Based Nutritionist and Living Food Teacher/ Chef. Amanda has taught classes at UW Madison’s Gaylord Nelson Institute, Willy Street Co-op and Crossroads Café in Black Earth, WI. Her focus is the realm of healing through living energy via foods. She believes that the quantum nature of our biological systems is completely in tuned to the living-healing energies of plant -based foods. Phyto-micronutrients are catalysts that our bodies need to break down and utilize macro nutrients for information, gearing toward our genetic expression or how our genes are influenced by what energy (Joule) we input.

She is an active member of PETA, ASPCA and other various activist groups who focus on the rights to life – rights to nature. She believes all living things are not just resources for human consumption rather, all parts of a whole, viable living organism. This symbiosis supports the vast physical and non-physical universe.

“Proving the ground with grace and compassion” is her methodology. Amanda has counseled and helped many people heal through dietary lifestyle changes. Currently, her focus is Raw Kurious Kafe, a place of introduction experiencing extremely palatable gourmet food that’s not only 5 Star, it also heals the body and reduces overall carbon footprint. As a nutritional coach, she offers strategies to gain superior health while eliminating the overall usage of imperialist, synthetic means.