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FOR 2018, WE HAVE LISTENED TO your FEEDBACK AND COMBINED THE SPEAKER & PANEL ROOM. THIS WILL ALLOW ATTENDEES THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIENCE MORE OF THE SPEAKERS, CHEF DEMOS, AND PANELS OFFERED WITH LESS OVERLAP.
Main Speaker Stage Schedule
10:15 | Yoga With Jennifer Lynne Le Vine
Creator of THE WILD PINEAPPLE, dedicated to sharing high-vibe wellness through plant-based food, aromatherapy, western herbalism, yoga & barre.
Vegan Baker for Sunny Day Bakery.
Product Specialist for Mad Hippie, Hyalogic, Rare Essence, Pines, and Vega.
11:00 | Kim Williams
Kim Allan Williams, MD, MACC, FAHA, MASNC, FESC
Nutrition and CV Disease: Taking the DIE out of DIET
12:00 | Lani Meulrath
Mindfulness for the Veg-Minded: How to Reduce Reactivity, Restore Equanimity, and Build Resilience with Mindfulness Practices.
1:00 | Seth Tibbott
Imagining our vegan future
Will cover some of the key developments in vegan foods over the last century, a sort of state of the vegan union bit in the middle and finish with my vision of what our vegan future might look like.
2:00 | Ashlee Piper
"We can care about more than one thing": How to go beyond single-issue veganism to be effective advocates.
3:00 | Will Tucker (America’s Vegan Trainer™️)
Unapologetically Vegan: A journey towards compassion through fitness and food
About Our Speakers
Jennifer Lynne Le Vine
Jennifer’s mantra is that compassion begins within and radiates outward, extending to all living beings. Being vegan has inspired her yoga practice on a deeply spiritual level of practicing ahimsa, or nonviolence. She has been dedicated to studying and practicing yoga for over a decade.
Her teaching style is a balance between alignment and introspection, and connecting it all through breath & body awareness. She also enjoys incorporating the many strength and lengthening aspects of her background in barre into her yoga classes.
Outside of the studios and her kitchen she is the co-founder of Dharma Delights & Goddess Yoga Retreats, leading workshops and retreats in and out of Chicago through vegan cooking with Ayurvedic and raw food elements, as well as western herbalism and aromatherapy.
For class schedules, workshops, retreats, recipes, and pictures of her 3 companion animals, you can follow Jennifer on IG @yenyfurpurr.
Kim Allan Williams, MD, MACC, FAHA, MASNC, FESC
Dr. Williams is Chief of the Division of Cardiology at Rush University and specializes in cardiology, prevention and cardiac imaging. He has served on numerous national committees and boards including serving as the President of the American College of Cardiology, President of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association of Black Cardiologists. He is also the founder of the Urban Cardiology Initiative in Detroit, Michigan to reduce ethnic heart care disparities, and continues community-based efforts in Chicago at Rush. A native of Chicago’s South Side, Dr. Williams has over 30 years of experience as an educator, researcher, and physician.
Lani Muelrath, M.A., is an award-winning health educator, TV host, celebrated speaker and the author of three best-selling books. A longtime vegan advocate and creator of numerous health and wellness courses, Lani is Certified in Plant-Based Nutrition, Mindfulness Meditation Instruction, and as Mind-Body Specialist. She has been featured on CBS TV, ABC TV, Health Magazine, Prevention, USA Today, Huffington Post, VegNews Magazine, and The Saturday Evening Post. She is presenter for Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine, guest lecturer at San Francisco State University, and Associate Faculty at Butte College where one of her books has been adopted as required text.
Lani has been vegetarian/vegan for 45 years and has been teaching in health and wellness for more over four decades She has been practicing mindfulness meditation for over 25 years, and is recognized as a thought leader and pioneer in transition to plant-based nutrition and in the integration of vegan living and mindfulness practice. She is the author of The Mindful Vegan: A 30-Day Plan for Finding Health, Balance, Peace, and Happiness, The Plant-Based Journey, and Fit Quickies.
Seth Tibbott founded Turtle Island Foods, dba “The Tofurky Company” In 1980 on $2,500, his life savings from his 8-year career as a teacher/naturalist in the Portland, Oregon public schools. The company’s first product, tempeh (a fermented soy bean cake from Indonesia), was made and delivered in small batches to fledgling natural food stores in Portland and the west coast.
The first 9 years in business were a financial struggle. America was not quite ready for tempeh yet and Seth’s take-home pay averaged $290 for those years. Living the dream but losing his shirt, Seth rented four trees in 1984 near the tempeh shop for $25.00 per month and built a 3-story tree house in which he lived for the next 7 years.
In 1995, the company’s fortunes changed with the introduction of the first Tofurky roasts at Thanksgiving. 500 roasts were sold that year throughout the Pacific Northwest but soon a larger, national market came calling.
Today, 38 years after its founding, Tofurky is still a family owned, independent enterprise and Seth is the company’s Chairman and stepson, Jaime Athos is now CEO, carrying the dream forward. Tofurky is a model of “slow growth” and is unique for never having any equity investment except for $17,000 from Seth’s brother Bob in 1989. Today, Tofurky products are sold in over 25,000 stores worldwide on 6 of 7 continents and are made in a new eco production plant built to LEED Platinum standards. Seth has been overseeing Tofurky sales in the export market for the past 4 years which has afforded him the opportunity to witness firsthand the current explosion of veganism throughout the planet.
Ashlee Piper is a political strategist turned vegan and eco-lifestyle expert, writer, and TV personality whose work has been featured in/on GLAMOUR, Refinery29, Apartment Therapy, Design*Sponge, Women's Health, Reader’s Digest, The Chalkboard, Mind Body Green, VegNews, Vegetarian Times, AOL, NBC, CBS, ABC, and FOX News, to name a few. (Reel here)
Her book on stylish, sustainable living, Give a Sh*t: Do Good. Live Better. Save the Planet.(Running Press) debuts June 2018 and can be purchased here.
Piper is also a brand strategist and influencer for some of the world's most ethical and innovative companies. Her clients and collaborations include: LUSH, Eileen Fisher, airbnb, bkr., Kia Motors, Jill Milan, Olivine Atelier, Home Chef, Nicora Shoes, Vegan Cuts, Follow Your Heart, So Delicious, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and The Humane Society of the United States.
Prior to dedicating herself to eco-evangelism, Piper was a political strategist and cabinet-level advisor to some of the country's most high-profile politicians and governmental organizations, including Governors Mitt Romney and Deval Patrick, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she worked on campaign and policy strategy surrounding universal healthcare, child welfare, and public housing.
She holds a BA from Brown University, an MA from the University of Oxford, UK, and a degree in Holistic Health from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition and Columbia University. She is a 12+ year veteran of Best Buddies, International, a volunteer and adopter with the Anti-Cruelty Society, and a Board Member of HEART, Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers. Ashlee lives in Chicago, IL.
Will Tucker, America’s Vegan Trainer™
Founder of WTF! (Will Tucker Fitness), Creator of the WTF! Method™ and Four-Time Natural Bodybuilding Champion, Will Tucker is a highly sought after speaker and wellness coach. The 47-year-old Mesa, AZ fitness guru has been rightfully dubbed America’s Vegan Trainer™ for his remarkable ability to improve people’s health and vitality by incorporating plant-based nutrition combined with functional exercise. At Will Tucker Fitness studio in Mesa, AZ he leads small group, 30 minute training sessions that are fun, fast paced and energetic. Many of his clients have eradicated physical ailments and eliminated the need for prescription medications under his guidance. For nearly 20 years everyone from soccer moms to CEO’s, medical professionals and even celebrities have called on Will to guide their journey to improved health. Will has had clients featured on Fox 10 Phoenix and in 202 Magazine showcasing their amazing physical transformations. As a vegan competitive bodybuilder, Will has won multiple first place and overall winner awards that led to him earning a pro card. He constantly dispels the myth that animal protein is required to build an outstanding physique. Instead he focuses on giving the body predominately fresh fruits and vegetables for better cellular health while maximizing aesthetics.
Will has been featured on GMAZ (Good Morning Arizona) Television multiple times, is a regular contributor to Vegan Health and Fitness Magazine, has been featured on the cover of Vegan Lifestyle Magazine, is often requested as a featured speaker at vegan, corporate and medical based events throughout the U.S. including 360 Health Connection’s Your Plant Based Guide Conference and the annual Health Healing and Happiness Conference in Las Vegas alongside world renowned physicians. Audiences are captivated by his funny, freewheeling presentation style as he engages and educates attendees about the benefits of adopting a plant-based diet while sharing his story of how he transitioned from a mid-western meat and potatoes kind of guy to becoming an ethical vegan. Frequently after speaking, his inbox overflows with messages from attendees about how motivated they are to pursue better health and how he makes leading a plant based lifestyle seem attainable for the long haul. Will’s presence and platform is quickly growing by the day via social media, print media, public appearances and YouTube where he showcases his dynamic approach to fitness. If you don’t know of him yet, you will soon!
Bearded Vegans & Vegan Warrior Princesses
The Bearded Vegans is a weekly vegan podcast created with a desire to move beyond the basic Vegan 101 and create more nuanced discussions for the seasoned vegan. As we have grown since our inception, the podcast has become a place for in depth, honest, unapologetic and often uncomfortable discussions about the ethical grey areas of veganism. Through these conversations we aim to figure out how to create a stronger, more effective, and inclusive animal rights movement. We rarely reach any solid conclusions, but we have a lot of fun and share many laughs along the way.
Nichole and Callie are the Founders and Co-Hosts of the podcast Vegan Warrior Princesses Attack. They launched the show in 2015 and have had a lot of fun “attacking” a wide range of topics from a radical, pro-intersectional, anti-capitalist, feminist, anarchist and of course, vegan perspective.