Saturday, September 16

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Apple Stage (Keynote Speakers)


11:15-12 - Dr. Justyna Sanders "The Whole Plant-Based Lifestyle: Your Journey to Optimal Health and Wellbeing"


After obtaining a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree from McMaster University, Justyna Sanders was awarded the M.D. degree from Poznan University of Medical Sciences in Poland. She is the CEO and founder of Prescription Lifestyle, whose objective is to provide life-saving information, promote health, wellness and prevention via evidence-based recommendations. She hopes this platform will influence the use of whole plant-based nutrition as medicine. See for more information.


12:10-12:40 - Lauren Foster Walls


Lauren Walls, a previous meat lover and sugary dessert addict, made the move to a 100% plant-based lifestyle in 2011. She believes this was the key to her healing of several ailments, from debilitating seasonal allergies to joint pain, and it also led to a dramatic weight loss. Her transformation has been the catalyst for friends, coworkers and family members to lose weight and regain health. She enrolled in the Institute of Integrative Nutrition where she earned the certificate of health coach. She now inspires an online community of thousands on a daily basis with her Facebook blog, Vegan Radiance.


12:50-1:30 - Julieanna Hever "Let The Myths Stop Here"


Julieanna Hever is a Registered Dietitian who has been in private practice in Los Angelessince 2005, specializing in weight management, disease prevention, and sports nutrition. She is the host of the series What Would Julieanna Do? on Z Living Network, and is the author of The Vegiterranean Diet and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition. Julieanna also authored Permanente Journal’s A Physician’s Guide to Plant-Based Diets and the Journal of Geriatric Cardiology’s Plant-Based Nutrition for Healthcare Professionals. She is the nutrition columnist for VegNews Magazine, co-author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Gluten-Free Vegan Cooking, and a recipe contributor to both Forks Over Knives books.


1:40-2:40 - Simone Reyes, Jane Velez Mitchell, Katie Clery, Judie Mancuso


This Superwoman panel discussion includes Simone Reyes (known as the Gloria Steinem of the animal rights movement), Jane Velez Mitchell (journalist and New York Times best-selling author), Katie Clery (from World Animal News), and Judie Mancuso (president of Social Compassion in Legislation).


4-4:45 - Dominick Thompson "Redefining Masculinity Through Veganism"

Dominick Thompson is a leader in the vegan community and founder of Crazies and Weirdos, a successful New York-based start-up company that produces hip, sustainable, eco-friendly clothing dedicated to the animal rights movement. He is also the founder of Iron Brukal, a sports and fitness brand dedicated to the working professional. He is also an executive in the healthcare industry where he develops and manages many critical relationships with hospital systems and other providers in order to deliver services to communities in need throughout the eastern region of the U.S. He is also a working athlete whose weekly training schedule includes cycling, swimming, running, calisthenics, boxing, cross-fit, cross-training, weight and power-lifting. He competes in 10-12 endurance races per year. See for more information.

Pear Stage (Cooking Demos)


10:30-11 - Sandra Sellani, Co-author, The 40-Year-Old Vegan Cookbook


Sandra and her twin sister, Susan, are the brains behind the award-winning “40-Year-Old Vegan” Cookbook, which helps people get leaner, cleaner and greener in the second half of life. Sandra has an Executive MBA from Pepperdine University. She completed her culinary training at Matthew Kenney Culinary Academy and has a certification in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutritional Studies. Sandra is a regular guest host on Jane Velez Mitchell's Lunchbreak Live program, a live, interactive cooking show on Facebook. Her cooking demo will be broadcast live on Facebook to viewers worldwide.


11:05-11:45 - Kawani Brown "Vegan Family Living With Kid-Friendly Cooking"


Kawani is a vegan mother, author and founder of the Healthy Babies and Kids Expo and the Healthy Halloween Festival. She is also a co-founder of the Long Beach Vegan Festival. Her recently published children’s books include Where Does Dinner Come From? and My Mama’s Milk.


12-12:45 - Jason Wyrick


Chef Jason Wyrick is the executive chef of The Vegan Taste, the author of Vegan Tacos: Authentic and Inspired Recipes for Mexico’s Favorite Street Food, and co-author of New York Times bestseller 21 Day Weight Loss Kickstart. In 2001, Jason was diagnosed with diabetes in his mid-20s and was told he would have to be on medication for the rest of his life. Instead, Jason became vegan, reversed his diabetes in eight months, and lost more than 100 pounds over the course of two years. Along the way, he learned about factory farming, cementing his decision to become vegan. He also learned that the food had to be outstanding, or no one was going to eat it! He then left his job as the director of marketing for a computer company in order to become a chef and help others learn how to eat healthfully, compassionately, and well.


1-1:45 - Jenne Claiborne

Jenne Claiborne calls herself a Georgia Peach living in New York City, with an insatiable love of sweet potatoes, travel, animals, and chocolate. She runs the popular Sweet Potato Soul website where she shares delicious and easy vegan recipes, cooking videos, and healthy eating tips. She is also the co-founder of Buddhalicious, an online vegan meal planning service. See for more information. 


3-3:45 - Ayinde Howell


Chef Ayinde lives and works in Los Angeles. His recipes have been published in The New York Times, Essence, VegNews Magazine, and many others. He is the founder and publisher of the award- winning, and owner/ executive chef of his critically acclaimed culinary-event company, Wildflower. He is author of The Lusty Vegan cookbook and host of the Like a Vegan cooking show airing on


4-4:45 - Jacques Laventure "Texas BBQ Pulled Jackfruit"


Jacques Laventure’s healthy dishes incorporate traditional cuisines with his desire for natural flavors. He mixes in flavors from the Texas BBQ ,Caribbean and Haiti where he grew up with his family. Jacques is part of the Haitian Culinary Alliance, a Global Non-Profit educational networking organization of hospitality and culinary professionals. He also gives back through health and fitness educational programs to underprivileged children in US and Haiti.