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39 minutes | Aug 4, 2022
Frances Gonzalez: Founder and President of Vegan Wines
Frances is the Founder and President of Vegan Wines, a completely vegan-friendly wine club, and Despacito Distributors, a plant-based wine distribution company. Frances has acquired nuanced expertise and made many connections in the wine industry through her work building these two companies. Her background, however, delves deeper than entrepreneurship. She is also an active member of Women of the Vine & Spirits, an organization that fosters a supportive environment for females in the alcoholic beverage industry. Frances also has extensive experience in the vegan and plant-based markets. She has sponsored conferences like the Plant-Based World Expo and founded VegFest Puerto Rico, a nonprofit established in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
41 minutes | Jul 28, 2022
Kathy Stevens: Founder of Catskill Animal Sanctuary
In 2001, after turning down an offer to lead a new charter high school, Kathy Stevens founded Catskill Animal Sanctuary, where her love of teaching, her belief that education has the power to transform, and her love of animals come together. One of the worlds leading sanctuaries for farmed animals, CAS has saved more than 5,000 non-human individuals through direct rescue and exponentially more through programming that encourages humans to adopt veganism. casanctuary.org opensanctuary.org
35 minutes | Jul 21, 2022
Todd Friedman: Arthur's Acres
Todd is the founder of Arthur's Acre Animal Sanctuary. After finding a 3 ½-month-old piglet at a former small-scale "farm to table" type facility he was looking at in order to turn it into a sanctuary, Todd demanded to have the pig handed over to him. That pig he named Arthur. Arthur, who was the last pig to be threatened with death at that place, was the first pig to receive sanctuary there. The place where Arthur was meant to die young and afraid will be the place where he learns to live, to love, and be loved in return. Arthurs Acres now stands, no longer a negative place, but one with an abundance of love, kindness, positivity, and compassion. Todd has learned the joy and heartbreak of opening his heart to animals in need, thus finding his true passion in life.
53 minutes | Jul 14, 2022
Mike Stura: Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue
Mike Stura is a Mechanic, Welder and Harley Davidson guy. He's not your typical vegan but Mike owns and runs Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue in New Jersey. Mike started Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue with one tiny piece of land and a few small animals. That tiny piece of land grew to become an entire farm full of rescued souls. These animals are rescued from slaughterhouses, live markets, farms, extreme neglect, abuse, religious ceremonies, abandonment, and are even found wandering streets… No matter where they are from or from what dire circumstances they escape, they are provided with proper veterinary care, the best foods, water, a safe place to live, eat and sleep as well as lots of love around the clock. Every animal requires room to run and live unencumbered by the threat of harm and each one gets exactly what they need at the Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue. To help the animals and Mike at Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue donate by going to skylandssanctuary.org
42 minutes | Jul 7, 2022
Guy Vaknin: Renowned Plant-Based Chef
Guy Vaknin is a renowned chef famous for his innovative plant-based creations. After serving in the Israeli Defense Force (IDF), Vaknin moved to New York in 2005 to study computer engineering. But he quickly realized that his calling was in the food industry. Chef Vaknin then enrolled in the Institute of Culinary Education. Upon graduating in 2007, he became the Executive Chef at Esprit Events, an established kosher catering company in Manhattan. In this role, he met his future wife and co-founder Tali. Together, they developed their signature vegan sushi and the Beyond Sushi brand was born. He is the founder and owner of City Roots Hospitality, New York City’s leading vegan restaurant group, which includes Beyond Sushi, Willow, and his latest vegan restaurant, Coletta. beyondsushi.com willownewyork.com colettanyc.com cityrootsnyc.com
29 minutes | Jun 30, 2022
Dr Monica Aggarwal: Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine
Monica Aggarwal, MD, is an adjunct Associate Professor in the University of Florida's Division of Cardiovascular Medicine where she conducts research on the impact of nutrition on chronic illness. She also serves as the Chief Medical officer of the not-for-profit, 4Roots Farm which is looking at how to improve food quality to improve human health. She received her medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and subsequently went on to complete a residency in internal medicine at Tufts University Hospital in Boston, MA. She then completed a cardiology fellowship at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Aggarwal's own path to understanding the impact of nutrition on illness started soon after the birth of her third child when she developed an advanced form of rheumatoid arthritis. She was placed on medications that gave her severe side effects. It was only through learning about the microbiome (gut), its impact on the immune system, and the role of nutrition in affecting the gut that was she able to truly heal. Determined to change the face of medicine, Monica left private practice and returned to academics in order to pursue research on the role of diet and to create an integrative cardiology practice focused on nutrition and lifestyle. Dr. Aggarwal served as the Director of Integrative Cardiology and Prevention at the University of Florida for 4 ½ years during which time she was promoted to Associate Professor of Medicine. At the University of Florida, she focused on promoting food as the foundation of healing and for its medicinal value. In her clinic, she emphasizes plant-based nutrition and often performs multiple mind-body techniques with her patients, including yoga and meditation. At the University of Florida, she was also the Director of Medical Education for Cardiology, where she directed education for medical residents and cardiology fellows, with a focus on prevention, nutrition, and lifestyle. In the hospital, she has multiple initiatives including developing a 100% plant-based menu for cardiac and vascular patients. Dr. Aggarwal gives talks around the community, country, and internationally. She was named a Next Generation Innovator by Cardiology Today. She is often featured in Veg News, Naked Magazine, and forksoverknives.com. She conducts research on nutrition education in medical institutions and on how a plant-based diet impacts cardiovascular disease. She has published in major medical journals such as the Journal of American College of Cardiology and the American Journal of Medicine. Board-certified in cardiology and three specialties of cardiology: echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, and advanced lipid management, she is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), where she is a member of the nutrition council working on nutrition policies for the nation. Dr. Aggarwal specializes in the preventive management of heart disease with lifestyle techniques in conjunction with medications. She is the author of the book Body on Fire: How Inflammation Triggers Chronic Illness and the Tools We Have to Fight It, which outlines prescriptions to help guide people to better health, and the recently released Body on Fire Cookbook which provides whole food, healthy recipes to help implement change. She has instituted a new plant-based menu at the University of Florida/Shands Hospital which is receiving national attention along with new discharge education that empowers patients to heal their bodies with their lifestyles. She was recently named Floridas Cardiovascular Researcher of the year which provided her with a grant to conduct the important research needed on nutrition in 2019 and Exemplary Teacher of the Year in 2020. She currently sees patients in Orlando, Florida at AdventHealth and via telemedicine as part of Wholistic Cardiology and details can be found on her website. Website: Drmonicaaggarwal.com Facebook: drmonicaaggarwal Twitter: @drmaggarwal Instagram: drmonicaaggarwal
46 minutes | Jun 23, 2022
Dr. Melanie Worley: Emergency Medicine Physician and World Class Athlete
Dr. Melanie Worley is an Emergency Medicine physician and soon-to-be Sports Medicine fellow, 3-time Boston marathoner with a 2:56 personal best in the marathon, and Ironman 70.3 World Championship Qualifier. She is passionate about plant-based diets for both athletic performance and disease prevention. She attended undergraduate at Wake Forest University, where she graduated summa cum laude with a Health and Exercise Science major with honors and was a member of Phi Betta Kappa. She then went on to Ohio University for medical school, where she was president of the Lifestyle Medicine Club and published two lifestyle medicine-related publications. In residency at Sarasota Memorial Hospital for the Florida State Emergency Medicine program, she served as the Chief Resident of Wellness. To learn more, go to www.trainedonplants.com and follow @trainedonplants on Instagram and check out her podcast, which is all about lifestyle and sports medicine, plant-based fueling, and running/triathlon training.
37 minutes | Jun 16, 2022
Dr. Richard Schmidt: Reproductive Endocrinology and Fertility Specialist
Richard J. Schmidt, MD, FACOG, is a reproductive endocrinology and fertility specialist, as well as the medical director and laboratory program director at NOVA IVF in Mountain View, California. Dr. Schmidt has committed more than 25 years to delivering excellent patient-centered fertility care and is a vegan physician, having trained as a Food for Life instructor and is passionate about helping patients achieve better outcomes through a plant-based diet.
62 minutes | Jun 9, 2022
Alexandra Tierce: Animal Rights Activist
Alex has been vegan since 2007 for the animals. In Veganism, she has not only found a purpose in her life.. she found a level of spirituality that has forever changed her heart and how she interacts with ALL beings. Being a beacon of love and light is the foundation of her spiritual practices and, she feels, the very foundation of Veganism. Instagram: chiquita_vegana Living among Meat Eaters: The Vegetarian's Survival Handbook
60 minutes | Jun 2, 2022
Pam Ahern: Founder of Edgars Mission
Pam Ahern is the Founder of Edgars Mission. A safe haven for formerly farmed animals in Lancefield, Australia. The one-time equestrian champion gave it all up when, in 2003, a tiny piglet, the eminent Edgar Alan Pig, trotted into her life and led her down a path she never imagined.
52 minutes | May 26, 2022
Graham and Annette Henry: Whole Food Plant Based Educators
Graham and Annette Henry are both trained as whole food plant-based educators. The husband and wife teammate are using their knowledge and passion to help others transition successfully to a more plant-based diet as a route to improved health.
35 minutes | May 19, 2022
Chris Fuller-Wigg: Co-Founder and Executive Director of Austin Farm Sanctuary
Chris Fuller-Wigg is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Austin Farm Sanctuary. He is also the VP of Services for Motiv, a SaaS implementation company. Over the last 5 years, in addition to working at Motiv and building a life with his wife Angela, Chris has worked to build Austin Farm Sanctuary from a 1/2 acre micro-sanctuary to the blossoming non-profit it is today.
42 minutes | May 12, 2022
Jamie Logan: Filmmaker/Podcast Host /Animal Advocate
Jamie Logan is a NYC-based filmmaker, podcast host, and animal advocate who uses humor, health and fitness, public speaking, and social media to inspire others and cultivate change.
48 minutes | May 5, 2022
Damien Clarkson: Co-Founder of THE PACK
Damien Clarkson is the Co-Founder of THE PACK, a food technology startup making healthy and nutritious plant-based dog food. He previously Co-Founded Vevolution a leading technology platform for the plant-based business community where he is still a board member.
44 minutes | Apr 28, 2022
Tiffany Paltauf: Founder of Sleepy Pig Farm Animal Sanctuary
Tiffany Paltauf is the founder of Sleepy Pig Farm Animal Sanctuary, a vegan farmed animal sanctuary located in Upstate NY. Tiffany decided to start a sanctuary after rescuing and raising a two-day-old piglet that she named Maybelle. Patreon: Sleepy Pig Farm Animal Sanctuary Website: spfanimalsanctuary.org
36 minutes | Apr 21, 2022
John Oberg: Social Media Influencer / Animal Advocate
John Oberg is a social media influencer and animal advocate dedicated to making the world a kinder place for animals by utilizing the power of social media. In 2018, he launched his own independent, patron-funded program for animals through Patreon to maximize his impact, redefining animal advocacy in the social networking space. Previously, he served as Director of New Media for The Humane League and as Director of Communications for Vegan Outreach. Since launching his project, he has accumulated hundreds of millions of views of his content across social media reaching tens of thousands every single day. He recently launched online courses focused on social media advocacy through the online educational platform, Advocacy Collaborative. Advocacy Collab Twitter Course: https://advocacycollab.com/mastering-twitter/ Advocacy Collab Instagram Course: https://advocacycollab.com/mastering-instagram/ Official website: JohnOberg.org Patreon Page: Patreon.com/JohnOberg Donate: Donorbox.org/JohnOberg Twitter: Twitter.com/JohnOberg Instagram: Instagram.com/JohnOberg Facebook: Facebook.com/JohnObergOfficial YouTube: YouTube.com/user/JohnOberg
52 minutes | Apr 14, 2022
Megan Pereira: Founder of Road To Refuge Animal Sanctuary
Megan Pereira is the founder of Road To Refuge Animal Sanctuary, located in CT. She works full time as a mixed animal Veterinary Technician with a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science. She coordinates all potential rescues and tends to the medical needs of all the animals as well as running day-to-day activities at Road to Refuge.
46 minutes | Apr 7, 2022
Chris Huriwai: Activist/Co-Producer of MILKED Documentary
Chris Huriwai is the co-producer of MILKED, which is a feature documentary that exposes the whitewash of New Zealand's multi-billion-dollar dairy industry. He is also a Māori vegan advocate and extreme sportsman. He has a history of working in community health, working for 7 years teaching physical education and mentoring young people from primary to high schools. He’s a back-to-back 3-time world champion for street unicyclist and has recently moved home after working for an organization that assists rough sleepers and individuals who struggle to access sustainable housing. Chris is the co-founder of the animal rights project Aotearoa Liberation League. He is passionate about indigenous practices and using veganism as a decolonial tool. How to watch: milked.film
35 minutes | Mar 31, 2022
Kerstin Brueller: Animal Rights and Liberation Activist
Kerstin Brueller is a vegan animal rights and liberation activist focusing on online activism. She is also a writer, content creator, illustrator, and graphic designer from Vienna, Austria. Web kerstinbrueller.com Instagram @kerstinbrueller
41 minutes | Mar 24, 2022
Andrew Alexander: Producer of "Creating a Vegan World" Documentary
Andrew Alexander is the producer of Creating a Vegan World documentary where he interviewed 50 leading experts in the vegan, animal rights, and plant-based health movements to discover what it takes to change the world.
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