Part I: Brenda Sanders, Better Health, Better Life
Brenda_Sanders-AR2016-Jul16-16Brenda Sanders is a food justice activist in Baltimore City who has dedicated her life to fighting for vulnerable populations. As a community organizer, Brenda has coordinated events like The Vegan Living Program, an annual 6-week vegan education program, Eating for Life, a plant-based cooking workshop and Vegan SoulFest, a festival that celebrates culture and the vegan lifestyle. Brenda promotes veganism in her social justice work because it’s a lifestyle that addresses health disparities, environmental destruction and animal abuse and gives individuals the ability to effect real, positive change in the world.

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REAL Co-Founder joins Caryn Hartglass to inspire people to get into the kitchen and making simple, healthy, delicious meals. They offer tips to get you started.

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Part I: Mark Lewis, Chmachyakyakya: 8000-year Crops
foragingThe most local form of local eating is wild plant foraging, and Mark Lewis of Arizona has been foraging the deserts and mountains of the Southwest for a long time, harvesting 2000 edibles and 500 medicinals throughout Arizona and the Sonoran/Bajan SW for 45 years using experience and knowledge from his grandfather and his grandfather’s grandfather. Having taught at university since 1983, Mark focuses on scientific and cultural insights about the plants — from economic botany, nutrition, horticulture, and traditional culture — that can inform cuisine based on these plants, Mark gives classes and Walk and Talks and, since 2012, has been presenting and offering prepared samples weekly each Saturday morning at the “Chmachyakyakya: Thirty 8000-year Crops” booth at the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ Market using 80 different plants and 30 mushrooms/morels. Some crowd favorites include cholla cactus panna cotta, prickly pear wolf berry shrikhand, and saguaro bao.

CONTACT Mark Lewis at manujib@yahoo.com

Part II: Caryn Hartglass, On The Road Again
Caryn at the beachCaryn gives updates on Golden Rice and other GMO news. She unscrambles the confusion behind caged eggs and free-range eggs. She also covers the good news: Vegetariansim promotion in Italy, Veggie Dogs in Ballparks and more delicious news while traveling.

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Part I: Lee Hall, On Their Own Terms: Animal Liberation for the 21st Century

Ten years experience as an airline worker, including numerous encounters with shipped animals, forged Lee Hall’s interest in animal-liberation philosophy. Hall earned a law degree at age 37, then worked in immigration legal services, taught immigration and animal law at Rutgers University, and served as an animal lawyer in the non-profit world for a decade. In 2014, Hall earned a Master of Laws in environmental law wit a focus on climate change. Hall has been interviewed for Allegheny Front Environmental RadioAlternet, and Court TV, and teaches at Widener University -Delaware Law.

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Part I: Joel Helfrich, Rochester River SchoolProposed First Vegan Public School in the U.S

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Joel is a father, educator, and activist who lives in the City of Rochester, near Highland Park. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of history at Monroe Community College and, formerly, a Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He received his BA in history from the University of Rochester, an MPhil degree in American Studies from the University of Glasgow in Scotland, and a PhD in history from the University of Minnesota. His doctoral dissertation is a historical investigation of Western Apache struggles over a sacred and ecologically unique mountain in Arizona from 1871 to 2002. He has also worked on animal rights, environmental, historic and sacred sites preservation, and social justice issues. He holds the conviction that a myopic focus defeats the most important work any historian does—being an informed and informative member of society. He sees the environment as a site where much of his historical training can be brought to bear, so he continues to pursue those interests as well as others.
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Part I: Jo Stepaniak, Low-FODMAP and Vegan
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Jo Stepaniak is the author and coauthor of more than two dozen books on vegan cuisine, health, and compassionate living. Having struggled with IBS for decades, Jo knows what it’s like to feel that no food is safe, even when eating healthy vegan fare.
 

Part II: Julie Gueraseva, LAIKA Magazine
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Julie Gueraseva is the founder of the NYC-based vegan lifestyle magazine LAIKA.

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Part I: Annie Mohaupt, Mohop Shoes

Annie Mohaupt is the founder and CEO of Mohop, a Chicago-based footwear manufacturer. Mohop combines advanced 3D fabrication technologies with traditional artisanal techniques to produce custom-on-demand shoes for women and men. Mohop has been featured in INC Magazine, Entrepreneur.com, Huffington Post, and The Science Channel and has been recently been named both a national top-10 hardware startup and top-10 women-led startup.

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Part II: Caryn Hartglass, Summertime!

Caryn brings in summer with recipes for refreshing drinks, summer picnics, events and barbecues. While on the road in the Bay Area she discusses some of the eateries she has been visiting along with the fun treats she has discovered.

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Adam Markey, Sole and Stone
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Adam Markey is owner and founder of SoleAndStone.com: An online store focused on providing traditional men’s dress shoes that are 100% vegan all while maintaining the same level of convenience and customer service as large scale online footwear stores.

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Part I: Jonathan Balcombe, What A Fish Knows
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Jonathan Balcombe is the director of animal sentience at the Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy and the author of four previous books, including Second Nature and Pleasurable Kingdom. Visit his website at www.jonathanbalcombe.com and follow him on Twitter at @pumilla66.
 

Part II: Erin Orr, Secret Estate Illuminati Ball
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Erin Orr is a chef, storyteller, puppeteer and educator based in Brooklyn. She endeavors to create experiences that encourage and foster community — whether they are crafted from food, with words or via visual spectacle. She maintains the food blog Big Sis Little Dish, where she shares original, adapted and passed on recipes and stories about the memories and gatherings connected to them. She is currently executive chef for Cynthia von Buhler’s immersive theater excursion “The Illuminati Ball.” For this she’s assembled an eight-course vegan tasting menu that guests of the ongoing event series continue to concur is both delicious and satisfying.

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Part I: Eugene Wang, Sophie’s Kitchen Vegan Seafood
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Eugene Wang grew up immersed in the vegetarian food business. For 20 + years his family has led the way in quality manufacturing of vegetarian food and distributing it throughout Asia and in North America. He took all he learned and in 1996, began consulting and leading food companies in the vegan and vegetarian food categories. Since 2004, his vision for launching the first Vegan Seafood has manifested into a viable category innovation lauded by the press and social media thought leaders, as well as natural trade industry leaders. The Sophie’s Kitchen Vegan Seafood phenomena has brought him the accolade ‘Vegan Visionary’.

Eugene is an experienced entrepreneur and leader. His broad scope of professional experience makes him uniquely qualified to assist vegetarian/vegan companies to the next level of success. For example, as President of Super Elephant, Taiwan, in 2004-2010, he acquired national distribution for the top US natural distributor, UNFI, where he became highly skilled in all aspects of developing sales in the natural and specialty marketplace in Asia for leading US natural product companies. In 2001, he founded a software company in Silicon Valley that built web-based CRM software, and in 1999, he joined Sherpa Research Limited, Tokyo, to spearhead a leading Japanese company into the Chinese market by developing important alliances and creating proactive, strategic marketing plans. Mr. Wang started his career in 1995, at a management consulting firm in New York City, shortly after earning his MBA from Columbia University, Columbia Business School, New York.

Susan Carskadon, Sophie’s Kitchen Marketing, PR, Social Media, Advertising
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Susan Carskadon has been launching state-of-the-art products in the natural and mainstream industries, domestically and internationally, for over 35 years. Her specialty is taking little known, new concepts to full consumer visibility.
 
Part II: Michael Neeley, The Conscious Life Summit 2016
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Michael Neeley is a former professional actor and medieval knight turned writer, motivational speaker, personal development coach, author of the upcoming book, The Art of Forgetting, and host of the highly-rated new podcast, Consciously Speaking. Michael is a student of Buddhism and is a certified Dharma teacher and meditation guide. He is committed to living a conscious lifestyle and helping guide others to do the same. He’d like to personally invite you to The Conscious Life Summit 2016, where he will be hosting 24 guest experts, including the amazing Caryn Hartglass, herself. It begins this Friday, June 3rd and runs through June 10th. It’s online, and it’s free.

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