Toni Okamato, Plant Based on a Budget
Toni Okamato is the founder of Plant Based on a Budget, the popular web site, food blog, and meal plan that shows you how to save dough by eating veggies. She’s also author of Plant-Based on a Budget, Super Easy Vegan Slow Cooker Cookbook, and the co-author of The Friendly Vegan Cookbook. Plant Based on a Budget has been featured in Reader’s Digest, US News and World Report, and more. Toni’s also a regular presence on the FOX affiliate in Sacramento, where she teaches viewers how to break their meat habit without breaking their budget. Toni is a burrito enthusiast, and spends her free time swing dancing across the county. She resides in Sacramento.

Timothy Wise, Eating Tomorrow: Agribusiness, Family Farmers, and the Battle for the Future of Food
Timothy A. Wise is a senior researcher at the Small Planet Institute, where he directs the Land and Food Rights Program. He is also a senior research fellow at Tufts University’s Global Development and Environment Institute, where he founded and directed its Globalization and Sustainable Development Program. He previously served as executive director of the U.S.-based aid agency Grassroots International. He is the author of Eating Tomorrow: Agribusiness, Family Farmers, and the Battle for the Future of Food(The New Press) and Confronting Globalization: Economic Integration and Popular Resistance in Mexico. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Bilal Qizilbash
Bilal is CEO and chief scientist for EasyKale Labs, LLC. His company pledges 2.5% of net profits to feeding the homeless, something Bilal does every Friday in Jackson, Miss., alongside volunteers for his Draw-a-Smile non-profit foundation. Another 2.5% goes to the Mississippi Coding Academies, helping at-risk kids build technology careers.

When Bilal discovered that juiced leafy kale would selectively kill melanoma cancer cells in vitro while leaving non-cancerous cells alone, he’d had a breakthrough… and a realization. The breakthrough led to a U.S. patent and continued laboratory studies. The realization was that Bilal could help humanity with a product—Bilal’s EasyKale—that makes it easy for people to add #dailykale to their diets.

Bilal has presented lectures on leadership, innovation, and his team’s cancer breakthrough at numerous conferences, most notably at the Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale University attended by over 3,000 people. Bilal holds U.S. Patent #9919016: “Product and method of deploying kale derivatives for anti-cancer effects.” As the CEO of EasyKale Labs, he’s continuing his research into the cancer-fighting properties of kale, while offering a next-generation product for making kale consumption easier—Bilal’s EasyKale.

Kathleen Kobel
Kathleen Kobel is an Amazon expert seller and consultant who helps businesses grow their brands and scale their sales by selling products on Amazon.

Will Tuttle, Buddhism and Veganism

Dr. Will Tuttle is author of the best-selling, The World Peace Diet, published in 16 languages. A recipient of the Courage of Conscience Award and the Empty Cages Prize, he is also the author of Your Inner Islands and editor of Circles of Compassion, as well as the creator of online wellness and advocacy programs. A vegan since 1980 and former Zen monk in the Korean Zen tradition, he is featured in a number of documentary films. A Buddhist practitioner for over 40 years, he is a frequent radio, television, and online presenter, and lectures extensively worldwide.

William W. Li, MD, Eat to Beat Disease
William W. Li, MD, is an internationally renowned medical doctor, researcher, and president and a founder of the Angiogenesis Foundation. His groundbreaking work has led to the development of more than 30 new medical treatments, has impacted more than 50 million people worldwide, and covers more than 70 diseases including cancer, diabetes, blindness, heart disease, and obesity. His TED Talk, “Can We Eat to Starve Cancer?” has garnered more than 11 million views. Dr. Li has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, CNN, and MSNBC and has been featured in USA Today, TIME, The Atlantic, and O Magazine. Dr. Li has served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, and presented at the Vatican’s Unite to Cure conference.

Bilal Qizilbash, Easy Kale
Bilal has presented lectures on leadership, innovation, and his team’s cancer breakthrough at numerous conferences, most notably at the Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale University attended by over 3,000 people. Bilal holds U.S. Patent #9919016: “Product and method of deploying kale derivatives for anti-cancer effects.” As the CEO of EasyKale Labs, he’s continuing his research into the cancer-fighting properties of kale, while offering a next-generation product for making kale consumption easier—Bilal’s EasyKale.

Gary De Mattei, What Stuff is Made Out of
Responsible Eating And Living (REAL) co-founders, Caryn Hartglass and Gary De Mattei talk about the ingredients in some of the latest vegan food products on the market. And while these food products will help reduce the number of animals tortured and slaughtered for food, are they healthy?

Ellie Laks, The Gentle Barn 20th Anniversary
Ellie is the Founder of The Gentle Barn. She is responsible for the daily care of the animals and programs at The Gentle Barn and has been since The Gentle Barn’s inception in 1999. Ellie is the face of The Gentle Barn and manages daily posts on Facebook, twitter and the Blog. Ellie is also the Educational Outreach Director working with hundreds of inner-city, at-risk and special needs children each year and has directly rescued, cared for and supported thousands of animals that would otherwise have been killed. Ellie has dedicated her life to being the voice of the voiceless.

Ellie began her career working with special needs children and spaying and neutering and releasing feral cats in the alleys of Los Angeles. She started a dog training, walking, boarding and grooming business, that she used as a means to rescue animals from being put down at the animal shelters in Los Angeles. Ellie rescued and worked with about 500 dogs and cats before founding The Gentle Barn. Ellie is also a professional animal trainer and specializes in working with severely abused and mistrusting dogs.

The Gentle Barn is now home to over 170 animals in Santa Clarita, California, who Ellie has healed, along with twelve staff members, about a thousand volunteers and her husband Jay Weiner who runs The Gentle Barn with her. Once healed and happy, the animals help Ellie and Jay heal at-risk, inner-city and special needs children, who have the same stories as the animals. Ellie and Jay live on the property together, with their 3 children. Together they get to rescue and rehabilitate hundreds of animals each year and get to see miracles connecting animals and children every day. Ellie attended California State University, Northridge, specializing in childhood development.

“There is nothing more fulfilling to me than looking into the eyes of animals and children, who have no chance, telling them with certainty that they will be ok and then watching them go through the healing and growing process and coming out the other side and watching them become ambassadors helping others who are in their old shoes. It is what I live for each and every day.”

Chef AJ, The REAL Truth About Weightloss
Chef AJ has been devoted to a plant-based diet for almost 40 years. She is the host of the television series Healthy Living with CHEF AJ which airs on Foody TV. With her comedy background, she has made appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman and more. A chef, culinary instructor and professional speaker, she is author of the popular book Unprocessed: How to Achieve Vibrant Health and Your Ideal Weight, which chronicles her journey from a junk-food vegan faced with a diagnosis of pre-cancerous polyps, to learning how to create foods that nourish and heal the body.

Based in Los Angeles, Chef AJ teaches how to create meals to transform health, how to deal with cravings and food addiction and addresses the emotional side of eating. She is the creator of The Ultimate Weight Loss Program, was the Executive Pastry Chef at Sante La Brea Restaurant in Los Angeles, creator of Healthy Taste of LA and the YouTube cooking show The Chef and the Dietitian. Chef AJ holds a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University and is a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

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Gary De Mattei, Do it Yourself and Make Your Own
Gary De Mattei, Responsible Eating And Living (REAL) co-founder returns to talk with Caryn about getting organized in the kitchen; repairing and renovating instead of throwing away and buying new; making your own foods like tofu and soy milk to minimize plastic packaging.


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