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Vida Vegan Con News: 2015 Speaker Roundup #2!

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Here’s the deal: We put out the call. We read the submissions. We talked. We made spreadsheets. We talked some more. We drank cup after cup of coffee and barely had time to discuss our favorite nondairy creamers of the moment. You simply cannot imagine how hard it was for us to narrow down our speaker lineup. Such amazing talent. Such fantastic voices. So much feedback to consider. Seriously, why can’t Vida Vegan Con be a week long?!

But we’ve done it, and now we can’t wait to share it with you! Each week we’re featuring a handful of speakers, with a teaser of what sort of expertise they’ll be sharing with you (to supplement the class topics sneak peek we shared earlier this summer).

As in past years, we’ve curated this lineup of activists, authors, experts and other leaders in their fields to share with you their skills, their unique voices, and their ability to inspire. We’ll debut the official conference agenda in early 2015.

So here they are, in randomly random order, your second collection of Vida Vegan Con III speakers:

Gena Hamshaw, of Choosing Raw

Another crowd favorite from past years with an inspiring, recent cookbook to her name, the lovely Gena is a former book editor turned certified clinical nutritionist, who will be calling upon her years of expertise and prowess to share tips on embarking on your own contemporary healthcare career. Stay tuned for passionate, realistic advice on how to incorporate and embrace veganism in the much-debated “nutrition wars” these days.

 

 

Monique Koch, of Brown Vegan.

Monique Koch is a welcome newcomer to the VVC family who showcases her down to earth charisma on her blog and growing series of Youtube videos. Monique focuses on healthy cooking & family life, and will be presenting on what she does so well: keeping honesty and authenticity in your online presence.

 

Matt Ruscigno, of True Love Health

We’ve got no shortage of diverse, vegan nutrition experts for Vida Vegan Con III, and that is such a beautiful thing! Matt is a longtime vegan, registered dietician, and endurance athlete with an impressive background that includes co-authoring No Meat Athlete and Appetite for Reduction. His latest project is the documentary web series, Strongest Hearts, which profiles vegan athletes. Matt is joining us to discuss quite frankly, (and surely in detailed, mesmerizing facts) how “Science Is Awesome!” and why we don’t need to exaggerate health claims about veganism. Get ready!

 

Nicole J. Georges, of Invincible Summer.

You just may recognize Nicole from VVC2013, where she delivered our opening talk on artistry, community and veganism. This year, the inventive, longtime writer and illustrator ⸺ and recent Lambda award winner for her graphic memoir, Calling Dr. Laura ⸺joins our exciting speaker lineup to share everything you need to know on touring for your own book or project.

 

 

 

Jackie Sobon, of Vegan Yack Attack.

Let’s get to the point: Jackie is a modern-day culinary blogging mastermind (and VVC2013 attendee), which means she’s an expert food photographer, recipe developer and internet personality, galore! She’s joining us to get real on modern blogging etiquette and social media essentials in regards to own path to super-blogger status.

 

 

 

The countdown to Vida Vegan Con 2015 continues! You can check out the first set of amazing speakers over here. Ready to register? Yeah! Put in for your vacation time, get ready to explore Austin’s fantastic vegan happenings, and reserve your spot today!

 Vida Vegan Con III ∗ May 29-31, 2015 ∗ Austin, TX

Here’s Your Sneak Peek at Vida Vegan Con III Classes & Topics!

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Oh, goodness. With General Registration now open for Vida Vegan Con III and summer flying by in these parts, we’re *so* gearing up to announce the lineup for our third conference! We know we’re becoming a bit of a broken record with this, but it has to be repeated: This was a ridiculously difficult but incredibly exciting process, with many, many hours poring over more than a hundred proposed class topics and re-reading 2011 and 2013 attendee feedback. After a two-month review process, we organizers have put together another seriously only-at-Vida-Vegan-Con series of classes for ya.

While we continue to work on all the official fun stuff behind the scenes, we wanted to satiate your curiosity and share a sneak peek of the confirmed, in-development class topics for the next Vida Vegan Media & Lifestyle Conference.

Ready? Then here’s a peek at what’s coming at ya:

  • Building a Smart Vegan Business: Creativity/planning/funding/sustaining & having a life!
  • Science Is Awesome! Why we don’t need to exaggerate health claims about veganism.
  • DIY Event Organizing
  • The Ethics of Vegan Dining & Boozing
  • From Personal Blogger to Internet Entrepreneur
  • Cookbook Writing: From concept to proposal to testing to editing to publication
  • The Importance of Design & Branding!
  • How to Make Kick-Ass YouTube videos
  • Blogging Etiquette & Why Social Media Is Essential  
  • Your Guide to Cruelty-free Vegan Cosmetics & Beauty
  • Avenues to a Vegan Healthcare Career
  • The Legal Info You Need for Online Content
  • Post Processing for Food Photography, a.k.a.  How to Fix Almost Anything with Software
  • Can We All Just Get Along?: Finding common ground in different forms of activism
  • The Pros & Cons of Self-Publishing
  • How to Monetize Your Blog or Website

That’s not all, folks! More to come as we finalize speakers and classes. All class titles subject to change.

Plus, you may have noticed that’s we’re not just discussing blogging anymore. And we promise, all classes are conceived as informative, unique content just for Vida Vegan attendees.

Taking in the Vegan Professionals class at Vida Vegan Con 2011
Taking in the Vegan Professionals panel at Vida Vegan Con 2011 w/ Grant Butler, Julie Hasson, Janessa Philemon-Kerp and Fran Costigan

Stay tuned for the speaker announcements and already-anticipated conference agenda! We’ve got three full days of conference happenings, starting with Friday’s full-day (and first-ever!) Vida Vegan Bazaar* with vendors, samples, demos, vegan eats & Lazy Smurf’s Austin Community panel.

We’re also in the process of updating our FAQ Let us know if you have anything you’ve been wondering.

P.S. Look to grab your conference spot? Head right here!

*VVC Bazaar Vendor info coming soon! Check out the Sponsorship info here and fill out the contact form to get more info later this summer on reserving your table!

 

Vida Vegan Con 2015 Registration Approaches…

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Hey! Thanks for reading this update from Vida Vegan Headquarters. It shows that you care, and there’s a high-five coming your way!

Behind the scenes, your friendly organizers have spent a long week thoroughly reviewing and attempting to narrow down 90 speaker proposals from our open application season. Woooooo-eeeeee! First, we took deep breath after deep breath, broke out our 2011 and 2013 attendee and speaker feedback, somehow got down to 40, and we’re now at dang near 30 finalists. It’s been such a riveting, exhausting, amazing and damn near tearful process, to say the least! Dramatics aside, 2015 is looking at one ridiculously knock-out, well-rounded roster of vibrant speakers.

So, please stay tuned for confirmed speaker announcements and get your clicking finger ready for the part that gets you there:

General Registration for Vida Vegan Con III goes LIVE at 8am PST/11am EST on Friday, August 1, 2014.

Janessa works the board (and that great hair!) during one of our hard-hitting Speaker Application Review sessions earlier this week. via @vidaveganhq

Your friendly Vida Vegan Con directors will be counting down across the USA, with Janessa and Michele in Portland, OR and this gal staring at a Chromebook over in Brooklyn, making sure things go as smoothly as the tofu cream cheeze on my long-awaited bagel, no doubt.

Save the Date & Grab your tickets next weekend!

Vida Vegan Con III * May 29-31, 2015 * Austin, TX

The Vegan Media & Lifestyle Conference Returns.

via @vidaveganhq

Now, want to see a hint of what’s in store (but with a whole new, only-at-Vida Vegan Con, only-in-Austin, lineup of speakers, classes, the first-ever Vida Vegan Bazaar, inevitable vegan food cart and taco crawls, enthusiasm and other shenanigans)? Check out the VVC2011 conference agenda, and expect even more!

P.S. Are you a past attendee or a lovely person who grabbed a now-classic Vida Vegan mug  from our Shop?  Check out #VidaVeganInTheWild! Details here.

Virtual Hangout Coming Sunday, July 6th!

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Hey, you know that Google Plus thingy that attempts to get your attention when you log into your gmail? Look, I’m not trying to convince you to “circle” us over there, promise (although you totally can if you reaaaaally want to). You’re likely elsewhere, refreshing your adorable Instagram, tweeting news links and sharing things on your Facebooks (plural, for sure), and don’t wander into Google-social land much. It’s cool, I sorta dig how  elusively odd and still it remains. I’m not asking for much here: just a little visit!

On behalf of your friendly organizers here at Vida Vegan Headquarters, I sure do hope you can click on that top right corner and join us (hence our sharing this on our *other* social media channels and this here blog) for a special get-to-gether. If you have a gmail, you’re almost there already!

Here’s the deal: Google Plus is great for hangin’ out. So, we’re having a big Vida Vegan reunion hangout on Sunday, July 6th at 12pm PST/3pm EST.

Simply click here to RSVP (and then, mute the post if you like) and get ready to jump in via video or chat for our big virtual hangout.

Everyone is welcome!

Come say hello to old & new vegan friends, whether you’ve attended a Vida Vegan Con or not!

Let us know if you questions for the next Vida Vegan Con, or any ideas for classes, speakers or new vegan-friendly companies you want to see.

Learn about the very latest plans for our third conference, and the brand new Vida Vegan Bazaar, set to take place on Friday, May 29 (which friends & family and anyone else in town is encouraged to attend!)

Did you grab one of the coveted Early Bird tickets already?

Were you thinking about capping off an epic vegan road trip with the conference?

Perhaps you’re thinking about attending but wanted to see who else was.

Maybe you can’t make it and wish you could. Hey, stop on by!

Save the afternoon (or whatever time it’ll be by you!) of July 6 and get to know the Vida Vegan family some more.

 

P.S. As of this post, 15 early bird tickets remain!

Psst: Want to speak at VVCIII?

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Your time has come! To break out those big ideas and fill out a very, very special form.

photo Do you have something to say about Vegan Parenting & Family Life? Starting your own Vegan Business? The future of Technology? Community Development (whether online or IRL)? Running a blog for a decade without going crazy? And going crazy? Food Styling? Photography? Cruelty-Free Fashion? Publishing? Veganism, Gender & Sexuality? We want to hear it!

Janessa, Michele and myself have put together a beautiful, long (and honestly, beautifully long) list of topics that we’d love to see come to the third Vida Vegan Conference and folks have certainly been asking for. Check it out over here, read a bunch more about what we’re looking for, including the speaking requirements, and apply!

Frankly, my unofficial, not-so-ridiculous estimate is that we’ve received roughly two emails a week about wanting to speak at the third conference since we closed the application to speak at VVC2013—on top of seeking a rad mix of new and returning speakers, so it looks like the competition will be fiercer than ever! (Thanks for letting me have this reality competition-hosting moment.)  

Vida Vegan Con III is set for May 29-31, 2015 in Austin, TX.

So much more, including the first-ever Membership Drive (which means a brand spanking new Vida Vegan Membership program and those coveted conference early bird rates) official locations, travel advice and sponsorship opportunities, coming soon!

The deadline to apply is July 9.

The Countdown to VVC2015: Introducing the Vida Vegan Street Team!

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Hello, hello! Vida Vegan Headquarters is back with some really big news that will hopefully bring even more folks to future Vida Vegan Cons!

We’re introducing the new Vida Vegan Street Team, and all are welcome to join!

Trust me, your friendly organizers are no strangers to budgeting (here’s something you don’t see on Instagram: all the dang bowls of clean-out-the-fridge lentil soup I eat), and we totally get that registration costs are simply not in everyone’s budget. Once again, we will be offering full registration scholarships and relying on some very special assistants as we run around a new city, but we wanted to make it possible to volunteer and actually attend all the classes you want. The Vida Vegan Street Team concept is here to make that happen.

In return, based on the number of hours and type of activity you’re able to contribute over 2014-2015, Vida Vegan offers a special token of our appreciation: a point system to earn big discounts—and potentially cover the entire cost of registration for Vida Vegan Con III. Full details over here.

Interested? Read that link above and sign up by filling out this quick form. Potential speakers are welcome to come on board!

Oh, okay. We bet you’re wondering and we’re this close to announcing the GIANT news of just when and where our third conference will take place. We can’t say it seriously enough: if you’re signed up for our newsletter, you will hear it first!