We put out the call. We read the submissions. We talked. We made spreadsheets. We talked some more. We used and abused a dry-erase board… You simply cannot imagine how hard it was for us to narrow down our speaker lineup. Such amazing talent. Such fantastic voices. Why can’t Vida Vegan Con be a week long?! (Seriously, Google, how about sponsoring us?)
But we’ve done it, and now we can’t wait to share it with you! Each week we’ll feature 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 posted last week).
As in past years, we’ve curated this lineup of activists, authors, smartypantses, and other leaders in their fields to share with you their skills, their unique voices, and their ability to inspire.
So here they are, in randomly random order, your first handful of Vida Vegan Con III speakers:
Susan Voisin, of Fat Free Vegan.
An overwhelming crowd favorite from VVC2013, Susan will be teaching us post-processing for food photography—how to fix almost anything with software. She’ll also be sharing teaching duties in a class on monetizing your blog.
Sasha Perry, of Strongest Hearts.
New to VVC, Sasha is a veteran filmmaker who was recently a producer and shooter (the camera kind!) on a little show called “Whale Wars” on Animal Planet. Sasha will be presenting on video and film as activism through storytelling. Get ready to get inspired!
Ginny Messina, of The Vegan RD.
Ginny’s back for her third round of VVC, and we couldn’t be more honored to bring you arguably the best-respected voice in vegan nutrition. This year she’ll be talking about a super hot topic, preventing ex-vegans.
Tashina Combs, of Logical Harmony.
Tashina has become the go-to resource for vegan cosmetics and bodycare and we’re glad to welcome her to her first time speaking at VVC. She’ll be teaching us about the difference between cruelty-free and vegan cosmetics, what to look for, what questions to ask, and who you can trust.
Brian Patton, of The Sexy Vegan.
Cookbook author, podcaster, and the 2013 Vida Vegan Galarama host, Brian is presenting his first VVC class this year. He’ll be breaking down social media and teaching us how to tweet like you give a damn.
There you have it, round one, with so much more to come! Ready to register? Especially as we announce speakers, these tickets are gonna go fast. Put in for your vacation time and reserve your spot today!
Vida Vegan Con III ∗ May 29-31, 2015 ∗ Austin, TX
It’s here! It’s here!
We are now three mere days away from the unveiling of the Vida Vegan Con class schedule (on Saturday!), and it’s time to present the super-talented folks who will be making it all happen, our scheduled 2013 Speaker Lineup.
This exclusive list includes our favorite best-selling cookbook authors, health experts, long-time bloggers, inspirational speakers, tech wizards, political writers, community leaders, and more—and more. Let’s do this!
The scheduled 2013 Vida Vegan Speakers:
- Amey Mathews, Vegan Eats & Treats
- Bianca Phillips, Vegan Crunk
- Cadry Nelson, Cadry’s Kitchen
- Chelsea Lincoln, Flavorvegan
- Dawn Quinn, Vegan Moxie
- Dreena Burton, Plant-Powered Kitchen
- Erika Larson, The San Francisco Comical
- Fran Costigan, FranCostigan.com
- Gabrielle Pope, Vegans on the Move
- Gena Hamshaw, Choosing Raw
- Ginny Messina, The Vegan RD
- Grant Butler, Oregonian Foodday
- Hannah Kaminsky, Bittersweet
- Helen Pitlick, Vegtastic!
- Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Post Punk Kitchen
- Jamie J. Hagen, Writer
- Janessa Philemon-Kerp, Epicurious Vegan
- Jasmin Singer, Our Hen House
- Jason Das, Super Vegan
- Jess Sconé, Get Sconed!
- Joanna Vaught, Author
- John McDevitt, The Laziest Vegans
- Joni Marie Newman, Just the Food
- Julie Hasson, Julie’s Kitchenette
- Kelly Peloza, The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur
- Kittee Berns, Cake Maker to the Stars
- Laura Beck, Vegansaurus
- Leigh-Chantelle, Viva La Vegan!
- Lisa Pitman, Vegan Culinary Crusade
- Maeve Connor, Heartichoke Supper Club
- Mariann Sullivan, Our Hen House
- Michele Truty, Vegtastic Voyage
- Michelle Schwegmann, Herbivore Clothing
- Mo Martin, Mo Betta Vegan
- Nava Atlas, VegKitchen
- Nicole Sopko, Vegan Things I Like
- Ryan Patey, T.O.F.U. Magazine
- Sayward Rebhal, Bonzai Aphrodite
- Susan Voisin, Fatfree Vegan
- Terry Hope Romero, Vegan Latina
To peruse the full list, check out their glorious websites and lovely photos, head over here.
Vida Vegan Con returns May 24-26, 2013, in Portland, OR. Tickets remain here.
Psssst….between us, we received over 100 submissions when we posted our open call for speakers for the second Vida Vegan Con, in May 2013. The decision-making was SUCH hard work and an ongoing process for several weeks after the deadline closed (this was May 1, 2012—over a year in advance!) We wanted a smaller pool of speakers vs. our 2012 conference, to open more opportunities for our wonderful speakers to share their thoughts, and we now have an utterly amazing list of talented individuals we are stoked to reveal soon.
With that, we thought it was time to more-than-officially leak a few names, because if you’re like us organizers, any whisper of Vida Vegan news is always exciting.
Reflecting the grand list (which will be posted on its own page later this summer, we promise), these folks are passionate individuals who you may recognize as authors, speakers, community leaders, witty writers, bloggers, activists, hosts, 2011 speakers, new folks we’re thrilled to add, and delightful combinations of all and any of the above.
Vida Vegan presents the following speakers for our second conference (in no particular order):
And this is just a sneak peak at the full lineup. More to come! With handy links & all. Tickets (and scholarships!) are still available over here.
See you all back in Portland in May!
If you’re interested in speaking at the August 2014 conference in Chicago, IL, stay tuned for the open call! No need to email us at this time.
Now that you’ve all read the big announcement (we’re SO EXCITED), we want to share this reminder with you:
Potential speakers: your applications are due by MAY 1. This is for everyone; those of you who spoke in 2011 and want to speak again, and those of you who didn’t speak in 2011 but want to in 2013.
The Travel Panel, 2011. Photo courtesy of Veg News.
Remember that we’re aiming for a smaller speaking pool this time around, and you’ll be likely asked for involvement twice, if not three times or more, during the weekend conference. Think talks, panels, discussion groups, etc. Keep an open mind–and get ready to talk.
Please remember that all speakers are subject to approval. All traveling speakers will be offered a limited travel credit reimbursement.
With that, please see this link, and we welcome past speakers, attendees, and new folks to apply away!
See you guys in May 2013 in Portland!
It’s time for some official Vida Vegan Con class news – Dynise Balcavage, of The Urban Vegan, is seeking submissions for her class, an ‘Extreme Food Writing Workshop‘, one of a few classes discussing the art of food writing itself at the conference. Here’s the request, via Dynise:
Wanted: Food blog post “makeover” candidates for my Viva Vegan conference workshop
Are your culinary descriptions as wilted as last week’s lettuce? Food blogging requires the ability to make readers “taste” your creations using words alone – & as few as possible. I’ll help you pare down your writing & “tofu up” your descriptiveness. Want one of your blog posts made over? Send me a link: email@example.com
Note: This is not limited to conference goers. Jump on in, folks!
Recently, the Vida Vegan Con organizers sat down with our pens, markers, assorted highlighters, printouts, posterboard, computers, Michele’s cat, teacups of mimosa, and here today, we officially present our 2011 Vida Vegan Con Classes and Speaking Assignments:
Of course, everything is subject to change. Expect surprises. Our fingers are still crossed for a special guest appearance and dance-along with Ellen.
- Activism Panel
- Dating & Mating Panel
- Group & Community Blogging
- Marketing Panel
- Nutritional Panel
- Parenting Panel
- Publishing Panel
- Small Town, Represent! Panel
- Travel Panel
- Extreme Food Writing Makeover, Dynise Balcavage, Urban Vegan
- Budgeting & Meal Planning
- Special Presentation by Isa Chandra Moskowitz, The Post Punk Kitchen
- Special Presentation by Terry Hope Romero, The Post Punk Kitchen
- Special Presentation by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, Compassionate Cooks
- Product Reviews & Ethics
- Reality, Identity & Blogging
- Soft & Fuzzy Blogging
- Special Diets/Lifestyles
- The Accidental Journalist
- Special Joint Presentationby…
- Your Blog Sucks: Opinionated Blogger Takeover
- Vegan Fashion
- Writer’s Block
- Culinary Photography(for Veterans and Newbs)
Cooking Demos at Whole Foods:
- To be Announced! (If you’re a speaker and interested – shoot us an email!)
- To Be Announced!
- Isa Chandra Moskowitz, The Post Punk Kitchen
Speaking of greatness, if you’re one of our speakers or moderators and don’t feel up to date, email us and let’s get in the loop! As always, stay tuned for more. Detailed email updates are going out for each class starting today.
As of this post, the conference is entirely sold out, but email us immediately at VidaVeganConference [at] gmail.com to join the waitlist and we’ll let you know if spots open.
All three organizers (Janessa, Michele & myself) will be doing giveaways on our own blogs, as well as our sponsors. The first creative contest will be announced this weekend on Get Sconed!
Everything is still in development, but if you have any questions or concentrations you’d like the panels, classes, and workshops to cover, simply email us at VidaVeganConference[at]gmail.com or post on our facebook wall.
We can’t make any guarantees, but we’ll all try our hardest in this big group effort of vegan community!
Look for select live-streaming of the event if you can’t attend! www.vidavegancon.com
Our Saturday evening Silent Auction & Galarama will be open to the public as well – details to come! Consider it the vegan prom for vegan bloggers. That’s right.
See you all this summer at the world’s first vegan blogging conference!
Here comes the final Speaker roundup for Vida Vegan Con in August 2011. The full list is here.
If you’re thinking, “Holy Crap! That’s a long list!” it’s because there are so many inspirational, charismatic vegan bloggers, and we were honestly shocked and awed that so many confirmed interest! The organizers sat down to our first round of scheduling in talks, panels, and workshops last weekend, and it’s pretty mind-blowing with greatness and 2-3 sessions per time slot.
Our deadline for speaking is now closed, and without further adieu, here are the last of our confirmed speakers:
- Amey Mathews, Vegan Eats and Treats
- Amy Gedgaudas, Tahini Too, Brownie Wonderland (in progress cookbook)
- Chelsea Lincoln, Flavor Vegan
- Erika Larson, The Cosmopolitan Hour, Soyfucker
- Gena Hamshaw, Choosing Raw
- Ginny Messina, The Vegan R.D.
- Hannah Kaminsky, BitterSweet Blog, My Sweet Vegan, Author
- Isa Chandra Moskowitz, The Post Punk Kitchen, Vegan Brunch, Veganomicon, Vegan with a Vengeance, Author
- Janessa Philemon-Kerp, Epicurious Vegan, Modified Style
- Jess, Get Sconed!, Stumptown Vegans
- Joni Marie Newman, Just the Food, 500 Vegan Recipes, Cozy Inside, Author
- Jordan Pattern, The Cosmopolitan Hour, Vegansaurus.com
- Julie Hasson, Everyday Dish TV, Native Bowl, Vegan Diner (coming soon), Author
- Kittee Berns, Paku Paku, Cake Maker to the Stars, Papa Tofu, Author
- Laura Beck, Vegansaurus.com
- Lidiana Cruz, The Spicy Vegan
- Maeve Connor, Chloe and Louvella
- Meave Gallagher, Vegansaurus.com
- Melisser Elliot, The Urban Housewife, Cruelty Free Face, The Vegan Girl’s Guide to Life, Author
- Michele Truty, Vegtastic Voyage
- Sherri Montgomery, Vegan Nosh, Like Words Together
- Susan Voisin, Fat Free Vegan Kitchen, Fat Free Vegan
- Tamisin Noyes, American Vegan Kitchen, Vegan Appetite, Author
- Webly Bowles, Fueled by Popcorn, Stumptown Vegans
- Wendy Gabbe Day, Veg Food & Fit, Scatter Vegan Sweets, Author
See these lovely folks in August:
Throw some exclamation points into the air, because we’re getting a contingent from….
And last but not least:
With that, Early Bird Registration is still open!
Who wouldn’t want to listen to these fine folks speak and unite with their fellow vegan bloggers? We’re already gearing up for a weekend of hugs and coconut creamer.
A few quick announcements and some microphone clip art regarding the Vida Vegan Bloggers Conference coming in August 2011.
We’ve had a lot of suggestions and emails about speaking these past few weeks, and they warm our vegan hearts.
We’ve spent hours—no, days!—on the great vegan internets, bookmarking, making lists, searching out contact information, and seeking recommendations for our grand panel of speakers. Best research ever, right?
Have you seen the confirmed list? It’s really that grand. And the deadline for our invited speakers to confirm isn’t until November 1. Thank you guys for the support!
That being said, we are no longer accepting applications to speak at the first Vida Vegan Con. We simply don’t have room on the busy schedule—but if you email us, we’re happy to keep you in mind for wherever Vida Vegan Con is in 2012! And of course, you’re encouraged to attend.
In other news:
- Weekend Registration is Open!
- Worried about the price? We’re still accepting applications for two Scholarship spots that cover weekend registration. Check out the details & tell us your story.
- Updated Conference Agenda coming next week.
- More to come on our official Vegan Map of Portland! This city is considered a vegan mecca, and all that jazz. This map will be handed to each and every attendee and will be handy during after-hours excursions.
We are proud to announce the latest inspiring additions to our impressive list of speakers for Vida Vegan Con:
- Bryanna Clark Grogan, Notes from a Vegan Feast Kitchen/21st Century Table and self-titled website, Chef and Author
- Jasmin Singer,Our Hen House, Activist and Writer
- Ryan Patey, T.O.F.U. magazine
- Melody Polakaw, Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day
- Gabrielle Pope, Writer
- Stephanie Redcross, Veganmainstream.com, Founder
- Sayward Rebhal, Bonzai Aphrodite
- MeShell Gudz, Prairie Vegan
- Dawn M. Quinn, Tacoma Weekly, Arts & Entertainment Editor
The full list of Speakers is here.
And now it’s time for a photo display:
More to come!
Just a reminder: If you’ve been invited to speak, the deadline for completed applications is November 1, 2010.
After that time, depending on our feedback and speaking assignments, we may open the speaking pool to the public. Please stay tuned!
As for attendance, come learn, mingle and register here!
It’s going to be one heck of an amazing, informational summer weekend in Portland, OR!