Vida Vegan Con News: 2015 Speaker Roundup #3

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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 (& that’s on top of the snazzy 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 third set of Vida Vegan Con III speakers:

Whitney Lauritsen VVC speakers

Whitney Lauritsen, of Eco-Vegan Gal

Whitney is the founder and voice behind Eco-Vegan Gal, the long running video series and online empowerment resource, and a past attendee, to boot! As a fantastically well-informed vegan media enthusiast, she joins us at VVC2015 to discuss making “Kick-Ass Vegan Videos” in the land of YouTube. She’ll talk about to easily create entertaining content, engaging your audience, making the most of your YouTube channel and the ins-and-outs of monetizing your videos.




MMichelle Lee VVC speakersichelle Lee, of Broadview Design.

Michelle Lee is a creative professional based out of Vancouver, B.C. with a fondness for cats and vegan food (check, check!). She’s a two-time VVC attendee who’s joining our lineup for the first time to share her super relevant thoughts & guidance on the importance of branding. We’re talking brand development, establishment, DIY methods, voice, logo, identity and just how and when to hire a professional, and what to expect And if you run in the right vegan circles, you just may recognize her as @food_and_catz over on Instagram & Twitter (and a lot of delicious vegan food and meow-makers).



Nava Atlas VVC speakers

Nava Atlas, of VegKitchen

After co-presenting one of the most popular, room-bursting classes at VVC2013 on “Monetizing Your Blog”, Nava Atlas returns! Nava is a trusted culinary expert, author, and illustrator who continues on our lineup for two more engaging classes. Drawing upon her years of versatile publishing experience, she’ll be presenting on the pros and cons of self-publishing and print on demand, and reuniting with Susan Voisin for new insights on the state of blogging and web monetization.



-Joshua May VVC speakers

Joshua May, of Clue.

No stranger to VVC after lending a much-appreciated and much-needed helping hand to our registration table in 2014, Joshua May joins us at VVC2015 to get down to business on the technical side of things and discuss the costs, reach, ROI and expectations about building your very own app. It’ll be a must for all the community managers and entrepeneurs out there, and more! He truly appreciates dolphins and just may have coined the term “scrofu” (aka scrambled tofu). You can catch up with him over on Twitter, @notjosh.


Hannah Kaminsky VVC speakers

Hannah Kaminsky, of Bitter Sweet.

Hannah Kaminsky is many things: multi-cookbook author, award-winning blog writer, baker, photographer, recipe developer and food stylist, to name a quick few. She’s certaimly a much-loved member of the Vida Vegan Con family and returns for two very special workshops on food styling and on-location photography. Stay tuned for signup!


With that, the epic countdown to Vida Vegan Con 2015 continues! You can check out the rest of the revealed only-at-Vida Vegan Con lineup right here and here.

Ready to register!?!!? Yeah! Put in for your vacation time, get ready to explore Austin’s fantastic vegan happenings, and grab your spot today!

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

2015 Vida Vegan Con Speaker Roundup #1

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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 VVC III 2015

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 VVC III 2015 speakers

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 VVC III 2015 speakers

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 VVC III 2015 speakers

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 VVC III 2015 speakers

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

2013 Speaker Lineup

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See you there!
See you there!

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:

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.

A Very Special Vida Vegan Con 2013 Speaker Preview

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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):

Laura Beck, Vegansaurus
Ginny Messina, The Vegan RD
Hannah Kaminsky, Bittersweet Blog
Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan, Our Hen House
Bianca Phillips, Vegan Crunk
Lisa Pitman, Vegan Culinary Crusade
Joni Marie Newman, Just The Food
John McDevitt, The Laziest Vegans
Nava Atlas, VegKitchen
Maeve Connor, Heartichoke Supper Club
Nicole Sopko, Vegan Things I Like
Sayward Rebhal, Bonzai Aphrodite
Erika Larson, The Cosmopolitan Hour
Leigh-Chantelle Koch, Viva La Vegan
Kelly Peloza, The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur
Gena Hamshaw, Choosing Raw

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.

Reminder: Speaker Deadline is May 1

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Hi guys!

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!

Guest Post: Kelly & Joni of Backyard BBQ with an Indian Twist

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Time for another guest post!  We start Vida Vegan Con shenanigans tonight at the Meet & Greet and our exclusive sneak peak of Vegucated and Portland is just buzzing with vegan excitement and the smell of nooch. The lovely ladies behind today’s guest post, Joni Marie Newman and Kelly Peloza, are both in town already and wanted to share some information about their Sunday demo at Whole Foods. Spots are still available, and open to non-conference goers, so email us ASAP at VidaVeganConference [AT] gmail.com to get on the list!
On the Menu: Rosewater Lemon Cupcakes
Enough of that, let’s find out more about those cupcakes and talk Backyard BBQ with an Indian Twist with Kelly & Joni:
We will be taking traditional backward barbecue fare and exciting the
taste buds with a different palette of flavors and texture. On the
menu is Kofta Kebabs with Tangy Tahini Dipping Sauce, Creamy Curry
Coleslaw with Cashews and Currants, and Rosewater Lemonade Cupcakes.
These dishes are single-serving, easy to eat, and delicious, all
desired qualities for your backyard shindig! Join us for a demo, lots
of food samples, and a great time!To start things off, we’ll toss together a simple but delicious
Creamy Curry Coleslaw made with purple cabbage. It is chock full
of surprises. Currants, cashews, and roasted red peppers sneak
into each and every bite. Next up, our main course will be Kofta
Kebabs; A deliciously spiced food-on-a-stick that comes together in
mere minutes. For the more traditional backyard chefs, these kebabs
can also be made into burger patties. Alongside, a Tangy Tahini
Dipping Sauce that also works well as a spread if you opt for a burger
instead.Dessert will be a tantalizing rosewater lemonade cupcake. A fluffy
rosewater-infused buttercream tops a light and delicate lemon cake for
a sweet refreshing finish to an amazing meal. Single-serving desserts
are perfect for any casual get together and these cupcakes are packed
with flavor.

On the menu: Kofta Kabobs and sauce