The Seed Speakers

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Keynote Speaker

Brendan Brazier KATHY FRESTON Eddie Garza

Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

Dr. Fuhrman is a board-certified family physician and nutritional researcher,who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods. He is the author of seven books including the New York Times bestseller Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss. Read More

Brendan Brazier

Brendan is a former professional Ironman triathlete, a two-time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champion, the creator of an award-winning line of whole food nutritional products called VEGA, and the bestselling author of Thrive. Read More

Kathy Freston

Kathy Freston is a bestselling author with a focus on healthy eating and conscious living. Her instantNew York Times bestsellers include Veganist, Quantum Wellness, and The One. She has appeared frequently on national television, including Oprah, Dr. Oz, Ellen, Good Morning America. Read More

Eddie Garza

Eddie Garza serves as a Senior Campaign Coordinator with Mercy For Animals, organizing events throughout New York and the Northeast, and overseeing and planning national outreach campaigns and communications. Read More

Amie Hamlin Dr. John McDougall

Amie Hamlin

Amie Hamlin began as Executive Director of New York Coalition for Healthy School Food in when the organization was founded in 2004 and has worked to expand the reach of her organizations work over the years. Read More

 John A. McDougall, M.D.Physician and nutrition expert who teaches better health through vegetarian cuisine. John A. McDougall, MD. has been studying, writing and “speaking out” about the effects of nutrition on disease for over 30 years.Read More

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is an exhilarating speaker, a powerful writer, a talented chef, and a persuasive advocate whose success can be measured by the thousands of people whose lives have been changed by her compassionate message. Read More

Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan

co-founded Our Hen House ( in January 2010. Our Hen House is a multimedia hive of opportunities to change the world for animals, and features a daily blog, weekly podcast, and video page. Read More

Kathy Stevens

Kathy Stevens

Kathy Stevens is the founder and director of Catskill Animal Sanctuary, one of the nation’s leading sanctuaries for horses and farmed animals, located in New York’s Hudson Valley. Read More

Rich Roll

A graduate of Stanford University and Cornell Law School, Rich is a 45-year old, world-renowned vegan ultra-endurance athlete, wellness advocate, husband, father of 4 and inspiration to people worldwide as a transformative example of courageous and healthy living.

Fran Costigan

Professional pastry chef, culinary instructor and cookbook author (More Great Good Dairy Free Desserts Naturally), Fran Costigan is internationally renowned as the vegan dessert authority.  Fran’s creations lack nothing—except dairy, eggs, white sugar, and excess fat. Read More

Nick Cooney

Nick Cooney is the Compassionate Communities Campaign manager for Farm Sanctuary. He is also the author of Change Of Heart: What Psychology Can Teach Us About Spreading Social Change, which VegNews named as one of its top ten books of 2011 and about which New York Times bestselling author Rory Freedman raved, “If you want to create a better world, read this book!” Read More

Jenny Brown

Jenny Brown is a longtime animal rights activist and Co-Founder & Director of Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in Woodstock, NY–a non-profit farmed animal shelter and advocacy organization located in the Catskill Mountains of New York. She is the Author of “The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals” A memoir with a mission. Read More

Carolyn Scott-Hamilton

The Healthy Voyager, aka Carolyn Scott-Hamilton, is the Vegan Executive Producer, Creator, Host and Writer of The Healthy Voyager web series, site, and overall brand. A holistic nutritionist, plant based chef, best selling cookbook author, film making, screen writing, traveling, singing, dancing, fun-loving, healthy & green living wife, The Healthy Voyager aims to help people live well, one veggie at a time! Read More

Sue Coe

Sue Coe was born in England and grew up next to a slaughterhouse. She studied at the Royal College of Art in London and emigrated to New York in 1972. Early in her career, she was featured in almost every issue of Art Spiegelman’s groundbreaking magazine Raw and has since contributed illustrations to the New York Times, the New Yorker, the NationEntertainment Weekly. Read More

Victoria Moran

Professional speaker, the author of eleven books, a certified holistic health counselor (HHC, AADP), and founder of Main Street Vegan Academy, training Vegan Lifestyle Coaches. Known for her international bestseller, Creating a Charmed Life,Victoria is also the author of the plant-based weight-loss classic, The Love-Powered Diet, and the brand new Main Street Vegan: Everything You Need to Know to Eat Healthfully & Live Compassionately in the Real World Read More

Yoli Ouiya

Yoli Ouiya, known as a Sustainable Living Stylist and Green Chef, currently operates a green lifestyle website YolisGreenLiving.comand boutique eco-lifestyle outfit called Ou!ya Green Living Group. She offers rich, colorful meal and food preparation demos, workshops, lectures, and organizes a variety of eco-chic green themed events in New York. Read More

Hannah Kaminsky

Hannah Kaminsky is the author of My Sweet Vegan , Vegan Desserts , Vegan a la Mode , and creator of the award-winning blog In addition to authoring cookbooks, she is the staff photographer and frequent columnist for VegNews Magazine, creative consultant and chef for Health in a Hurry, and freelance photographer and food stylist. Read More

Robyn Moore

Robyn Moore is a mom to her daughter Charlotte, whom she and her husband, Martin, are proudly raising vegan. Robyn has her master’s degree in education. She is the creator of, a website and blog filled with resources and tools for parents raising vegetarian/vegan kids.  She is the organizer of NYC Vegetarian and Vegan Families Meetup which meets monthly, and reviews children’s books for VegBooks. Read More

Nora Kramer

Nora Kramer is the founder and executive director of Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp, a unique vegan summer camp for teens interested in activism and social justice, and, from September through May, is also the Texas Campaign Coordinator of Mercy For Animals, organizing events and overseeing campaigns advocating for farmed animals in the Lone Star State. Read More



Olivia Roszkowski

Olivia Roszkowski graduated from the Chef Training Program at the Natural Gourmet Institute, and has since worked as a line cook in New York establishments run by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, David Chang, and Danny Meyer.  She completed her undergraduate degree at Columbia College of Columbia University in the City of New York, graduating with a major in Neuroscience and Behavior. Read More

Ximena Milagros Savitch

Ximena Milagros Savitch is an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher in NYC. She was born in Lima, Peru and grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC. She began practicing yoga at the age of 18, taking Kundalini Yoga at her local community center. In 2007, while obtaining her 200-hour teacher certification from Flow Yoga Center in Washington, DC.


Michelle Schwegmann

Michelle Schwegmann is co-owner of The Herbivore Clothing Company in Portland, Oregon.  She spends her days curating the collection at Herbivore or hanging out with her daughter, seven year old vegan activist Ruby Bird. Michelle has a certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University and is currently writing a cookbook for aspiring vegans called Eat Like You Give a Damn. Her goal is to show people that vegan is the optimal way to live, regardless of age.

James McWilliams

James McWilliams is a professor at Texas State University and the author of four books on food and agriculture, including Just Food: Where Locavores Get it Wrong and How We can Truly Eat Responsibly. His work appears regularly in Slate, The New York Times, Harper’s, The Washington Post, and  the

His website–wich includes blog–is He lives in Austin.

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JL Fields

I Eat Plants columnist JL Fields blogs about her transition to a vegan diet and lifestyle at JL goes Vegan: Food & Fitness with a Side of Kale. Her original recipes have been featured on Foodbuzz, BlogHer and Meatless Monday. She is the editor of the community blog Stop Chasing Skinny: Find Happiness Beyond the Scale. Read More

Chloé Jo Davis

Passionate vegan activist, writer, green living expert, animal rescue warrior, and ethical fashion expert. Beyond being named one of the “Hottest Jews in the World,” by HEEB Magazine, Chloé is now a breastfeeding and attachment parenting advocate, currently pregnant with her second child. She is the founder of Read More


Juan Pablo Chavez

Juan Pablo Chavez has been sharing his passion for cooking at Whole Foods since 2005.  Originally from Mexico, he attended the Institute of Culinary Education and trained at acclaimed New York City restaurants Per Se and Le Bernardin. Read More

Marisa Miller Wolfson

As a full-time food activist, Marisa Miller Wolfson organized grassroots workshops and screenings of award-winning documentaries about healthy, humane, eco-friendly eating all across North America before she decided to make her own film. Her feature documentary, Vegucated, world premiered at the Toronto Independent… Read More


James Costa

James Costa is Chairman of the Board for The Hunt’s Point Alliance for Children. He is Vice Chair of National Council for The Humane Society of the United States. He is a member of The President’s Council for Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. He is also on the Advisory Council of Sea Shepherd, as well as… Read More

Dr. Greger has scoured the world’s scholarly literature on clinical nutrition and developed this brand-new talk of the latest in cutting-edge research.  Focusing on studies published just over the last year in peer-reviewed scientific medical journals,  Dr. Greger offers practical advice on how best to feed ourselves and our…
Ulka Agarwal, M.D.,

first became interested in animal protection after watching a film on animal exploitation in her high school biology class.

who works on PCRM’s clinical research studies and nutrition initiatives, later learned about the serious ethical problems with producing dairy products and eggs and began following a vegan diet.

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Gina Hamshaw      
Gena Hamshaw

Gena Hamshaw is a former book editor, a certified clinical nutritionist, and a post-baccalaureate, pre-medical student at Georgetown University. In her non-academic life, she’s the voice behind the popular blog Choosing Raw

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