Speakers

Health - Compassion - Sustainability

Engage with knowledgeable speakers, presenting on topics of health, compassion, and environmental sustainability.

Scroll down to view schedule and view speaker bios from 2018. To be considered to speak at Sarasota Veg Fest 2019, please fill out the speaker application below!

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Thank you to Royce Ashcroft and Imari Spigner with Noor XVII for hosting the 2nd annual Sarasota Veg Fest. Thank you to Dr. Anthony Wasem and Dr. Jina Foltz with Revitalize Chiropractic for sponsoring speakers.

 

Lineup from 2018:

Imari Spigner and Royce Ashcroft – Meet Your Hosts!

Royce Ashcroft and Imari Spigner are one of Florida’s hottest and most active vegan couples! Royce (vegan since January 2016) and Imari (vegan since April 2017) met one other at an open mic show that Royce was the host of in April 2017 and the couple are now engaged! Together they have started Noor 17, which is a VEGAN modeling & talent network. The fundamental purpose behind the network is to make being vegan more mainstream. Noor 17 hosts a wide range of events such as social mixers, fashion shows, public speaking workshops, and the list goes on and on. Royce started off with his own indie gameshow called “The Reel Royce Show” and has been booking gigs ever since. At a point in his career, Royce was hosting the dinner shows for BB Kings every night and with that consistency is where he feels he made the most progress. He is now getting ready to launch a Vegan talk show called, “Royce Airs”, where he will be interviewing different vegans who have amazing things going on all over the world! Royce and Imari have hosted several major vegan events, including Gainesville Veg Fest and Central Florida Earth Day. To get in touch, please follow the links below! Noor 17 page: http://facebook.com/noor17vegan The Vegan Gala: https://www.facebook.com/events/215077995704948 The Great Vegan Debate: https://www.facebook.com/events/2116150941942179/ The Veg5k: https://www.facebook.com/events/481660182228001/ The 2018 Florida Vegan Awards & Model Extravaganza: https://www.facebook.com/events/170945230129887/


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Dr. Anthony Wasem – The Importance of Veg Fest for the Sarasota Community and Beyond!

Dr. Anthony is a native of Sandusky, Ohio. All throughout his life, Dr. Anthony has been an athlete. Starting from a young age, he played baseball, football, basketball, golf, and lacrosse. So, he knows what it is like to be in pain and not functioning like he was supposed to, through countless injuries! After experiencing an injury at 15 and seeking chiropractic help, Dr. Anthony pursued a career of drug-free, optimal health and healing. While in school, he worked towards obtaining several certifications, in order to serve his community the best he could. He is now the co-owner of Revitalize Chiropractic and is a part of the Sarasota Veg Fest planning committee! ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………


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VeganEvan – Do My Choices Really Make A Difference?

VeganEvan is a passionate and talented young animal advocate committed to creating a healthy, compassionate, and regenerative world through his amazing work as Co-President of Animal Hero Kids, Spokesperson for Solutionary Species, as well as through his own personal ideas and strategies for animal activism.

Animal Hero Kids is an all volunteer organization with a mission to empower children to be teachers and advocates for a solutionary lifestyle. VeganEvan has inspired many through his powerful speeches and knowledge. At only 7 years old, Evan has the potential to change the world through the incredible influence he has already had on people he’s met. In fact, Evan is in the process of starting up his own non-profit organization, called VeganEvan’s Mission with the intent of informing public schools to take animals off the school lunch menus! VeganEvan has spoken in front of large audiences at several major events throughout Florida, including Central Florida Earth Day and Gainesville VegFest. He has been awarded the Russell Simmons Creative Animal Hero Kids Award, and in 2016, he earned PETA’s Cutest Vegan Kid award. Evan, his mom, and grandmother are true solutionaries (people who choose to be a part of the world’s solutions) and have put in an extraordinary amount of effort toward the vegan movement. The 3 of them recently started up a new business called 3GV designs (3 generations of vegans) and are using their products to support animal sanctuaries and solutionary organizations all throughout the country!Evan is excited to be a part of this year’s Sarasota Veg Fest!
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Jill Edwards – 10 Amazing Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet

Jill is a passionate advocate for a Whole Foods, Plant-Based diet to heal the body, prevent animal suffering, and nurture the planet. Jill received her BA in Education from the University of Michigan and MS in Exercise Science from Oakland University. She is a certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist through ACSM (American College for Sports Medicine) and has a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the Center for Nutrition Studies. Jill has attended Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn’s Heart Disease Reversal Program at the Cleveland Clinic and has over 8 years of experience helping patients recover from Cardiac and Lung Events in Cardiopulmonary Rehab. She currently is the Senior Program Manager for the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is a Public speaker/Educator.Jill is a passionate advocate for a Whole Foods, Plant-Based diet to heal the body, prevent animal suffering, and nurture the planet. Jill received her BA in Education from the University of Michigan and MS in Exercise Science from Oakland University. She is a certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist through ACSM (American College for Sports Medicine) and has a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the Center for Nutrition Studies. Jill has attended Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn’s Heart Disease Reversal Program at the Cleveland Clinic and has over 8 years of experience helping patients recover from Cardiac and Lung Events in Cardiopulmonary Rehab. She currently is the Senior Program Manager for the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is a Public speaker/Educator.


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Scott David – The Importance of Undercover Investigations

Scott David worked for two years as an undercover investigator for Compassion Over Killing, filming hard-hitting footage that exposed animal abuse at three slaughterhouses across the country. Now retired from the field, he spends his time assisting with the research and support COK’s current investigators need to expose animal cruelty. After getting his master’s degree in Applied Ecology, he taught students about animals and the environment in an after-school education program.Scott David worked for two years as an undercover investigator for Compassion Over Killing, filming hard-hitting footage that exposed animal abuse at three slaughterhouses across the country. Now retired from the field, he spends his time assisting with the research and support COK’s current investigators need to expose animal cruelty. After getting his master’s degree in Applied Ecology, he taught students about animals and the environment in an after-school education program.


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Jaimela Dulaney, MD – Achieving Optimal Health Through a Plant-Based Diet

Dr. Jaimela Dulaney is a plant-based cardiologist and primary care physician in Port Charlotte, Florida and is affiliated with multiple hospitals, including Bayfront Health Port Charlotte and Bayfront Health Punta Gorda. She received her medical degree from West Virginia University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. She had her residency in internal medicine and fellowship in cardiology at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Dulaney is a graduate of the eCornell Plant-Based Nutrition Certification. She is also an endurance athlete and has ran over 25 marathons and 5 Ironman races. Dr. Dulaney teaches plant based nutrition as a means to reverse lifestyle disease and eliminate the need for medication. She has a plant-based wellness podcast that has 10,000 downloads a month with the largest area from Florida. The podcast name is Jami Dulaney MD Plant Based Wellness Podcast. She speaks frequently on her ability to reverse disease through plant-based nutrition. Her nutrition classes are open to the public and are free to her practice members. She is the mother of a human daughter, two rescue dogs daughters, and a rescue cat son. Or as she prefers; they rescued her.


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Robert Ingersoll and Yuri Mitzkewich – “The Road to Going Vegan” from Experienced Animal Activists…

Robert Ingersoll began his work in 1975 with animals/chimpanzees at the University of Oklahoma working with Roger Fouts and the signing chimps Washoe and many others, including Nimchimpsky. Robert’s work has been highlighted in several books, including “Nimchimpsky the Chimp Who would be Human” by Elizabeth Hess and the movie Project Nim by academy award winning producer Simon Chinn and director James Marsh. Robert has appeared in many newspapers and magazines, as well and many TV appearances including “The View” speaking about his work with animals. His work has been recognized by FARM and Robert was awarded the Grassroots Activist of the Year by FARM in 2016. He serves as an advisor at the Center for Great Apes and Mindy’s Memory Primate Sanctuary. He holds two degrees–a BS and an MS from the University of Oklahoma. Robert has spoken many times in schools as well as colleges and Universities, as well as screenings of PN at film festivals and other venues all over the world, including The Sundance Film Festival and the Edinburgh Film Festival in Scotland as well as the Aspen Institute in Aspen Colorado.


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Yuri Mitzkewich – Speaking with Robert Ingersoll

Yuri Mitzkewich has dedicated his life to making the world a more compassionate place for the non-humans and for us all. As Southeast Outreach coordinator for Vegan Outreach, Yuri spends months at a time on the road leafleting college campuses. When he’s not working for Vegan Outreach, he’s likely to be spending his weekends tabling in South Florida, attending a Sea World protest, or volunteering with a sanctuary. He seeks no recognition or appreciation for all he does. Yuri is genuine, humble, and embodies so many qualities that all humans, and especially activists, would benefit from emulating. He is gentle, kind, selfless, free of ego and genuinely non-judgmental. He’s an inspiration, and the world should know people like him exist. Tribute by Tracey Glover, Founder of Awakening Respect and Compassion for All Sentient Beings “ARC”


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Alma Curran – Kick the Sugar Habit

Alma is a Wellness and life coach, mainly serving women who wish to break free from harmful eating patterns and develop a healthy relationship with food and their bodies. Her clients gain courage to step out of their limiting beliefs and into the life they truly desire and deserve. For most of Alma’s childhood and a significant part of her adult life, she struggled with anxiety and an eating disorder. Following the birth of her daughter, Alma made a decision to be the strong woman and mother that she wish she had growing up. Through many trials, obstacles and learning experiences, she has overcome her own limiting beliefs, eating disorder, anxiety and have dedicated her professional life to helping others develop healthy habits and discover their true purpose in life.


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Aja-Nikiya Estro – Live Consciously, Act Compassionately: Bridging the Gap Between Human and Animal Rights, and Environmental Justice

Aja Nikiya is a humanitarian, photographer, public speaker and activist for animals and under served populations. She has bridged her expertise in project development, marketing, and activism to help communities in extreme poverty develop sustainable solutions that preserve biodiversity and inspire global citizenship. Since childhood, Aja has been an avid volunteer with environmental and animal service organizations. She has her Masters in Global Sustainability. A global minded and dynamic communicator, Aja encourages local leaders to work together and implement innovative action plans. She breaks through culture, language, race and gender barriers to provide custom solutions to meet the needs of different people. Aja is the founder and director of Compassion Kind, a non-profit organization inspiring compassion through global action, including disaster relief. Aja is catalyst for change and a voice for the voiceless.


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