Best-Selling Author and Founder of JaneUnChained
Bestselling author and nationally known TV journalist Jane Velez-Mitchell is well-known for advocating a vegan lifestyle. She is the founder and content editor of JaneUnChained, a multi-platform news outlet focused on on animal rights and veganism, and currently hosts New Day New Chef, the first vegan cooking/talk show to air on a major platform. For six years she hosted her own show on CNN Headline News and prior to that reported for the nationally syndicated Celebrity Justice. She has multiple local Emmys and Golden Mike awards for her work at KCAL-TV in Los Angeles and WCBS-TV in New York. She is the winner of four Genesis awards and multiple other awards and honors from animal rights organizations for her tireless reporting on animal and environmental issues.
Co-Founder and Executive Director of Animal Place
Kim Sturla has been a central figure in the animal rights movement for more than 35 years. She is cofounder and executive director of Animal Place, one of the nation’s oldest and largest farmed animal sanctuaries, which fills a much-needed niche of farmed animal rescue, sanctuary, education, and adoption. She wrote two precedent-setting state laws: one protecting pre-university students unwilling to participate in animal dissections, another requiring shelters to sterilize adoptable animals. Before co-founding Animal Place, she served as director of the Peninsula Humane Society.
Author, Editor and Co-Founder of Our Hen House
Jasmin Singer is the author of the memoir Always Too Much and Never Enough, as well as the forthcoming The VegNews Guide to Being a Fabulous Vegan (Dec. 2020, Hachette). She is the Senior Online Features Editor for VegNews magazine, the Content Director for Kinder Beauty, and the co-host and co-founder of Our Hen House (a Webby-recognized weekly podcast and nonprofit that works to change the world for animals).
CEO and Co-Founder of the Plant-Based Network
Ron Gandiza, aka Ronnie 'Tsunami', is the CEO and co-founder of the Plant-Based Network, a global lifestyle and entertainment TV network (on Roku TV, Apple TV and Amazon Fire) featuring TV shows that promote the plant-based lifestyle but without meat, dairy or drug commercials. As part of the Plant-Based Network, he launched PlantBasedLearning.com and PlantBasedFans.com to help people to learn about, transition to, and share the plant-based lifestyle. He also co-founded VirtualVegfest.com and PlantBasedEntrepreneurs.com to help plant-based/vegan business owners and non-profit organizations to succeed and grow the plant-based movement.
Animal Rights and Climate Activist
Genesis Butler is a thirteen-year-old animal rights and climate activist who decided to go vegan at the age of six. Genesis also founded her nonprofit, Genesis for Animals, at the age of ten to raise money for animal sanctuaries. She has earned numerous awards for her activism, in addition to being featured on Marvel’s Hero Project by Disney+ where Genesis was named a real-life superhero for the work she does to save animals. Genesis is currently leading the Youth Climate Save movement, the first youth-led environmental organization that focuses on animal agriculture’s impact on climate change and aims to give all young voices a platform.