2013 Schedule of Events and Speakers
- 11:45 – Jim Corcoran
- 12:00 – Scott Jurek
- 1:00 – Carol Leifer
- 2:00 – John Salley
- 3:00 – Dr. Neal Barnard – “Power Foods for the Brain”
- 12:00 – Ruby Roth
- 1:00 – Tina Miller
- 2:00 Jan Kemp
- 3:00 Thomas Lahser
A trailblazing female in the world of stand-up comedy
A trailblazing female in the world of stand-up comedy, Carol Leifer is a sought-after comedy writer and producer who has written for such shows as Saturday Night Live, Seinfeld, The Larry Sanders Show, and the Emmy Award-winning Modern Family, for which she won a 2012 Writers Guild Award. She was most recently a head writer for the 2012 Academy Awards hosted by Billy Crystal, and has appeared on such shows as The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, Late Night with David Letterman, Larry King Live, and “The Howard Stern Show.”
In her engaging keynote and stand-up presentations, Leifer draws on her natural gifts as a storyteller to weave an interconnected tale that touches on such topics as her Jewish upbringing, her experiences as a woman the male-dominated entertainment industry, and her coming out as a lesbian at the age of 40. A proud woman’s rights advocate, she supports a woman’s right to choose (whether it’s making health choices, career choices, or personal choices), making her a natural and often requested choice for women’s organizations, corporate audiences, and healthcare agencies.
Leifer also shares her unique perspective on life in 2009′s acclaimed When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win, a memoir that served as a catalyst for her to share some of her most personal stories, including her coming out, her decision to adopt children with her partner, and her breast cancer scare. In this book as well as in her presentations, she reveals what it was like for her to finally find—and embrace—her “authentic self” and encourages audiences to do the same with her trademark wit and wisdom.
Carol has also made a conscious decision to alter her food choices to a plant-based lifestyle for the benefits of health, environment and animals. What started with the love of her rescue dogs, blossomed to encompass caring for all animals.
Health, Wellness and Sub-Conscious
Most can achieve a goal and be pleasantly satisfied with their results but to continually create new tasks to accomplish and to reinvent yourself is the mark of a versatile and motivated individual. It is the definition of father, athlete, actor, entrepreneur, talk show host, philanthropist, wellness advocate, vegan and champion: John Salley.
A proud native of Brooklyn, New York, John found a love for basketball at an early age. He accepted a Basketball Scholarship to Georgia Tech to play for legendary head coach Bobby Cremins. From there Salley went on to become a 15-year NBA veteran and was the first NBA player to win four championships with three different teams. During the 80′s, Salley was a member of the Detroit Piston “Bad Boys” squad. Salley went on to Chicago playing with Michael Jordan as part of the Bulls 1996 championship team. In 1999, Phil Jackson invited Salley to come to Los Angeles to provide experience and leadership to the 1999-2000 Lakers’ championship team.
After his retirement from the NBA in 2000, Salley explored several opportunities in both television and film. John’s film credits include Bad Boys 1 & 2, Eddie and Jerry Bruckheimer’s Confession of a Shopaholic. John has served as host for numerous award shows and was also the host of The John Salley Block Party on 100.3 The Beat Morning Show in Los Angeles. John recently hosted the Reunion Shows of VH-1′s #1 rated show, Basketball Wives.
John spent 7 years serving as the co-host of the Emmy nominated, critically acclaimed “The Best Damn Sports Show Period” on Fox Sports Net. He was also the host of the sports talk show “Ballers” on BET. John is also the head of his own production company, John Salley Presents, Inc., where John uses his uncanny ability to find unique and interesting people and projects for television, film and Internet. In April 2011 until recently, John hosted his own talk show Game On! airing on The Reelz Channel. In addition, John was also a co-host on The Car Show, which aired on Speed Channel.
John is actively involved with Operation Smile, PETA and the fight against Diabetes. In addition, John is involved with PCRM and visited Washington in Nov ’09 and May ’10, speaking to Congress about the Child Nutrition Act, asking Members to support legislation that would increase vegetarian options in meals served in public schools.
John has adopted a plant based (raw vegan) lifestyle, and is a frequent speaker at VegFest’s across the USA. As a Wellness Advocate, one of John’s main missions in life is to continue to educate people on the benefits of living a healthier lifestyle thru better eating habits. With a passion for real food, wine and spirits, John has contributed articles to Wine Spectator, Cigar Aficionado and LA Confidential. You can follow John on Facebook, Twitter @thejohnsalley.com and his website, www.johnsalley.com. John currently lives in Los Angeles with his family.
As seen on The Dr. Oz Show, Anderson Live, and PBS Channel 56
Power Foods for the Brain
Neal Barnard, M.D., is the president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. He has led several clinical trials investigating the effects of diet on health, including a recent study of dietary interventions in diabetes, funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Barnard has authored of dozens of scientific publications as well as 15 books for lay readers. He hosted two PBS television programs and is frequently called on by news programs to discuss issues related to nutrition and research.
Dr. Barnard grew up in Fargo, N.D. He received his M.D. degree at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and completed his residency at the same institution. He practiced at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York before returning to Washington to found PCRM in 1985. The organization has since grown into a nationwide group of physicians and lay supporters that promotes preventive medicine and addresses controversies in modern medicine.
World-renowned ultramarathon champion
Former 24-hour American record holder (165.7 miles—6 ½ marathons in one day)
Scott Jurek is a world-renowned ultramarathon champion and former 24-hour American record holder (165.7 miles—6 ½ marathons in one day) who trains and races on a plant-based diet. He is the author of The New York Times bestseller, Eat and Run and has prominently appeared in the bestsellers, Born to Run and The 4-Hour Body. Scott’s athletic pursuits and diet have been featured in The New York Times, CNN, USA Today, TIME, The Wall Street Journal, and numerous other media. Known and admired for his earth-conscious lifestyle, Scott is also a highly sought after motivational speaker, physical therapist, coach, chef and is a monthly columnist for Competitor. He currently resides in Boulder. For more information visit http://www.scottjurek.com.
The Transformation Power of Veganism
Author of children’s book, “Why We Don’t Eat Animals.”
Featured on the Today Show, CNN, FOX, and NBC, Ruby Roth is an author, artist, and outspoken activist whose children’s books caused a media uproar in 2012, garnering international attention for their sensitive yet frank advocacy of a vegan diet and lifestyle. For over a decade, Roth has researched and spoken publicly on animal agriculture, politics, health, nutrition, and the benefits of a vegan diet. Now, in her Veg Fest talk, The Transformative Power of Veganism, Roth shares her personal journey, exploring the mainstream’s response to her controversial children’s books as well as the revolutionary effects of veganism. Weaving together health and spirituality, food, politics, and popular culture, Ruby connects the dots between our personal choices and the public realm, revealing how changing our diets can change our lives—and the world we live in. Whether you’re a staunch carnivore or a vegan veteran, Roth inspires her audiences to rethink the status quo and our role in the social and psychological landscape of America. For more info, visit: http://wedonteatanimals.com
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