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Interviews with vegan women leaders from across the globe. Brought to you by the Vegan Women's Leadership Network.

Conversations with Vegan Women Leaders Katrina Fox

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Interviews with vegan women leaders from across the globe. Brought to you by the Vegan Women's Leadership Network.

    020: Ingrid Newkirk On Controversy, Criticism & How Working With Lepers And In Law Enforcement Influenced Her Animal Advocacy

    020: Ingrid Newkirk On Controversy, Criticism & How Working With Lepers And In Law Enforcement Influenced Her Animal Advocacy

    In this episode of Conversations with Vegan Women Leaders, we interview Ingrid Newkirk, the founder and president of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), the largest animal rights organization in the world with 6.5 million members.



    Ingrid has spoken internationally on animal rights issues, from the steps of the Canadian Parliament to the streets of New Delhi, India and been involved in many stunts across the globe to raise awareness of humanity’s cruel treatment of animals.







    She’s the author of 14 books. Her latest is Animalkind: Remarkable Discoveries about Animals and Revolutionary New Ways to Show Them Compassion, which is about other species’ awe-inspiring abilities and how easy it is to treat them with respect rather than exploit them.



    In this conversation Ingrid discusses:



    • Working with lepers in India as a young girl as part of Mother Teresa’s volunteer team and how this shaped who she became



    • What it was like for her as a woman working in law enforcement as a sheriff and poundmaster before starting PETA in 1980



    • Her response to criticisms that accuse PETA of co-opting or throwing other causes under the bus in some of its campaigns



    • How she handles insults and death threats aimed at her



    • How she takes care of her mental health after 41 years of seeing abominable suffering inflicted on animals, and avoids burnout



    • The impact of being at the helm of PETA on her personal relationships



    • Why, despite everything that’s still happening to animals, she remains optimistic.



    • And more







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    Get a copy of Animalkind: Remarkable Discoveries about Animals and Revolutionary New Ways to Show Them Compassion



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    • 43 min
    019: Naomi Hallum On Working For Animals, Being A Military Wife, And Asking Pope Francis & Donald Trump To Go Vegan For $1 Million

    019: Naomi Hallum On Working For Animals, Being A Military Wife, And Asking Pope Francis & Donald Trump To Go Vegan For $1 Million

    In this episode of Conversations with Vegan Women Leaders, we interview Naomi Hallum, the CEO of Million Dollar Vegan, a global nonprofit dedicated to educating people about the benefits of adopting a plant-based lifestyle. 



    Naomi stopped eating meat for ethical reasons aged 10, but it was another 20 years before a viewing of Cowspiracy motivated her to go vegan and redirect her career towards creating a kinder, more sustainable world.



    Since then, she has worked for the Ornish Reversal Program, Animal Charity Evaluators, and Veganuary, before joining Million Dollar Vegan in its first campaign.



    The campaign asked Pope Francis to go vegan for Lent in 2019 in exchange for $1 million donation to charities of his choice.



    Million Dollar Vegan targeted then President Donald Trump the following year to go vegan for a day in exchange for a $1 million donation to a veterans’ organization.



    Naomi was born and grew up in England, spent eight years of her life in Spain, and now lives in California with her military pilot husband Charlie and their rescue dogs.



    In this conversation Naomi discusses:



    • Growing up in Liverpool in the UK and refusing to eat meat from the age of 10



    • How her BA in Creative Writing helped her forge a career in marketing and events



    • What she did to get paid positions working within animal advocacy and vegan organizations



    • The challenges of having a partner in the military and how she handles being away from her husband for long periods when he’s deployed



    • What drew her to Million Dollar Vegan and its controversial campaigns, and why she believes they were helpful in furthering the cause of veganism



    • Million Dollar Vegan’s food relief program that was launched in 2020 to donate 1 million plant-based meals to essential workers and underserved communities in the US and around the world by 2022



    • The importance of supporting other social justice movements and why Million Dollar Vegan partnered with LGBTIQ, Black Lives Matter and other groups



    • And more







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    • 49 min
    018: Jasmin Singer On Body Positivity, Inclusive Beauty & Learning Self-Acceptance

    018: Jasmin Singer On Body Positivity, Inclusive Beauty & Learning Self-Acceptance

    In this episode of Conversations with Vegan Women Leaders, we interview Jasmin Singer, a writer and speaker on topics including radical body positivity, personal narrative as a means of social justice, and how to change the world for animals.



    Currently based in New York, she is the author of The VegNews Guide to Being a Fabulous Vegan and Always Too Much and Never Enough: A Memoir.



    Along with animal law professor Mariann Sullivan, Jasmin is also the co-host of the long-running Our Hen House podcast, an award-winning show that centers around animal rights.



    A longtime activist across many realms including animal activism, LGBTIQ activism, and antiracism, Jasmin is the former Senior Editor for VegNews Magazine and the longtime love columnist and celebrity interviewer.



    Jasmin presented the TedX talk “Compassion Unlocks Identity” and is head of editorial at vegan subscription cosmetics company Kinder Beauty, founded by actresses Evanna Lynch and Daniella Monet.



    And her talents also extend to acting. She starred in the film The Bra Mitzvah, has appeared in national television commercials, and performed stand-up comedy.



    In this conversation, Jasmin discusses:



    • The ‘thin privilege’ and acceptance she experienced when she lost weight (including getting a book deal for her memoir), and what happened when she regained weight



    • How she’s arrived at self-acceptance of her body and how she manages negative self-talk



    • How learning to love herself and become confident in herself has impacted her life, relationships, work and activism



    • Her take on the beauty industry and what she and the team at Kinder Beauty are doing to be inclusive and encourage self-expression



    • How she feels about the question of how to balance body positivity and size inclusivity with health concerns that are often raised around obesity



    • How she handles infighting in social justice movements, especially on social media



    • And more







    Visit Jasmin Singer’s website



    Visit the Our Hen House website



    Check out Jasmin Singer’s books The VegNews Guide to Being a Fabulous Vegan and Always Too Much and Never Enough: A Memoir.



    Watch Jasmin Singer's TedX talk Compassion Unlocks Identity



    Find out more about Kinder Beauty





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    • 47 min
    017: Nivi Jaswal On Leaving A High-Flying Corporate Career To Start A Non-Profit That Helps Underserved Women

    017: Nivi Jaswal On Leaving A High-Flying Corporate Career To Start A Non-Profit That Helps Underserved Women

    In this episode of Conversations with Vegan Women Leaders, we interview Nivi Jaswal, founder of the Virsa Foundation in Boston.



    A connector at heart, Nivi builds strong and passionate teams inspired to deliver socially responsible projects with high community impact.



    A former Unilever executive, she brings 15 years’ experience in international marketing, brand management and corporate strategy in consumer goods, life sciences and the media and research industry.



    Nivi who was born and raised in India, founded the Virsa Foundation which brings together professionals from diverse specialties to design and deliver climate-conscious, plant-powered community projects, with a focus on addressing chronic illness, encouraging emotional wellbeing, immune resiliency and fostering creative and artistic expression among women of color in underserved communities.



    She is currently leading an ethnographic research program called JIVINITI, which focuses on low income, nutritionally underserved women of color in the US.



    Nivi also brought together the JIVINITI women’s coalition that is calling on the US administration to pivot to a plant-based economy.



    In this conversation, Nivi talks about:



    • How growing up in India shaped who she is today



    • How the caste system and colorism impact women in India



    • How getting sick resulted in her leaving her high-flying corporate career to start a non-profit



    • What she gained from the corporate world that she believes is essential for social justice movements and the non-profit sector to take on board



    • The devastating personal impact she’s experiencing from the Covid-19 pandemic and how she’s handling it



    • And more







    Visit the Virsa Foundation’s website 



    Find out about the JIVINITI women’s coalition campaign 





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    • 47 min
    016: Jacque Salomon On Losing Her Child & The Journey To Heal Herself & Marginalized Communities

    016: Jacque Salomon On Losing Her Child & The Journey To Heal Herself & Marginalized Communities

    In this episode of Conversations with Vegan Women Leaders, we interview Jacque Saloman, a spiritual life coach, Native American activist, and founder of the nonprofit Seeds to Inspire.



    Seeds to Inspire supports underrepresented, underserved, under-financed, and marginalized communities in the Phoenix, Arizona metro area as well as surrounding reservations.



    Jacque’s own profound healing journey has resulted in her shedding 164 lbs. Through a whole foods, plant-based lifestyle, meditation, yoga, and psycho-spiritual remediation, she reversed her chronic diseases including Type 2 Diabetes and hypertension.







    She is devoted to restoring the health and well-being of individuals through radical self-care and self-love with an emphasis on revitalizing the health and creativity of BIPOC women.



    Jacque’s life purpose is to facilitate collective trauma healing, raise Indigenous consciousness, and restore homeostasis on the planet through the Divine Feminine.



    In this conversation, Jacque talks about:



    • How the death of her child from a reaction to pharmaceuticals was the catalyst for her own healing journey



    • What ‘radical’ self-care and self-love means and why it’s important



    • Her mission to decolonize minds and re-indigenize the body and spirit through whole food plant-based nutrition



    • Why spirituality is essential for social justice healing



    • The role of anger and how to use it in a non-toxic way to heal



    • How to work towards unity while still recognizing and acknowledging individual and collective trauma, especially in marginalized communities



    • Her unique take on the Divine Feminine and why it’s so important



    And more







    Visit the Seeds to Inspire website 



     



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    • 45 min
    015: Leila Dehghan On Being Forced To Quit Medicine Due To Health Issues And Embracing A New Identity

    015: Leila Dehghan On Being Forced To Quit Medicine Due To Health Issues And Embracing A New Identity

    In this episode of Conversations with Vegan Women Leaders, we interview Dr Leila Dehghan, a medical doctor turned plant-based nutritionist.



    The founder of Plant-Powered Qi Nutrition, Leila is passionate about food justice and health equity. She aims to find effective ways to address racial and socio-economic issues that affect health.



    Her project “Food and Diversity” seeks to introduce a plant-based diet to people of the global majority (a term coined to refer to Black, Indigenous and people of color).



    Leila is a member of the Advisory Board for the Plant-based Health Professionals UK, and has created the 21 Day Plant-based Health Challenge to encourage and invite more people to go plant-based.



    In this conversation Leila discusses:



    • Her experiences of growing up as a young girl in Iran



    • Being made to feel like an outsider when she and her family moved to Austria



    • How her perceptions about religion changed as she got older that led her to stop wearing the hijab



    • The debilitating migraines that plagued her through childhood and medical school, leading her to be bedridden for most of her final year of study



    • The loss of identity she felt when she quit her medical career due to these health issues that also included gastric problems and bulimia



    • Why she became a nutritionist and the impact a whole food, plant-based diet has had on her health



    • Her experiences of racism and discrimination and why she’s passionate about the Food and Diversity project



    • And more







    Visit the Plant-Powered Qi Nutrition website



    Find out more about Plant-based Health Professionals UK



     



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    • 41 min

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