18 episodes

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.

    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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    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







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    Find out about the JIVINITI women’s coalition campaign 





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    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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    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







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    Find out more about Plant-based Health Professionals UK



     



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    014: Ondine Sherman On Writing Her Way Through The Challenges Of Her Sons’ Rare Medical Condition To Love & Acceptance

    014: Ondine Sherman On Writing Her Way Through The Challenges Of Her Sons’ Rare Medical Condition To Love & Acceptance

    In this episode of Conversations with Vegan Women Leaders, we interview Ondine Sherman, the co-founder and managing director of Voiceless: The animal Protection Institute in Australia.



    She’s the author of several books including the Animal Allies fictional series for young readers, and The Miracle of Love: A Mother's Story of Grief, Hope and Acceptance, her memoir about her spiritual journey as she deals with her twin sons' medical condition, which ultimately leads to acceptance, love, meaning and a new understanding of 'miracles'.



    Ondine’s latest non-fiction book is Vegan Living, a comprehensive and accessible ‘how to’ guide covering all aspects of veganism.



    In this conversation, Ondine talks about:



    • The influences her parents - father Brian, a mega successful businessman, and Gene, her creative, artistic mother – had on her growing up



    • How she reacted when she first learned of her twin sons’ rare genetic condition that meant they may not ever be able to walk or talk properly



    • What she went through in the ensuing years, searching for a cure



    • How writing helped her through a spiritual journey to love and acceptance



    • How she learned to ignore other people’s real or imagined opinions about her and her life



    • How she’s handling her father living with Parkinson’s



    • And more







    Visit Ondine Sherman’s website for information on all her work and books

    Check out the Voiceless website



     



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    013: Kathleen Gage On The Life-Changing Decision To Go Vegan In Her 60s

    013: Kathleen Gage On The Life-Changing Decision To Go Vegan In Her 60s

    In this episode of Conversations with Vegan Women Leaders, we interview Kathleen Gage.



    An expert in changing with the times, Kathleen, who’s owned her business consultancy Power Up for Profits for more than 26 years, is known as the “no-nonsense, common sense” marketing strategist, speaker, author, and visibility expert.



    As a result of discovering the life-changing power of plant-based eating in her 60s, Kathleen has proactively shifted her focus to working with those who are open to the possibility of what plant-based eating can do for them and their bottom lines (both the one they sit on as well as revenue!)



    Kathleen works with authors, consultants, speakers, manufacturers and small business owners who are ready to get their message out to market in a big way through books, speaking and podcasting on both sides of the mic.



    She is the host of the Plant Based Eating for Health podcast, blog and the Facebook group.



    Living in a rural community in central Oregon with her wife of 30 years and several rescue animals, Kathleen believes in shattering stereotypes and definitely not settling for the status quo.



    To that end, she participated in her first full marathon at the age of 61, her first sprint triathlon at 64 and is now an avid runner who participates in races of varying distances.



    She also enjoys working in her many gardens and playing a fierce game of cards.



    In this conversation Kathleen talks about:



    • How she turned her life around from being a blackout drunk and drug addict when she was young to become successful entrepreneur



    • Meeting her wife of nearly 30 years and how they’ve grown as a couple



    • How the local rural community reacts to lesbian vegans living in their midst



    • What prompted her to start eating plant-based and becoming an ethical vegan in her 60s



    • Why she started running and doing marathons in her 60s



    • Why she believes it’s important to do something other than the status quo



    • Why women often find it hard to be speak up and her tips to help vegan women leaders to share their voices



    • And more







    Visit the Power Up for Profits website



    Check out the Plant Based Eating for Health website



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