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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.

    034: Trish Ahjel Roberts On How To Be ‘Mind Blowingly Happy’ Even When Things Are Not Going Your Way

    034: Trish Ahjel Roberts On How To Be ‘Mind Blowingly Happy’ Even When Things Are Not Going Your Way

    In this episode of Conversations with Vegan Women Leaders, we interview Trish Ahjel Roberts is an acclaimed author, self-actualization coach and professional speaker.



    Despite a history of childhood sexual assault, institutional racism, domestic violence, divorce and single parenting, Trish is a happiness expert.



    Born and raised in Brooklyn, she’s a certified life coach, yoga and meditation instructor and reiki practitioner.



    Trish is the founder of Mind-Blowing Happiness and Black Vegan Life, and the author of three self-help books including the recently released 12 Steps to Mind-Blowing Happiness.



    In this interview Trish talks about:



    • The impact that being sexually assaulted as a child had on her



    • Her experiences of institutional racism and domestic violence



    • How it’s possible to be ‘mind-blowingly happy’ in the face of atrocities towards people, animals and planet



    • The misconception that happiness is based on your situation and why it’s important to find joy even when things aren’t going your way.



    • How to stop anger from taking control of our lives



    • What self-actualization is and why it’s important



    • How to bring passion to your work even if it’s not your dream job or career



    • And more







    Visit Trish Ahjel Robert’s website



    Find out more about Black Vegan Life



    Get Trish’s latest book 12 Steps to Mind Blowing Happiness



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    • 36 min
    033: Rev Erika Allison On Surviving LGBT Conversion Therapy & Becoming An Interfaith Minister

    033: Rev Erika Allison On Surviving LGBT Conversion Therapy & Becoming An Interfaith Minister

    In this episode of Conversations with Vegan Women Leaders, we interview Reverend Erika Allison, a queer interfaith minister, speaker, and spiritual counselor in Massachusetts.



    She is the author of Gay the Pray Away: Healing Your Life, Love, and Relationships from the Harms of LGBT Conversion Therapy, and she leads a monthly gathering to help the LGBTIQ+ community find spiritual belonging and liberation.



    She also serves on the founding leadership and ministerial team of the Compassion Consortium, an interfaith and interspecies spiritual community for vegans and animal lovers, and is a Farm Sanctuary board member.



    In this interview Erika discusses:



    • Growing up in Texas in a religious community that sees being gay as ‘wrong’



    • Her experience of conversion ‘therapy’ aimed at turning her straight



    • How this experience impacted her self-worth and ability to form healthy relationships



    • Her journey to overcome ‘identity harm’ and truly become out and proud



    • How forgiveness and veganism played a part in her spiritual evolution



    • The ‘Rainbow’ steps she teaches ‘rejection survivors’ from all walks of life to help them embrace all aspects of themselves



    • A technique to give yourself the love you may not get from people around you in this lifetime



    • Her relationship to religion – and her family – today



    • And more







    Visit Rev. Erika Allison’s website

    Check out Erika’s speaker website

    Find out more about the Compassion Consortium

    Get Erika’s book Gay the Pray Away: Healing Your Life, Love, and Relationships from the Harms of LGBT Conversion Therapy







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    • 53 min
    032: Sarah El Ebiary On Growing the Vegan Muslim Community in Egypt & Beyond

    032: Sarah El Ebiary On Growing the Vegan Muslim Community in Egypt & Beyond

    In this episode we interview Sarah El Ebiary, an African American entertainment IP attorney who helped to create the Vegan Muslim Community Facebook group and the Vegetarian/Vegan Society of Egypt, which help guide thousands of members worldwide to live a healthier plant-based lifestyle.



    Sarah is currently working as the founder of New World Entrepreneur & Entertainment Law, a virtual nonprofit law firm that provides affordable flat-rate services to green businesses, nonprofits, startups, entrepreneurs, and the creative community.



    She’s also a yoga and meditation teacher, vegan chef and cooking instructor, and standup paddle board instructor.



    In this interview, Sarah talks about:



    • Being the only vegan in her family and how she handles it in a culture where sharing food is revered



    • Her thoughts on Islam and veganism



    • How she’s connected thousands of Muslims from across the globe, despite the dangers



    • The growth of veganism in Egypt and in Muslim communities worldwide



    • The challenges faced by vegan Muslims, from within their own communities and due to prejudice within vegan communities



    • And more







    Visit the Vegan Muslim Community group on Facebook



    Visit the Vegetarian/Vegan Society of Egypt group on Facebook



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    • 42 min
    031: Marvita Washington On Being On America’s Next Top Model & Becoming a Vegan Entrepreneur

    031: Marvita Washington On Being On America’s Next Top Model & Becoming a Vegan Entrepreneur

    In this episode of Conversations with Vegan Women Leaders, we interview Marvita Washington, a former contestant on America’s Next Top Model – twice (2007 and 2008).



    Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, she currently resides in New York City.



    From sporty and tomboy, to high fashion and haute couture, Marvita is versatile when it comes to modeling different fashion genres.



    In addition to modeling, she’s also the owner and chef of Marvita Vegan, a vegan restaurant and catering service that offers an assortment of healthy food options and drinks.



    In this interview Marvita discusses:



    • How she felt after being rejected in season 9 and cut from season 10 of America’s Next Top Model



    • Why she shared openly and honestly on the show about the sexual abuse she experienced when she was younger – and the responses she got



    • How she felt about how she was portrayed on the show



    • How the show helped her improve her self-confidence and self-esteem



    • How being on the show impacted her modeling career (the answer may surprise you)



    • Her advice to anyone thinking about applying to be on a reality TV show



    • Her vegan journey and the unusual reason she started her business



    • And more







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    Follow Marvita on Instagram



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    030: Lyn White On Hope & Optimism for Humanity, Despite Witnessing the Worst Abuses of Animals

    030: Lyn White On Hope & Optimism for Humanity, Despite Witnessing the Worst Abuses of Animals

    In this episode of Conversations with Vegan Women Leaders, we interview Lyn White, director of strategy at Animals Australia, which is the country’s foremost animal protection organisation representing over 2 million individual members and supporters.



    Lyn’s career pathway has taken her from policing to animal advocacy, to an Order of Australia and becoming a two-time state nominee for Australian of the Year.



    Deeply passionate about the human potential and living a life of value, Lyn is considered one of Australia’s finest and most respected advocates.



    Through her work with Animals Australia since 2003, she’s drawn massive public attention to issues including live export, puppy farms, greyhound racing and factory farming, and created much-needed change for abused animals.



    A believer in the power of aspiration, Lyn’s life is dedicated to elevating human consciousness, presenting a vision of who we can become, and empowering people to understand the individual and collective contributions we can make in the world.



    In this interview Lyn discusses:



    • Her time in the police force and what she was able to use in her animal advocacy work



    • How she takes care of her mental and emotional wellbeing in the face of witnessing terrible brutality and cruelty up close



    • Why she still has hope and optimism for humanity, despite seeing the worst of behaviours



    • How the Covid situation has impacted the work of social justice advocates – and what positives have the potential to come from it



    • Why the ‘easiest’ kind of activism that involves blaming and shaming others is unlikely to be effective



    • And much more







    Visit the Animals Australia website



    Watch the ‘Somewhere’ factory farming campaign



    Watch ‘Tommy’s Story’ (live export campaign)

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    • 42 min
    029: Frances Gonzalez On Being a Teen Mother, Resilience & Her Mission to Veganize The Wine Industry

    029: Frances Gonzalez On Being a Teen Mother, Resilience & Her Mission to Veganize The Wine Industry

    In this episode of Conversations with Vegan Women Leaders, we interview Frances Gonzalez, the Founder and President of Vegan Wines, a vegan-friendly wine club, and Despacito Distributors, a plant-based wine distribution company.



    Based between New York and Puerto Rico, Frances is an active member of Women of the Vine & Spirits, an organization that fosters a supportive environment for females in the alcoholic beverage industry.



    She’s also the founder of VegFest Puerto Rico, a nonprofit established in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.



    In this interview Frances discusses:



    • Growing up in the Bronx, New York, and how she became bilingual thanks to a kind teacher



    • Running away from home, landing up in family court and group homes in her early teens



    • How becoming pregnant at 16 and giving birth to twins changed her life – for the better



    • Losing her home in New York 10 years ago after her property business failed and moving back to Puerto Rico to start again



    • The devastating impact of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and how this inspired her to create Vegfest Puerto Rico



    • Her mission with Vegan Wines



    • The experience of women in the alcoholic beverage industry



    • And more







    Visit the Vegan Wines website



    Learn more about Vegan Wines’ equity crowdfunder



    Check out Vegfest Puerto Rico (Facebook page)



    Find out about Women of the Vine & Spirits

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