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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.

    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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    • 44 min
    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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    • 46 min
    012: Janette Murray-Wakelin On Overcoming Cancer & Breaking World Records In Her 60s By Following A Raw Vegan Lifestyle

    012: Janette Murray-Wakelin On Overcoming Cancer & Breaking World Records In Her 60s By Following A Raw Vegan Lifestyle

    In this episode of Conversations with Vegan Women Leaders, we interview Janette Murray-Wakelin, athlete extraordinaire and conscious lifestyle advocate.



    In 2013 Janette Murray-Wakelin and her husband Alan Murray ran a marathon a day across Australia for a year, breaking a world record for 366 consecutive days, both aged in their 60s, wearing barefoot shoes and eating only raw fruits and vegetables.



    This feat is even more remarkable because 12 years earlier Janette had been diagnosed with breast cancer and told she had only 6 months to live.



    After carrying out extensive research she made the decision not to go ahead with conventional treatments of chemotherapy or radiation and opted for more natural approaches, including switching to a raw vegan diet.



    Janette’s body healed and since then she continues to inspire and teach others about conscious living. She’s the author of Raw Can Cure Cancer and Running Out of Time.



    Janette and Alan’s story is told in the inspiring film Raw: The Documentary.



    In this conversation Janette discusses:



    • What she experienced when she was told not only that she had breast cancer but that she hadn’t got long to live



    • Why she decided not to go ahead with conventional treatments of chemotherapy or radiation



    • The emotional and spiritual elements of cancer that she experienced



    • Why she didn’t take the ‘fighting’ cancer approach and instead saw it as a potential for transformation



    • How her doctors and medical team reacted after her body healed itself from cancer after immune therapy, other natural treatments and remedies and eating a 100% raw vegan diet

    • Why she and Alan decided to run a marathon a day for a year in their 60s and how they coped with the challenges of extreme weather and several falls resulting in broken ribs and other injuries



    • And more







    Visit the Raw Vegan Path website

    Check out Janette’s books

    Find out about Raw: The Documentary



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    • 45 min
    011: Jasmine C. Leyva On The TV Industry & Embracing the Freedom To Tell Her Own Stories

    011: Jasmine C. Leyva On The TV Industry & Embracing the Freedom To Tell Her Own Stories

    In this Conversations with Vegan Women Leaders episode we interview Jasmine C. Leyva, a filmmaker and actress based in Los Angeles.



    Jasmine worked as an associate producer on a NAACP-winning docuseries Unsung, and shortly after, was given the opportunity to write and produce on Being, a docuseries highlighting dynamic entertainers in film and music.



    She’s done court shows, casted for Food Network productions and made strides in front of the camera, starring in commercials and print ads for major brands including Nissan, Sony, Apple, Uber, American Express, Elle magazine and more.



    She also starred in the Lifetime show, My Crazy Ex, along with other TV projects.



    Happy to be doing what she loved, but simultaneously unhappy about not telling her own stories, she decided to focus on her own productions.



    In 2019, Jasmine and Kenny Leyva produced their own feature-length documentary, The Invisible Vegan, a film that chronicles Jasmine’s personal experience with plant-based eating and explores the connections between plant-based eating and African roots.



    In this conversation, Jasmine talks about:



    • How she broke into the entertainment industry



    • Her experiences of mistreatment in the often toxic culture of the TV world



    • How these experiences have resulted in her becoming a more compassionate leader and creative artist



    • Why she left her regular 9-5 work in the industry to tell her own stories



    • How and why she made The Invisible Vegan



    • How Covid-19 nixed many of her plans for 2020, yet also brought some benefits



    • And more







    Visit Jasmine’s website

    Find out more about The Invisible Vegan



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    • 40 min
    010: Carolina Galvani On Investigative Journalism & Founding A Nonprofit

    010: Carolina Galvani On Investigative Journalism & Founding A Nonprofit

    In this Conversations with Vegan Women Leaders episode we interview Carolina Galvani, founder & CEO of animal advocacy organization Sinergia Animal in Brazil.



    For 10 years until 2016, Carolina Galvani worked as an investigative journalist for some of the world’s most influential NGOs and environmental organisations including World Animal Protection, Compassion in World Farming, International Fund for Animal Welfare and Greenpeace.



    She carried out research and produced campaigns, documentaries and reports in over 20 European, Asian and Latin American countries.



    And many of her investigations were published by leading international media including The New York Times, the BBC, The Guardian, Channel 4 and Le Monde.



    Three years ago Carolina founded Sinergia Animal in Brazil, an international animal protection organization working to end the worst practices of industrial animal agriculture, particularly in countries of the South including Southeast Asia and Latin America.



    In this conversation Carolina talks about:



    • How she landed on her career path and the work she’s done with NGOs



    • The kinds of investigations she did and their outcomes



    • The most dangerous and challenging assignment she did



    • How she’s made sure her voice is heard in a masculine, patriarchal culture



    • How she started her nonprofit, including some of the challenges she’s faced



    • How she keeps herself emotionally healthy while being immersed in the immense suffering of animals



    • And more







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    • 45 min
    009: Vegan Women Making A Difference in Business – Panel at VegFestUK

    009: Vegan Women Making A Difference in Business – Panel at VegFestUK

    This episode of Conversations with Vegan Women Leaders features one of two panel discussions hosted by the Vegan Women’s Leadership Network in August 2020 for VegFestUK’s Summerfest Online event.



    We hear from some terrific women from across the globe from diverse professional backgrounds, including vegan entrepreneurs and the program director of a venture capital firm who discuss:



    • The challenges they faced when first starting out and how they handled them



    • The current challenges they’re facing, particularly with the COVID-19 situation, and how they’re handling them



    • Their experiences as vegan women in the business world including the best and worst moments of their professional lives



    • Their advice for vegan women and girls who want to combine your careers with your passion, whether that’s working as an employee or starting your own business



    • What the so-called work-life balance means to them and how it plays out in their lives



    • The key lessons they’ve learned as either an entrepreneur or working in the vegan and plant-based space



    • And more







    Panelists:



    DR DALAL ALGHAWAS is the Program Director at Big Idea Ventures in Singapore and New York, a hybrid venture capital firm whose first fund is the New Protein Fund, which is raising up to USD $50M to invest in the best companies in the alternative protein ecosystem.



    JECKS STONE is a wellness interior designer and founder of Persona Abode Interiors, a London-based company specialising in vegan design, for the benefit of people, place and planet.



    SUSANNE KIRLEW is a British-Jamaican vegan chef, author and speaker, who recently landed her own plant-based cooking show on Amazon Prime.



    MELISSA HOBBS is the founder of The Vegan Company, a fashion, beauty and lifestyle media site in Australia.



    JESSICA BAILEY is the founder of The Cruelty Free Shop, a vegan supermarket in Australia with branches in Sydney and Melbourne as well as an ecommerce site.



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    • 1 hr 30 min

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